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Strawberry Covered Baked Chocolate Donuts

by flavorthemoments on April 16, 2013

strawberry covered baked chocolate donuts

strawberry covered baked chocolate donuts

It’s my birthday eve tonight!  Normally I like to bake myself a birthday cake, but this year I didn’t because my sister has it covered.  I was having a very hard time trying to narrow down what to make anyway!  I love so many cakes — german chocolate, carrot, coconut, chocolate mocha, and on and on.  Since I was relieved of the difficult decision, I decided to make something today that I could wake up to tomorrow.  These Strawberry Covered Baked Chocolate Donuts fit the bill as the perfect, fun birthday breakfast!  Don’t think I didn’t try one today, because of course I did.  It was love at first bite.  :grin:

strawberry covered baked chocolate donut

I have to explain that I’m not a big donut person.  I used to eat them when I was much younger when I worked in my father’s construction office.  Sales reps would bring in piping hot, fresh baked donuts about twice a week, and I would ALWAYS partake.  My favorites are chocolate old fashioned, or cake donuts.  I always remember feeling disgusting after eating them…probably because I always had two…so once I started working elsewhere I never touched donuts again.  My poor kids never get them unless there’s a birthday at school….until now.  Baked donuts are like my favorite cake donuts!  I’m not going to tell you that they’re healthy, but they’re much better than those fried donuts.  :smile:

strawberry covered baked chocolate donuts

I’m so happy I discovered baked donuts!  Months ago, a friend of mine forwarded me a recipe for baked chocolate donuts, which were from Aimee at Shugary Sweets.  I’ve been following her blog ever since, and she’s always coming up with recipes that blow my mind.  Many of them are baked donuts, which inspired me to buy some pans.  I’m so glad I did, and you really should, too.  :wink:

strawberry covered baked chocolate donuts

For these donuts, I did a little spin on chocolate covered strawberries, by reversing the order.  I followed Aimee’s baked chocolate donut recipe, and made a chunky strawberry glaze with chocolate ganache drizzle.  So heavenly! :tounge:  Not only are these donuts delicious, but they take 10 minutes to put together and 10 minutes to bake.  If that’s not ridiculously easy, I don’t know what is!  :smile:

Suffice it to say, I’ll be making many more varieties of baked donuts.  They’re delicious, fun, and easy!  What more could anyone ask for?  Oh yeah, like I said…they’re better for you.  These donuts have it all.  Happy birthday to me!  :grin:

strawberry covered baked chocolate donuts

Strawberry Covered Baked Chocolate Donuts

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 donuts

Strawberry Covered Baked Chocolate Donuts

Strawberry Covered Baked Chocolate Donuts are baked chocolate donuts with a chunky strawberry glaze, and chocolate ganache drizzled over the top. They're fun, delicious, and easy!

Ingredients

Donuts:

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk (I used non-fat)

2 eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

Glaze:

3/4 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries, stemmed

1 cup powdered sugar

Chocolate Ganache:

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Instructions

Prepare the donuts:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray (2) 6-cavity donut pans with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt. Beat in the milk, eggs, vanilla, and butter with a hand held mixer on medium low speed until just incorporated. Place the batter in a zip top bag and snip off a corner. Pipe the batter into each donut cavity until it's 2/3 full. There should be enough to fill all 12. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack, then remove the donuts from the pans and continue to cool. Place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper under the cooling rack.

Prepare the Glaze:

Place the strawberries in a small bowl. Mash the berries just a bit with a fork to release more juices. Add the powdered sugar and stir until combined. The glaze will not be thick. If you'd like it thicker, add more powdered sugar. Immediately spoon the glaze over the donuts. Let the donuts set at room temperature.

Prepare the Ganache:

Place the heavy cream and chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water on the stove top. The water in the pan should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir the chocolate and cream together until the chocolate has melted completely. Remove from heat and let stand a bit at room temperature to cool and thicken slightly. Drizzle the ganache over the donuts and let stand until the chocolate is set.

Notes

Instead of using chocolate ganache, you can simply melt chocolate chips in your microwave to save time.

Donut recipe adapted from Shugary Sweets

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz April 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

These donuts looks so good! I discovered baked donuts this year too and I love them. My favorite donut is Sour Cream Glazed but I haven’t made them yet – soon, I’m sure! Also, I love your pics (you’ll have to give me some tips!) as I just got my first DSLR! Happy Birthday…..hope you have a fantastic day tomorrow! :)

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flavorthemoments April 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Thank you, Liz! Notice I didn’t put my age.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Just saw them on Tasteologie and they look wonderful! Sometimes chocolate donuts can get a little dry (all baked donuts,really) but yours look so moist and delish! Love the berries!

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flavorthemoments April 17, 2013 at 7:17 am

Thank you, Averie! I wasn’t aware that Tastespotting had accepted them yet so thanks for letting me know! Have a great day!

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Aimee @ ShugarySweets April 17, 2013 at 3:44 am

Happy Birthday!!! What a fun way to celebrate, with donuts! I’m loving the addition of strawberries on these. So glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for the shout out. And for following me :)

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flavorthemoments April 17, 2013 at 7:15 am

Thanks, Aimee! And the pleasure is all mine!

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Kelly @ Hidden fruits and veggies April 17, 2013 at 4:57 am

Happy birthday :) These donuts sound amazing! I love the idea of topping them with strawberries in the glaze — great flavor combo, mmmm.

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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life April 17, 2013 at 7:01 am

I love baked donuts so much too!!! What a great idea to add the strawberry to the glaze…they are so pretty!!! Happy Birthday to you!!!!

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Ashley April 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

Happy birthday!! I love these – especially the chocolate strawberry combination! These seem like a really fun birthday treat : )

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flavorthemoments April 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

Thank you, Ashley! They really are fun, especially since I never eat donuts! Have a great day!

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lisa@cookingwithcurls April 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Happy Belated Birthday :) I tried baked donuts once, and they were awful! I will have to give your recipe a try, they look amazing!!!

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flavorthemoments April 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thank you, Lisa! Actually these were a bit dry, which is why I decided they needed ganache! I’ve since seen other recipes that sound like they’ll be moist. Coming soon!

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