Chocolate Mexican Donuts on tray

Today we’re putting Mexican chocolate— that beautiful combination of dark chocolate and spice—into a soft and sinful donut. I’m talking a super light and fluffy baked cake donut topped with a chocolate ganache so good I ate it out of the bowl. I wish I could tell you how much of a hit these Mexican donuts were in our house of two, but the proof is in the pudding: every donut was gone not 24 hours after being made. 

Chocolate Mexican Donuts with bite taken out

These chocolate cinnamon donuts are really more like chocolate cake in disguise. And if you stack two on top of each other, they kind of look like it.

(Side note: donut cake. Whaaaaat? That is happening at some point.)

So really, it’s like you’re having cake for breakfast. I don’t know, I consider that a huge plus. Don’t you? I mean, if you don’t like cake for breakfast, you’re totally welcome to your bowl of muesli.

Tomorrow I’m off to visit Alex in Ann Arbor. We plan to spend our days doing a whole lot of nothing, then going out to dinner. Or making dinner. Anything really involving a good dinner.

Chocolate Mexican Donuts stacked on plate

Tips for making these amazing Mexican donuts

These chocolate Mexican donuts can practically make themselves, this recipe is that easy! The key thing is to not over bake these babies, because dry cake donuts are kind of terrible. To tell when the donuts are ready to come out of the oven, insert a knife into one of the donuts and see if any residue is on the knife when you pull it out. If the knife is clean, your chocolate cinnamon donuts are ready!

Unlike most cake recipes, these homemade donuts don’t need to be fully cooled when you frost them. In fact, it’s better if they’re slightly warm still when you frost them; this makes the frosting go all gooey and makes the whole experience even better.

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Mexican Chocolate Donuts

  • Author: Sarah Fennel

Ingredients

For the donuts

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar, white or cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • donut pan

For the frosting

  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • chopped chocolate, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a standard sized donut pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg, milk, vegetable oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, whisking to combine.
  4. Transfer mixture into a pastry bag or large ziplock with a hole cut into the corner. Pipe batter into donut molds, filling 2/3 of the way up the molds. Bake for 12 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the donut comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before frosting.
  5. While the donuts are cooling, make the frosting. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and the butter. Whisk in the corn syrup, powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Dip each donut into the frosting and top with chopped chocolate.

More homemade donuts recipes from Broma Bakery:

Robin’s Egg Carrot Cake Donuts

Snickerdoodle Donuts

Peanut Butter and Jelly Donuts

Maple Bacon Donuts

Oreo Donuts

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These…..oh my……just yum!!! Mexican chocolate is a favorite flavor of mine that I don’t do enough. Gotta try these!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Than you must, Tori!

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Whoa Sarah! These look CRAZY good!! Dessert for breakfast is perfect in my book! Have an awesome time in Ann Arbor! I’m heading to UMich in a few weeks to visit my son Casey! Can’t wait!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you so much Mary Ann! Hope you have a fantastic time while you’re there!!

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These look completely irresistible!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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My stomach can confirm 🙂

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Wow these look insanely moist! My kind of cake donut!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You know it, girl!

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You are such a pro at lighting in food photographs! It’s perfectly hitting the chocolate ganache and making these doughnuts look more mouth watering than they already are.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you so much, Nicole, that means so much to me! Too nice 🙂

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I can see how these would vanish so quickly! Also, I’m available for taste testing donut cakes. Just saying.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Cool, let’s do it 🙂

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Oh my gosh, Sarah! These are incredible, my mouth is watering!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Sam!

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These looks dangerously delicious! I’d finish these so fast 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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But actually. Can confirm. 🙂

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Pinned! These donuts are perfection Sarah!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jessica! My stomach thinks so, too 🙂

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Looks look so fudgy and decadent — my gosh!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Nicole! <3

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Hi Sarah, my family would go crazy for these, they look delicious!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So glad to hear 🙂 They’d just gobble them up!

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These look so rich and delicious! Pinned!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Mira!

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I heart you and doughnuts. Let’s get Do Rite next time you’re here. So like… 3 weeks. By the way, these are totally beautiful.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes. We must. <3

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amazing brown donuts, the mexican chocolate is one of the best chocolate quality

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I love Mexican chocolate anything! These doughnuts look awesome!

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Yes, this is the perfect excuse to buy myself a new donut pan! Love Mexican chocolate!

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I’m not going to argue with chocolate for breakfast or even cake for breakfast. Thank you!

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These look amazing!!! do you think they would work without a donut pan??

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Maida! They would come out more like muffins. If this is ok, go for it!

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Thanks!!! I might give it a try

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What is the total yield on quantity for this recipe?

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