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.