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

    HA! THIS is my intro for a blog post I just wrote!: “I was late to the Downton Abbey party, too. But 15 minutes into the very first episode found me on Amazon the next day purchasing Season 1 and 2, which were consumed in a matter of days. I have shed so many tears over this damn show! I’m still reeling from the Season 3 finale. Spoilers are the worst. THE. WORST.”

    I would absolutely eat 10 of these doughnuts to self-sooth.

    • says

      Oh that is funny, Amy! I can’t wait to watch Season 3… even with the spoiler, I still can’t wait (but know to have a box of tissues near by for sure!).
      Spoilers are THE WORST. I totally and completely agree with you!

  2. says

    omagerd! don’t you know I’m on a diet! Aint nothing better than a chocolate cake doughnut. I have not had time to jump on the Downton Abbey wagon ; ( maybe someday I will watch them all. But for now I’m wondering would you recommend the donut pan…they obviously turn out perfectly.

  3. says

    Ohhhh I would be SOOO ANGRY to anyone who spoiled it for me! I’ve had to hold me tongue in so many conversations to friends who are just jumping on the Downton Train – it’s so hard, but geez, who spoils it like that? Just for spoiling the finale of Downton, I wouldn’t work with them like, EVER! I would totally need a couple of pans of these to drown out the sorrows of the finale! Cherry up – and make sure you still watch the rest of the season, the last episode has a couple of truly heart warming moments. :)

  4. says

    I think I’m the only person on the planet who doesn’t watch but I would be so mad if someone ruined the spoiler. I almost never watch anything live anymore so I know the whole “Avoid social media” game all too well to avoid spoilers!! So bummed it came to you via email. Good thing you have donuts. :-)

  5. says

    I’ve heard from so many people that I should start watching Downton Abbey, but after hearing some of the spoilers from facebook and twitter and how sad everyone is, I’m kind of glad that I haven’t watched it yet. Any who, these donuts look perfect. So moist and chocolaty! :)

  6. says

    I haven’t started season 3 yet, but I’ve already seen a bunch of spoilers! But I feel like social media is FOR talking about pop culture and things happening now, so I try to understand that people will be chatting. But still, it definitely ruins parts of watching!! (not that it will stop me!) But these doughnuts make everything better :)

  7. says

    These look delicious. glad to see you getting good use out of your doughnut pan!
    I started watching Downton Abbey last month too, I downloaded it on my iPad and within 3 weeks watched all three seasons. I do a lot of sitting in swim meets, tennis practices and other sports that I would sneak time in every day. LOVE the show.

  8. says

    How frustrating!!! I love, love, love Downton Abbey and was very sad for the season to end. I feel like they are a part of my family. I have even begun to speak with an accent :)

    Love these doughnuts! Perfect way to ease the sadness.

  9. says

    Um, yeah. I have still never seen a Downton Abbey in my life. But have a righteous anger in my heart for the injustice that was the SPOILER!!!! Sorry. I may be considered slightly over dramatic. Oh yeah, and these chocolate donuts are AWESOME.


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