Dark Chocolate Cake Doughnuts


Sometimes a girl just needs chocolate.

Sometimes a girl just needs a chocolate cake doughnut.

Sometimes a girl just needs a chocolate cake doughnut with toasted coconut on top.

And most of the time, she needs it RIGHT AWAY.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering!

First we gotta heat up the oven and toast the coconut. 325F for about 5-6 minutes.

Toasted! Set aside. Eat some.

Dry ingredients meet wet ingredients. I mixed all the wet ingredients in this tiny measuring cup.

Don’t be me.

I also followed the directions for putting the batter in a resealable bag. I did that…but didn’t do use a big freezer bag one.

Don’t be me again. Use a big bag. What was I thinking? Clearly…I was only thinking of chocolate.

You know what kinda day I was having. You know what I am talking about.

Pipe the batter into a prepared doughnut pan.

Oh! You don’t have a doughnut pan? You should get one. I love mine.

This recipe doesn’t entice you to get one? Oh. I bet this one will. Boom. A doughnut pan is in your cart.

Bake them. Cool them. Put them on a rack. Try not to touch them. Who am I kidding. TOUCH THEM.

Now we glaze them.

Powdered sugar + milk. So simple.

Dip them in. A chopstick will help you fish them out. Use your fingers if you must.

Just make sure you lick them in between donuts….if you plan on eating all 6. Which I’m sure you will.

Glazed!

Coconut dipped!

Here is the first one I ate.

I am not going to tell you how many of the six I ate…but I will tell you that the number rhymes with MORE.

Dark Chocolate Cake Doughnuts w/ Coconut

makes 6

recipe adapted from Full Circle Magazine

  • 1 cup all- purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the topping:

  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 2  cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Heat oven to 325 F. Coat doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, sugar, egg, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; whisk until blended & smooth.

Spoon batter into a large resealable plastic bag. Cut of the corner and squeeze batter into prepared doughnut pan about 2/3 full. Bake for 13 minutes, until doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan on rack 3 minutes, then carefully turn out directly onto rack to cool.

In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and with 2 tablespoons milk and stir until consistency is thick & glazey. If the consistency is too thin, add more sugar. If too thick add a bit more milk.

Dip cooled doughnuts into bowl and allow excess frosting to drip back into bowl. Transfer to rack. Top with coconut immediately and serve.

Notes:

If you don’t have butter, you can use 1/4 vegetable oil. If you don’t have dark cocoa powder, that’s cool! Use regular unsweetened cocoa powder.

And here’s a doughnut pan while you’re at it!

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  • August 27, 2012

    Wow, these look sinfully good and so decadent!

  • Adeline
    August 27, 2012

    Bloody hell it’s breakfast time here and all I want is those!! You’ve convinced me Tracy, I’m buying a donuts pan when I go to the US in a couple of months!

  • August 27, 2012

    Special small cakes! Lovely!

  • August 27, 2012

    I’ll take two. Or five.

  • August 27, 2012

    I’ll take two. Or five. :)

  • Sini
    August 27, 2012

    These look so delicious! I don’t have a doughnut pan yet but it’s been on my have-to-buy list for quite a while now. Maybe I should finally get some so I can treat myself with these sweeties!

  • August 27, 2012

    wow….

    Val
    vhttp://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

  • August 27, 2012

    you just have to eat some of that toasted coconut, it’s just a rule. I want these right now!

  • August 27, 2012

    OMG!
    I’m so making these!! They look so good,
    I really have a bit of a chocolate craving at the moment!
    love, Saar

  • August 27, 2012

    I love making donuts at home. They’re so easy – a little TOO easy :)

    And that yours are so dark and gorgeous and that you used all brown and no granulated sugar – bet they are so moist and rich!

  • August 27, 2012

    Since finding out I can’t eat gluten, donuts are what I long for…. sure you can buy them in the freezer aisle at the grocery store, but I long for something freshly baked.

    I have a pan; I just need to make the damn thing! Here’s hoping!

  • August 27, 2012

    I am ALL about the baked doughnuts! :) Great flavor combo!

  • I’ve wanted a doughnut pan for SO LONG! Adding this to my Indulgent Desserts board on Pinterest!

  • Sarah
    August 27, 2012

    Those donuts are like whoah! Chocolate + coconut = weak in the knees. AND they’re baked so they’re 1/2way healthy, right?!

  • August 27, 2012

    I am laughing out loud. The ad running on your blog when I read this post was one way to lose belly fat. It probably was not referring to the donuts! Cake donuts are my favorite.

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      Haha! I love it when that happens.

  • Emily D.
    August 27, 2012

    Those caramel apple donuts actually are the reason I finally caved in and bought a donut pan.

