Chocolate Chocolate Donut

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    Chocolate chocolate donuts are what the name says! A cakey chocolate donut topped with a chocolate ganache glaze and optionally, chopped pecans added on for the extra crunch!

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    If you were to ask me my least favorite doctor in the world, I would have to say the dentist. It’s ironic that I’m saying that because I’m posting a sweet donut post today, but I really do loathe the dentist. I don’t loathe my dentist on a personal level; he’s a great guy and we’ve been going to him since I was old enough to have to get my teeth cleaned, but I loathe the dentist on a general level. Like, if I never had to go, I’d be happy. Although, we all know why dental cleanings every 6 months is imperative. It’s all these darn sweet treats! ;)

    Anyway, so I had my regular teeth cleaning on Saturday. Well, Wednesday, Thursday, and today, I’m left with freaking inflamed gums and an infection of some sort, and it’s making my lymph nodes go completely whack on me. I’m in such excruciating pain! Thank goodness there are such miracle pills called ibuprofen because I honestly don’t know if I would be able to be polite right now if you came up to talk to me :)

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    Despite being in a freakish amount of pain (yes, already spoke with doctor), I would still eat one of these chocolate, chocolate donuts. Actually, no, I’d eat two because I need to sample both versions. OF COURSE.

    These were so chocolatey delicious and the perfect treat for those who are craving chocolate, or pecans, or donuts, or fried things in general.

    It’s the last day of donut week, too! I hope you’ve enjoyed our frying adventures this week as we brought you some sinfully delicious fried dough! Here’s a recap of this past week:

    Monday: Triple Coconut Donuts
    Wednesday: Sugared Donuts

    Chocolate Chocolate Donut

    Chocolate chocolate donuts are what the name says! A cakey chocolate donut topped with a chocolate ganache glaze and optionally, chopped pecans added on for the extra crunch!
    Prep Time: 30 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 50 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 14 -16
    Calories: 325kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 3 1/4 cups bread flour sifted
    • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
    • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, grated
    • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup buttermilk
    • 2 eggs, plus 2 yolks
    • 1 quart canola oil, for forming and frying
    • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate, grated
    • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)


    • Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugar, butter, chocolate, vanilla extract, buttermilk, and eggs + yolks until incorporated.
    • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl of the stand mixer and mix until a soft, sticky dough forms.
    • In a 5 1/2 quart dutch-oven, or similar, heat up 1 quart (4 cups) of canola oil to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • While the oil is heating up, using lightly oiled hands, roll 1/4 cup of dough into a loose ball and gently pat down on it forming a disc. Using your thumb, form a 1 1/2-inch hole in the center (or you can use a small biscuit cutter to cut out the center). Do this for the remaining dough.
    • Once the oil has heat up to the correct temperature, gently drop the donuts, 2-3 at a time, into the hot oil and fry until puffed and golden on both sides, about 3 minutes.
    • Using a slotted spoon or spider strainer, transfer donuts to a wire rack covered with two paper towel layers to cool completely. Repeat until all donuts have been fried.
    • While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze.
    • In a medium bowl big enough for you to dip the donuts, whisk together chocolate and confectioners sugar. In a small pot, bring cream and 2 tbsp. of water to a boil then pour over chocolate and confectioners sugar. Let sit for 2 minutes then whisk everything together.
    • Dip the tops of the donuts in the chocolate glaze. If topping with pecans, immediately dip into chopped pecans.


    Nutrition Facts
    Chocolate Chocolate Donut
    Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
    Calories 325 Calories from Fat 180
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 20g31%
    Carbohydrates 42g14%
    Fiber 4g16%
    Sugar 19g21%
    Protein 7g14%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I hope you’re feeling better sooner than later!! Being in pain is no fun. But a donut would surely help a little ;)

  • kita says:

    Chocolate chocolate – you know the way to a girls heart ;D Loved all the doughnuts this week.

  • Jamie @ Dishing Out Health says:

    Oh my goshhh! I just bought a donut pan and this will likely be the first recipe I try. Do you think they would bake well, as opposed to frying? Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      I don’t think the dough would work for donut pans. It’s not batter-like consistency – it’s a much more thicker dough. Like it becomes a ball of dough after you mix everything together so it probably wouldn’t fit into the donut pans – however, if you just formed them and placed them on baking sheets, I bet they would bake that way.

  • Jenny Flake says:

    I am LOVING your donut week! Forget the diet, bring on the donut goodness :) xoxo

  • Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

    I just woke up and haven’t eaten breakfast yet and then I come and see these donuts, now my mouth is watering and I have to have some now! Please send me a few!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    I NEED to get into making donuts at home! These look so good!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    My 2014 plan is to dust off my donut pans. It’s been way too long & these are stunners! That glistening chocolate calls my name! Pinned

  • sarah toasty says:

    loving all the donuts! hope you feel better, tooth pain is the worst!

