Baked Chocolate Doughnuts: Why Baked Doughnut is Better than Fried Doughnut

Simply soft and Baked Chocolate Donut is the way that we should be enjoying donuts. Bake, not fried makes a huge difference in taste and flavor, once you try the bake version, you might not want the fried one. Plus, it is a lot easier making the bake version.

Homemade Baked Chocolate Donut By SweetNSpicyLiving

Don’t get me wrong, doughnut lovers out there I do  not have anything against doughnuts. In fact, from time to time I buy doughnuts too. Maybe one couldn’t argue on how some doughnuts are simply delicious and irresistible. I guess for me the issue is not that it doesn’t taste good, because some doughnuts really do taste good. My issue with it is the fact that it is deep fried. We know that some good delicious food comes with a price, but it should always be like that. For me, eating food should be fun and enjoyable, I shouldn’t be worrying about what is in it or how it was cook but most importantly I shouldn’t be regretting eating it.

SweetNSpicyLiving Baked Chocolate Donut

Are Baked Doughnuts Healthy?

I wish I could say “YES”, but we all know that doughnuts or donuts are carbohydrates and sugar loaded treats. It is not not healthiest dessert, but it is certainly a better option than fried doughnuts. If that sense of comparison, I would say it is a healthier option ONLY when compared to the traditional fried donuts. But bear in mind that it only reduces the fats from oil, but you still have the carbs and sugar in it, so my dear friends eat within reason and eat moderately. For me, it always comes down to balance and control portion.

Baked Chocolate Donuts

Why Baked Doughnut is Better than Fried Doughnuts?

  • Because bake means less fat and oil
  • Bake doughnuts are lighter not only in texture but even after eating it. Because there is less grease, you don’t feel as heavy after eating few pieces of it
  • Bake doughnuts is not as greasy as fried doughnuts

The Chocolate Coating – Simply Chocolate Ganache

You can frost the doughnut with any frosting that you like. For me, my personal choice is simple chocolate ganache. I love the decadent chocolate and this doughnut together. If you do not want to make a chocolate ganache, I left a chocolate frosting made from cocoa powder and icing sugar. It is a lot sweeter though and not as decadent as chocolate ganache.

This recipe is the answer to my problem. Doughnuts, bake NOT fried. Simple not complicated, quick and easy. What is better than a homemade baked donuts? This donuts taste so good, it’s like a chocolate cake in a doughnut form. The texture is soft and moist. Because it is baked, this donut is very light. I easily finished 3 pieces in one seating! Dangerous! You really have to try this. Bake certainly is a good option, just like my Bake Churros. Let’s get started!


  • 1 cup (5oz/150g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup (1.5oz/45g) unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 cup (2oz/60g) Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated White Sugar
  • pinch Salt
  • 4 tbsp (2oz/60g) Butter, melted
  • 2 small Eggs
  • 3/4 cup (6oz/180g) Sour Cream (buttermilk or yogurt)
  • Sprinkles, nuts , chocolates for decoration – optional

Ingredients for Chocolate Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • pinch of Salt

Alternatively, you can use Chocolate Ganache to frost the doughnuts. Get the FULL RECIPE HERE


  1. Preheat oven to 350F(180C) and spray the doughnut tin with oil or butter.
  2. Dry Ingredients: Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, both sugars and salt.
  3. Wet Ingredients: In a separate jug mix together egg, sour cream and melted butter
  4. Dry + Wet Ingredients:Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently mix until just combined.
  5. Add batter to a piping bag or ziplock bag. Cut a corner off to pipe into doughnut pan wells. Fill them no higher than 2/3  of the way up so they don’t bake over.
  6. Bake doughnuts for 12 -13 minutes or until they are firm and spring back when you touch them.
  7. Cool:  Tap the pan to pop out the doughnuts or use a spatula to help release it from the pan.
SweetNSpicyLiving Small Batch Baked Chocolate Donut

Chocolate Glaze Instructions:

  1. Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk in the milk, vanilla and whisk until the glaze is smooth. You may need to add additional powdered sugar or milk depending on the consistency you like. Dip the top of each doughnuts in the glaze. Serve it warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Alternatively, you can use Chocolate Ganache to frost the doughnuts. Get the FULL RECIPE HERE

Makes 16 pieces (This size is a lot smaller than regular doughnut)

SweetNSpicyLiving Small Batch Baked Donut

Enjoy! If you make this, share and tag me in Instagram #SweetNSpicyLiving. I would like to see your creations too.

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