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Glazed Chocolate Donut Bundt Cake
This Glazed Chocolate Donut Bundt Cake is a deliciously sweet and tender chocolate cake with the perfect donut glaze!
For the cake:
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 cup cocoa powder dutch processed is best
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup boiling water
For preparing the bundt pan:
- 2-3 teaspoons butter or margarine
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
For the glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons whole milk
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Next, prepare your bundt pan by greasing it well with 2-3 tsp butter or margarine and "flouring" it with cocoa powder. Tap our as much of the excess cocoa powder as you can - you only want a very thin layer to coat the inside of the cake pan so it disappears as the cake bakes.
- After the bundt pan is greased and floured, measure the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt into a large mixing bowl. Give the mixture a stir with a wire whisk to combine all the ingredients.
- To a separate bowl add the buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla and whisk them together with a fork.
- Dump the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir them together with a rubber spatula to combine.
- Set your kettle to boil and once it's boiled, measure out one cup of boiling water.
- Add the boiling water to the cake batter in a slow stream, whisking as you add it. Continue adding the boiling water and whisking until the boiling water is all combined and the batter is smooth.
- Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 36-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool almost completely on a wire rack in the bundt pan. While it cools it should pull away slightly from the pan, making it easy to remove when it's cool.
- Carefully flip the bundt pan upside down on top of a wire rack to remove the cake.
- Add some parchment paper under the wire rack once you've inverted the cake (this will catch the extra glaze you're about to make!).
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Slowly pour the glaze over the cake, using a pastry brush to make sure every last inch of the cake is covered in the glaze.
- Let the glaze dry completely before slicing into the cake to achieve that perfect, crispy, sugary crust!
- Serve the cake as soon as the glaze is dry, and enjoy!
Glazed Chocolate Donut Bundt Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Vitamin A 84IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
This cake is definitely a winner! Thank you for this recipe and for making me look like such a pro to everyone who enjoyed it. This is the moistest chocolate cake I have ever made. It's an amazing recipe!
So glad you love them as much as we do! Thanks for the positive feedback! 🙂
This is my go to chocolate cake. Always comes out great !! Perfect recipe. Thank you.
You’re welcome Stephie! Thanks so much for letting us know it’s your go to recipe!☺️
Hi! This looks delicious.. we usually don’t have buttermilk on hand, so I am wondering it would be okay to substitute it with something? Thank-you! Can’t wait to try this! 🙂
My best advice is to add a splash of vinegar to some regular milk, let it sit for 5 minutes and you’ll have some homemade buttermilk. That’s always what I do when I’m out of buttermilk 🙂
If you check around, depending on where you live, you can buy powdered buttermilk. It’s great to keep in a stored container and then you always have buttermilk available for any recipe. You just need to add water to it and mix well! I’m in Canada and it’s readily available in “Bulk Barn” stores – where you can buy it in any quantity you want 🙂
I am from Canada and I’m a big Bulk Barn fan 🙂 Unfortunately I’m living in Eastern Europe right now and it’s not available here 🙁
Best chocolate cake Recipe I’ve ever used. I used special dark cocoa powder because it’s what I had opened, and I didn’t have any buttermilk on hand so I added a couple Tbsp. Lemon juice to milk as a substitute. Still came out great! Thanks!
So glad you loved the recipe! Thanks for the positive feedback! I’ve made those same substitutions to this cake in a pinch and it always turns out perfectly! 🙂
Looking forward to baking this yummy cake. Will sure give a feedback.
I hope you enjoy it!!
This was a wonderfully moist chocolate cake. My only problem was my glaze never dried into that glorious crackly finish!! I think maybe the cake was still too warm when I glazed it and it just soaked it all in…it tasted really good, it just didn’t look like the donut I was going for. I almost made a chocolate drizzle to put on top, but I decided it would be too over the top (if that’s possible!), so we enjoyed it the way it was. I will try again though – the cake recipe is amazing!
Glad you liked the cake!! The glaze is a tricky one. Definitely make sure the cake is completely cool before glazing and allow the glaze to dry before slicing if you’re after that crackly glaze effect 🙂
Pinning this because it just looks so perfect! And I don’t use my bundt pan nearly enough!
Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy it!
thinking about making this for a baby shower. would the glaze still have that ‘donut’ look if i made the cake the night before? i know the appearance of glazes can be a little iffy if made in advance but i’m sure the cake itself would be fine. any thoughts on appearance? thanks!
Yes, letting the glaze set overnight is actually a great way to have it set! Just be sure you cover it somehow with a cake container or a large bowl to keep the cake from drying out.
OMG Chrissie, this is the BEST chocolate cake I’ve EVER baked!! I used the Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder and 5 Tbsp of my handy Saco buttermilk powder instead of actual buttermilk, and it made the most chocolately, dense but not heavy, moist cake, literally the best cake I’ve ever eaten!! I made it for my adult son’s birthday, he took his normal huge slice, and he couldn’t even finish it, it was so decadently delicious!! Ten stars, lady, and I can’t wait to see what other great recipes I can find on your site. Thanks so much for a keeper recipe!
