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Four baked chocolate donuts topped with chocolate glaze and sprinkles on a white plate.

Baked Chocolate Donuts

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These easy homemade baked chocolate donuts are topped with a delicious chocolate glaze and sprinkles! Perfect for breakfast or a sweet treat.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword baked donut, baked donut recipe
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 8 donuts
Author Danielle


Chocolate Donuts:

  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
  • 1/4 cup (22 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 cup (120 grams) powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (17 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons (45 to 60 ml) milk (or as needed)


To make the donuts

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a donut pan well with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the donut cavities making sure to only fill them about 2/3 - 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the donut comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan. Remove donuts from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the glaze

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and milk. If the glaze is too thick, slowly add one tablespoon of milk at a time until it has reached your desired consistency.
  • Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and transfer back to the wire rack to cool and allow the glaze to harden. Top with sprinkles if desired.


Storage: Donuts are best eaten the same day, but can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
Freezing instructions: Let the donuts cool completely, then seal in an airtight bag or freezer-safe container. Freeze (unglazed) for up to 3 months. Wait to glaze the donuts until you thaw and serve them.