Baking, Breads, Muffins & Donuts

Baked Chocolate Orange Donuts

IMG_9653Donuts, how do I love thee? I will always rank a plain donut, fried in lard (of course), as my number one favorite donut of all time. When I came stumbled across this recipe from Something Swanky, I simply had to try it. After all, it was a Monday with a major storm headed toward our way. The stars were aligned as I set out to start this recipe on a, surprisingly, quiet Monday morning. NQGBebe had just gone down for a nap and I got started pulling out bowls and gathering the ingredients for this quick recipe.
IMG_9624The dry ingredients are whisked together. I was a little skeptical of the amount of baking powder – a whole tablespoon? Whoa. I went with it. I did cut the sugar back. I had another idea to add a touch of sweetness…a date orange cinnamon mixture! I had some leftover from a batch of cinnamon orange date rolls (recipe soon!). I added a few tablespoons into the batter. I added the wet ingredients in and piped the batter into a donut pan.
IMG_9630_2coconut spray oil, for the win.
IMG_9637These donuts baked up beautifully. And, it was not until later…as in 2 donuts later…that I realized I had forgotten to add the egg originally called for. Thanks, Mom brain! However, the date mixture add in must have made up for some of that difference? At any rate…this donut has a gorgeous texture…
photo 2The deep, dark chocolate cake like donut with an orange glaze on top? These donuts are a few of my favorite things!
Thanks for reading friends!

Baked Chocolate Orange Donuts


  • Recipe slightly adapted from Something Swanky
  • 3/4 C. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 C. cocoa powder
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 C. milk
  • 4 T. vegetable oil
  • 2 T. date orange cinnamon puree*
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • Glaze:
  • powdered sugar
  • orange juice
  • vanilla extract
  • Date Orange Cinnamon Puree
  • Essentially this puree is of dates salt and water that are simmered for 10 - 15 minutes and mashed up. Some butter, orange zest and cinnamon is stirred in once cool.


  1. Preheat the oven to 450*. Spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, and salt .
  3. Add in the milk, vegetable oil and date puree and mix until just combined.
  4. Pipe the donut mixture into the pan. Bake these donuts 7- 8 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Let the donuts cool in the pan for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
  6. For the glaze: I whisked together powdered sugar, vanilla extract and orange juice until it was a consistency I thought would work. No measurements...I trusted my kitchen instincts.
  7. Spoon glaze over the donuts and enjoy!

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