Jul 16

baked donuts with chocolate buttercream frosting


30 Minutes


9 doughnuts




One night while Ian was gone last weekend, I really wanted buttercream chocolate frosting. I wanted breakfast for dinner, and so naturally, that lead to donuts for dinner. IMG_9681 IMG_9660 As I was making these Job kept telling me thank you (which for him looks more like blowing me kisses). While they were in the oven I got a thank you. While I was putting sprinkles on his, another, and then again after I gave him his VERY own frosted donut. They were a big hit with my kiddos. It made daddy being gone a little more bearable. IMG_9684 IMG_9667 And seriously, look at Job’s face here. He can NOT wait to consume the WHOLE thing!  IMG_9688 I found this recipe and knew I wanted to make it my own. So I went to work in the kitchen. After a few tries and tweaks, I think I got it. So here you go. Enjoy.

Shared at Metamorphosis Monday and Savvy Southern Style.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used half white + half whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons wheatgerm
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

optional garnishes:

  • sprinkles
  • toasted coconut


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly grease your donut pan*.

Mix together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, wheatgerm, flaxseed, maple syrup, vanilla, egg, and milk. Pour the batter into your donut pan.

Bake for 12-14 minutes. Let donuts cool before frosting.

To make your frosting**, mix together your butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and milk. Mix well.

Frost your donuts. Consume with joy and many sprinkles.

*If you don't have a donut pan, these bake up great in a muffin tin as well. You may need to adjust the baking time, so keep an eye on them and bake them until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the muffin.
**The frosting makes enough to frost about 6 donuts. We like a few plain ones. If you want all of them frosted simply double the frosting recipe.

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  • Sonja Sarr

    Beauty. Art-love it!

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