Growing up, a chocolate frosted donut was my GO TO at Dunkin' Donuts. The perfectly textured donut, the delectable chocolate frosting, topped with sprinkles, I mean *mwah* chef's kiss! I had to recreate it.
Chocolate frosted donuts
There are two main components of these chocolate frosted donuts.
- The donut: this is a baked donut (not fried) so it has more of a cake-y texture. But don't let that fool you, these chocolate frosted donuts are super moist and have the perfect crumb.
- The chocolate frosting: this chocolate frosting is the BEST part in my opinion. It is made from melted chocolate and butter, as well as a little light corn syrup to really make the chocolate shine. Smother that frosting with sprinkles and you have one gorgeous looking donut.
If you need to run to the grocery store, here is your shopping list:
- Unsalted butter: unsalted butter is my favorite to use in baked goods because you can control exactly how much salt goes into your recipe. We also use unsalted butter in the frosting, so make sure to splurge on the good stuff!
- Brown sugar and granulated sugar: a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar is the best for these donuts to make them sweet and moist (sorry).
- Egg: eggs add moisture and bind all of the ingredients together.
- Yogurt: yogurt makes these donuts super moist with the perfect crumb. I like to use full fat greek yogurt, but anything will really work here.
- Milk: since this is a cake-based batter, milk thins out the batter a little as it would in a cake.
- All purpose flour: all purpose flour is the flour of choice for these donuts. It provides the perfect texture!
- Cocoa powder: of course we need cocoa powder in a chocolate donut!
- Baking soda: baking soda helps the donuts puff up and rise. The baking soda reacts with the yogurt in this recipe.
- Semi-sweet chocolate: the chocolate is melted together with the butter to form a super smooth and delicious frosting.
- Light corn syrup: the light corn syrup does two things. It thickens up the frosting so that it has the ability to set and not leak all over the donut. It also makes the frosting super shiny.
- Sprinkles: optional, but recommended!
- Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, yogurt and milk. Add the dry ingredients and fold together until combined.
- Spoon or pipe the batter into the donut cavities. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
- While it's baking, make the frosting. Once the donuts are cool, dip the tops of the donuts into the frosting, sprinkle with sprinkles (hehe) and let sit until the chocolate frosting has set. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Frosted Donuts
- Donut pan
- 1 ¾ cup (219 grams) all purpose flour spooned and leveled
- ½ cup (40 grams) cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter melted and cooled
- ½ cup (100 grams) brown sugar packed
- ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 egg room temperature
- ½ cup (120 grams) yogurt room temperature, greek or regular works!
- ½ cup (120 mL) whole milk room temperature
- 1 cup (180 grams) semi-sweet chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
- ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon water
- sprinkles optional
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) and grease a donut pan.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, yogurt, and milk until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until a batter forms.
- Gently spoon the batter into the donut cavities, or pipe the batter in using a piping bag/ziplock bag with the tip cut off (preferred method). Bake for 11-12 minutes. To test, gently press your finger into the donut. It is ready if the donut bounces back.
- Let the donuts cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and let them finish cooling on a baking sheet.
- While the donuts are cooling, make the chocolate frosting. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt together the chocolate, butter, light corn syrup and water in 20 second increments, stirring in between each increment until completely smooth and melted. You can also do this over a double boiler.
- Once the donuts are completely cool, dip one side of the donut into the melted chocolate. Top with sprinkles if desired and enjoy!
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