  • August 27, 2012

    I don’t usually care for doughnuts, but man, these look good. You’re winning me over with the *dark* chocolate and the toasted coconut. And if you ate four…. yolo ;)

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      YOLO FO SHO

  • jenny
    August 27, 2012

    you sure know how to kick a monday in the (do)nuts, tracy. ;) thanks for a great start to the week!

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      hahaha! I see what you did there! I like it.

  • Linda
    August 27, 2012

    Yes, a doughnut pan is now in my cart. My husband hates coconut (he is awesome otherwise) — what would you recommend as an alternate topping?

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      You can put sprinkles on top. or you can make a chocolate glaze by adding about 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. Or you could flavor your glaze with an extract.

      • Linda
        September 17, 2012

        Thanks for the good ideas! I did the chocolate glaze and put coconut only on some (for me). Delish! Now to try the pumpkin ones you posted recently…

  • Tracy, these look killer!

  • August 27, 2012

    I have yet to use my new donut pan, but these (or those carmel apple ones!!) look like a perfect excuse to test it out :)

  • August 27, 2012

    It looks so tasty I want one now !

  • August 27, 2012

    Right. I need a doughnut pan in my life. Now.

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      Yes. YOU. DO.

  • August 27, 2012

    Must… not… put… in… cart…………

    It’s useless to resist. That doughnut pan is definitely on its way to me right now.

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      Just think….they’re not fried! You can eat more ;)

  • August 27, 2012

    I love how the toasted coconut is so pretty! It dresses up the dark brown & makes them look (and taste!) even more irresistable. I must try these!

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      For real!

  • Holly
    August 27, 2012

    I’ve been eyeing donut pans for months and finally will need to cave in and buy one after this post. Can’t wait to make them!

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      Do it Holly!!!!!!

  • Sofie T.
    August 27, 2012

    These look/sound divine — especially with the toasted coconut on top. Do you think the batter would work for cupcakes too?

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      Essentially, yes!

  • August 27, 2012

    I bought a doughnut pan a few months ago and haven’t used it yet. I was looking for a chocolate cake doughnut recipe too. Tracy, you are a lifesaver!

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2012

      Let the games begin!

  • August 27, 2012

    I love you for this… now I must buy the doughnut pan!

  • Amanda Barkey
    August 27, 2012

    oh my , that picture of the doughnuts piped into the pan before they are baked? i die. also, pretty sure i would have piped that doughnut dough straight into my mouth rather than into the pans… im pregnant, dont judge.

  • Sarah
    August 27, 2012

    Amazing photos!

  • Ellen W
    August 27, 2012

    I bought 2 doughnut pans yesterday so I could bake doughnuts for the first day of school. I”ll tweak this recipe to make it gluten free. I used my cookie/muffin scoop to getter the batter in the pans.

  • August 27, 2012

    Well, that settles it. I’m buying a doughnut pan this week. A doughnut pan and a bigger pair of pants. YOLO!

  • August 27, 2012

    OMG! Amazing balls! Thanks for sharing!! ( I still have stories for you about that house , just been crazy busy ~ soon)

  • August 27, 2012

    You have officially inspired me to buy a donut pan!

  • I feel ya on the need for chocolate! These look great! Time to take my doughnut pan out of the packaging! See ya diet!

  • August 27, 2012

    Hello! I discovered your blog and I was in love with everything! The photos, recipes … everything is fantastic!
    These donuts are simply delicious … yum, yum
    I share with you the pleasure of cooking … I love it! I also have a food blog, where I share recipes and others things… (http://cadyculinaria.blogspot.pt/)
    Bye

  • August 27, 2012

    I thought I had everything! Now I realize I need a donut pan! I love buying new things!! And actually using them! Can’t wait to try this out!

  • August 27, 2012

    I don’t think there would be anything wrong with going home and making these for dinner. Do you? I mean, YOLO after all.

  • August 27, 2012

    craving chocolate like whoa. i can’t even take this.

  • August 28, 2012

    İ need a donut pan! STAT!!!

  • August 28, 2012

    Looking good! So glad you made these. Must get a doughnut pan.

  • Everything should have powdered sugar glaze. Seriously, I could eat it all the time. And on top of chocolate! With coconut! I need to get a donut pan. I wonder if the recipe would work in my mini donut machine?

  • August 28, 2012

    This looks marvelous. I actually had a regular yeasted donut today while reading this. Now, I’m definitely wanting a donut pan.

    • Tracy
      August 28, 2012

      a donut while reading about donuts? i love your life.

  • August 28, 2012

    Um, I think I just died a little bit. Nom

    • Tracy
      August 28, 2012

      I know what you mean.

