Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Donuts

Good evening! I hope everyone is staying safe; the weather has been crazy lately. My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes, and I’m sad for those who are now being affected by Irma.

Today I decided to whip up something happy using ingredients already on hand, and I came up with gluten-free chocolate cake donuts. Because yum! Who doesn’t like chocolate? They were almost dairy-free, but I did use a few tablespoons of sour cream to make them moist. I only had unsweetened almond milk on hand, and it worked well! Next time I think I will sub out the egg with ¼ c. unsweetened applesauce and skip the sour cream, as the applesauce should help keep the donuts moist. Then it will be dairy-free and egg-free! I’ll let you know how it turns out once I try it. The donuts from today turned out good though; they taste just like chocolate cake.

I began by measuring out my dry ingredients and stirring them by hand. I used cup4cup gluten-free flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips.

Then I mixed the wet ingredients with my KitchenAid, before whisking it into the dry mixture. These ingredients included an egg, sour cream, almond milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla bean paste. Make sure the wet ingredients get mixed well (especially the sour cream)!

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I greased a donut pan, dusted it with flour, and then poured the batter in, to fill each of the six cavities. Then they baked for 10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the donuts were cooled, I inverted the pan on a wire rack and prepared the glaze. I decided to use a similar chocolate glaze that I used on my previous post for banana chocolate donuts, but with half the cocoa powder, since the donuts are already super chocolatey! I mixed powdered sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup, vanilla bean paste, and water. Then I spread some glaze on each donut, topped them with sprinkles, and they were ready for eating!

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Recipe for Gluten-free Chocolate Cake Donuts

Ingredients for donuts:
1 c cup4cup gluten-free flour
½ c sugar
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ c cocoa powder
¼ c chocolate chips
1 egg
4 Tbsp sour cream
¼ c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¼ c vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla

Directions for donuts:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat the wet ingredients. Then incorporate the wet mixture with the dry. Pour into a greased donut pan and bake for 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan and then remove before glazing.

Ingredients for glaze:
1 ½ c powdered sugar
1/8 c cocoa powder
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp water

Directions for glaze:
Whisk ingredients together. Using a spatula, top each donut with glaze and then add sprinkles!

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