Donuts Recipes

Chocolate Cake Donut Holes

Chocolate Cake Donut Holes

Chocolate Cake Donut Holes

These donut holes are glazed and sprinkled to make the perfect guilty treat. They taste more like cake than donuts, but have that wonderful donut glaze.

Roll the donuts in sprinkles after dipping in glaze to make these donut holes a bit more colorful.

Yields: Makes 3 dozen donut holes.


  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup of buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cups of unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Glaze

  • 2 ½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons of milk
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Method of Preparation

  • Sift the flour, baking powder and soda, cocoa powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  • Whisk the eggs, buttermilk, sugar, butter, and vanilla together in a smaller bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir with a large spoon.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Roll the dough into balls that are slightly smaller than golf ball size.
  • Add the vegetable oil to a large pot and heat it over medium heat.
  • When it reaches 350º F, fry the donut holes in batches for 2 or 3 minutes each.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and set them on paper towels to drain.
  • Combine the glaze ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add more powdered sugar if the glaze is too running. Add more water if the glaze is too thick.
  • Dip the donuts in the glaze and set them on a wire rack to drain off the excess glaze.
  • Allow the donuts to set for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the glaze to set.

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