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Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts

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  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 donuts
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These moist chocolate cake donuts are baked to perfection and topped with a dark chocolate glaze. With the deep dark chocolate flavor and pinch of flaky sea salt, these donuts aren’t too sweet but still so delicious. They’re also completely gluten and dairy free!


Dark Chocolate Glaze

  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (plus more for sprinkling on top)
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp No Sugar Added SunButter
  • Flaky sea salt for sprinkling on top

Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts

  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) gluten free baking flour
  • 1/2 cup (50g) dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (100g) dark or light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup (125g) No Sugar Added SunButter
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider or white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


Dark Chocolate Glaze

  1. Start by making the glaze so that it has time to cool and thicken.
  2. Combine the chocolate and SunButter in a heat safe bowl.
  3. Microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth.
  4. Leave the chocolate at room temperature to cool while we make the donuts.

Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease the donut pans (prepare for 12 donuts total).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the hot water and espresso, followed by the SunButter, vinegar, and vanilla.
  4. Once smooth, whisk in the eggs.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to fold the batter together.
  6. Add the batter to a large piping bag and pipe the donuts into the baking pan, filling each about 2/3 full. *The batter is the perfect amount for 12 donuts
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes. To test for doneness, lightly tap the surface of the donuts. They should feel soft and bouncy.
  8. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer the donuts to a cooling rack.
  9. When the donuts have completely cooled and the glaze has thickened, dunk each donut in the glaze.
  10. Sprinkle with more chocolate and a pinch of sea salt. They’re best served fresh so dig in!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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