Chocolate Cake Doughnuts


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


servings 171 cals
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Original recipe yields 30 servings



  • Calories:
  • 171 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 26.5g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 156 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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.


  • 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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  1. 13 Ratings


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...

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 ...

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...

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

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...

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...

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

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

I must say I did not have good luck with this recipe. My doughnuts turned out to be chocolate grease sponges.This problem is not with this recipe only though I have not had good luck with any ch...