Baked Chocolate Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Baked Chocolate Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze | The Sugar Hit!


Have you ever heard that saying ‘the days are long but the years are short’?


Did it ring true to you? Time seems to fly by, and yet each day we get up, cram in a thousand different tasks and obligations and then at the end of it we fall into bed, maybe dreading having to do it all again tomorrow, just a tiny bit.


Baked Chocolate Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze | The Sugar Hit!


Well, those of you who are familiar with us here at The Sugar Hit (and by us, I mean me), will know that we DO NOT support this kind of lifestyle! We support the hold-no-bars, quit-your-day-job, bungee-jumping*, motorcycle-riding**, calorie-consuming lifestyle that brings joy and happiness and life into your day.


Which is kind of why it’s taken me so long to get to baked donuts.


Baked Chocolate Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze | The Sugar Hit!


I couldn’t help but see baked donuts as an apology. A half-assed attempt at eating a donut, while not actually eating one. What kind of thinking is that? I am staunchly in favour of donuts, and of eating donuts WHENEVER and WHEREVER you feel like it!


But I had these little guys all wrong. As long as no-one makes any claim that these are health food (because duh they’re cake) then I can love them just as much as the next gal.


Baked Chocolate Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze | The Sugar Hit!


And what’s more they’re a particularly delicious little cake, too! My guys have a tender sour cream and cocoa flavoured crumb, and they’re positively doused in a vanilla bean glaze, that smells and tastes pretty heavenly. These are super easy to get together too, just a one bowl wooden spoon operation. Another recipe that would be totally perfect to do with little’uns…or when you’re drunk. No judgements.


What do you think of the baked donut? Did you fall in love with them at first sight? Or did you buy a pan, and then just shove it to the back of the cupboard like me, while you fried various things in rebellion?


xx Sarah.

*I have never bungee jumped. **Or ridden a motor cycle

Baked Chocolate Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze | The Sugar Hit!


Baked Chocolate Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze
These chocolate donuts have a tender sour cream and cocoa crumb, doused in vanilla bean glaze
For the donuts:
  • ¾ cup (110g) plain flour
  • ¼ cup (30g) cocoa
  • ½ cup (110g) caster sugar
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 +1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (125ml)sour cream
  • ¼ cup (60ml) milk
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup (125g) confectioner's sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/170C and lightly grease either a 12-hole mini donut pan, or a 6-hole large donut pan.
  2. Place all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk them to combine.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir together until everything is well combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Pipe or spoon the batter into the donut pans, filling them no more than half-way up.
  5. Bake for 5-8 minutes (for mini donuts) or 8-12 minutes (for large donuts). The donuts are done when they are risen and spring back when pressed lightly.
  6. Remove the donuts from the pan and place them on a rack to cool.
  7. Once the donuts are cool, stir together the ingredients for the glaze, adding enough water to make a thick-ish coating on each donut.
  8. Dip the cooled donuts into the glaze, and set aside to dry and set for at least 10 minutes. Then YA EAT EM!



  1. Quit your day job? Where do i sign up? Haha–just kidding (sort of). But these donuts! They have to be some of the best looking baked donuts I’ve ever seen.

    Goodness gracious, they look so moist! Definitely making these!

  2. Haha! I feel the same way. I am fried doughnut girl, BUT I do have to that the backed one are delicious too. In a different more cake like way, but I love them both now! :)

    These look KILLER!

  3. Great post, Sarah, and fabulous photos, as usual! I keep seeing baked doughnut posts and actually can’t wait to get a pan (I’m abroad now so waiting a bit). not particularly because I love doughnuts but because they look so pretty in the photos … haha!
    Keep on living life to the full … great philosophy!

  4. I’m all about the fried yeasty donuts…..buttt have recently come around to the idea of a baked donut! I want to bathe in that vanilla bean glaze, looks amazing!
    p.s you should totally go bungee jumping! the most scariest thing i have ever done…. yet most exhilarating, stomach dropping, amazing thing!

  5. Um, yes to all of this! I also came late to the baked donut party but you are so right: donuts in any form, in any place deserve to be celebrated :)

  6. Sarah, you slay me.. These doughnuts (Gorgeous, and that glaze??? Off the hook) and my now favorite line in all of blogging, “Another recipe that would be perfect to do with the little’uns or when you’re drunk… No Judgements” Ha, ha, ha!! So flippin funny and just about sums things up.

  7. I had the same feelings toward baked donuts until I made them for the first time. These chocolate donuts look insanely good and I’d kind of like to swim around in a bowl of that vanilla bean glaze. Yep, no shame. Also, big thumbs up for donuts made with sour cream – they’re my favorite!

  8. I wish I had your live-in-the-moment attitude! I’m more like, let’s think about this for a million hours, yes, no, yes, no, yes, no …..but these chocolate donuts are something I wouldn’t even think twice about, yes, just yes.

  9. how i would love to quit my day job. I just wanna cook, bake and take photos all day. PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE. These look amazing. I think i prefer baked donuts.. cos they are more cakey. MMMM cake. x

  10. I kinda prefer baked doughnuts over fried…. I think it’s because I prefer the cakey and fluffy texture over the fried type that deflates with each bite. Am I weird? I’ll still eat a fried doughnut if it’s offered to me, though.

  11. These look so lovely and satisfying. I need a donut pan ASAP!

  12. There is no shame in eating cake baked into the shape of a doughnut. As a matter of fact it should be celebrated ;D

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