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Mini Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Donuts! Who doesn’t love donuts! I thought I’d try and make a “healthier” version by baking them in the oven instead of deep frying these little beauties, however my decision to coat them in a decadent dark chocolate ganache probably negated that.

I won’t lie, I had to test this recipe 3 times before I got it right. I tried a yeast-based baked donut, which just tasted like dry bread. I then tried a cake version (ie leavened with baking powder), however I didn’t have a proper donut pan so it swelled into one uber donut.

A friend heard of my donut woes and kindly donated me her mini-donut pan (you can buy one here).

I tried the cake version of the donuts again using the donut pan and they came out perfectly, just make sure you grease the pan well as they can stick.

Mini Baked Donuts with Dark Chocolate Ganache

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Swah



  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 50 g butter melted
  • 1 egg

Dark Chocolate ganache

  • 100 g Dark Chocolate finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup thickened cream



  • Preheat oven to 180°C and grease your donut pan with flavourless oil.
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder.
  • Stir in milk, butter and egg until combined.
  • Transfer mixture to a sandwich bag and cut a corner to make a small hole.
  • Using your DIY piping bag, pipe a circle of mixture into each donut hole so that it's approx 1/2 full.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Dark Chocolate ganache

  • Heat cream up into the microwave until warm (not boiling) and then add finely chopped chocolate, stirring until melted and combined.
  • Dip the top of the donuts into the chocolate mixture, decorate with sprinkles, and place on a cooling tray to set.

What’s your favourite donut topping? I’m thinking of trying a fresh strawberry glaze next time! 


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  • Reply vegeTARAian September 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    The cutest! So because they’re little does that mean you can have more? Sounds perfectly legit…

    • Reply Swah September 29, 2014 at 6:53 am

      I think that’s very sound logic Tara! x

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  • Reply Jessica @ Sweet Menu October 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Oh I LOVE making baked donuts at home – these are absolutely darling! Your pics are gorgeous!

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Jess! These are both cute AND tasty :)

  • Reply House in Tillford October 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Yum and I think baking it definitely should ease a little guilt. I think my favorite in chocolate ganache/icing on top

    • Reply Swah October 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      You can’t go wrong with chocolate ganache :D

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