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Chocolate Donuts with Salted Caramel Icing

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How do you make chocolate donuts even more delicious? Add luscious salted caramel icing.

Whenever Monday is a holiday, it royally screws with my week. I’ve been so confused as to what day it is, and it also messes with my blog posts, which is why you haven’t seen a blog post since Tuesday – my apologies on that! I usually post MWF but this past Sunday, I got home from Seattle super late and I was exhausted so I didn’t have the energy to write a blog entry for Monday so I decided to share one on Tuesday but then I decided to hold off on posting another one until today so we could get back on schedule.

Yeah, maybe I’m just thinking too much into it, but surely you don’t mind because now you get these amazing donuts that Megan and I made while I was in Seattle visiting her. We were inspired by all the donuts and sweets we ate while in Seattle and Portland. I swear we must’ve put each other into a diabetic coma. We had so much sugar this past weekend. It was kind of ridiculous, but ridiculous is always awesome. I was so happy this tripped worked out. Even with the snafu of moving the trip a week later, it was for the best and I had an AMAZING time. Thanks for having me Megan!!! Can’t wait to see you next month!! xoxo

We were inspired to make these donuts because we have the same affinity for the salted caramel mocha and toffee nut latte at Starbucks and because we clearly needed more donuts in our life. We’re pretty dang proud of these as we literally came up with the icing recipe and doughnut recipe by just standing in the kitchen going, ‘oh yeah, throw a little of that in there. 2/3 cup? Ok, that works.” Haha, trust me though, they turned out delicious and her coworkers gobbled them all up.

Chocolate Donuts with Salted Caramel Icing

Salted caramel icing is the best way to top chocolate donuts!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 dozen
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

For the donuts

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, heaping
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. milk

For the caramel icing

  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Kosher salt, for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and grease two donut pans (if you have one, just bake them in 2 batches). Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, combine sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Whisk well to incorporate.
  • Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and whisk or mix together with a spoon until well incorporated.
  • Evenly divide batter amongst the donut wells. Bake for 9 minutes then remove and let cool completely on wire cooling rack.
  • While donuts are cooling, make your icing.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and brown sugar together then add cream and vanilla extract. Let mixture gently bubble and caramelize for 5-7 minutes. Whisk in powdered sugar (you might want to sift it in). Stir until mixture is thick, you may need to add more than 1/3 cup. You'll want the mixture to be kind of thick so let it sit on the heat until the consistency thickens on the back of your spatula. Remove from heat and as it cools, it'll thicken up some more. Don't let it get too thick that when you dunk the donuts in, the donut top gets ripped off.
  • Take a donut and dip the top of it in the icing. Immediately sprinkle kosher salt on top and set aside to cool. You might want to put parchment paper under your wire rack so the extra icing can drip on there.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Donuts with Salted Caramel Icing
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 47g52%
Protein 4g8%
* 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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M

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

The frosting did not turn out properly for me. I think it’s the use of brown sugar, possibly? It refused to fully melt and there were little pieces of crunchy sugar all through it.

Joe

Sunday 8th of July 2018

Made these lovely light donuts today and filled them with caramel jam. Fantastic. Thank you so much for the recipe.

Julie

Monday 9th of July 2018

Thanks for the feedback!

Amanda

Sunday 1st of February 2015

I tried to make these donuts with my young daughter. The donut batter was insipid and incredibly liquidy. The icing recipe ratio was off.. I should have known better 2 cups of brown sugar to 3 tbsp. butter. This almost ruined an expensive pan. Please check the recipe.

Diana

Friday 12th of December 2014

Those CINNAMON rolls are unbelievable :D

Jayde

Sunday 12th of May 2013

First off WOW these doughnuts look amazing and if my husband and I didn't eat paleo only I would be making them tonight! I am thinking they will be our next monthly cheat! Thanks for sharing! Second for all those wanting to try Voodoo Doughnuts you will not be disappointed! The bacon maple bars are the best in my opinion! Plus I'm sorta biased that they are the best doughnut shop cuz that's where my husband and I got married on 11-11-11 @ 11:11am! Most fun silly wedding ever and SO fit our personalities! Keep up the awesome blog, so glad I found it!