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Baked Mini Chocolate Donuts

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“There is a child in every one of us”.


The “little child” in me will automatically pop up when it comes to donuts. Hey, who doesn’t love donuts? The classic, ring-shaped, sugar-coated donut is my all-time favourite. They were so yummy, and I can never have enough of them.


I have started making my own donuts four years ago. I baked rather than deep-fried them. From then on, I have never turned back to deep-fried version. I love baked version as I don’t have to feel guilty when chomping them away.


“Are they as good as those deep-fried ones?” You may wonder. I would say no for their texture but the taste is equally good. As these donuts are leavened with baking powder, the texture is more like cake. But, I don’t mind to compromise it for healthier donuts.


Hmmm….what should I bake this time?


“Pssst… about a chocolate treat?” whispered the “little child” in me.


“YES, I WANT! I WANT!!” (Ooops! Sorry, I’m getting a little too excited here!)



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So, here come the irresistible “Baked Mini Chocolate Donuts” – cute, petite, soft, moist, not overly sweet, cakey, chocolatey donuts! HOLY MOLY! They are soooo delicious (seriously)! All the goodness doesn’t just stop there. These donuts are light and not oily as I choose coconut oil instead of butter. They won’t turn dry even the next day as the yogurt keeps them moist. I have skipped the glazing part as I find that the sweetness is just right for my palate. You may dress up these cuties with glaze or sprinkle to suit your own liking.


This recipe only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. No electrical mixer is required. That’s the beauty of it – a lot less stressful as compared to deep-fried, yeast-raised donuts.


I use a 12-count mini donut pan to bake these donuts. If you don’t have one, don’t fret. I think it’s still doable with mini muffin tins as I have seen some food bloggers did that successfully. If you are going for this option, please share with me the outcome.


I have baked these donuts, not once but thrice in a row. My son shared them with his entire class – 34 of them including his form teacher. He was so surprised to see his classmates dashing out from their seats to grab a bite of them. Some of them even requested for extras! At the end of the day, he made many more new friends (and fans!). Don’t you think these donuts have magical power?


This recipe yields 24 mini donuts. But, it’s worth double the batches if you plan to share them with others. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge and they can last for days! Before serving, just warm them up lightly, and your teatime snack will be ready in no time!


>> Get the recipe and step by step photos for Baked Mini Chocolate Donuts at PAGE 2 BELOW.



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  1. Mikki says:

    Ooh.. These look reali lovely!! May I know where did u buy the donut tray from? Thxs 🙂

  2. Alice says:

    😀 I agreed with you my friend, the “little child” need to be pampered at times. This version is definitely healthier and it looks good too!

  3. Caroline says:

    I have been experimenting for months in making a chocolate donut! I’ve thrown more batches away than I can count! Yours look divine! I’m bookmarking this page and making these to finally satisfy my chocolate donut fix! 😀

  4. Alice says:

    Oh my, these are so pretty and look yummy too
    My kids would love them!

  5. Chris says:

    These little donuts look so cute and yummy. Do you think canola oil can be used?

  6. Ellena Guan says:

    OMG!!!! These chocolate donuts look soooo tempting and yummy!!!! Going to make some soon. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I could eat a few at one go! They are so soft and wonderful.

  8. Jeannie says:

    Your donuts look so puffy ! Would love to try these someday!

  9. Olivia says:

    If I just want plain donut, besides from not putting in the cocoa powder, are there any other adjustments that I need to make for the recipe?

  10. tigerfish says:

    I am ready for chocolate anything, anytime 🙂

  11. I love baked donuts as they are less greasy and more healthy.
    Yours look so tempting !

  12. Jelly Lover says:

    The mini donuts so lovely!
    I have a question on “½ cup milk mixture (3 tablespoons Greek-style yogurt plus milk) ”
    Does this mean ½ cup milk + 3 tablespoons Greek-style yogurt mix together? What kind of milk we should use?
    Thanks 😀

  13. Faria says:

    Oh wow!! Looks fantastic!! Do you have a favourite glaze recipe that we can use on top of these yummy donuts?

  14. Jelly Lover says:

    Thanks dear. I been searching for Salad oil for a few days in supermarket but still can’t find. Do you mind to show me how does it looks like?

  15. Jennifer says:

    Hi, can I know, where can I get those donut baking trays?

  16. Jennifer says:

    Hi, can I know, can I get the, Donut baking tray ? Fr Sg thks

  17. dawn says:


    Love all your recipes and I have tried quite a few of them. They always turn out great!

    I tried this donut recipe today and find that they are a little dense in texture. Not light and fluffy. How can I improve on it?

    Thanks for your help

  18. Bev says:

    Just bought a silicone tray from a company called Epicure….home based business. Think you can order online too. Can’t wait to try these donuts!

  19. food-4tots says:

    Yvonne: Hope you will find this link helpful to convert the dry ingredients: Yes, 100ml equals to 1/2 cup milk yogurt mixture. Happy trying! 🙂

  20. food-4tots says:

    Yvonne: These donuts are not moist once they are out from the oven. But if you leave them aside for some time (maybe a couple of hours), they will definitely turn moist. 🙂

  21. food-4tots says:

    Yvonne: Yogurt is the key ingredient to keep the donuts moist. Try using Greek-style yogurt in your 2nd attempt. Looking forward to hearing your feedback. 🙂

  22. Clara says:

    Hi, my donut is not soft and fluffy . It’s dense and chewy. I have used dry measuring cup during the 2nd try but it turn out to be the same. Can you kindly advice me what went wrong?
    Many thanks.

    • food-4tots says:

      Clara: Did you follow my recipe closely without changing anything? Did you mix the ingredients well? Over-baking may cause the texture to be dense and chewy. What kind of donut mould did you use? If you have taken any photos, please send me a copy. 🙂

  23. Michelle says:

    can these be frozen? if so, are there specific defrosting instructions?

    • food-4tots says:

      Michelle: Yes, you can keep them in a zipper storage bag and freeze. Remove the donuts from the freezer and thaw. Then heat up your toaster oven or oven for 5 minutes. Off the power and place the donuts inside the oven for another 5 minutes (without heat). Alternatively, you can steam them. 🙂

  24. Melissa says:

    Hi! Is your pan the same as the Wilton 12 cavity mini donut pan? Could you tell me baking time conversions if it’s smaller, bigger or something

    • food-4tots says:

      Melissa: I’m not sure about Wilton donut pan. I bought mine from a local baking supplier store. It has no label. Different ovens have difference temperature setting. You may need to use your adjustment. As a rule of thumb, the normal large sized donut will take around 15 minutes to bake at 175°C. Hope it helps! 🙂

  25. Colin says:

    Made these but in coffee and walnut cake mixture recipe.
    Then dipped them in a strong coffee water ice and let them dry on a rack.

  26. Shelly says:

    Hi! I am new to your blog. Just tried the chocolate doughnut. They are nice and not too dense. I forgot to put the oil, but they are still good! Substituted the cocoa powder with milo because I only have milo at home. It turned out nice. I used regular size doughnut pan (6 doughnut in a pan). This is a keeper!

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