Baked double-chocolate donuts, a quick and easy treat

Donuts are a treat that many people enjoy. Yet when we want them, we often find ourselves having to run to the grocery store or coffee shop to satisfy our cravings. Not any more. It’s time to start making your donuts at home. These baked double-chocolate donuts are quick and easy to make and are oh so delicious. Once you have had homemade donuts, you will never go back to the store-bought ones again. Bake yourself and your family something special now that will help satisfy your chocolate and donut cravings.

Because these donuts are baked and not fried, the most important thing you will need is a donut pan. In fact, you will need two since this recipe makes a dozen donuts. You can half the recipe if you want, but I assure you that you will want the full dozen once you take your first bite of these delicious treats.

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Baked double-chocolate donuts


For the donuts

  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted

For the icing

  • icing sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • milk
  • butter. melted

Toppings, optional

  • sprinkles
  • coconut
  • chopped nuts
  • candy


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray donut tray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
  3. Add buttermilk, eggs, and butter and stir gently until combined.
  4. Put batter into a piping bag or a plastic bag and squeeze into donut tray until each cavity is 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 7-9 minutes. The top of the donut should spring back when touched. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tray for about 5 minutes. Remove from tray and place on a cooling rack.
  6. Combine icing sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and butter to make the icing. The exact amounts of each ingredient will depend on how thick you want your icing. Start with about 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar and 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder. Slowly add milk and the melted butter until the icing reaches your preferred consistency.
  7. Dip each cooled donut into the icing and then place it back onto the cooling rack. While the icing is still soft, add your desired toppings. Repeat for all donuts, then allow them to sit until the icing has set.
  8. Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

If you are craving something chocolatey and easy to make, these baked double-chocolate donuts are a perfect option.

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  1. I shouldn’t be reading this before lunch! I have to try making these donuts at home. I’ll need to get the donut pans but they look so easy to make. My family loves sweets and these baked double-chocolate donuts will be a hit. Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. Reading recipes before you eat is always a bad idea, especially if it’s something you can’t make right away. I’m sure you’re family will really enjoy these when you get around to making them.

  2. I’ll admit that I’m not usually one for *all the chocolate* but these sound incredible. I do love donuts – and I’ve never tried making them at home. I might need to do that sometime soon. Yum!

    1. I’m glad to hear you might try them despite not being a huge chocolate lover. Honestly though, despite how much cocoa powder is in these, they really aren’t overly chocolatey like some recipes are.

    1. Thank you. I hope you give them a try as they are fantastic.

  3. What a timely read! I’ve been looking for baked donut recipe! I can’t resist these yummy double chocolate baked donuts!

    1. I’m glad this came at the right time. I’m sure you will enjoy these if you do give them a try.

    2. Yum! These chocolate donuts sound delicious! Definitely trying the recipe for Sunday brunch.

  4. I have never baked donuts before but I love them and I want to try so bad. I’m saving so I can try later.

    1. Baked donuts are better than fried ones in my opinion. I hope you do give them a try because they are fantastic.

  5. These look delicious! I like that they’re baked, too. Baked donuts seem to be better for my stomach.

    1. These will be perfect for you since baked donuts agree with your stomach more. In my opinion, baked donuts are vastly superior to fried ones.

    1. I’m glad you are excited about them. Hope you are able to make them soon because they are so dang good!

  6. These look delicious! I’ve been wanting to try out baked donuts and need to get a donut pan!

    1. Thank you. This is a great baked donut recipe to try. Get that donut pan and give them a try.

  7. Those look delicious! I wish I had some cake flour so I could bake some for the weekend.

    1. Thank you. They are the best donuts I have had and made. I hope you can get some cake flour soon so you can give them a try.

    1. They are delicious. I hope you are able to give them a try.

  8. Oh my gosh. These look absolutely incredible. I will have to try these out. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

    1. They are so good! I hope you enjoy them when you do give them a try.

    1. You will love these ones. They are so much better than the ones you buy in stores.

  9. Oh my word, donuts are my absolute favourite. I have never tried to make them myself but after this easy recipe, I think I will. Love this! Thank you for sharing.

    1. This recipe is so easy it only makes sense to give it a try. I hope you do get around to making them because they are fantastic.

  10. Flora ADORES doughnuts but I hadn’t realised you could make them at home with a doughnut pan – genius, I’ll have to order one now, she’ll love that, thank you!

    1. If she enjoys donuts that much she will absolutely love these ones. My son also loves donuts and ever since having homemade ones he has no desire to get them from the donut shop, haha. I hope your donut pan arrives soon so you can give them a try.

    2. Love a good donut, especially the ones from Dunkin. Glad to learn how to make my own at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Will be pinning to my list of recipes to try.

      1. I’ve never had a donut from Dunkin’ but I’ve heard they are good. Homemade donuts are fantastic. Hope you enjoy them when you do give them a try.

    1. They really are delicious. Thank you.

  11. Ooh I love this! I haven’t made donuts before because I don’t actually like them but this looks like such a fun recipe and I’m sure my dad would appreciate the effort, so I’m definitely going to make these for him. Thank you so much for sharing x

    1. It’s not often I encounter someone who doesn’t like donuts. Definitely give them a try for your dad, they are delicious.

  12. These double chocolate donuts look perfectly delicious! I have debated purchasing a donut pan for years. Now I have to get one quickly so I can make these donuts ASAP! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  13. Oh my, these look delicious! I wish I could make them, but I’m back to not having sweets. They really look so good. I’ll save it for future gatherings.

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      I totally understand skipping these because you’ve given up sweets but I would recommend trying them if and when you do go back to having sweets. They are so good.

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