Thursday, February 7, 2013

Entenmann's Chocolate Cake Donuts Recipe

Like any great cake donuts these have a wonderfully tender crumb and a lightness that makes you want to go for more than just one. Although the donuts are finished with a drizzles of white and dark chocolate, they aren't overly sweet, and in fact might just benefit from a bit more sugar. We're thinking next time we'll swap out the chocolate drizzles for a sugary glaze.



[Photograph: Parragon Inc.]

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 10 to 14 donuts
Active time:45 minutes
Total time:1 hour


  • Batter:
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (warmed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Vegetable oil for greasing baking sheet and frying
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate pieces
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate pieces


  1. 1
    In a bowl, blend together the warmed milk, egg and vanilla extract.
  2. 2
    In a mixer set up with a paddle attachment, mix the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the butter and blend. Slowly add the milk, egg and vanilla. Mix until the batter is smooth and thick and resembles cookie dough. Leave the dough to rest in the mixer for 20 minutes.
  3. 3
    Roll the dough onto a floured surface. The dough should be 1⁄2-inch thick. Using a donut cutter to cut out the donuts.

  4. 4
    Heat at least 3 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed pan. The oil should be 360°F.

  5. 5
    Carefully place the donuts one at a time into the oil. Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack.
  6. 6
    To make the glaze, melt each of the chocolates separately over a pan of water. Coat the donuts making a pattern.

     From Entenmann's Big Book of Baking by Kathleen Robbins.


  1. I was wondering if you have tried this recipe and baked the donuts instead of frying them?

    1. When I made them I fried them. You could probably bake them too. My guess is that they would have a lighter texture, and may split during baking. If you do try baking them let me know haw they turn out.


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