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Vegan Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Posted February 14, 2019 by Stephanie

I am deep into baking things without eggs. First, I was all about dividing eggs up for small batching, but now I’m all about small batch recipes that don’t even use eggs. The nice thing about egg free cake is that it’s vegan and also perfect for people who happen to be allergic to eggs, like my littlest nephew. Luckily for him, he just grew out of that allergy and he’s so happy about it! The first thing he wanted to eat was cake. He’s not really into eggs themselves, just cake.

But, for all those other people out there who are still allergic to eggs, or are vegan, these baked chocolate doughnuts are for you! They’re really quick to put together: just stir together the dry ingredients, make a well, pour the wet ingredients in the well, mix it up and bake. Essentially this recipe is this one, but in doughnut form. I went ahead and put some non-vegan cream cheese frosting on it because I’m living my best life but you can keep it vegan with a bit of simple coconut oil and powdered sugar glaze.

Oh, and sprinkles of course! I got these sprinkles at my favorite bulk store. It’s amazing there. Every holiday they have a selection of themed sprinkles. And they have the best snack foods. At first it was a little weird to see bins and bins of things like cheetos, chips, and pretzels, but then I realized the potential: SNACK PARTY! It’s awesome because it’s a bulk store so you can get as much or as little as you like and everything is really fresh because they have incredible turnover. Inevitably when we go, I pick out a tiny amount of every conceivable salty snack. Mike always just gets a big bag of sour candies. When we get home I put all my salty snacks onto different little plates and have a little snack smorgasbord party. SO GOOD.

Also so good are these doughnuts. It’s a good thing that they’re small batch because I just ate two in a row. Soon they’ll be gone and I won’t have to feel too guilty about it because there were only 5.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

PS – Are you a one flavor giant family size bag of chips person or a six different little bags of chips person?

Vegan Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts | www.iamafoodblog.com

Vegan Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts | www.iamafoodblog.com

Vegan Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts | www.iamafoodblog.com

Vegan Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts | www.iamafoodblog.com

Vegan Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts | www.iamafoodblog.com

Vegan Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
makes 4-5 doughnuts

  • cooking spray
  • 6 tablespoons (45 g) flour
  • 1/4 cup (54 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (9 g) cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

adapted from Guittard Chocolate Cookbook

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray or lightly oil.

Make the batter: Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Whisk until blended, some lumps are okay.

Spoon or pipe the batter into the doughnut wells, 3/4 of the way up. These don’t rise very much so if you keep them low your doughnuts might end up not as high as you want them to.

Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a couple of crumbs clinging. Let cool in the pan for 2 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.

Note: I frosted these with a bit of leftover cream cheese frosting that I had (which is decidedly not vegan) but they’ll taste good just plain or with a simple coconut oil and powdered sugar glaze.


  1. Natalie says:

    These doughnuts look so delicious and I love how easy it is to make!

  2. AMB says:

    Love small batch vegan baking and am very excited to give these a go! But I realized your instructions state to add vanilla (extract?), but the ingredients list is missing the amount! (I’m winging it at 1/2 tsp.)

    1. Stephanie says:

      whoops! good catch! i did 1/4 teaspoon but 1/2 works too! hope your doughnuts came out delicious :)

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