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How to Make Homemade Chocolate Cake Donuts with Chocolate Icing

Updated on February 10, 2013
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Is There Anything Better?

I simply LOVE old fashioned chocolate cake donuts with chocolate icing on them, but unless you are willing to get up at the crack of dawn to beat everyone else on their chocolate missions to the local bakery, your chances are usually slim to none of finding any left on the racks!

It seems that there are others out there who share my chocolate fantasies of sitting quietly (ok, with me - probably not so quietly!) sipping on a good coffee and indulging in my sinful intake of these heavenly hosts... What to do, what to do?!?!

I HAD to do something about this situation, that's when I decided to learn to make my own doughnuts.

Ahh, just think of it - all the fresh hot chocolaty doughnuts you want and they are ALL yours! That is unless you have kiddos and a husband around, then it's hard to keep them in stock... those evil doughnut bandits!

I have searched and tweaked several recipes for doughnuts until I finally came up with this one and now am proud to share it with other chocolate lovers out there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


  • 1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tea. baking soda
  • 1/4 tea. nutmeg
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1/4 C plain yogurt ( I once was out so I used sour cream - it's good too)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tab. butter - melted (if using unsalted, add a pinch of salt to your dry ingredients)
  • Vegetable Oil for frying


In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, and sugar - Mix to blend.

Now add in your yogurt (or sour cream), egg, and melted butter and beat well to form a soft sticky dough - don't worry, it will be slightly wetter than biscuit dough but that's the way we want it to be.

Cover your dough with plastic wrap and set it in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes so it can rest.

Once the dough has rested, remove it from the fridge and we can start our oil heating up. You want to use a good size saucepan with about 1 1/2" vegetable oil in it. Heat this to 360 degrees and keep it at that temperature over a medium heat.

Working with half our dough at a time and on a floured surface, go ahead and roll out your dough to 1/2" thick. Cut your doughnuts out using a doughnut cutter or I use a 2 1/2" biscuit cutter and for the holes I use a pop bottle cap (washed of course!). Keep those little pearls of dough from the center, we can cook them too and anyone with kiddo's can tell you they are great for a fast pop into the mouth treat!

Next, fry about 2-3 doughnuts at a time in the hot grease until golden brown. Usually right around 2 to 3 minutes on each side is about right to get them done. Remove carefully and place on a plate with paper towels on it (drains the extra grease off).

But wait... what about the GOOD stuff - the CHOCOLATE GLAZE!!?? Read on my brothers and sisters - read on! They wouldn't be complete without the glaze!

Chocolate Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 4 tab. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tab. milk
  • 2 tea. vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze Directions:

In a small mixing bowl that has a wide enough top for the doughnuts to fit into, add all the above ingredients and whisk together until smooth and silky.

Now we do the dip! Take each doughnut and dip one side into the chocolate glaze, then set on wax paper or plate until glaze sets.

Don't forget the doughnut holes - I do them last and just throw them in covering them completely with my remaining glaze.

MMMM, Where's the Coffee?

I hope you enjoy this recipe for homemade chocolate cake doughnuts with chocolate glaze - it really is much easier than fighting off all those other chocolate crazies out there (guess, that would include me too! lol) and you can have fresh doughnuts whenever you want them!

Oh, and don't worry about the doughnut bandits (aka husband and kiddos) we talked about earlier stealing all your delectable chocolate goodies, I have a work around for you on that issue too - simply either make your doughnuts while they are all gone to work or school or if necessary make 2 batches and enjoy the chocolates of your labor (oops, I meant to say fruits - Naww, no I didn't)!

If you like my recipes, try my Best Banana Nut Bread... EVER!! or any of my other recipes too!


© 2012 Laura Rash


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