Chocolate Cherry Cake Doughnuts

Hey guys!

Thank you so much for the sweet comments on yesterday’s Christmas inspired pancakes. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one ready for the season a bit early this year…now to get to work on my Christmas list! πŸ˜‰

But first, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a hot steamy cup of perfectly roasted coffee?

Coffee haters remain silent…you’ll kill the mood.

How about chocolate cherry cake doughnuts coated in a mix of cocoa and powdered sugar?

Yes? No? Maybe?

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I was sent two free bags of Peet’s Coffee to taste and asked to pair it with a breakfast, brunch, or dessert dish.

I had never tried Peet’s coffee before and honestly, I was a bit skeptical at first after I discovered that both the Cafe’ Solano and the Cafe’ Domingo were medium roasted coffees.

I like my coffee like I like my men…

Hot, smooth, and STRONG!

Luckily neither blend disappointed. They both have such a depth of flavor that I’ve never tasted with other brands. I may have just found my new favorite coffee! πŸ˜‰

After trying my first cup, I knew exactly what I wanted to pair it with, but without any clue as to how to make my own doughnuts…I may be the “Queen of Pancakes”, but a baker, I am not….I took a little help from a pair of twins who know their way around a doughnut pan.

As soon as I saw theΒ Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts on The Healthy Diaries, the gears in my head started turning and it wasn’t long before I made the recipe my own!

Chocolate Cherry Cake Doughnuts

by Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling

Keywords: bake breakfast snack dessert cocoa whole wheat pastry flour

Ingredients (7 doughnuts)

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 3/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa bean extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup jarred maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons cherry juice from jar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk well to break up any cocoa clumps (not to be confused with “lady lumps”).
3. In a separate bowl, add whisked egg, yogurt, extract, oil, milk, and cherry juice and whisk together until combined.
4. Carefully stir in the chopped cherries.
5. Transfer batter to a large zip top bag, cut one of the corners off and squeeze batter into doughnut pan.*
6. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the thickest doughnut comes out clean.
7. While doughnuts are baking, whisk together the cocoa and sugar in a large bowl (the larger the bowl, the less chance for a cocoa-sugar coated kitchen).
8. When done, immediately turn doughnuts out onto a cooling rack. One at a time, coat them with the cocoa/sugar mix and then allow to cool…or devour one right away like I did! πŸ˜‰

*My batter was actually enough to make 7 doughnuts so I poured the batter into a mini muffin pan and made makeshift “doughnut holes.”

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Fresh out of the oven

Can you see the specks of cherries?

All dusted up and ready for coffee dunkin’


But don’t think you have to be a coffee lover to enjoy one of these for breakfast…as a snack…or a late night nibble…try dipping them in hot cocoa!

Because, let’s face it, you can never have too much chocolate! πŸ˜‰

What is your favorite hot beverage during the cold months?

Are you a “dunker”?

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28 Responses to Chocolate Cherry Cake Doughnuts

  1. Thanks for the tweet…

    These look so.good. WOW!~

    I would have done the same thing w/ the batter for the 7th one. That, or just, umm…sampled it as is πŸ™‚

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      No problem! I’m sure you’ll be coming up with some delicious donut recipes soon too! Of course ALL your desserts/baked goods make me want to drool! πŸ˜‰

  2. Those donuts look amazing! I’m so jealous haha πŸ™‚

  3. i’ve been craving donuts for ages. i neeeeeeeed a donut pan! these look amazing!!

  4. Yum! So creative and cute πŸ™‚

    My favorite hot drink during the colder months is a really spicy chai tea latte. It’s hard to perfect, so unfortunately I only have one whenever my wallet allows me a trip to Starbucks!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Allison! And yes, the perfect amount of spice in a chai tea latte is hard to come by…definitely one of my favorites though!

  5. Brittany says:

    Haha I totally agree with you on the coffee ! love it. I haven’t had a donut in forever but these look so yummy! I am probably a dunker πŸ™‚

  6. katie says:

    These look AWESOME! I need a donut pan! I always say that, but I never buy one!

    I love coffee, thats my hot beverage of choice ; )

    Happy Tuesday love! xoxo

  7. Dangit…now I HAVE to get a donut pan! I was going to get one yesterday, but time got away from me. This would be perfect with a big cup o’joe! I do a lot of hot tea and coffee during the colder months. I freeze all the time anyway, so it helps warm my insides. These look amazing!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Sarena! I contemplated for a long time on whether or not to get one myself and then ended up just buying it on a whim one day…best $14 ever spent!!

      And I’m the same way…I’m always sooooo cold, especially when I’m at work! I joke around with the patient’s all the time and tell them that after lunchtime, we do our part to help out the cafeteria and hang meat in our department! Haha!

  8. I can’t eat any bakery or fast food donuts because of my allergies, so I’ve never really had a real donut before! That’s why I’m DYING to get a donut pan so that I can make my own. And this will definitely be the first recipe that I make. πŸ˜€

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yay! I can’t believe it took me so long to finally use my donut pan…I’ve had the thing for MONTHS! Now my mind is just running wild thinking up all the combinations I could make! πŸ™‚

  9. Yum! I wonder how these would work with an egg substitute.. They look delicious!

    Other than coffee I’d have to say that my favorite warm drink is a toss up between hot chocolate (if I have a candy cane to melt into it) and a pumpkin steamer made by my sister πŸ™‚

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh wow! Why have I never thought about melting a candy cane into hot cocoa?! I’ll have to give that a try…I love the combo of mint and chocolate!

      I’m not too sure if they would come out the same with an egg substitute, but it’s definitely worth a try! Let me know if you give it a go!

  10. Wow this recipe looks amazing! I always forget how cherry and chocolate make such a great combo. I hope you realize your adding so many recipes to my “to cook/bake” list. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing? I’m hoping good.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Maria! And thank you both for the inspiration! And I’m hoping that never-ending list is a GOOD thing too! πŸ˜‰

  11. These looks great Heather!! I love maraschino cherries so I know I will love your version of our donuts!

    Also, going to try using whole wheat pastry flour and compare it the white whole wheat flour! πŸ™‚

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thanks Lisa! WWPF is the only flour I ever bake with…hard to believe I went so many years without the stuff! I love it!

  12. PB&Jenny says:

    I actually have a donut pan, but have yet to use it. What am I doing with my life?

    I’ve never “dunked” my donuts but I am an avid dunker of oreos and graham crackers. πŸ™‚

    hope you’re doing well beautiful girl!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh girl, you’ve GOT to make some doughnuts! I had my pan for MONTHS before I finally broke down and made some! And I don’t discriminate with my dunking…I dunk, dip, and scoop anything!! πŸ™‚

  13. Lauren says:

    Why did I pass up that donut pan at Target last week?!

  14. Ok so clearly I need to get a doughnut pan. Everyone is making these super tasty and SUPER CUTE recipes. I must have one.

    Of course, that means I’d eat doughnuts like 10 times a day. But still. πŸ˜‰

  15. Honestly, I think my Uncle Bob Sutherland who owns The Cherry Republic in Michigan would hire you for these. Haha, I’m not even kidding! Send him the link. He loves CHERRIES, has a bakery within his store, and loves blogs. And these are completely drool worthy!

  16. I love a cafe misto with skim milk and a dirty chai…so good! These look crazy good Heather…I may just have to become a dunker now! πŸ™‚

  17. lizzie says:

    omg these look amazing!!!!!!1

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  19. Kara says:

    these look fabulous!! now i just need to get my hands on a donut pan…..addin it to the christmas list! haha

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