Are you looking for a tasty and easy-to-make double chocolate donut recipe? Donuts with chocolate coating or glaze are an ideal way to satisfy your sugar cravings regardless of the time of the year. In this article, we’re going to teach you how to make delicious and fudgy double chocolate donuts with a rich chocolate glaze that won’t take your entire day away. Homemade donuts always taste better than the ones in the bakery because you put your heart into them, and along with your heart comes the juicy chocolate glaze!
The History of Double Chocolate Donuts
Before we mention how did the first chocolate donuts come into play, let’s look at the regular donuts. First, donuts were introduced in the USA back in the 1700s thanks to Dutch settlers who called it the “oil cake.” We can freely say that this is the predecessor to the donuts we love and eat today, the Smithsonian Mag wrote.
Before that, donuts already existed in Europe, in one form or the other. Donuts weren’t all that popular until World War I when bakeries started serving donuts to the American servicemen who were homesick and craving “something American.” The donuts were served to them by the Salvation Army volunteers known as the Donut Lassies who wanted to comfort them with the taste of home – donuts.
That’s when the evolution of donuts as an American dish started. Following the events of World War I, Century Baking bakery changed its name to Dawn Foods and started making donuts for mass production. They also utilized the first automatic donut machine to speed up the process.
Although it was believed that donuts were used with chocolate much before, the first commercially made chocolate donut was made by Dawn Foods in 1972, launching a chocolate-covered cake donut that still exists.
Different chocolate varieties of the donuts simply lead to the making of the double chocolate donut, which we will also make in this recipe. Alongside Dunkin Donuts, Dawn Foods was one of the most popular donut makers in the USA in the 20th century and still makes donuts today.
Ingredients Needed for the Double Chocolate Donuts
Ingredients for donuts:
- ¾ cup of all-purpose flour. If you are making the gluten-free version, you can use the same amount of the gluten-free flour mix
- 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 and ½ tablespoons of melted unsalted butter. Don’t grill it, let it soften to the room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1 and ½ teaspoons of the vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup of buttermilk
Chocolate Glaze Ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons of cocoa
- ¾ cup of icing sugar
- 3 tablespoons of cream
- 2 tablespoons of corn syrup
- Chocolate chips or sprinkles for the decoration
Tools You’ll Need:
- A whisk
- Medium bowl
- Another bowl
- Cooking spray or muffin linings
- 6 to 8- cavity donut pan
- A larger spoon
Step-By-Step on How to Make Double Chocolate Donuts
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Open the oven and place the oven rack in the center o the oven so that all sides are baked properly and no burning occurs. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Prepare the Doughnut Pan
Grab the 6 to 8 cavity donut pan and either spray it with cooking spray so that the dough doesn’t stick to the cavity or get a muffin lining and place them into the cavity so that nothing sticks.
Step 3: Whisk the Dry Ingredients
Grab a medium bowl and mix flour cocoa, salt, and baking soda together so that you can add them together with the wet ingredients.
Step 4: Prepare the Wet Ingredients
To make sure that your donuts will mix properly, grab a separate bowl and mix the egg, melted unsalted butter, both brown and granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and the buttermilk. Whisk until the batter becomes uniform.
Step 5: Unite Both Ingredients
Add the contents from the first bowl into the bowl with wet ingredients and mix them until the whole batter combines. Make sure that the batter is very thick so that when you put the fork inside the batter, it stands firmly without being bent forward or backward.
Step 6: Pour the Batter into the Pan
Pour the batter into the muffin linings in the pan or the sprayed donut pan cavities. If you want to make this process easier, you can use a batter syringe or make one yourself if you have a zip-lock bag. Place the batter into the bag, cut the bottom corner and then pour it uniformly into the donut baking pan.
Step 7: Bake the Donuts
The good news is that you can enjoy your donuts in no time. Although the batter is thick, the donuts won’t need to bake for more than 10 minutes if the oven was preheated to 350 degrees. After 8 minutes, insert the toothpick into the donut and see if it comes out clean. If it’s clean, you can pull it out, if some dough sticks to it keep it in the oven for 2 to 3 more minutes.
Step 8: Let it Cool & Remove Them from the Pan
No need to take the donuts out immediately. Let them cool down for 5 to 10 minutes in the pan. If you touch the dough with your fingers, it should bounce back once you release the touch. After they’ve been cooling for 10 minutes, you can place the donuts out on a platter or a wire rack and let them continue cooling.
Step 9: Prepare the Chocolate Glaze
As the donuts continue cooling, it’s time to make the donut glaze of chocolate. Grab the icing sugar, cocoa powder, and two tablespoons of cream and mix them together. After mixing them for some time, add the corn syrup and then add the last tablespoon of cream. Scratch the rest of the cream and pour it into the mix and whisk until you get a smooth and creamy mixture.
Step 10: Add the Chocolate Glaze
Once you prepared the glaze and ensured that the donuts cooled enough, cover the top of the donut with smooth chocolate glaze. You can sprinkle with chocolate crumbs or chocolate chips for extra décor if you’re a passionate chocolate lover. Enjoy the donuts!
Tips for Making the Double Chocolate Donuts
- If you want a harder glaze, you should leave it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes for a frostier taste.
- Make sure to use the thermometer and ensure that the oven is preheated to 300 degrees, otherwise, the donuts may crack and even feel a bit harder. They should be soft, battery, and tasty.
- Avoid adding more flour than mentioned above, as the donuts may lose their fluffiness and softness that way. Also whisk until the batter is thick, but not too thick. It’s important to avoid the crumbles.
- If you refrigerated the glazed donuts and you have some extra chocolate glaze on you, you can cover the top of the donuts again, creating the triple chocolate donut. There’s never enough chocolate for true cocoa lovers!
How to Preserve Double Chocolate Donuts?
It’s important to always keep the donuts in an air-tight container if you want to make them last longer. The best way to expand their lifespan is by keeping them in the fridge. That way, the chocolate glaze won’t melt all over the donuts, and you’ll be able to preserve them for 4 to 5 days.
If you want them to last even longer, keeping them in the freezer will allow them to stay fresh for up to 3 months. You can still keep them in the air-tight container outside the fridge, but they will lose their freshness after a day or two. Just make sure to keep it away from the direct sunlight.
The overall preparation of double chocolate donuts won’t take you more than 25 to 30 minutes with the baking process, which makes this recipe a great treat after lunch. There are a lot of ways to get creative with this recipe, especially if you love the well-decorated donuts as much as we do. Have you tried our double chocolate donut recipe? How did it come out for you? Let us know in the comments!
1. Are Double Chocolate Donuts Vegan?
The double chocolate donuts from this recipe aren’t vegan because they contain cream, butter, and eggs. However, there are alternatives to this mix like using the dairy-free cream, no eggs, and swapping the butter for vegan shortening such as coconut shortening.
2. How Many Calories Are in A Double Chocolate Donut?
The Double chocolate donut we made contains 222 calories in one serving, which makes this donut a healthier variant of the Dunkin Donuts double chocolate donut or other commercially-available donuts for purchase.
3. How Many Carbs Are in a Double Chocolate Donut from Dunkin Donuts?
The Dunkin Donuts double chocolate donut contains 370 calories, of which 40g are carbs, according to Calorie King.