Glazed Chocolate Donuts

These glazed chocolate donuts are soft and moist and dipped in a sweet glaze!

I’ve been on a quest to create the perfect chocolate cake donut. I mean, first of all, goals like this are fun to achieve. Even the not-so-perfect chocolate donuts are still chocolate donuts.

Second, how fabulous would it be to have a perfect chocolate donut recipe? Pretty darn fabulous, you guys. Being known as the lady with the perfect chocolate donut recipe is kind of a big deal.

So, I set my mind to it and I measured and mixed and baked and tasted and then did it again and again quite a few times. Finally, I came up with this recipe. The perfect chocolate donut. It’s moist. It’s fluffy. It’s like a chocolate cake, but it’s shaped like a donut which means that it’s breakfast. Then I dunked the donuts in my favorite donut glaze. It gets all crisp and crackly and is pretty much just as perfect as the donut shop glaze.

Glazed Chocolate Cake Donuts - my favorite recipe!

These are definitely my favorite baked donuts! If you prefer fried donuts, be sure to check out my favorite recipe for those here!

If you’re looking for an easy recipe for your donut pan, this is the one. No mixer needed and it takes less than 20 minutes to get your donuts on the table.  These make a great after school snack, too.

Glazed Chocolate Cake Donuts - my favorite recipe!

Glazed Chocolate Donuts

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 8 minutes Total Time 18 mins
Serves 10 donuts     adjust servings


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the vanilla, egg, sour cream, milk, and oil.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
  5. Spoon in a greased donut pan.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes or until the tops spring back when you touch them.
  7. Let the donuts cool in the pan before glazing.
  8. Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth.
  9. Dunk the donuts in the glaze to fully coat and place on a wire rack to set, about 5 minutes.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 237kcal Calories from fat 73
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Carbohydrate 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 29g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

(I’ve changed this glaze recipe up a bit after receiving a few comments that it wasn’t setting properly. It works beautifully now!)
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