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Baked Chocolate Donut Recipe

Baked Chocolate Donut Recipe makes soft baked, not fried, chocolate cake donuts. They’re topped with rich homemade chocolate frosting.

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Today we’re talking about one of my favorite things – donuts!

Are cake donuts baked or deep fried?

Traditionally, cake donuts are deep fried. However, you absolutely can bake cake donuts.

How do you bake doughnuts?

Donut pans are the easiest way to bake donuts. They’re available everywhere from Amazon to Target and Walmart. I’ve even seen them at my local grocery store. Though most donut pans are nonstick, I like to use a baking spray with flour when I bake them.

Tools used to make this Baked Chocolate Donut Recipe:
Donut pans: These are the donut pans that I have. I’ve had them for several years, and they’ve gotten a lot of use during that time. They’re still in great shape, and they’re a must-have to make baked donuts.

Baking spray with flour: I use baking spray with flour most of the time when I’m baking. I like that it greases and flours all in one spray, and I’ve never had trouble with anything sticking when I use it.

Baked Chocolate Donut Recipe

Soft baked chocolate donuts topped with rich chocolate frosting

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 263 kcal
Author i heart eating


Baked Chocolate Donuts

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour 180 g
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 99 g
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 21 g
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk 224 g
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 50 g
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting

  • 3 tablespoons butter 42 g
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 170 g
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 2 standard sized donut pans (12 donuts total); set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined. Batter will be on the thinner side.

  4. Spoon batter into a donut pan, filling about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for about 8-10 minutes. Donuts should spring back when lightly touched.
  6. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan, and set on wire cooling rack.
  8. Once donuts are cool, prepare glaze.
  9. In a heavy saucepan over lowest heat, melt butter half-way.

  10. Add chocolate chips and corn syrup. Stir regularly until completely melted and well-incorporated.

  11. Once glaze is ready, dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze.
  12. Set on a wire cooling rack, and let glaze set up, if desired.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition facts are estimated.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Chocolate Donut Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 197mg 8%
Potassium 181mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 16g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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