Kirbie's Cravings

Donut Cupcakes

These chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate ganache are a sweet treat, but add a mini donut on top and you get a decadent dessert. I topped my cupcakes with my mini baked donuts with sprinkles.

photo of five donut cupcakes on a plate

I’ve been obsessed with the mini donuts ever since making a yogurt version here and a chocolate and sprinkles version with a different recipe here. I haven’t found any new recipes that I wanted to try, but I was thinking of what else I could do with mini donuts. And then I thought to decorate some cupcakes with them. I got the idea from JustJenn, who came up with coffee and donuts cupcakes.

I made some chocolate cupcakes, using Hershey’s perfect chocolate cake recipe. I frosted some cupcakes with whipped cream and added the donuts on top and I frosted some with chocolate ganache, and then put donuts on top.

photo of cupcakes on a baking rack

I used the chocolate and sprinkles donuts recipe. These came out so cute! I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I remember seeing a donut cupcake design before, and that’s how I got the idea. Next time I have to go to an event with lots of kids, I’m going to make these cupcakes.

close-up photo of donut cupcakes

This was my first time trying to frost with chocolate ganache. The frosting held up pretty well. You need to let the ganache cool and set for a while before you can pipe with it. Personally, the chocolate ganache plus chocolate cupcake was a bit too sweet. So I preferred the ones with the whipped cream. But they both tasted pretty good.

Donut cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

Servings: 30 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate ganache are a sweet treat, but add a mini donut on top and you get a decadent dessert. I topped my cupcakes with my mini baked donuts with sprinkles.


For the Cupcakes

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa natural
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Ganache

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely before frosting. 

How to Make the Ganache

  • Heat heavy cream in a small pot. Be careful to not let it boil over. Once it begins to boil, remove from the stove.
  • Pour heavy cream into bowl of chopped chocolate. Stir and mix until chocolate is completely melted.
  • Let ganache cool and set before putting it in a piping bag and frosting cupcakes


Recipe source: Hershey's

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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8 comments on “Donut Cupcakes”

  1. Brilliant Kirbie! This would be THE perfect dinner party dessert! I can imagine the smile on everyone’s faces when they see this.
    For the donuts, do they taste the same (as regular fried donuts) when you bake them?

  2. hi kirbie
    those donut topped cupcakes look so cute! gosh, everything you make is droolworthy! your boyfriend is lucky to have you as the resident baker/cook! 🙂

  3. I remember those on JustJenn’s blog and they looked so good! YUM

  4. Man, is my mouth watering! I love the cute little donuts on top…my kids would go nuts!

  5. Unfortunately, the baked donuts don’t taste like fried donuts. But they still taste yummy and they are healthier. It’s hard to describe the taste.They don’t taste like the cake donuts you’ll find in the store. They are lighter and airier.

  6. Thanks C! I try to find/brainstorm cute ideas. It’s always exciting when something works out.

  7. Hi Darlene! You’re right! I did see these on JustJenn’s blog. I saw them somewhere else too, but I can’t remember; I’ve looked at so many cupcake blogs.

  8. I think this is one of my favorite cupcake designs. I’m definitely going to make them again. Maybe make some other variations of it.

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