Chocolate Cake Donuts Recipe

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these homemade chocolate cake donuts. Easy to make and irresistibly delicious, this recipe will elevate your baking game.


For the donuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, sour cream, milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Spoon the batter into a piping bag or a resealable plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan, filling each mold about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean.
  7. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Glaze:

  1. Sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and gradually whisk in the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach a smooth, pourable consistency.
  3. Dip the cooled donuts into the chocolate glaze, allowing any excess glaze to drip off.
  4. Place the glazed donuts back onto the wire rack to set the glaze for about 15-20 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

These chocolate cake donuts are a delightful treat on their own, but you can take them to the next level by adding various toppings or additional flavors:


  • Sprinkles: Colorful sprinkles add a fun and vibrant touch to these donuts.
  • Chopped Nuts: Try chopped almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts for a delightful crunch.
  • Shredded Coconut: A sprinkle of coconut adds a tropical twist to the chocolatey goodness.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips: For extra chocolate indulgence, sprinkle some mini chocolate chips over the glaze.
  • Crumbled Cookies: Crushed cookies like Oreos or digestive biscuits make a fantastic topping.

Flavor Variations:

  • Mint Chocolate: Add a drop of peppermint extract to the glaze for a refreshing minty flavor.
  • Orange Zest: Incorporate some orange zest into the batter for a citrusy kick.
  • Espresso Glaze: Mix a little espresso powder into the glaze for a coffee-infused delight.

Experiment with these toppings and flavor combinations to create your signature chocolate cake donuts!

Storage Tips

These delectable donuts are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored for later enjoyment:

  • Room Temperature: Store the glazed donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.
  • Refrigeration: If you plan to store them longer, refrigerate the donuts for up to a week.
  • Freezing: To freeze, place the unglazed donuts in a freezer-safe container. Thaw and glaze before serving.


Now that you’ve mastered the art of making homemade chocolate cake donuts, unleash your creativity by experimenting with toppings and flavors. Whether for breakfast, dessert, or a delightful snack, these donuts are sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings! Enjoy every bite of these delightful treats.

This continuation includes serving suggestions, storage tips, and a conclusion to round up the experience of making and enjoying these chocolatey delights!

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