Mini chocolate cake donuts

Chocolate and I have a very messy relationship. Literally. No matter what sort of chocolate I'm eating, I will get it everywhere. I could be eating a bite sized piece of chocolate, and I will somehow end up with a chocolate stain on my pants. Case in point: this weekend after baking these chocolate donuts, I managed to get chocolate on the backside of my tshirt, on the stairs and on my bed. Does anyone else have this problem?

BF has been asking me to make him chocolate cake donuts. He wanted ones like the prepackaged ones in the grocery store that come in chocolate, cinnamon and powdered sugar. I wasn't sure how to find the recipe.

I found a recipe for chocolate cake donuts on the back of my Mini
Donut Pan
and decided to try that one. The donuts came out tasting like chocolate cake, but I didn't think they tasted like cake donuts. Instead, they just tasted like chocolate cake, shaped into donuts… I also thought that they were a bit dry.

I dipped the donuts in a chocolate ganache, giving them more of a punch. I liked them better with the chocolate ganache, but this is not my favorite recipe. I'll continue trying other cake donut recipes out.

Part of the problem may have been that I used a generic baking cocoa powder that I won't use again because I felt the quality was very inferior, but I don't think it should have made that much of a difference.

Chocolate Cake Donuts (from back of Norpro Mini donut pan)


1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

3. In separate bowl mix eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick. Combine milk and butter.

4, Alternately combine egg mixture and milk mixture with flour mixture and mix until smooth and soft.

5. Spray pan lightly with cooking oil. Fill with batter 2/3 full. Bake 8 minutes. After cooled, dip in chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Ganache

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1. Heat heavy cream in a small pot. Be careful to not let it boil
over. Once it begins to boil, remove from the stove.

2. Pour heavy cream into bowl of chopped chocolate. Stir and mix
until chocolate is completely melted.

3. Let ganache cool for a few minutes before drizzling donuts with
glaze or simply dipping the tops of the donuts in chocolate ganache

9 comments on “Mini chocolate cake donuts”

  1. Oooh, they are so cute. That’s funny how you got chocolate on your bed! (or maybe not so funny, sorry).
    Can’t say I’ve ever tried to make cake-donuts before, these look really good even if you weren’t as impressed with them.

  2. I got the chocolate off pretty easily, so it’s okay. Even though I didn’t love these, they were still a big hit.

  3. Unfortunately, if you want donuts to taste like donuts you have to fry them.

  4. Well, I wasn’t trying to make the yeast donut kind of cake donut. I was going for the baked kind, but this one didn’t taste like the baked kinds I have had either. But I know what you can’t bake and make them healthier and except them to turn out like a traditional donut. Too bad.

  5. Thanks! I still like how cute they look and they were quickly gobbled up. I never realized how popular mini donuts are until I started baking them.

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