  • Sandra
    August 28, 2012

    Ugh, WHERE do you find those big beautiful coconut flakes?? I’m in the bay area, and I can never find them at Safeway or Trader Joes!

    • Tracy
      August 28, 2012

      Oh! I get them at whole foods. a bag is like less than 3 bucks. they’re in the bulk section and they are FANTASTIC!

  • August 28, 2012

    Do you think this recipe can be veganized?

    • Tracy
      August 28, 2012

      yeah totally. use oil instead of the butter. the same amount. a banana would be a good replacement for the egg or whatever you like best to replace an egg in vegan baking. and for the frosting, how about soymilk or whatever vegan milk you like?

  • Laura
    August 28, 2012

    torture.
    will make and eat these (all of them – yolo) as soon as I get home!

    • Tracy
      August 28, 2012

      ahhh yeah. YOLO

  • August 28, 2012

    These are so pretty!! Love that toasted coconut :)

  • August 29, 2012

    Thank you for reminding me to pull my donut pan out! I love this & think the baby would too ;)

  • August 29, 2012

    JUST GOT MY FIRST DOUGHNUT PAN! THIS IS WORTHY OF TALKING IN ALL CAPS!! I am ready now to make me some falltime doughnuts. AND THESE. :)

    • Tracy
      August 29, 2012

      Yay! Let the fun begin!

  • August 30, 2012

    This post was so hilarious. I love your writing. I can totes identify with using whatever means necessary to get the batter into the pan, into the oven, and into my mouth as fast as possible!

  • August 31, 2012

    I have a doughnut pan and I’m ready to use it!!

  • Molly
    August 31, 2012

    TRACY! You kill me! Monday, I read this recipe. Wednesday, my doughnut pan arrived. Friday, I ate these doughnuts for breakfast. They are insanely delicious. Thank you for never failing to impress and amaze me!

  • August 31, 2012

    I need to buy a doughnut pan. I think I pinned 5 doughnut recipes today! This one looks crazy amazing!

  • Marilyn
    August 31, 2012

    I used to think doughnut pans were silly and I would never need one….what was I thinking!?

  • Kathy T
    September 5, 2012

    Seriously, I have made these doughnuts 4 times since I read the recipe last week. YOLO! Quick, easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing and love the photos.

  • September 6, 2012

    I bought a donut pan 5 months ago and have used it once. Thank you for inspiring me!

  • Jemma
    September 10, 2012

    If you only have the mini-donut pan will the quantities be the same ? Am assuming six large / 12 mini equates but first experiment with the donut pan so want to make sure !

    • Jane
      September 23, 2012

      I just made this recipe thinking the same thing, and it actually made 12 minis and 4 large!

  • December 7, 2012

    Made these with a twist! Did peppermint glaze since its December and all. So good and my coworkers loved them! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tracy
      December 7, 2012

      Sounds FANTASTIC!!!!

  • April
    January 14, 2013

    I just got myself a new doughnut pan and the hubby is going to be so excited when I make these this week! I have all of the ingredients except for the dark brown sugar, will subbing that out for regular brown sugar(its what i have on hand) make that much of a difference?
    Thanks for posting this recipe!

    • Tracy
      January 14, 2013

      Go for it! It should work!!

  • February 13, 2013

    Made this morning for my three year old’s birthday and they were the best! Thank you for posting this recipe!

  • Lauren
    February 14, 2013

    I made these this morning for Valentine’s and totally surprised my man with doughnuts! These were amazing.

  • May 8, 2013

    Just made and posted these on my blog last week. it’s been a hellish month, and these were the perfect remedy– thank you!

    http://prettyawkwardlife.blogspot.com/2013/05/mini-baked-chocolate-glazed-doughnuts.html

  • June 20, 2013

    Oh Goodness!!! These doughnuts are PERFECT!! The texture of the doughnuts are softy and chocolatey. I also added a little of cinnamon and espresso powder, but those are the only additions/changes I made. I’m glad I decided to stick with just coconut. Thank you for this recipe! I love my $8-dollar doughnut pan and will be using it for healthier recipes, too.

    • Tracy
      June 20, 2013

      Fantastic! I’m so glad it worked out for you! :)

  • August 27, 2013

    These were so delicious! Made them last week with and without coconut and they were a hit in my office! Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.whiskingthroughlife.com/2013/08/the-perfect-office-treatbaked-chocolate.html

  • Alyson
    September 30, 2013

    TRACY. I made these donuts yesterday and they are so delicious! Perfect taste and texture – will definitely be making them again, great recipe!

  • February 19, 2014

    Hi Tracy! Thanks for the great recipe! I made these chocolate cake doughnuts and paired them with a chocolate glaze. They were so tasty. I wrote about making them on my blog.

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