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Baked Cake Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

Happy Saturday!

I think I should be a little concerned that I now associate weekends with baking doughnuts. While they’re “guiltless” they do tend to lack fiber, vitamins, and minerals. But I figure that’s what lunch and dinner are for, right?

I’m so rational.

Just like last night when I practically begged for a brownie sundae. My dad questioned, “Who’s the dietitian in this family?”

Everything in moderation, dad. Everything in moderation.

These were baked last Saturday and come Monday morning, 12 of them went to work with me. 18 made – 12 leftover = 6 consumed.

6 consumed doughnuts – 1 for Mr. P = 5 doughnuts consumed by yours truly.

5 doughnuts x 106 calories = 530 calories


530 calories / 2 breakfasts = 265 calories per breakfast. 😀

Leaves plenty of calories available for a side of fruit and a tall cup of coffee with the fixins’. Like I said, guiltless. Even if this is becoming a weekend habit.


Baked Cake Donuts 

2 cups cake flour, sifted (of 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup cornstarch)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1 Tbsp white vinegar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Glaze:
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp corn syrup
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp water


Mix milk with vinegar. Set aside to turn into buttermilk!

Preheat your oven to 425 F. Spray your donut pan with non-stick spray.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl bowl, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk, and beaten eggs. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the cake flour (or flour + cornstarch), sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined.

Carefully spoon the batter into about 2/3 full. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until the tops of the donuts spring back when lightly touched.

Allow to cool in the pan for a couple minutes. Remove the donuts onto a rack to finish cooling before you glaze them.

For the glaze, microwave all the ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl on 50% power for about 1 minute, stirring in-between, until melted. Add additional water (by the half teaspoon), if needed to thin. Dip one half of each doughnut into the chocolate and allow to dry on a drying rack. Yield: 18 doughnuts with glaze

Nutrition Information (per doughnut): 106 calories; 2.7 g. fat; 24 mg. cholesterol; 194 mg. sodium; 18.7 g. carbohydrate; 0.3 g. fiber; 2.5 g. protein

Result: This is comparable to any chocolate-glazed cake doughnut. The cake flour and buttermilk make these spongey and light, and the chocolate glaze is a rich, sinful finish. Yet at 106 calories a piece, no need to feel a tinge of guilt! Enjoy!


The only reason Mr. P only subtracted one from the total was because he was too impatient to wait for the doughnuts, he had to go buy the fried ones instead. His loss! My co-workers were happy campers! 😉

Question: What’s for breakfast this morning?

Be well,

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  1. Kayla @ Sprouty Buns
    August 6, 2011 / 6:25 am

    A 100 calorie doughnut?? You’re brilliant! ๐Ÿ™‚ … ps I’ve been spelling it ‘donut’ my whole life! Is that totally wrong?

    • Nicole
      August 6, 2011 / 8:23 am

      I spell it both ways…or should I say weighs? ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha!

  2. Hezzi-D
    August 6, 2011 / 7:35 am

    These look so good. I don’t even really like donuts all that much but I’m thinking I mayy need to make these. As for breakfast this morning, probobly the summer usual: cut up fruit with yogurt and homemade granola.

  3. Faith
    August 6, 2011 / 8:28 am

    It’s funny how you said you now associate weekends with baking doughnuts — when I first read the title of this post I though, oooh it’s Saturday, I can make these today, lol! They look so good, Nicole! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  4. Chrissy
    August 6, 2011 / 8:40 am

    You and your donuts!! Everyone time I read one of your donut posts I make a mental note to buy a donut pan. I have a BBB gift card that is burning a hole in my pocket that needs to go towards a donut pan.

    Oh and 100 calorie donuts?!…BOOYAH!

    • Nicole
      August 7, 2011 / 12:36 am

      Hahaha, I love it! A BBB gift card wouldn’t last a quick minute in my hands…what good self-control you have ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Rebecca
    August 6, 2011 / 9:30 am

    wOw. I feel a doughnut baking weekend coming on. These look terrific and I love the toppings.
    PS – I love how since I’ve begun a Dietetics student, people always assume every dessert I make or eat is somehow “healthy”! I think I get away with a lot (oh yeah, this hot fudge sundae is full of calcium and protein!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Nicole
      August 7, 2011 / 12:35 am

      I get the same assumptions. Silly people ๐Ÿ˜‰ We are smart about food…we know when to splurge and how to do it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    August 6, 2011 / 12:24 pm

    Looks delicious!! I have yet to make baked donuts. Must get donut pan asap ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    August 6, 2011 / 1:12 pm

    These are begging me to make them. Why oh why are doughnuts not healthy for you? ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Nicole
      August 7, 2011 / 12:34 am

      106 calories aint too shabby!! Especially for a doughnut!!

  8. katie
    August 6, 2011 / 3:55 pm

    I just ordered a doughnut pan on amazon…should be ready to bake doughnuts by next weekend. Thanks!

    • Nicole
      August 7, 2011 / 12:34 am

      You won’t regret it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Todd
    August 7, 2011 / 9:46 am

    OH man, these seem so very wrong… but so very right. I love doughnuts, and these appear to be pretty harmless in moderation.

  10. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    August 9, 2011 / 7:31 am

    Oh my! Who wouldn’t love doughnuts for breakfast!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Melanie Dalpias
    February 8, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    HI there! I share your afinity for doughnuts, and can not wait to make these! Do you think I could swap whole wheat flour for the AP and add the corn starch. I ask bc its what I keep on hand (even for cookies…) and it would add some of that elusive fiber…

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