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Baked Chocolate Donuts Using a Cake Mix (with glaze)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate baked donuts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 20 donuts
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Kara @ Quick and Easy Baking
These moist chocolate baked donuts are super easy, they're made with a cake mix, have a rich chocolate flavor and are covered in chocolate glaze and sprinkles.
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For the donuts:

  • 1 15.25 ounce box chocolate cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons milk (add additional tablespoons if needed)
  • chocolate or rainbow sprinkles (optional)


For the donuts:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or grease two donut pans.
  • Add the cake mix, eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium, until well combined.
  • Fill each donut cavity about 1/2 of the way full with the batter. Either spoon the batter in or transfer the batter to a ziplock bag or piping bag and pipe it into the donut pan cavities.
    (If there is any leftover batter after filling the donut pans, cover it and place in the refrigerator. Once the first round of donuts are baked and removed from the pans, add the remaining batter to the pans and bake.)
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 9-10 minutes. A toothpick inserted into a donut should come out with a few moist crumbs on it or clean. Be careful not to overbake these, or they could end up dry.
  • Set the baked donut pans onto a cooling rack for about 10 minutes, then remove the donuts from the pan and set onto cooling racks to cool completely.
  • While the donuts are cooling, prepare the glaze.

For the glaze:

  • In a mixing bowl, add the melted butter, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup and about three tablespoons of milk.
  • Mix well and check the consistency. If needed, add in another tablespoon of milk to thin the glaze.
  • Once the donuts are cool, dunk them face down into the glaze mixture about halfway up the donut, then twist and lift the donut up and out of the glaze.
  • Let the excess drip off a bit, then turn face up and set onto a cooling rack. Add sprinkles if desired. Let the donuts set up for about 10 minutes so that the glaze firms up just a bit.
    If the glaze starts to firm up too much while dipping the donuts, heat it in the microwave for about 10 seconds and stir.


Store leftover donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Nutritional values are an estimate.
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Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg