Baked Cayenne Chocolate Donuts Recipe


Cayenne Chocolate Donuts:
  • 2/3 cup (50 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cup (255 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (213 g) dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (35 g) coconut oil, melted
Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1 cup (122 g) dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Chocolate jimmies, as needed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • red pepper flakes, optional

Baked Cayenne Chocolate Donuts Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two standard 6-cavity donut pans. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift cocoa powder. Add all-purpose flour, brown sugar, cayenne, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Use a sturdy spatula to mix eggs into batter. Add buttermilk and melted coconut oil. Stir until incorporated and batter is smooth. Batter will be thick.
  4. Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a large round pipping tip. Pipe batter into prepared donut pans, filling cavities 2/3 full. Alternatively, use a spoon to fill donut pan.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes until donuts have puffed up and a toothpick inserted in donuts comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 3 minutes. Invert donut pan to release donuts. If donuts are sticking to pan, tap edge of donut pan against a sturdy surface to release donuts. Allow donuts to cool on wire rack before dipping in chocolate.
Chocolate Glaze and Assembly:
  1. In a small pinch bowl, whisk together cinnamon and cayenne. Set aside.
  2. Gently melted chopped chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler set over simmering water. Remove from heat. Dip the smooth side of donut (the side exposed during baking), into the melted chocolate. Place on a wire rack and immediately drizzle chocolate jimmies on top. Dust cinnamon-cayenne mixture on top.
  3. Serve once assembled or wait for chocolate glaze to set. These donuts taste better the day after baking and glazing.

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