So first things first, is it donut or doughnut? I never know which one to use but as long as you understand that we’re talking about the cakey desserts with the hole in the middle I’m good with moving forward 🙂 I’ve said it before when the donut craving creeps in there is absolutely nothing you can do to resist the craving and these soft, moist, and delicious baked chocolate donuts will satisfy all the sweet cravings. These cuties are made with simple pantry ingredients and can be decorated any way you like. For me, I wanted some sparkly and colorful!
As mentioned, these donuts are very easy and do not require a lot of mixing time. The less mixing the better the crumb will be and for these, we are going for a soft and tender crumb. So after you combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients it is so important that you only mix JUST UNTIL the batter shows no flour streaks. Overmixing will result in a tough and almost rubbery texture when baked.
Some of the ingredients for these baked chocolate donuts are as follows:
Flour – I used all-purpose flour and I’m unsure of how other flours will work in this recipe
Cocoa powder – Whatever your favorite is will work just fine
Brown sugar- Brown sugar helps to achieve a deeply sweet donut and also contributes to the soft texture
Baking powder – This helps with our texture as well and works with the buttermilk to create a tender crumb
Cinnamon- This is an optional ingredient but I think you will like the way the cinnamon, brown sugar, and cocoa powder create a deep warm flavor
Salt- enhances the flavor
Buttermilk- Helps with the texture of the donut ensuring that they bake up soft and moist
How to make Baked Chocolate Donuts
Preheat the oven to 325° and grease your donut pan. Add the dry ingredients to a medium-sized bowl, whisk well, then set aside. In another bowl whisk the egg, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and buttermilk until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix JUST until there are no flour streaks. The batter should be thick and shiny.
Spoon or pipe the donut batter into the prepared donut pan and bake for 7 minutes. Let the donuts cool in the pan for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and cool before icing.
To make the ganache pour the heavy cream into a small pot and heat on low until it begins to simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and stir until the ganache is formed. If you want your ganache sweeter then add 1 tbsp of sugar and mix well to ensure the sugar has dissolved. Let the ganache cool, slightly. Dip your donuts in the ganache and decorate with sprinkles, gold leaf paper, chocolate chips, cookie crumbs, or enjoy as is.