Spooky Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

A few weeks ago, Anne received a care package in the mail from her mom, Janet.  Among the goodies were tools to make Halloween-themed treats: a mini doughnut pan and spooky sprinkles!  It’s always exciting to add new kitchen gadgets to our ever-growing collection.

Anne decided to whip up a batch of cake doughnuts this weekend using the recipe from the pan’s packaging.  They are delicious, and were incredibly easy to make.  It was a fun project for a Saturday afternoon at home.  Below, I’ve created a “recipe view” so that you can print it for easy access and use in your own kitchen!

Spooky Chocolate Cake Doughnuts (via Norpro)

Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 8 minutes | Yields: 24 doughnuts

For the batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot water

Before starting, here are some items that you will need: Mini doughnut pan, cooking or baking spray (we used Crisco brand), and spooky sprinkles

Preheat oven to 325°F.  In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, and vanilla until thick.  In a small mixing bowl, combine milk and butter.  Alternately combine egg mixture and milk mixture into the flour mixture.  Blend until smooth and soft.

Spray pan lightly with cooking or baking spray.  Pour batter into a piping bag, and fill doughnut molds 2/3 full with batter.  (Or, pour batter into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and squeeze batter down into one corner.  Using scissors, snip one tip of the Ziploc to create an opening of no more than 1/8″.)  Bake for 8 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Carefully transfer doughnuts to a cooling rack.  Repeat with the rest of the batter.

Combine glaze ingredients in a small bowl.  Dip tops of cooled doughnuts in the glaze, and finish with spooky sprinkles immediately.  Enjoy!

From Scissors & Sage 

After taste-testing a doughnut (read: several doughnuts), both Anne and I felt that they could have tasted a bit more chocolatey.  Let us know if you make these at home, or if you experiment with adding more chocolate flavor.  What other spooky recipes have you been making this Halloween season?  Tag photos on Instagram with #scissorsandsage!

Lead chef and hand model: Anne Kenealy

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5 thoughts on “Spooky Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

  1. From Laurie Kenealy, on chocolatey doughnuts:

    Hi Victoria – I’m still loving your blog. Passing along an idea about the donuts not being chocolaty enough. Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, believes adding a bit of coffee to chocolate enhances the chocolate flavor. Here’s a link to one of her recipes with coffee added to both the cake and the icing. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/chocolate-ganache-cupcakes-recipe2.html

    Thank you, Laurie!

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