These baked gluten free chocolate donuts will hit the spot. They are a rich, moist, cake donut that just melts in your mouth. We pair them with an amazing peanut butter frosting that really makes this something special.
How to Make Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Donuts
These baked gluten free donuts are made with simple ingredients, and are super easy to make. If you've never made donuts before don't be intimidated! It really can't get any easier than this, and honestly, baked donuts are significantly easier to make than fried ones if you're just getting started.
- Your favorite 1-1 Gluten Free Flour blend (We like Bob's Red Mill and King Arthur Flour)
- Cocoa Powder
- Brown Sugar
- Vegetable Oil
- Baking Soda and Baking Powder
- Vanilla Extract
I love to serve these with an amazing peanut butter frosting. Don't chocolate and peanut butter just go together? If you think so, gather the following ingredients.
- Your Favorite Peanut Butter (smooth, crunchy, whatever you like!)
- Unsalted Butter
- Powdered Sugar
Not a fan of peanut butter? No problem, these chocolate cake donuts stand on their own! I may have been known to eat a few before I even bother making any frosting, they are that delicious and smell that good right out of the oven.
The only other thing you need are donut pans. Now, at first, I didn't want to buy them because I was like, well, how often will I really use a specialty pan like this?
Let me tell you, I use them all the time! They are also very economical, and store easily. These are a small investment you won't regret.
GF Chocolate Cake Donuts Step by Step
So let me show you how simple it is to make these gluten free chocolate donuts.
Start by mixing together your wet ingredients: the oil, eggs, buttermilk, and brown sugar. Then add the vanilla extract.
Next, add the dry ingredients. Stir in the gluten free flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt.
Mix until smooth. It will look just like chocolate cake batter.
Then, add the batter to your greased donut pan, you want to fill the donut spots about ⅔ of the way full.
That's it! Then bake them for 10-12 minutes.
Peanut Butter Frosting
If you plan on making peanut butter frosting for these gf chocolate cake donuts, gather your ingredients. Melt your butter and peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
This is super simple. Add the powdered sugar and start mixing, gradually adding the cream until you get your desired consistency.
Be sure your donuts are cool before frosting them!
Can I make these gluten-free donuts dairy-free?
Yes, absolutely! Just substitute your favorite non dairy milk for the buttermilk. Let me teach you a secret - you can turn any milk into buttermilk! Just add half a tablespoon of vinegar to your non dairy milk, and let it sit for five minutes before adding it to the recipe.
You can also just use your favorite non dairy milk in the frosting.
Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting
These delicious gluten free chocolate cake donuts are a simple to make and a great treat. They are great with this creamy peanut butter frosting, or fantastic by themselves!
For the GF Chocolate Cake Donuts
- ¾ cup 1-1 Gluten Free flour blend
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract.
For the Frosting
- 3 tablespoon peanut butter creamy or crunchy
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons heavy cream
For the GF Donuts
Preheat the oven at 350°F
Grease two 6-count donut pans with butter and set aside
In a medium bowl whisk together oil, eggs, buttermilk, and brown sugar. Mix until everything is combined and the mixture is smooth.
Stir in vanilla extract, mix until well combined.
Stir in Gluten Free 1-1 Flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix until combined and smooth.
Pour the mixture in the doughnut pan, about ⅔ way full.
Bake for 10-12 minutes
Allow to cool before frosting.
For the Frosting
Melt butter and peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Add powdered sugar and mix. Add cream (1 tablespoon at a time) and mix until smooth and creamy.
Dip the tops of each doughnut into the frosting and smooth the frosting using the back of a spoon.
Serve and enjoy.
You can store the gluten free chocolate cake donuts in the refrigerator for 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 2 months in the freezer.
For best results, do not apply frosting before storing.