Baked Chocolate Fudge Doughnuts.
See also: how to perk up a Monday.
I’ve got one more little chocolate recipe here for your super sweet teeth. It’s totally NOT a Monday recipe, unless you plan on making it tonight for Valentine’s Day breakfast tomorrow.
Which you totally should.
Oh! Here’s a question.
Is a doughnut breakfast or dessert? At least, for you – is it breakfast or dessert?
If you would have asked me ten years ago, I probably would have said breakfast, even though doughnuts weren’t my number one choice. I never loved doughnuts or pastries when I was growing up, so the obsession is fairly recent.
But with that fairly recent obsession comes all those crazy trashed up doughnuts. Doughnuts with actual cheesecake on top, with cereal on top, with 34 different glazes and sprinkles – so much stuff on doughnuts! I’m inclined to eat one for dessert instead of breakfast because consuming someone like that first thing in the morning sets me up for a day of terrible choices and also often makes me feel like garbage, especially if it’s consumed alone. Without eggs or fruit or something.
This is my compromise: doughnuts are breakfast dessert. Dessert AFTER breakfast! Have a lovely, balanced breakfast first thing in the morning and then eat a doughnut for dessert. It’s a win either way. Also, you’ve already eaten breakfast, so you’re full, but one is never too full for dessert. Never!
Really, I never am. I can always have a bite regardless of the meal I just ate. Shockingly I prefer to SHARE dessert after a big meal, but that’s only because it gives a reason to order multiple different desserts so I can take bites of different flavors. True life.
In my perfect doughnut world, yeasted ones are the only to exist. I LOVE yeasted doughnuts. They are so light and fluffy. I don’t dislike cake doughnuts, but I never choose them first. They are just so much more dense.
But I guess that’s a good thing if you’re into coffee dunking, right right?
My infatuation with yeasted doughnuts is one of the reasons that I don’t make baked doughnuts often. While they aren’t exactly like REAL (read: fried) cake doughnuts, they are much closer in texture to cake doughnuts than they are to yeasted. And as much as I love the yeasted doughnuts? Eddie is that crazy about cake doughnuts. He wouldn’t even eat a fluffy one if I put it in front of his face!
Plus, the baked ones are SO much easier. And your entire house doesn’t smell like a deep fryer. SOLD.
On top of these chocolate love bugs, there is a big fat BLOOD ORANGE drizzle. Are you absolutely blown away? That I am sharing yet another blood orange (part of a) recipe?!
It’s not necessary but it is 1. delicious and 2. pink so if they are still in season when you go to make these? It’s a done deal. You neeeeed it.
Chocolate fudge + a teeny hint of orange and a giant splash of pink makes for the most adorable breakfast dessert. Or dinner dessert. Or lunch! You could even make these into a cake shape, pile them high on a cake stand or set them on top of a milkshake.
Because that sounds like an appropriate thing to do when you’re eating doughnuts.
I love you this many doughnuts!
Baked Chocolate Fudge Doughnuts
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cake flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk whole or 2%, full-fat coconut or almond
- 4 ounces chopped chocolate
- 6 ounces high-quality dark chocolate chopped
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
blood orange glaze
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your donut pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together the flours, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar until combined. Add in the dry ingredients and the eggs, mixing until the batter is just combined. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then stir in the milk until the batter is smooth. Fold in the chopped chocolate. Use a spoon and add the batter to the donut pan until each mold is about 3/4 of the way full. Bake the donuts for 13 to 15 minutes, until they are set and slightly golden. Remove and let cool. Once cool, dip each donut in the ganache and drizzle with the orange glaze. Serve immediately.
- Add the chopped chocolate to a bowl. Heat the cream in a saucepan over low heat just until bubbles appear around the edges and it’s warm. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 30 seconds, then stir continuously until it’s smooth. Stir in the butter and set aside until ready to use.
blood orange glaze
- Whisk together the ingredients until combined and smooth.
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31 Comments on “Baked Chocolate Fudge Doughnuts.”
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Blood orange glaze! This sounds like the perfect complement to the chocolate ganache. And such a pretty color for Valentine’s Day.
Oh all of this chocolate. It makes my chocoholic heart happy, but not so much the waistline.
But my waistline will survive the disappointment.
OMG how delicious!!!
i’d pick a yeasted doughnut over a cake one every time, but you’re right; it’s soooo much easier to make a baked cake one than a fried yeasted one! and i feel like a lot of sweet brunch items veer towards dessert, so donuts basically = brunch in my eyes (:
These doughnuts! How can Mondays go wrong with these doughnuts? Plus all that chocolate!
these are perfect for Galentine’s day!!
YES to that pink!!!! love a good pop of color to make me forget I’m eating 12 billion calories.
Such a decadent and easy treat! Love that sweet, sweet ganche!
Wow, Jessica you read my mind!!! I literally came here this morning to search for a donut recipe to make for Valentine’s Day breakfast and you’re already there. Love you for it. I like to surprise my fiancé with food puns every year. This year I’m going with “I donut know what I would do without you”. These are perfect. Thanks!
Love these! and so would my girls. Any recommendations for an alternative to a donut pan? Of course you could simply say nope and I’ll be forced to rush out to the store and get one… :)
These donuts look amazing! I wish I was eating some of these right now!
I do not usually correct typos, but in your third big paragraph you wrote, “I’m inclined to eat one for dessert instead of breakfast because consuming someone like that first thing in the morning sets me up for a day of terrible choices..”
I am assuming you do not eat people first thing in the morning. ;)
I can’t believe that I still haven’t tried making doughnuts. These look really pretty!
Wow wow wow!
These look amazing! x
I need a donut pan in my life immediately!
Perfect match: dark chocolate and blood orange ! This couple has good chances :-) Thank you so much !
YUM! How have I never made doughnuts at home? I seriously need to jump on board.
hey girl- these look amazing!
I need these doughnuts in my life ASAP. Love the pink icing too!
“Breakfast dessert” is probably one of the best phrases I’ve ever read. These doughnuts are the embodiment of that! I love how glossy that ganache is!
Consuming ‘someone’ like that sets you up for a day of terrible choices hey ;) haha I love all your recipes Jessica. I’ve been reading your blog all the way from Australia since the beginning. You crack me up woman! x
these look wonderful, thank you! I agree, by themselves you’re looking at a “crash and burn” about 30 minutes after eating, so much better to pair these with some protein, etc, etc, even in already full and that can’t happen anyway, right? So, will give these a try, thanks again!
Recipe look beautiful. In this valentine’s day i made this Chocolate doughnuts for my boyfriend and he really link this recipe. Its taste delicious and yum. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe with us.
So excited that I am not the only one who eats breakfast dessert. For real! Every damn day!
And I agree, that yeast donuts are number one, but baking cake donuts is so quick (and healthy-ish?) I can’t hate them, especially when chocolate and citrus are involved =)
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Totally beautiful!! – love the idea of the blood orange!!
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