Chocolate Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Confession: I have not made a single Christmas cookie this year.  Cool that it is December 21 and I don't think I will end up making any at all this year.  But, I do have to say I did make these adorable Mini Chocolate Donuts with this AMAZING Cream Cheese Glaze.  See, I was going to make these but found out 1/2 way through that I didn't have a few things. 1. Cake flour 2. Buttermilk and 3. Red food coloring.  Humf.  So, as usual I googled and improvised.  I'll explain as we go.  

Ultimately they turned out pretty darn cute and waaay tasty.  Too bad Mr. Schwartz does not like chocolate. Muah hahaha.  Except he does love cream cheese frosting (who doesn't) and was 100% willing to lick the beaters for me.  

Musical Selection: Ours by Taylor Swift. This song just makes me smile.  I love the gap between Mr. Schwartz's teeth.  : ) 
Starting things off, I made my own cake flour by placing a tablespoon of corn starch in the bottom of a cup....
And then topped the cup off with all purpose flour. I think it worked?
Then I added baking powder.
Salt. Blurry, blurry salt.
Coca powder.
and sugar.
Gave it a quick mix.
Then "made" my buttermilk.  Another googled recipe fix.  I added vinegar to a bowl then...
Topped it off with skim milk.  Let it curdle for 5 minutes and it was ready after a quick stir.
meanwhile adding an egg to the flour mixture.
The "buttermilk"...
Melted butter.
Gave it a quick stir.
Mixed vanilla with
Baking soda
And vinegar...
Added that strange concoction to the batter and whisked everything together.
Next I put 1/2 of the batter into my pastry bag.
And "piped" it into the preheated donut maker.  Oh this batter is just fabulous.  It was hard to capture on my camera but it's like silk.  Let them cook for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile work on the Cream Cheese Glaze.  Omg.  Add cream cheese and vanilla to a bowl.
Whip it up.
Add heavy cream and powdered sugar (not pictured)
Whip until smooth.
Test a donut by placing it in the middle and swishing from side to side..
If it looks like this you made frosting and not a glaze.  Add more cream....
There you go.  I used a mini spatula to smooth it out a bit as well.
Then dip them in coconut.  Oh my goodness this was my favorite.  Chocolate coconut is the ultimate combination.
Look at these cuties.
Come to Momma.
See, these are Christmas need for cookies.
Thanks How Sweet It Is for the recipe...sorry I hacked it apart.  Let's make up over some Bailey's and coffee.  


For the Donuts: 

1 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup buttermilk + 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat donut maker or oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and baking powder, then mix with a spoon. Add in buttermilk and egg, and melted butter. In a small bowl, mix baking soda and vinegar together, then add in vanilla. Add the mixture to the batter. Fill a pastry bag with 1/2 of the batter and fill the donut maker indents full and bake for about 5 minutes. If you are using a donut pan fill 2/3 of the way full and bake for 7-8 minutes.  Let the donuts cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
Whipped Cream Cheese Glaze
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
4-5 tablespoons heavy cream, or more depending on texture
In a bowl, whisk cream cheese and vanilla.   Add in sugar and cream, whisking constantly. This glaze will be pretty thick add more or less cream depending on your desired consistency. Either dip doughnuts or frost them with a small spatula, then cover in sprinkles or dip in coconut flakes.  

Recipe by: How Sweet It Is


  1. These look to die for!!!! And loving the detailed pictures :)

  2. Anna, they are so tasty! Worth investing in a donut maker/pan if you don't already have one!


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