Chocolate Cake Donuts

Mar 23, 2021 | Just Add Chocolate | 0 comments

I’m not really sure who decided that a round cake glazed entirely in sugar was a good way to get one’s morning started off well, but whoever it was…I thank you! There is just something delightfully decadent about starting the day off with a donut, doubly so if it is a chocolate one. I’ve always steered clear of donut recipes because they felt, well…complicated, but this one from is simple and delicious. Give it a go…your family will be singing “Mom is great! She gives us the chocolate cake!”

Category: Breakfast

Servings: 12 Donuts/ 36 Donut Holes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Calories: 213

Author: Alli at Bakerish

I don’t have a muffin pan, so I made these as donut holes in a mini muffin tin with no problems (I started checking for doneness at about 5 minutes and they were done at about 6 and a half), but I’ll be asking for a donut baking pan for Christmas because this is what every COVID baker needs for breakfast baking!



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 Tbs milk
  • 2 Tbs butter melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbs milk
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a donut pan (or mini muffin tin pan) with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In bowl, add all dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
  3. Add egg, sour cream, milk, butter and vanilla extract and stir everything until just combined.
  4. Spoon or pipe using a piping bag into wells of donut pan.
  5. Cook for about 10 (about 6 minutes if using a mini muffin pan) minutes or until donuts spring back when touched.
  6. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.
  7. Meanwhile mix together your glaze ingredients until smooth
  8. Once donuts are cool dip tops and bottoms of donuts into glaze and set back on wire rack to harden.

Recipe Note

  • It’s hard to wait, but make sure you wait as long as you can before glazing. If the donut holes are still warm when glazed, the glaze will just melt off.
  • If you want to up the chocolate ante, add mini chocolate chips to this recipe…you won’t be sorry!
  • Nutritional info is for full size donuts. I would guess that one serving size equals about 2 donut holes.


Calories: 213
Carbs: 39 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Cholesterol: 39 milligrams
Sodium: 220 milligrams
Fiber: 2 grams


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