Easy Homemade Chocolate Glazed Baked Donuts

Making your own homemade donuts is much easier than you think! You’ll never have to drive to the local donut shop again after you make this easy baked chocolate treat; this recipe comes together quickly and tastes delicious.

colorful plate filled with chocolate glazed donuts.

Eating donuts for breakfast is usually reserved for special occasions in our house, as I usually like to feed my family something a bit more healthy.

But I make an exception for these glazed chocolate donuts because not only are they pretty tasty and a fun treat, but I can usually have a batch cooked and cooling in the amount of time it takes to drive to and from the donut store.

I also think this donut recipe is probably a lot better for you because you know all the ingredients that go into them…no funny chemicals or food colorings are used here!

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Ingredients for making chocolate glazed donuts

To get started making these chocolate cake donuts, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • all-purpose flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • melted butter
  • eggs, and
  • buttermilk (or regular milk soured with some vinegar or lemon juice)

For the glaze that goes on top of the donuts, you’ll just need powdered sugar, vanilla extract and hot water.

You’ll also need a donut baking pan to make this recipe. Because donuts like to stick, I really like to use a non-stick pan, like these pans from Wilton.

adding dry ingredients to a bowl to make baked chocolate donuts.

To begin, add all your dry ingredients (except for the powdered sugar) to a large mixing bowl. Whisk them together to make sure that they are well-mixed. Set the bowl aside.

Next, mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl (except for the vanilla and water, which is for the glaze). Make sure that the eggs are well broken up.

batter for chocolate baked donuts in a mixing bowl.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until blended. Don’t overstir, however, because it will cause your donuts to be a little tough.

Now you’re ready to put the batter into your donut pan.

An easy way to fill a donut pan

Because a donut pan is a little difficult to fill…the batter just gets everywhere when you try to use a spoon…I like putting the batter into a food storage bag in order to pipe the batter into the pan.

pouring donut batter into a food storage bag.

These bag rack stands are such a lifesaver when it comes to doing jobs like this! Keeping the bag upright while you pour batter inside is practically impossible, so having this handy tool in the kitchen is well worth the investment.

squeezing batter out of a piping bag into donut pan.

After the batter is in the bag, simply seal the bag, then cut a smallish-sized hole into the bottom corner. You can then squeeze the batter through the hole and into the well-greased pan.

You really save a lot of clean-up with this method!

When the pan is full, the donuts are ready for the oven! Bake them at 350 degrees for about 11 to 13 minutes.

donut pan filled with batter ready to be put into the oven for baking.

When the donuts are done baking, you’ll need to transfer them from the pan onto a cooling rack.

Not only will the donuts cool quickly on these types of racks, but they make glazing the donuts much easier, as the excess glaze can just drip right down through the large openings, onto paper towels placed underneath.

How to glaze your homemade baked donuts

While the donuts are baking, you’ll want to make the glaze. Because the donuts are best glazed while they are still hot, it’s important that the glaze is ready when they are done baking.

donut glaze in a mixing bowl.

Put the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl, then add the water and vanilla extract. The sugar will really shrink down when you add the liquid, so don’t be alarmed if you see that happen.

The finished glaze will also be a little runny…that’s exactly the consistency you want for a glazed donut!

dipping a baked chocolate donut into a bowl of glaze.

When the donuts are cool enough to touch, remove them from the pan, and dip them, one by one, into the bowl of glaze.

Immediately put them onto the cooling rack, glaze side up, and let them cool a little more. The excess glaze will drip down off the donuts, so make sure you put a large plate or paper towels underneath the rack to minimize clean-up.

two homemade chocolate glazed donuts next to a cup of coffee.

These chocolate donuts are best served warm with a nice cup of coffee, or you can serve them as a snack or dessert.

Honestly, ours don’t usually last long enough to be reheated!

Easy Homemade Chocolate Glazed Baked Donuts

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword donuts, doughnuts, easy breakfast ideas, homemade dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 191 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 8 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk (or milk that has been soured with vinegar or lemon juice)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp hot water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a doughnut pan (super well!) and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. (The flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg and salt.)
  4. Add in your wet ingredients (melted butter, eggs and milk).
  5. Mix well until your batter is nice and smooth.
  6. Add your batter to an icing bag or a ziploc bag. (These stands come in handy for putting things in bags!)
  7. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the batter into a greased doughnut pan.
  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes.
  9. While the doughnuts are baking, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and hot water in a bowl to make your glaze.
  10. When the doughnuts are done baking remove from the pan and let them cool for just a minute. You want to glaze them while they are still hot!
  11. Dip the doughnut into the glaze and put on a wire rack to cool. (Paper towels underneath will help with clean up!)

Recipe Notes

These are best served warm, but you can reheat in the microwave. Honestly, ours don’t usually last long enough to be reheated! 🙂

I hope you and your family enjoys making your own homemade baked donuts soon!

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