Friday, April 15, 2011

Dark Chocolate Caramel Glazed Cake Donuts

I'm a busy girl.  Between working, dancing, working out, cooking, doing the blog and hanging out with friends I'm not ashamed to say that I will often use cake mix from a box when I am in a rush.  As much as we all love cakes made from scratch sometimes we just don't have the time.  The secret to making the box cake mix work for you is a simple concept, Add Ins.  Anything from a flavored extract, spices, nuts, chocolate chips or fruit can transform your boring cake mix into something delish. 

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Donut
I had wanted to create a quicky way to create some baked donuts.  One of my favorite cake mix flavors is Dark Chocolate.  I've used this in the past to create a spicy chocolate cupcake with salted caramel frosting and it was a hit.  I basically altered the liquid porportions so that I could create a rich dense donut and added some nutmeg in to give it that chocolate donut taste. 

Chocolate Cake Donuts with Caramel Glaze

1 box Dark Chocolate Cake Mix
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 eggs
1/2-3/4 cups Kraft caramel bits
1/3 cup milk

Yields approximately 18 large donuts (I used the mini donut pan and the large one and got 12 large and 12 mini)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl mix cake mix, milk, oil, nutmeg and eggs until well combined.  *The result will be a super thick batter*

2.  Lightly butter and flour your Donut pan.  Pour batter into a ziploc bag, snip off the end and pipe batter into the donut pan.  Fill them up about half way since they will plump up in the oven.  *I was over zealous with the mini pan and got mutant mini donuts*

3.  Place pan in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Test for doneness and flip donuts out on cooling rack. 

1.  Place caramel bits into a bowl with 1/3 cup milk and microwave for 20 second intervals, stirring until caramel is melted.  *The thicker you want the caramel, the less milk you should add in.  Keep in mind that the caramel sets into the donut as it sits.  You can add in the milk as you microwave the caramel to have better control of the thickness.*

Take donuts and dip one side down in the caramel and add any additional toppings.  For this batch I did several; coconut, chopped peanuts, salt and mini chocolate chips. 

Try this ASAP!  These donuts are so cute and they are healthier than their fried versions and to me tasted just as good the Old Fashion donut from Krispy Kreme. 


Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Hi Lindsey! I was going to leave the desk then I saw this post! How can I resist you yummy dark chocolate caramel glazed cake! Each word is just mouth watering...and you said "baked"! Double points. Looks so delicious. If I show this to my kids, they will ask me to make it right away. You have such a busy life! What kind of dance do you do?

Franklin from Dine Delish said...

Amazing. This is as sinful as it gets. You are totally bad. But in a good way of course :)

Maggie @ Vittles and Bits said...

These look soooo good! I just got a donut pan so I will have to give these a try!

NorikoBurky said...

How clever to adjust the amount of liquid! You've given me an awesome tip, thank you!
Your doughnuts look super delicious!!!

Anonymous said...

Yum yum donuts and cake ones at that :) love them :) plus that glaze looks delicious!

egb said...

Oh dear heavens, how I love donuts! This recipe looks awesome! I love the addition of caramel! said...

Hallelujah for boxed cakes! They do come in handy when you've got so much going on.
Your donuts look fantastic... perfect!

Roxan said...

Oh, wow! These look amazing. I just ate a HUGE dinner and am in need of some dessert. Can I have some of this?

Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite said...

Awesome and easy recipe! This might just push me to buy that donut pan I've been eyeing! :) Thanks!!!

Our Eyes Eat First said...

wow! thanks for sharing a healthier version of my fave - donuts!

Tiffany said...

Yes, please!!!!!!!!! Two please! Mmmmm, this donut sound AMAZING! You can't go wrong with chocolate, salt, and caramel!

Ruth said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog - I couldn't find your email address so I came here!

Cooking Gallery said...

Oh yum, the donuts look delicious...!!

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

These donuts look yummy! Can't go wrong with chocolate and caramel.

Anonymous said...

have you used other flavor cake mixes?? same method exactly?

Unknown said...

This is really looks so delicious and mouthwatering. Its very chocolatey. I loved chocolate donuts that's why I will try this one.

Unknown said...

Wow. this doughnut is looking very tasty. I hope I can grab a some of this. best donuts in sydney

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