Saturday, January 4, 2014

Chocolate Cake Donuts

I go on kicks of things I like and eat them all the time. Then I go on another kick and eat that. Like donuts. Or doughnuts. Whatever. This isn't a spelling class, it's a food blog. Ok, actually doughnuts are the original fried dough version. Please don't get mad and send me emails about the subject. Cake donuts are still a thing. I love all kinds but will eat Apple Fritters for a while then move on to custard filled and then to crullers. Now just so happens to be my cake donut phase. Specifically chocolate cake donuts with chocolate frosting. That is my go-to treat if I get one at the bakery in my grocery store.

 I decided I needed to make them at home. Especially since I received a donut pan for Christmas from my husband and kids. They turned out great! And they are healthier than the kind in the store, fo'sho'. I know everyone is all big on eating healthy right now, myself included. BUT. I need treats. 

Not fruit topped with lite whipped cream that is supposed to count as a dessert. Nor do I want stuff sweetened with fake sugar. Except Diet Coke. I can make my own desserts and control what I put in them. Like Coconut Sugar. Definitely the way to go. When you bake with it, it tastes just like regular sugar was used. I found it at Walmart to try, but Amazon has it, too. So excuse me while I have a treat. 

I'm just not gonna eat them all. Maybe.

1 C. flour
1/4 C. + 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar (or granulated)
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 C. + 3 Tbsp. milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
your favorite chocolate frosting recipe (I love Betty Crocker's canned kind)

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Spray a donut pan with cooking spray. You can find them on Amazon, this link is for 2 pans, but you can choose the option of 1 pan.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients.
  • Add the milk, egg, vanilla and butter; mix until smooth.
  • Divide the batter among the donut cavities. 
  • Bake 12-14 minutes until done. 
  • Cool for 1 minute in the pan and then turn donuts out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Dip the tops of donuts into your favorite frosting and top with sprinkles if desired.

Because I love coconut sugar so much, I am giving away a bag for you to try! This giveaway is closed. The winner is Lori!!

There are so many benefits to it. It has a low glycemic index and is a safe alternative for diabetics. It's a real thing, not a fake substitute for sugar. To enter to win, just leave a comment and let me know of any goals you have for the year. If you don't have any (no judgements here!) just tell me something that made you smile today. Be sure to include your email address. Giveaway ends Jan. 11th. 
This giveaway is from me and me alone. I just love it and want you to love it, too!


  1. I love how good these donuts look! Chocolate on chocolate is my choice too :-)

  2. No real resolutions but I do have a big transition coming this summer. Graduating med school and starting family medicine residency :) That always makes me smile :)

  3. Today, as my husband was pulling the Christmas Tree out the front door (Big tree, little door). My dog Abbie Dash, tried squeezing through the tree and door to get out. She squeezed enough to escape, took off along the front of the house, down the driveway, down the sidewalk and took off down the block. We have lots of snow, but she used the walkways (she's proper). She then ran back just as fast, never taking a short cut through the snow. She never takes off like that. It all happened very fast, and all I could do was laugh at her. It reminded me why her name is Abbie "Dash", makes me smile.

  4. My goal for 2014 is to cook and eat healthier as welll as well as exercising more. These donuts sound delish!

  5. Thanks for providing so many terrific dishes, these look delicious! I'm training to run my first marathon this year in May.

  6. To continue to lose weight the healthy way and tone up!

  7. great recipe! thanks for the info on where to get donut pans! glad I found your site..
    New Year's plan: bake more!!

  8. To get in better shape and continue to improve my diet.

  9. I do love this new recipe to try but what made me smile today was seeing new baby photos sent from two old friends of mine, so saw a beautiful baby girl and then a handsome baby boy.did I mention the holday costumes they endured!

  10. Hi Mandy. My name is Michele. I enjoy receiving your daily emails with all your wonderful recipes. My goal for this year is to keep myself healthy. I just got thru learning how to walk again (had 4 spinal surgeries because of a chromosone back problem) Hard work. Got thru that problem and now I find out I am diabetic. This is why your giveaway caught my eye. One thing for sure, I will keep a smile on my face with this new struggle. Keep a smile on your face and it will keep u from falling into a depression. Try it, it works. Thanks again for your recipes. My email address is

  11. I'm going to try to keep up my 4.0 GPA!

  12. goal: to help my body heal as well as my life. I hope to have a home soon. What me me smile today: My dog Prince gave me a kiss when I wasn't paying attention and he "talked" to say. . hey! I love you! made my day.
    Thank you for this offer. If I win I will use this sugar to prepare Bread Pudding or Pie.
    Prince will have to settle for a Mr Woofrs!

    ! thanks!

  13. The picture of your donuts made me smile! My one goal for this year is to stay more connected w/ my family who all live out of state. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  14. My goal for this year is to keep a healthy lifestyle for me and my family. The one thing that made me smile today was the smiles in my coworkers faces as I entered the office, it was nice to see everyone after the holiday break.

  15. You know, I hadn't heard of coconut sugar until I saw your post on FB - and then I saw a bag at Kroger's. I am diabetic, so I would love to try it! (Also have a goal this year to make more of the little dietary lifestyle changes that are good choices!!) I also got a donut pan for Christmas, so I need to try a recipe SOON. LOL! Thanks for your generosity! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Congrats!!! You won! I will email you. :)

  16. These donuts look delicious :-). Thanks I've been wanting something chocolate.

  17. Donuts... be still my heart! My favorite food in the entire universe, AND you covered them with sprinkles. No wonder I like you so much! :)

  18. i just got a doughnut pan and want to try these out!

  19. Wow.... these looking so YUM......I just want this food with any condition.I love this.


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