The Most Delicious Baked Chocolate Breakfast Doughnuts

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Doughnuts for breakfast? Not such a bad idea when you make them from home and know exactly what you’re putting in them. These quick and easy doughnuts are a simple sweet morning treat that you can feel good about sharing with the kids since they’re baked, not fried.

Makes: 12 doughnuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking & Cooling Time: 20 minutes


For the batter

  • 95g / 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 5g / 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 3g / 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 g / 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1g / 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 66g / 1/3 cup sugar
  • 30g / 2 tablespoons Crystal Margarine, melted
  • 125ml / 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 orange zested

For the frosting

  • 35g / 2 1/2 tablespoons Crystal Margarine
  • 30ml / 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 10g / 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 150g / 1 1/4 cup icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Generously grease a 12 count doughnut pan with Crystal Margarine.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
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  5. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, orange zest, sugar, and buttermilk until the mixture is frothy. Add the melted Crystal Margarine and combine.
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  7. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is smooth. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
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  9. Use a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip to portion the dough into doughnut pan.
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  11. Bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the dough comes out clean.
  12. Un-mould by inverting doughnuts onto a cooling rack, and allow to cool completely.
  13. While the doughnuts are cooling, prepare the frosting. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the milk and Crystal Margarine, and melt in the microwave.
  14. In a separate bowl, sift together the icing sugar and the cocoa.
  15. Pour the warm milk and margarine mixture over the icing sugar mixture and whisk together until smooth.
  16. Once the doughnuts are cooled, dip the top half of the doughnut into the frosting, give it a quarter turn and lift it straight up out of the doughnut. Twist as you’re lifting to keep the frosting even.
  17. If you want to decorate with sprinkles, sprinkle them on while they frosting is warm and wet.
  18. Once decorated, let the doughnut sit for 10 minutes to allow the frosting to set.
  19. Keep these little doughnuts in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  20. If you have any extra frosting, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Just slowly rewarm it to use again.

Chef Notes

  • By allowing the batter to rest for 10 minutes, the dry ingredients are given a chance to hydrate. This means that the dough will rise more evenly giving you a nicely rounded doughnut, instead of a baked doughnut with a flat top.

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