Chocolate Cake Doughnuts Recipe -

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

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"Haven't you always wanted to make donuts at home? Try this recipe for chocolate cake donuts with icing to scratch that itch."

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Original recipe makes 30 doughnuts Change Servings


  1. All the ingredients should be at room temperature (70 degrees F). Beat the sugar and eggs together until creamy and lemon colored.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a small saucepan over low heat. Beat into the sugar and egg mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the vanilla and buttermilk. Stir into the sugar mixture.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Stir into the liquid mixture. Chill the dough slightly to make it easier to handle.
  5. Roll out half the dough on a lightly floured board to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into doughnuts. Allow the cut doughnuts to dry for 10 minutes.
  6. Heat 2 inches of oil to 370 degrees F (185 degrees C) in a large skillet. The dough should be at room temperature before frying. Dip a metal pancake turner into the hot oil each time before using it to move or turn a doughnut. Transfer the doughnuts to the skillet, one every 15 seconds. Fry each doughnut about 90 seconds per side. Remove the doughnuts and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. To make the icing: Beat the sugar, egg white, and vanilla together until smooth. Drizzle onto the doughnuts after they have cooled.
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  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 21, 2003

I loved these! They were so easy to make and tasted great. I was concerned that the doughnuts might be greasy because of previous comments I had read, so I let mine sit for 30 minutes instead of 10 and it seemed to take care of the problem. Try these with chocolate icing! Yum!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 18, 2006

If you're hankering for choco donut and will try this recipe despite bad reviews, here's how I was able to get this recipe to work: After chilling dough 30 min, "dough" resembled "batter", so I put a medium amount of flour on the counter. Then, I used rubber scraper to scoop half batter out. Then I sprinkled flour on top of batter and used fingers to lightly press dough out. I floured biscuit cutter, cut shape, and scooted shape away from batter while still in cutter. Then, I used a liter bottle cap to create hole. I used a floured, heat-resistant spatula to slide under donut shape and slide into heated oil. After frying first batch, I decided donut resembled deep-fat fried, light and fluffy, chocolate cake. The flavor was supreme, but I wanted something easier to work with and denser. For the second batch, I used remainder of first half of batter. I worked about 1/8 c. flour into batter and used a smaller biscuit cutter, which helped make dough manageable and kept donut shape better. These changes brought this donut closer to fulfilling my expectations. I think with second half of batter, I will try to mix in 1/4 c. of flour before turning it out onto floured surface, aiming for dough similar to gingerbread cookie dough, and fry it at a temp higher than 375. These donuts absorbed more grease than I like, but flavor was still good. We ate them without icing.


13 Ratings

Oct 17, 2003

Was this recipe a prank? I just tried this recipe. I thought I made a mistake, it was very runny, so I threw the "dough" away and made it again, with the same results. I even added 2 more cups of flour, but still, the dough was like cake mix as the previous review said. Don't waste your time on this one!

Nov 18, 2008

haven't tried this yet but if they're soaking up too much grease it's because your grease is not hot enough. learned that from my Nana in texas, where we fry everything

Jun 27, 2003

I don't know if I did something wrong or not, but when I mixed up the batter it was just like cake batter, very runny. I put it in the fridge like the recipe said, but there was no way it could be rolled out because of how runny it was. Did this happen to anyone else?

May 22, 2008

I followed the recipe exactly, and ended up with a strange chocolate goo that more resembled batter than dough. Tasted alright after the attempted frying, but it ended up soaking up a ton of oil. I chucked the recipe in the garbage. No offense, it just wasn't the doughnut recipe I was looking for.

May 21, 2003

A delicious recipe that makes doughnuts with fabulous texture and flavor. Preparation is simple.

Nov 16, 2002

I also found these to be very greasy. My regular doughnuts never soaked in this much grease.


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  • Calories
  • 171 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.5 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 156 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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