  • A little sad that I don’t have one of these with me right now to dunk in my coffee!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    LOVE this recipe, Julie! Thank you for a fabulous week of the best donut flavors on the planet. Chocolate cake donuts (yes, the fried type) are my very favorite donuts in the world–that is, unless it is Fall, then it is pumpkin of course. I am completely enamored with your photography and styling here. I’m drooling and need to make these soon! Thanks for sharing and feel better soon, my friend. Pinning (of course)! xo

  • Maria says:

    Double chocolate? I am in!

  • Jill ( says:

    My one and only donut I get from Dunkin Donuts is the double chocolate that looks like this. I rarely eat sweet breakfast items, but it’s my one indulgence once in a while. Having this recipe could get me in trouble! But, I may just have to try my hand at donut making & pin this. I have donut pans I’ve never used, do you think this recipe would work as baking and not frying? ~ MamaGing

    • Julie says:

      I don’t think the dough would work for donut pans. It’s not batter-like consistency – it’s a much more thicker dough. Like it becomes a ball of dough after you mix everything together so it probably wouldn’t fit into the donut pans – however, if you just formed them and placed them on baking sheets, I bet they would bake that way.

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Sorry that you are dealing with that! But I am with you- I would be medicating with these chocolate donuts :)

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    Julie, feel better! Thinking of you!

    Is there a better donut for breakfast than double chocolate? These are wonderful!

  • Heather Christo says:

    ooooh. Sorry about your mouth! that is not cool. I hope you get some antibiotics for that. But oh a positive note- these donuts are just gorgeous Julie. Major Eye Candy.

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Chocolate on chocolate? Yes, I’ll take a dozen to eat in the car on the way home and another dozen for later. :)

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says:

    Oh my gosh, tooth pain is the worst! I hope your dentist gets you fixed up soon. I hate the dentist also, but probably because I don’t have dental insurance and it is SO expensive. One time my dentist told me I had to get a root canal I started crying. Not because I knew it would be painful, but because he told me it cost almost $2000! Not fun on a students budget. But these donuts would have cheered me up! These pictures are gorgeous Julie. Have a good weekend friend : )

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Ugh. Tooth pain. I know the feeling all the well. I went through an issue with a root canal for over 2 years. I hope you feel better soon! Now, onto these donuts. I love chocolate on chocolate. Especially when sprinkled with pecans. Thank you so much for taking part of doughnut week. All of your creations looked delicious!

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    These look amazing!! Sorry your mouth is in pain – the dentist sucks. But I think a doughnut will help!!

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom says:

    love the pecans on top. . yum!

  • Gaby says:

    I hate the dentist too! But who could resist these donuts! So delicious!

  • Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker says:

    Toothaches are the worst, especially when you’re surrounded by those chocolate donuts with that luscious chocolate glaze.

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    SO many donuts! I loved donut week and I have to say this is my absolute favorite because I am a chocolate kind of gal. I hope your teeth feel better!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    These look incredible, love the chocolate ganache! Hope you are feeling better – on the bright side, these donuts would make any day better!

  • Tieghan Gerard says:

    Feel better soon!!

    These doughnuts would sure help me feel better!

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says:

    You had me at double chocolate! I hope you feel better soon!

  • Kathryn says:

    Anything with double chocolate in the title wins my heart!

  • Marisa says:

    These donuts looks fantastics for breakfast !, I´m spanish and I would like to ask you if I can use olive oil instead canoal oil. Thank you very much you´re a very good cooking, I love your recipes .

    • Julie says:

      Hi Marisa! No, you cannot fry with olive oil. The oil temperature needed for frying is not suitable for olive oil because of the smoking point of olive oil. Also, olive oil has a natural flavor to it so using it in baking is not a good idea.

  • Megan {Country cleaver} says:

    Oh my gosh – I hope your chompers are feeling better!! Pop a couple IBprofens and snack on one (or two) of these for SURE!! Gorgeous!

  • Tamara Coleman says:

    “That’s too much chocolate”, said NO ONE EVER! :) Your killing me and have me craving donuts!

  • Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    Wow! I could easily stuff with these donuts!

  • marla says:

    Just pinned these beauties 3 times! Love :)

    • Julie says:

      Aw thank you Marla! :)

  • Joy Martin says:

    hi, I am just starting in the donut world. I made these tonight and they have great flavor. My problem is they were a tad bit dry. I followed everything to a tee except sifting the flour, do you think that could be It? Or, did I cook them too long? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

    • Julie says:

      These particular donuts aren’t yeast donuts, they’re cake donuts, so they can be a bit dry if you cook them too long. So, yes, I’d suggest you cook them a bit less next time. Maybe take them out of the oven 2-3 minutes before they’re supposed to be done. Your oven might be hotter than some (all ovens vary) and maybe your oven racks are too high. Either way, if you take them out a few minutes before they’re supposed to be done, they might not be as dry. They still cook a bit after they’ve come out of the oven so if the donuts were already overcooked to begin with, then they’re still cooking away after you’ve taken them out! Hope that helps.

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