Small Batch Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

Baked chocolate doughnuts

Sunday morning breakfast doesn’t always have to be sensible: these baked chocolate doughnuts are a much better way of starting off the day.

I have been hankering after a doughnut pan for a very long time, but given our already very overcrowded kitchen, had been putting off actually buying one. Thankfully, Santa delivered one this Christmas¬†and I managed to find a home for it in the strange, thin gap between the top of the washing machine and the countertop. So now I can have doughnuts for breakfast. I’d call that a win all round.

These are so, so easy to put together: stir wet ingredients into dry, fill up a piping bag and pipe straight into the tin. Since they are so small they don’t take long to bake or cool and I reckon you can go from staring hungrily at the fridge to eating one of these baked chocolate doughnuts in under an hour. Useful tip: if you find buttermilk hard to come by, it works just fine to sour milk with lemon juice (same idea as with soda bread) for a little more of an acidic tang.

Not bad for a lazy weekend morning, eh?

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Baked Chocolate Doughnuts


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 soft light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil


  • Preheat the oven to 175C, and lightly oil a six ring dougnut tin. Whisk together the flour, cooca powder, bicarb of soda until well combined. In a separate bowl, quickly whisk together the milk, egg, oil and sugar and then beat this into the flour mixture. You might need to add a little extra so that it becomes a good dropping consistency. Fill up a piping bag and pipe into the dougnut tin.
  • Bake for around 13 minutes until springy, turning down the temperature to 160C about half way through. Remove, let cool for three minutes in the tin and then turn out to cool completely. To ice them just mix together some icing sugar with a little cocoa and water, and dip each doughnut in until covered.
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