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Chocolate Cake Donuts & DIY Donut Tin

4.49 from 84 votes
Learn how to make Chocolate Cake Donuts without yeast and with no Donut Tin needed. I'll show you how in my baking video & recipe!
Delicious Chocolate Cake Donuts made in a DIY Donut pan

Hi Bold Bakers!

We are no strangers to Baked Donuts here on Bigger Bolder Baking, however this recipe is different. This time we are making Chocolate Cake Donuts AND I’m going to show you how to make donuts without a donut tin.

Chocolate Cake Donuts are different than traditional Donuts but equally as delicious. There’s no yeast needed for these bad boys since it’s more of a cake batter which means no waiting for a dough to rise.

How to Make a DIY Donut Tin

All you need to make a donut tin is a cupcake tin and large squares of tin foil. Mold one square of foil around your finger to create the center and then shape it to fit the shape of the cupcake tin. It is incredibly fast to do and the proof is in the pictures.

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Another option is to create a cupcake tin and place metal piping nozzles in the center of the tin and pipe the Donut batter around that. This method also works really well.

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If you do already own a donut tin then obviously use that. I don’t and that’s why I chose this method. Necessity is the mother of invention.

This Chocolate Cake Donuts recipe contains sour cream. This makes the Chocolate Donuts really soft because the acid in the sour cream tenderizes the gluten in the flour.

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You can also use Buttermilk or Yogurt. Use store bought or check out my recipes for Homemade Buttermilk, Homemade Yogurt and even Homemade Sour Cream. Failing that, you can use regular milk. If you want to make that homemade then get a cow.

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If you are Vegan, Vegetarian or eat dairy free you can easily substitute the dairy for dairy-free milk and butter. To substitute the eggs check out my Egg Substitutes Chart. Apple sauce is a good substitute for this recipe.

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If you like desserts that are baked instead of fried then check out my No-Knead Baked DonutsBaked Fall Egg Rolls and Baked Churros .

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Watch The Recipe Video!

Chocolate Cake Donuts

4.49 from 84 votes
Learn how to make Chocolate Cake Donuts without yeast and with no Donut Tin needed. I'll show you how in my baking video & recipe!
Author: adapted from www.sprinklesomesugar.com
Servings: 15 donuts
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Learn how to make Chocolate Cake Donuts without yeast and with no Donut Tin needed. I'll show you how in my baking video & recipe!
Author: adapted from www.sprinklesomesugar.com
Servings: 15 donuts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (5oz/150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (1.5oz/45g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (2oz/60g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 4 tablespoons (2oz/60g) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (6oz/180g) sour cream (buttermilk or yogurt)
    Chocolate Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • To make the Donuts: Preheat oven to 350oF(180oC). Make your DIY Donut tin and grease it with butter. Watchman video to see how you can create your own Donut tin with a cupcake tin and tinfoil.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, both sugars and salt.
  • In a separate jug mix together egg, sour cream and melted butter
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry and gently mix to a smooth batter.
  • Add batter to a piping bag or ziploc bag. Cut a corner off to pipe into donut pan wells. Fill them no higher than 2/3 of the way up so they don't bake over.
  • Bake donuts for 10-12 minutes or until they are firm and spring back when you touch them. Pop them out of the donut pan and onto a cooling rack to cool until warm to the touch.
  • To make the Glaze: Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk in the milk, vanilla and whisk until the glaze is smooth. You may need to add additional powdered sugar or milk depending on the consistency you like. Dip the top of each donut in the glaze. Serve it warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

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Shandra
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Shandra
5 months ago

Great recipe for chocolate cake—-it’s light and fluffy and not too sweet. However donuts should have a more dense crumb, not just be cake in a ring shape. So while they tasted good and my family will enjoy them, I’ll keep looking for an actual chocolate donut recipe.

Michelle
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Michelle
23 days ago

Pretty disappointed. This recipe makes a delicious cake in the shape of donuts but it’s not what I would call a “cake donut”.

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Katie Finkel
24 days ago

I made these last night and they were fantastic! The only thing I did different was I used skim milk and light sour cream. I will absolutely make these again! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!!

Trinity
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Trinity
2 months ago

Love this recipe! I’ve made them once before this time, and my friends and I loved them! Made them again today using a set of mini-bundt pans. I only got six, but I probably could have made them a bit smaller lol. Thanks for the great recipe!

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Saman Jawad
6 months ago

Dear Gemma I made the chocolate donuts and they came out perfectly..kids loved them ????????
I tried to upload the photo but some how it doesn’t come on this page .
Thank You for making it so easy for us ????

Craig
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Craig
7 months ago

First time Itried cake doughnuts but I will say they are super easy and good for my first time I was not sure how much to put in my donut pan but worked well now I am on the third kind you had on the site good job lady

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Larissa Swan
8 months ago

Loved this recipe! Super and easy and yummy end product!

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Siham Hassan
11 months ago

Love your recipes❤️ You’re one of the reasons i love baking etc???? thank you for inspiring people like me????

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Siham Hassan
11 months ago

Hi!i love your website and Loved the recipe quite easy to understand and make. Thank you for inspiring people like us. God bless xx

julieflynn
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julieflynn
1 year ago

You are BRILLIANT!!! Thanks for the easy tip on “make your own doughnut tin”! I kept putting off purchasing a one-purpose pan, and now I don’t 🙂 Can’t wait to try the recipe! Happy Thanksgiving!

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