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Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts


9 Min.
20 Min.
Skill Level:
12 donuts

This Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts recipe perfectly combines a luscious chocolate cake and a donut in each bite. Best of all, they’re baked at home rather than fried, so you get all the flavor and fun of a donut right in your kitchen. The donuts’ richness and silky, smooth chocolate glaze make them even more indulgent and tasty. Add personality and flair by adding your favorite toppings like colored sprinkles, chopped nuts or coconut.

“Donut” be afraid to try out other delectable ideas like our adorable HERSHEY'S KISSES Donut Bears.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
20 minutes
Bake Time
9 minutes
Cool Time
30 minutes


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  • 1 1/4 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1/2 cup
    buttermilk or sour milk
  • 2
    eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbsps
    butter, melted
  • 2 tsps
    vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar, optional
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • 2 Tbsps
    light corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsps
  • 1 tsp
    hot water


Equipment Needed 
donut pans (2) 6-Well Donut Pans
measuring cups and spoons Measuring Cups and Spoons
large mixing bowl Large Mixing Bowl
large spoon Large Spoon
rubber scraper Rubber Scraper
oven Oven
wire rack Wire Rack
microwave Microwave

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease the two donut pans or prepare pans as directed by the manufacturer.


Stir the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl and set aside.


Combine the buttermilk or sour milk, eggs, butter and vanilla and add to the flour mixture. Stir until dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Do not overmix.


To sour milk, use 1 1/2 tsps white vinegar plus milk to make 1/2 cup.


Divide batter equally into the donut wells, filling approximately 2/3 full.


The batter can be placed in a large food storage bag. Then, cut 1/2 inch off the tip and pipe into donut wells.


Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool the donuts completely on the wire rack.


Before serving, roll the donuts in powdered sugar or coat them with the chocolate glaze and garnish as desired. Donuts are best if eaten the day they are made.

Chocolate Glaze: Place 1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 2 tablespoons light corn syrup and 2 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) in 20-second increments until chips are melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon hot water, adding more hot water 1/2 teaspoon at a time if needed, until the mixture is smooth. Makes about 1/2 cup of glaze.


Dessert Decorating Station: These incredible baked chocolate cake donuts will add a whole new level of fun to any party or family activity. All you need to do is set up a fabulous dessert decorating station. Once the donuts have cooled, gather around the bar and get creative with your toppings. Offer a variety of goodies, including your favorite Hershey candy, chocolate glaze, powdered sugar, decorative icing, chopped nuts, coconut and sprinkles. Let imaginations run wild as everyone personalizes their donut with everything their heart desires. Yummy!

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