Valentine’s day is just around the corner! We’re sharing and easy baked chocolate donut recipe with a festive décor that’s perfect for any valentines day.
The recipe couldn’t be any easier. The donuts are ready in under 20 minutes and are made with a few simple ingredients and minimal preparation work. How amazing is that!
These baked not fried donuts have a mix of a cake-like texture. You’ll notice that they rise quite well and almost have a dome top when baking.
When we were testing this recipe we tried with just 1 egg, room temperature butter and ½ cup of milk and found that the dough was too thick and hard to spread in our pan. The donuts cooked fine but they had imperfections rather than smooth tops. We decided to add some pastry flour to give them a nice rise and added another egg and more milk to create a smoother batter that was easier to handle. We found this to be much better than the first time and are quite please with the results.
We’re keeping things simple for you all you need is a good whisk and a bowl. No fancy mixer needed to make this. It isn’t necessary and you don’t want to get caught over mixing the dough. The one thing you’ll need is a donut pan which can be purchased online or pretty much anywhere where you’d find baking sheets.
We don’t have a piping bad and didn’t want to use a zip lock bag to be wasteful so we just spooned the batter into the mold. By all means if you prefer to use a bag that’s fine. Fill the holes about ½ way to make sure it doesn’t overflow and cover the center to allow the donuts to cook with their signature holes. To make sure their perfectly smooth we wet the back of a spoon with hot water and just went over the batter in each hole to make sure it was completely smooth.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray donut pans with cooking spray. Set asideIn a large bowl, combine butter, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar whisk until combined about 2 minutes.
2. In a large measuring cup or medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cacao powder combine the ingredients with a fork.
3. Alternate between the dry ingredients and the milk folding them into the wet ingredients to combine. If you find the batter a bit too thick feel free to add a little bit of milk to reach your desired texture.
4. Add the mixture into the molds and bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.