You can hardly ever go wrong when making doughnuts; pretty much everyone is obsessed with them. Ever since gourmet donuts became a huge food trend, people have been trying new flavors and textures to bring to the traditional donut. I’ve seen really beautiful donuts, crazy, over-the-top, delicious donuts, and more. But what I wanted to try was to bring some heat to a traditionally sweet donut.

Recipe adapted from Live Well Bake Often

Baked Chocolate Donuts

  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Cook Time:8 minutes
  • Total Time:28 minutes
  • Servings:8
  • Medium


  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 2 tablespoon Butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 350°F.

  • Step 2

    Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

    Photo by Olivia Hasse
  • Step 3

    In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla.

  • Step 4

    Mix the wet and dry ingredients together

  • Step 5

    Pour the batter into the greased donut pan, filling about 3/4 of the way.

    #SpoonTip: I found it easier to put the batter into a plastic bag, cut the corner, and squeeze the batter into the pan.

    photo by Olivia Hasse
  • Step 6

    Bake for 8 minutes, or until you can stick a toothpick in a donut and it comes out clean.

Cayenne Pepper Glaze

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:About 8 glazed doughnuts
  • Easy


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Step 1

    Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Use as much cayenne pepper as you like, depending on how spicy you want it to be. I suggest adding it little by little, and tasting as you go.

    Photo by Olivia Hasse
  • Step 2

    Dip each donut in the glaze, and let sit until the glaze hardens.

    Photo by Olivia Lord
  • Step 3

    Enjoy every bit of this spicy and chocolate-y heaven.

    Photo by Olivia Hasse