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Glazed Chocolate Cake Donuts

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake Donuts

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  • Author: Lindsay Farr
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 1 dozen 1x


Please ration your portions, because the willpower it takes to not go overboard with these chocolate cake donuts won’t come easy.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (325 g)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature (42 g)
  • 5 large egg yolks (approximately 90 g)
  • 1 3/4 cups sour cream (453 g or 16 oz container)
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour or pastry flour (480 g)
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder (Make sure it’s a high-quality cocoa powder to reduce bitterness. You can also reduce this to 2/3 cup if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon + 3/4 teaspoon baking powder (15 g)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Canola oil for frying (96 fl oz)

For the Plain Glaze:

  • 100ml whole milk (100 g)
  • 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar (400 g)
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey (Adjusting the glaze to include honey for sweetness and flavor.)


Prepare the Donut Dough:

  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  • Whisk in the salt and set aside.
  • Line a large mixing bowl with plastic wrap, then spray its surface. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat granulated sugar, butter, and yolks on high until fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  • Mix in sour cream until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients on low speed, mixing just until incorporated.
  • Transfer the dough to the prepared bowl. Spray its top and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Chill for 60 minutes. The dough can be stored for up to a week.

Shape & Cut:

  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment and nonstick spray.
  • Flour a work surface and place dough on it. Roll to ½-inch thick.
  • Using 3-inch and 1 ¼-inch ring cutters, cut donuts and holes.
  • Place them on the baking sheet and refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.

Prepare the Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, powdered sugar, salt, and honey.
  • Adjust consistency over simmering water if needed.


  • Pour oil into a fryer or Dutch oven, ensuring it’s at least 2 inches deep.
  • Heat to 350°F. Adjust to maintain this temperature.
  • Fry 3 donuts at a time, flipping and frying until golden brown (approximately 80 seconds per side).
  • Fry donut holes as indicated in the original recipe.
  • Drain on a wire rack.


  • Once slightly cooled, dip donuts in glaze.
  • Return to wire rack and allow glaze to set.

Serve & Store:

  • Enjoy the donuts fresh, ideally the day they’re made.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container.
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Chilling Time: 1 hr
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 donut
  • Calories: 370
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
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