Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 7th September 2012

I was up bright and early this morning making dark chocolate cake donuts. My son, Matt, started the new school year yesterday. He decided in the spring that he wanted to enrol in business school. Unfortunately that means delaying University a year while he takes the required prerequisite math courses. He only has one class this term in the afternoon.

A photo of Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts with Salted Caramel Glaze cooling on a wire rack.

I prepared a huge breakfast for Matt before he left for class yesterday but the first thing he said to me when he arrived home was, “Mom I’m starving!” In fact he called home to let me know he was on his way and asked if I could start dinner so that it would be ready when he arrived. It was only 3 o’clock. When he arrived home he made a point of stating that I needed to stock up on snacks so he could make it through the afternoons. The class is only 2 hours long, how will he survive?

A photo of a stack of three chocolate Cake Donuts served with small bottles of milk.

It’s back to preparing grab-and-go snacks, muffins, croissants, brownies, cookies, cereal bars and yogurt and fruit parfaits (Marla makes the best parfaits). Where did the summer go?

A photo of Mini Chocolate Cake Donuts threaded on a skewer.

I prepared my mise en place last night before heading off to bed and this morning it only took a few minutes to whip up the batter. I would recommend starting the caramel first and while it’s simmering away you can prepare the batter. The caramel should reach the perfect consistency for dipping or decorating when the first batch of donuts comes out of the oven. These cake donuts are so easy to prepare and they make a perfect afternoon treat enjoyed with a cold glass of milk.

A photo of a stack of Cake Donuts separated by parchment paper squares.

When I was visiting my brother, Gabriel, a couple of weeks ago in New Jersey I stocked up on some baking ingredients that I can’t purchase locally. In the midst of my shopping spree I ran across Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa by King Arthur Flour, a blend of Dutch-process cocoa and extra dark black cocoa. This special blend of cocoa not only gave the donuts a deep dark brown almost black colour but also an intense chocolate flavour. I’m so happy I came across it while shopping but now I wish I had purchased more, the flavour is amazing.

A photo of Mini Cake Donuts dipped in Salted Caramel Glaze cooling on a parchment paper lined mini wire rack.

Usually I have to be very careful when I’m shopping in the US because I have to be conscious of how much I purchase because I have to transport it home. I was very lucky this trip because my brother, Luciano and my sister-in-law Iris came for a visit as well and as luck would have it, they drove. Thankfully they brought my entire collection of goodies home for me and Iris went above and beyond because she hand delivered my finds when I returned home. Wasn’t that so nice of her?

A photo of two bottles of milk with red polka dot straws with Mini Cake Donuts threaded on the straws displayed with a plate of mini chocolate cake donuts set in front.

I have to say I miss the days when I could jump in the car and go (these days trips are limited to very short distances). I would buckle the kids in the car seats; leave early in the morning, the kids would sleep until we arrived at the border (bypassing the inevitable never-ending question, “Are we there yet?”). We’d have a quick bite to eat and be back in the car driving only a short distance before they would doze off again. No checking luggage, no delays, no schedules and I could shop to my heart’s content.

A photo taken looking down on mini and large chocolate cake donuts cooling on a wire rack.

I’m a big fan of traditional yeast doughnuts especially Chocolate Glazed or Boston Cream but these cake donuts are perfect when you’re short on time and equally satisfying.  They’re extremely moist and flavourful and there’s no need to heat oil for deep-frying. And clean up is a breeze.

A photo of cake doughnuts dipped in salted caramel cooling on wire racks.

I decided to top these dark chocolate cake donuts with a Salted Caramel Glaze (couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy chocolate and caramel – wildly indulgent) but you could also enjoy them simply sprinkled with confectioners sugar, dipped in vanilla glaze, or enjoyed without any topping at all.

A photo of dark chocolate Baked Doughnuts placed in a row on a rectangular shaped white dish.

I’m anxious to try Adrianna’s Cake Doughnuts (A Cozy Kitchen) especially the Maple Glaze with Bacon topping. Canadian Maple Syrup – the best! Adriana uses a different technique to prepare her cake doughnuts; in fact, it’s very similar to the preparation used for yeast doughnuts.

A cropped photo of baked donuts and two small bottles of milk with red polka dot straws.

When you’re craving donuts but don’t have the time to prepare traditional yeast donuts I hope you’ll try these no muss, no fuss cake donuts.

Happy Friday!

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Comments (13)

13 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts with Salted Caramel Glaze”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    First of all, I’m so sad that we weren’t able to see each other while you were here! I hope that you had fun with your family.

    Second, these look amazing. What a treat they must have made for your son! From what I hear, teenage boys are always hungry.

  2. Grace Says:

    Hi Lauren me too! All in all it was a great trip, had one little set back will have to fill you in at some point. Not sure if I told you about the delays flying in, 12 hours stuck at the Toronto airport. I thought for sure we’d return without any then we got delayed again, can you believe it? Everything has a silver lining, Mom and I ended spending the day at the Sheraton, we had a nice lunch and spend some quality time together. I finally got into the city but only for a few hours, probably a good thing because in a short time I was able to amass quite a few bags of goodies. I really enjoyed Eataly, will have to come back really soon, in fact, I should have been there this weekend for another family event but I couldn’t travel for health reasons.

  3. Janelle King Says:

    This looks so tasty. You always do an awesome job

  4. SimplyBakes Says:

    Yeap, its all about stocking up ingredients we cant find in our local supermarts:D

  5. Lucia Says:

    Tthey seem so delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Dalila G. Says:

    These donuts look soooo yummy!
    I’m a big fan of KAF, they always have the best ingredients to bake with. I will definitely be buying more D-D-Dark Cocoa. :-D
    I like the fact that these are baked and not fried. Thank you for another great recipe!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. shabana Says:

    I am a big fan ofur recipes they r truly professinal and trust worthy,i tried this donuts they were yummy,i have posted my result of ur recipe in my blog have a look and post ur lovely comments

  8. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking Says:

    I saw these donuts few days ago on Google+ and immediately saved the recipe. Well, today I made them. Halved the recipe (bad bad decision) and they were all gone in no time. Didn’t even had time to snap a photo :(
    next time I have to make the caramel glaze too, today was out of heavy cream :(
    Thanks Grace!

  9. Grace Says:

    Hi Roxana, so happy you enjoyed them!

  10. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking Says:

    Hi Grace, just stopping by to say I’ve included your recipe in my 100 chocolate recipes round-up

  11. laura Says:

    These look AMAZING! I can’t wait to make them!

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