So glad you love this recipe as much as we do!! It’s one of my most requested recipes…no surprise!!
I made this cake to add a bit of chocolate decadence to our Thanksgiving spread. This is hands down the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made and I have been cooking for a VERY long time! I didn’t change a single thing…it’s perfect. Thank you so much, from my entire family, for posting this recipe,
Thanks SO much for the great feedback on this recipe! I’m so glad you loved it so much!! 🙂
Will this rock of I added a bit of Rum?
If that’s what you’d like, go for it! I’m not a fan of rum 🙂
This cake looks perfect!
Thanks so much!
I’ve never made bundt cake before but this one looks really good!
This looks so fluffy! I can’t wait to try making this!
I TOTALLY RETRACT MY LAST COMMENT AND POST!11 THIS BUNDT IS THE BOMB! I originally gave 1 star – based upon my experience with the batter. I stated that the batter spilled in the oven, yet I used a 12 cup bundt and the batter wasn’t anywhere near the top of the pan. What occurred was….. I inadvertently placed the oven rack upside down so when I placed the cake in the oven it wasn’t level. Which makes total sense that it only spilled on one side of the pan…. dugh!!!! Anyways…. I baked it through – but it took considerably longer to bake. So, when the cake tested done, and it cooled, it inverted PERFECTLY..right out the pan. The cake was velvety dark and the crumbs tasted awesome. SO.. I proceeded to chocolate ice it (because that was a request) and the cake sits beautifully on my glass cake, and I couldn’t imagine why it wasn’t working for me AND there were so many positive reviews…. Well, this is a keeper – and I can’t wait to serve it tomorrow for Memorial Day
I’m so glad you realized the mistake and that the cake worked out so well for you! Baking times can vary depending on the kind of oven you have, so that’s not surprising. I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe!
I’m just curious, after adding boiling water, should the cake better be very watery? It seems it should be thicker!
Yes! The batter is very watery, which is what makes it so moist. Don’t worry, it bakes up nice and tender 🙂
Hello! The only thing I have at my house is an angel food pan, would this recipe still work in that pan? Thank you.
Yes, although you will need to make sure to grease and flour the pan very well.
So delicious… the best chocolate cake I bake .. very moist love it
So glad you liked it!! 🙂
Sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder?! I’m overthinking it here.
This is my new go to chocolate cake recipe. WINNER! I made buttermilk with whole milk and lemon juice and used Hershey’s cocoa and it’s still the best chocolate cake I ever made! New sub!
Thanks so much Gwen!😊
This cake is FABULOUS! It is easy to make ( thanks to your great instructions) delicious and beautiful. I usually pick anything but chocolate until I tasted this cake! It is amazing! I baked it for my husband’s birthday and he LOVED it. Thank you for sharing this fabulous cake.
You’re welcome Claudia! So glad to hear you like this recipe so much🙂
I want to make this make cake. Does it have to be low fat buttermilk, or can I use regular buttermilk?
You can use regular buttermilk. Happy baking!
What size Bundt pan is ideal for this? I don’t have one and this cake will be perfect for my daughter’s birthday. Might as well buy the best size out of the gate.
Hi Emily, a 9 inch bundt pan would be best for this recipe. This is the one that i use https://amzn.to/3cO9ATJ (affiliate link). Happy baking!
Hi…chking if the eggs can be replaced?Thanx💝
Hi, unfortunately I couldn’t recommend that to you as i have never tried it but if you have an egg replacement that usually works for baking, you can try. Happy baking! ☺️
Have you tried using brewed coffee/espresso in place of the boiling water? I usually use coffee in my chocolate cakes, but don’t want to mess up the “chocolate donut” effect.
Yes! You can definitely make this substitution.
This cake was easy to make and tastes great. I am not normally a chocolate cake fan but this has changed that. Despite letting the cake cool completely and adding extra glaze, I could not get that thick, crackly finish. Would you recommend simply making the glaze thicker next time?
I’d recommend a very thin glaze. That will give you the crackly finish 🙂
I hope to make this cake either tonight or tomorrow morning. If you or another baker could comment….can you substitute kosher salt for sea salt. I have that, regalar table salt and finely ground pink himalyan salt. I am leaning toward kosher but don’t if I should adjust the amount used.
Yes, you could totally use sea salt without having to adjust the measurement. Happy baking ☺️
Goodness gracious this cake is delicious! I made it for friends and it was a huge hit! Two people have already asked me for the recipe. I made it a second time for my family and didn’t even get a chance to make the glaze before they cut into it. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
I know, right!? What’s not to love!? Thanks so much Linda!!
Love this cake! Just wondering if anyone has tried to bake it in a 9×13 pan or as cupcakes? If so, how long would one bake it for?
I’m happy you like it! I have never tried it, but if you do, please let us know! Happy baking ☺️
Can I use a 9×13 in pan instead?
I’ve never tried that but you could try to, as long as you leave enough space for the cake to raise (about 1/3, 1/4 of the pan’s height) and adjust the baking time. Let us know how it turns out!☺️
could you put a peanut butter glaze instead of the white