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

    A donut shaped chocolate cake sounds wonderful! I have a donut pan I bought months ago that I’ve never used and you’ve inspired me to bring it out. I still haven’t watched the last episode of Downton Abbey, although I know what happened thanks to social media. I simply can’t understand what those writers were thinking!!!

  2. says

    I started watching in January also and The.Boy and I got so addicted that we sped through them!! Each of us had certain aspects of it spoiled at one point or another but not the big ending. I could have used a batch of these when I watched it, that’s for sure!

  3. says

    Well doesn’t that stink!! So sorry to hear that. I hate when that happens.

    You are killing me with the donuts though– I;m telling you it’s so hard to see these. I’m printing it off though & it will sit here & taunt me until I make them. :)

  4. says

    Hey, Kristin – I still love your blog but wanted to let you know I haven’t been clicking through because the font color makes it hard to read on my computer and impossible to read on my phone. The contrast just isn’t significant enough. Or maybe me eyes are just getting bad. I don’t know if it’s possible to darken it a little, but I miss reading your blog. I do still read the snippets available over my Reader.

    • says

      I’m so glad you said something! I haven’t a clue as to how to change that, but am going to reach out to my tech person to have her help! When it’s done, I’d love to send you a link and let me know if it is any better. Thanks!

  5. says

    That makes me so sad! I innocently saw a semi-spoiler on FB by someone who should know better and I was pretty miffed I have to admit. People!

    Your doughnuts look pretty perfect Kristen. I have a donut pan, and never use it. My kids are not happy with me about that. :)

  6. says

    Sooo pretty!! I think the best thing about cake doughnuts is that it is a cake, but you can eat 3 doughnuts and it still won’t sound as bad as saying, “I just ate 3 slices of chocolate cake” … It doesn’t sound as bad, right?? :)

  7. says

    I am not joking when I say I have been craving donuts, all week! (pms) I am also not joking when I tell you on Wednesday after my class I drove by a donuts shop on my way home, but they were closed. Still no donuts. But it’s looking like I should make these after my homework and posts are finished today. I feel this is quite serendipitous.

  8. says

    I have heard so many people saying how good the show is and Im not watching it! I really need to start! Thank goodness for Netflix 😀 And what a stupid pitch. Way to ruin a potentially good thing! But these doughnuts look like they would cure that 😉 They look amazing Kristen!

  9. says

    OH. MY. STARS!! Kristen, LOVE your food photography with these yummy Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts! NOM! It must be a baked donut week…as Kate of Diethood posted her Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts. I’m in trouble with the diet this weekend! Due to your post, I am reasoning that the shape makes them safe for breakfast. And, if I make them gluten free all the better for me. Right? Right??? LOL! About Downton Abbey…The Big Lug and I will be doing our marathon this weekend. I’ve been savoring it! Doing a special subscription to “catch up”. You’re not the only one to have to catch up…just wish it wasn’t totes spoiled for you! :(

  10. says

    I haven’t seen any of Downton Abbey yet. I am years behind on any TV watching but now because of you I have Friday Night Lights in my netflix queue and Donwton Abbey on order via netflix dvd. I seriously thought it was Downtown and everyone on social media was shortening it to Downton – yeah not that smart of me to think that not much of an abbreviation. Oh yeah – these doughnuts? So making them, my 4 year old self proclaimed chocoholic has been begging me to make her chocolate donuts! I will take pics!

  11. Lynne Laino says

    I too started watching late – just before Christmas, getting Seasons 1 and 2 from my library. I just can’t believe than an email from a product would do something so low!!! I purposely have not discussed DA on FB for that reason. You should send a reply to that email about their unthoughfulness!!!
    Can’t wait to make these doughnuts!

  12. says

    I hate that. I live in Germany so I don’t get to watch anything when it originally airs. That means I always have to be really careful but in a pitch email?! That’s just so… wrong.

    And I’m all for cake for breakfast! Yay. The doughnuts look great and I love that you didn’t drown them in icing. :)

  13. Jenner says

    Bake another batch when you watch the spoiled parts. You’ll need it. I needed something and knew what was coming (I got spoiled too by accident).

  14. says

    I’m totally making these lovely doughnuts! They look so good!!! And as for Downton Abbey, I also just started watching and was late to the DA bandwagon. . however, I watched Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (and the finale live on TV) within the span of like 2-3 weeks! I was staying up until like 2am every night (and I have 2 kids) . . it was crazy. . my husband thought I was crazy . . but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the show. great post!


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