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It’s time to make the donuts

January 3, 2011

Chocolate Cake Donuts

My super sweet 5-year-old nephew gave me a donut pan for Christmas.  (Thank you, Shane!!) I had every intention of baking these with him while we were all at my parents’ house for Christmas, but time got away from us.  He did wear his tiny apron and boss me around while we made lasagna together though.  He said making dinner was a big responsibility and he had a lot of experience, so I just kept my mouth shut and let him be in charge.  (Seriously, this boy is so stinkin’ adorable that you’d do whatever he told you to too!)

But back to the donuts.  Or doughnuts.  Whichever way you wanna spell them, they’re a fun treat to make in your own kitchen.  My kiddos started back to school today with tired eyes and a shuffling step.  They got kinda used to staying up late and sleeping in over the break, so this was a particularly rough Monday morning.  I thought it’d be fun to surprise them with some chocolate cake donuts when they got home.  They liked the ones with sprinkles the most.  Big surprise.  What would life be without sprinkles?

Recipe:  Chocolate Cake Donuts

(source:  slightly adapted from baking pan packaging)

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

2 eggs

2/3 c. granulated sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 c. milk, any fat content

2 Tbsp. butter, melted


1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar

1 Tbsp. hot water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and lightly spray donut pan with cooking spray.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.  In a smaller bowl, whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla until thick and combined.  In another small bowl, combine milk and melted butter.  Alternately add the milk mixture and egg mixture to the flour mixture.  Mix until the batter is smooth.

Fill donut cups 2/3 full.  (Using a piping bag or large ziploc bag with the corner cut off works great here.) Bake 7 minutes for mini donuts.  Cool donuts on wire rack while you make the glaze.

To glaze:  Whisk water and confectioner’s sugar together until smooth.  Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of each donut with glaze.  If adding sprinkles, do so while the glaze is still wet.

Remember this guy and his commercials?  I couldn’t get him out of my head this morning!  hehe 

17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2011 11:15 am

    I love the donuts! They are so cute, and healthierwhen made in the pan versus deep fried. What a wonderful gift!

  2. January 3, 2011 11:24 am

    I can only imagine how excited the kiddos are going to be when they get home to these treats! They look so great, and I love that they’re made in a pan rather than fried.

  3. January 3, 2011 2:11 pm

    Okay, that picture! You crack me up :). Do you ship?

    Happy New Year Michelle!

  4. January 3, 2011 3:04 pm

    you are such a good mom. and aunt. we are totally feeling the back-to-school lag around here. doughnuts sound like the perfect answer.

  5. January 3, 2011 5:23 pm

    These look fantastic!! I don’t even like donuts all that much but these got me drooling. The power of the sprinkle!! :)

  6. January 3, 2011 5:45 pm

    So cute! Anything is better with sprinkles! I got a donut pan too, so Ill have to try these out :)

  7. January 3, 2011 10:07 pm

    That is so precious that your nephew got you a donut pan!!!

    These look super yummy. Love the sprinkles so much!!

  8. January 4, 2011 12:00 am

    Oh! I got a donut pan for Christmas too!!

  9. January 4, 2011 12:11 am

    For a donut pan – he can come & boss me around! These are so adorable and now I am definitely wanting to try a few myself, yum!

  10. January 4, 2011 10:19 am

    um…way to go, shane! i wish anyone in my family had the sense to get me something like a donut pan. :)

  11. January 4, 2011 9:29 pm

    Now I want a donut pan!

  12. January 5, 2011 11:23 am

    Awww. You’re such a good mama! Those look yummy. Do they taste like a regular donut?

  13. Dani permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:44 pm

    Well your sweet 5-year-old nephew was super excited to see that you made donuts. He would like you to send him some!!!

    They look great. I cannot wait to taste some!

  14. January 6, 2011 3:44 am

    He sounds like a cutie. I would have loved to see him boss you around in the kitchen ha ha!

    Great gift and donuts.

  15. January 6, 2011 4:26 pm

    This is perfect timing. My Deven got a donut machine for Christmas and we are looking for recipes. Thanks!!

  16. January 16, 2011 7:07 am

    sign me up

  17. January 17, 2011 3:46 pm

    Donuts are on my list to make but I want the fried totally bad for you kind!!! :) But I still want the pan.

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