Spoilers {Recipe: Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts}

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts www.dineanddish.net

You won’t find any spoilers in this post… just wanted to let you know that ahead of time!

Let me start by telling you, I was late to the Downton Abbey wagon. Because of that, I have had to avoid social media like the plague as it is quite the hot topic in my Twitter feed and on Facebook. With the recent Season 3 season finale, it has been even harder! Everywhere I look there are spoiler posts (and posts kindly marked as spoilers, thank you!)… I have had to avert my eyes so many times to not see something that would give it all away. Luckily, I’ve managed to not read anything… until today. 

Yes, today. As I was checking my email, I received what appeared to be an innocent pitch from a brand. As I was reading the pitch, I came upon the big season 3 spoiler. I wanted to scream (and cry as holy cow…so sad). Seriously, people…. how hard is it to understand that not everyone is up to speed with things? And “well, I’m sorry but it’s been all over the news” is not good enough. I have avoided any talk about Downton Abbey simply because I didn’t want to have it spoiled for me. I did not expect to find the details of what I was trying to avoid so diligently, laid out so boldly in an email pitch (which by the way, is not even close to anything I write about on Dine & Dish).  Grrrrr.

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Anyway, what does this all have to do with Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts? Besides the fact that I was so mad and sad after that spoiler email that I could have eaten 2 whole pans of these? Not a lot.

Actually, my friend Jenny and I were trying so hard to get caught up (we just started watching in January) that we decided to have a full on Downton Abbey marathon day this past Wednesday. Our three times a week while we exercise just wasn’t cutting it. So, I made doughnuts, (I do know the irony that I made doughnuts to eat with my exercise buddy) and we had a season 2 marathon. And it was one of the best days ever… because I love Downton Abbey, I love my friend, and I loved these baked chocolate cake doughnuts.

I’ll be honest… they may be considered doughnut shaped chocolate cake. We couldn’t exactly figure out why they would be doughnuts versus cake, but hey…since you can eat these for breakfast because of their shape without people thinking you have a problem, I say go for it.

The only spoiler you will get from me is if you aren’t watching Downton Abbey, do. And make these doughnuts. The end.

Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
A wonderful baked chocolate cake doughnut recipe adapted from Amy Clark on Mom Advice
Serves: 1 dozen doughnuts
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 4oz bar Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add milk, brown sugar and 1 egg. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. Slowly add melted chocolate, butter, and vanilla. Mix on low for 1 minute.
  4. Continuing on low speed, add flour, baking soda and salt. Continue mixing until batter is smooth.
  5. Lightly spray your doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Fill each portion of the doughnut pan ¾ of the way full. Bake for 12 minutes or until doughnuts spring back when touched.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow doughnuts to sit for one minute. Then, remove doughnuts from pan and place on a wire cooling rack.
  8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


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  1. says

    We also were a season behind on Downton Abbey so I understand the difficulty of avoiding spoilers. We almost made it when my husband went out to lunch with his mother. When my mother-in-law found out we watch Downton Abbey (but before my husband could tell her that we were a season behind) she blurted out, “Can you believe………..” No, he couldn’t believe it because we hadn’t gotten there yet! Ugh. :) On to your donuts. Do you think this recipe might work as mini-bundt cakes? A dense cake-like dough would be perfect. Thanks.

    • says

      Darn mother-in-law! You aren’t safe from spoilers anywhere.
      I do know the recipe would work in mini-bundt cake pans because a friend of mine without a doughnut pan made them this week in mini bundt pans and loved them!

  2. says

    I just recently started watching Downton Abbey and both my husband and I love it. the problem is that Netflix only had 7 measly episodes. Payday, seasons one through three WILL be mine hehe.

    As will a doughnut pan because I really really think I NEED to have doughnuts while watching the show also. Honest… it may be the law now or something 😀

  3. says

    I was so mad on your behalf when you tweeted about that email! I don’t watch Downton Abbey, so I guess I dont have to worry about spoilers! Between you and Shanna (Pineapple and Coconut), I want donuts now!

  4. Lisa says

    I got drawn into Downton Abbey, too, after trying to stay away from it (and TV in general, but that doesn’t often go well as I like stories and characters and good writing, darn it!). I feel for you … after innocently looking at a UK newspaper’s website, I saw an article that ruined this season for me. GRRR. And just the other night, on the national news no less, another dang spoiler was hurled at me without my permission (at least I think it to be a spoiler)! GAH!
    I wonder, when does it air and for how long in the UK (over several weeks?)? I’m thinking we need to get a house rental for a while and watch the season as it progresses there. : )
    Have you finished watching season 3? Do you have a favorite character? I love Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess.
    DARN! DO NOT go to imdb.com as I just did to see make sure I was getting Smith’s character’s title right (darn my brain-freeze, too) …. they have a feed that’s showing casting news and so I deem that site verboten. :(

  5. Lisa says

    P.S. I thought I should explain the sad face: sad that the site is now off-limits for me, not sad due to spoiler, which I’ve done forgot about now. (I didn’t want you or anyone to think that the sad face itself is reflective of the spoiler, which would have given me some qualms if I saw it and interpreted it as such..)
    Oy, I should really try getting some sleep now. ; )

  6. says

    I too was behind on DA. I watched one episode over the summer while on maternity leave, found it boring, and never watched any more. UNTIL January when everyone was talking about it. So I gave it another shot, and was hooked. By the time Season 3 was airing, I was on Season 2. I was spoiled by one thing mid-season, but managed to avoid the spoiler in the finale. UNTIL, when reading a Mad Men newsletter from AMC it linked to an article described as “Matthew Weiner discusses {actor’s name I am not mentioning to not spoil Mad Men for someone else]’s death with NY Times” (Matthew Weiner is the creator of Mad Men.) Anyways, the FIRST FREAKING LINE OF THE FREAKING ARTICLE spoiled who died in the season finale of Downton Abbey! When I read that, the finale was the last episode I needed to watch! Ugh, I was so pissed. It was an article about killing off major characters, leading with Downton Abbey. I immediately closed the article on my browser. So, later on that night, I watched the finale. After that, I was like “Ok, now it’s safe to read that article.” Well, whaddya know, midway through it spoils Boardwalk Empire for me! We have only seen season 1, but they have just aired season 3. I guess the moral of the story is…. I should get cable?! And I should watch shows on time. LOL

  7. Dana says

    I also lacked a doughnut pan (no unitaskers in this kitchen!) so I used a mini muffin pan. Ended up leaving them in for about 15 minutes and they came out great! The doughnuts are so light and delicious. Also, because I’m crazy, I made a ganache glaze to go on them instead of just using powdered sugar. So good!

  8. Maxine says

    I have made these doughnuts before and they are amazing. I put a glaze on them instead of the powdered sugar and my family raved about them. This weekend I am making them again for a baby shower. How far in advance can I bake them? I won’t glaze them until the morning of but I didn’t want to make all of them in one day. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Maxine – I haven’t tried it, but since they are cake doughnuts I feel pretty confident in saying you could make them the day before and be fine. Just put them in a sealed container so they stay moist and fresh!


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