Frosted Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts

Living here in Germany, I don’t get the opportunity to eat very many cake donuts.  Last week, the commissary bakery was selling a glazed chocolate cake donut that was pretty yummy.  And now… I can’t get them off my mind.

So my cake donut obsession and my current peppermint obsession came together today to make my first peppermint recipe of the season!  Baked glazed peppermint dark chocolate cake donuts! NOM!

The recipe is a simple one.  Two bowls, one whisk and just a little bit of mixing are necessary to make a thick, fudge brownie type batter that will get piped into a donut pan and baked to puffy, cakey perfection.

Instead of a typical glaze, I wanted a thicker frosting.  So, I made my vanilla buttercream and made it a little smoother than I would if I were frosting a cupcake by adding more heavy cream.   After frosting each donut, I topped them with crushed peppermint candy canes! YUMMM!


Frosted Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts
Prep time
Cook time
Serves: 10 full size donuts and 12 mini donuts
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Crushed peppermint candy canes or peppermint sprinkles for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Spray donut pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients... flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Make sure there are no sugar clumps remaining.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and extracts.
  4. Make a well in the flour mixture. Slowly pour in the wet ingredients and begin to whisk. Whisk until smooth, about 15 strokes.
  5. Spoon batter into a piping bag (you can use a ziploc bag too). Squeeze batter into donut pan filling about ⅔ full.
  6. Bake full size donuts for 12-14 minutes. Bake mini donuts for 9-11 minutes. The donuts will be done when you gently press down on them and they spring back.
  7. Cool in pans for about 3-5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  1. Beat together the sugar and butter until smooth. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  2. Add the heavy cream slowly until you get your desired consistency. I like my frosting smooth, creamy and spreadable
  3. Spread frosting onto each donut. Sprinkle crushed candy canes or sprinkles on top.

Baked Sour Cream Doughnuts

A couple weeks ago I bought my first set of doughnut pans and I’ve been waiting for a reason to make them.  But then I realized, do I really need a reason?  hehe  So tonight, my husband requested I make him sour cream doughnuts (they’re his favorite) to bring to work tomorrow to share with the office.

I searched the internet and didn’t really find a recipe that stood out to me as being simple enough for a first go-round with these pans but yummy enough to be successful.  So, I took inspiration from a few places and came up with my own recipe.

I made these three ways… first I shook them in cinnamon-sugar and second, I dunked them in glaze and third, I dunked them in glaze and sprinkles.

I think for my first round of baked doughnuts using these pans, they turned our pretty good! I’m not sure if they’re going to make it to my husbands work tomorrow! HA! :)

PS…. I even dressed a few of the mini’s up for Valentine’s Day!  These would make a super simple, easy treat for teachers on the special day of love!


Baked Sour Cream Doughnuts
Makes about 1 dozen full size and 1 dozen mini doughnuts

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt

2 2/3 cup flour
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.  Grease doughnut pans with cooking spray.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla until smooth.  (About 4 minutes)
  3. Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.  Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl so that everything is incorporated.
  4. On low speed, add half the flour and mix until just combined.
  5. Mix in the sour cream then add the remaining flour.  Mix just until combined.
  6. Add the milk and bring up the speed to medium for about 15 seconds or until the batter is glossy and smooth.  Do not over mix!
  7. Using a pastry bag, fill the holes of the doughnut pan 5/6 full.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating pan after about 7 minutes.  (This time works for both the full size and minis.)
  9. NOTE:  The bottoms of the doughnuts will be a bit browner than the top, but this will be covered by any glaze or cinnamon you add to the doughnuts.
  10. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool a few more minutes before glazing.

1-2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp melted butter

  1. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a zip-loc bag.
  2. LIGHTLY brush doughnuts with melted butter on all sides.  NOTE:  You don’t want to brush on too much butter because they won’t dry properly and will get mushy.
  3. Place 1-2 doughnuts at a time in the sealed zip-loc bag and gently shake the doughnuts until covered.  Be careful, because they are warm, they are very fragile and can break or crack, so shake GENTLY!
  4. Place on wire rack to cool completely before storing.

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1-1 1/2 tbsp milk


  1. In a bowl with a flat bottom, whisk together the sugar and milk until smooth.  Add a few more drops of milk if you want a thinner glaze, but be careful a little milk goes a long way.
  2. Place sprinkles in a flat bottomed bowl just big enough to fit the doughnut.
  3. After the doughnuts have cooled, dunk the tops in the glaze and swirl a bit to shake off the excess.
  4. Immediately dip glazed top into the sprinkles.
  5. Set doughnut on cooling rack to drip.
  6. Allow doughnuts to set up for at least an hour before storing in containers with lids.
  7. If you are just glazing the doughnuts, set them on the cooling rack immediately after dunking and shaking off excess glaze.

Pumpkin Donut Holes

Oh man… it’s Fall.  I don’t care if the leaves haven’t started to change colors yet or if it’s still sunny and 80 degrees outside.  I’ve got my Fall decorations out, my pumpkin spice candle burning everyday and I am ready for Fall!

I bought the last two cans of pumpkin at the commissary 10 days ago and I have been hoarding it.  I’ve made pumpkin french toast, pumpkin spice syrup and now pumpkin donut holes.  I’ve got about 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin left that I’m going to have to make something with… Maybe more syrup, that didn’t last long in my house!

These donut holes aren’t your traditional fried donuts… they are baked.  But don’t get too excited cause then they’re drenched in butter.  So I guess the calories you’re saving by not frying them you’re gaining back with the stick of butter that’s melted all over them.

But really… all fattening calories aside, these little bites of heaven are so yummy, you won’t be able to eat just one!!



Donut Holes
Makes at least 48 donut holes

10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin puree (I used about half a 29oz can)

Cinnamon/Sugar Coating
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, meleted
1 1/2 cups sugar + 2-3 tbsp cinnamon, combined

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Lightly spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and pumpkin puree.
  5. With the paddle attachment on your stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar (about 2 minutes).
  6. Beat in eggs, one at a time and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  7. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions pumpkin mixture.  Mix only until just combined.
  8. Using the smallest ice cream scoop, scoop a dollop of batter into each hole of the muffin pan.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpic comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.
  11. Coat each ball in melted butter then sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture until completely coated.  Let sit out to dry for several hours.  If you don’t, the butter won’t dry and you’ll have wet/mushy donuts. Yuck!
  12. Pop a couple in your mouth along the way. ;)

Cake Doughnuts for Dad

My dad has been talking for years about the cake doughnuts that his mother would make for him growing up and how much he LOVES them.  Sometimes, when he’s lucky, he’ll find a local bakery that sells them and they’re “almost as good as Daisy’s” he’ll tell me. [Read more…]