Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake Donuts

Dark chocolate buttermilk donuts with a chocolate glaze, moist and mouthwatering. 
(special thanks to Brandon for buying me a tripod so I could taker primp-ier photos)
I've had a "busy" day off. Busy enjoying GOOD food.

The last two weeks around here have been CRAZY. Between wedding catering, my birthday, conferences, and a work week I don't care to discuss anymore I. Am. Fried. I have next to nothing left to give. So, this weekend is my weekend off. Aparently, however, not off from blogging or baking. But that's just because this is what I actually enjoy out of all of this busy work.

Step one on the weekend off was shopping. I headed down to my "happy place" and did some cooking supply shopping.....I went in for a donut cutter for raised donuts. A purchase that should have only been four dollars total....fifty dollars and a few impulse purchases later, I also had cake donut pans, cannoli molds, and a few more porcelain dishes. So, of course that meant step two was breaking it all in.

And so this morning I made some chocolate buttermilk cake donuts before heading off to Taste of Georgetown.  So, basically, in the past four hours, I've eaten my caloric intake for the next week...and a half.....and it was worth it.

Clockwise: Farmers & Fishers Long Roasted Pork Taco, Patisserie Poupon Macarons, Filomena Pumpkin Cheesecake,  Tony & Joe's Macademia Crusted Shrimp,  Patisserie Poupon Pear Tart, J. Paul's Crab Cake and Cheeseburger Sliders, Chadwicks Baby Back Ribs, and the stilt walking ticket man. 
I think the photos speak for themselves. I quite literally will not be needing to eat for a week (and yet I am polishing off the macarons as I write this post). But WOW was it crowded! Long lines for good food is not surprise to me, luckily there were three of us. We could split tickets and lines and make it through in no time.....okay, so maybe Marie and I made it through about three lines before Hugh was able to get to the front of the Farmers & Fishers line....but, hey, we got our food and life was good. No. Life. Was. Great. My personal favorites were the macarons, and the ribs. I highly recommend Filomena (get the cannelloni frutti di mare) and would like to tell Farmers & Fishers that they had one of the worst corn tortillas I have ever had. Sad day. It was the only disappointment. The tacos did not deliver. But hey, only one less than stellar dish? Not too shabby.

So now I'm home. Back from a fun day and continuing to polish off the chocolate donuts relax and enjoy a lovely Saturday in DC.

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake Donuts

1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup dutch process cocoa
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 T. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 425. Spray donut pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl (or stand mixer), soft together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add buttermilk. Stir. Add butter and vanilla. Stir.  Add eggs one at a time, stirring in between each egg. Beat until just combined. Fill each donut mold about 2/3 full.

Bake for roughly seven minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool, and decorate accordingly. I dipped mine in chocolate glaze and sprinkles.

Satiny Chocolate Glaze

3/4 cup semisweet chocoalte chips
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a bowl combine chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each time until smooth. Do not overcook.


  1. Oh, these donuts would bring me to a happy place too. What a lovely way to spend the day.

  2. Those look amazing. Glad you got to escape to your happy place. We all need those days. Hope the Taste of Georgetown was good!

  3. Oh wow! I'm not a big fan of chocolate but you sold these to me. I guess I could still try them with a white chocolate glaze...I like that :)

  4. looks so delicious!

    have a nice time!

  5. These look very tasty! I've made yeast dounuts before, but haven't attempted cake donuts yet, which are my husbands favorite. I may have to make these for him:)

  6. Oh, these donuts look perfect! Yum.

  7. Those donuts look perfect! I love how you put them on leaves, what a creative idea! I just love the colors and just YUM, they look awesome!

  8. Mmmmmm, these look so so good! Wow - very tasty! :)

  9. These look amazing. I know they wouldn't last long in my house, but if they did, they would easily brighten up every morning of the week for breakfast :) I am so envious of your weekend. Finally getting the chance to relax, bake and blog is always getting dropped to the bottom of my to-do list these days.

  10. Craving these little Autumnal beauties! My fiancée and I made yeast doughnuts (his favorite) last year with much success. Cake doughnuts are MY favorite -- I think I found my anniversary morning breakfast request!

    Cheers and thanks for the recipe,


  11. Cake donuts are my favs, and yours look wonderful, but I didn't realize that they were baked in molds. Obviously, I've never made them. Haaing the molds would be a "dangerous" thing for my waistline.

  12. Those chocolate donuts look amazing! Cake donuts at the best, especially when it comes to some good old coffee dunking.

    I totally understand your plight when it comes to kitchen shopping. There's no way to buy just one item. It's like Toys-R-Us for foodies!

  13. Oh my gosh, the pictures are killing me. I love a good donut so avoid them all like the plague. Your photography is also incredible and jumps right out of the screen. Such a good job.

  14. This is my first time visiting your blog, and I'm already smitten! What a lovely thing you have going here. These donuts look and sound so delicious. I wish I had one beside me right now. It sounds like you have been one busy woman...I hope you can relax soon!

  15. Oh how I miss Gtown! I bet everything was delicious just like these donuts! I want to make some this weekend but don't know where to get a donut pan.. where did you get yours??

  16. hey evan! i got it as sur la table. it was about ten bucks. it's a Wilton pan so i'm sure you can get it a lot of places that sell Wilton products. :)

  17. Great work, thanks for sharing

  18. I need a cake pan - these look so delicious!
    One question, tho - how many donuts does the recipe yield?


  19. hi danielle! it yields roughly 14 regular doughnuts or twelve slightly overflowing ones. :)

  20. these are simply gorgeous!! And they are baked :) Lovely. Time to get a donut mold I believe.

  21. Those donuts look amazing! I have a serious craving all of a sudden!

  22. I just made these for the first time and altho I followed your directions exactly, they taste a little funky to me. Is the baking powder amount correct?

  23. Danielle, I've had other readers make them and say they turned out fine, and my mother's made them. I'm not entirely sure what to tell you. :(

    What coco did you use?


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