Easy Chocolate Baked Donuts
January 29, 2020
Peppermint Glazed baked chocolate donuts

Chocolate Baked Donuts Peppermint Glazed AND Gluten Free

Healthy Chocolate baked donuts? That are gluten free AND easy? It's true. It doesn't get much easier than these cake mix donuts and they are so delicious.

Healthy baked chocolate donuts with peppermint glaze

Let's be honest….it's the peppermint glaze that really finishes them off to perfection!

Easy Chocolate Donut Ingredients

Gluten free chocolate cake mix with silicon donut mold

We are starting with a chocolate cake mix made according to the box. See, I said this would be easy!

  • Chocolate cake mix of choice
  • Crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
  • Peppermint glaze recipe {below}

Gluten Free Option

Gluten Free? To make them gluten free simply use a fabulous gluten free cake mix like this one from Sun Flour Mills. {Not sponsored, they are just my favorite GF baking resource}

With the gluten free mix I wasn't sure how it would act so I started with 1 egg and then added another one for the next pan. I liked the consistency of the first batch with only one egg.

*The egg free version doesn't hold up well enough, I recommend using eggs for this one.

Donut Recipe Equipment

Mix Your Chocolate Cake

Mix according to directions and use your handy dandy Freezer Bag Holderto fill a gallon size bag.

Pipe Chocolate Cake Mix

Filling silicone donut mold with chocolate cake batter

Now that your batter is all loaded up in your freezer bag, snip the end and squeeze into each well in the Silicon donut pan. I used too much batter and they overflowed the first time.

Only do one large round of batter in each. You will be tempted to overfill them. But if you want a round donut shape you have to hold back.

Chocolate Baked Donuts

Baked chocolate donut with chocolate chips on white table

I baked mine a little longer than it called for so they were sturdy enough to hold shape. The gluten free batter is much softer. But they are cakey and delicious when they come out of the oven.

We could be done here…..but where's the fun in that!?

Glazing Time

Dip donut into peppermint glaze

Let's dress these little guys up. It's party time after all! Make the peppermint glaze according to the recipe.

Donut Glazing Method 1: Dipping

First, make sure your donuts are cool. Pour glaze in a bowl wide and deep enough for dipping. Only dunk about half the donut because the glaze will continue to settle when you lay it down.

*If your donut it soft you will have trouble with this method. They will start to fall apart. So let's look at Method 2: Drizzle

Donut Glazing Method 2: Drizzle

Drizzle the peppermint glaze on top of chocolate donut

Drizzling the glaze is a little messier but you get fun uneven edges that look kinda cool. Just take spoonfuls and let them drip onto the middle of each donut ring. Glaze should drip down both sides.

*You will need to transfer finished donuts to another platter for serving with this method.

Top With Peppermint

Candy canes making heart in front of plate of glazed chocolate donuts

While the glaze is still soft sprinkle your crushed peppermint on top. If you are worried about it falling off you can press it lightly into the top. Add as little or much peppermint as you'd like. I focused on the top ring but it sprinkles down the sides a little too.

Health{ier} Chocolate Baked Donuts

Candy canes making heart in front of plate of peppermint glazed chocolate donuts

Now that you're done step back and admire your handiwork! Your Chocolate baked donuts are beautiful and I bet they taste amazing!

These will never qualify as health food but baking instead of frying is always a good idea. Having an easy gluten free option is great to have up your hostess sleeve and no one will will miss the gluten. I promise!

Serve with milk, coffee, or a dessert tea and wait for the compliments to pour in. I'd love to hear if you try these donuts and what you think about the gluten free cake mix.

Tag us at @partieswithacause on Facebook and Instagram and we'd love to show off your creations!

Peppermint Vanilla Donut Glaze

The perfect topping for a baked chocolate donut
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: donut, Easy, Peppermint
Servings: 12


  • Hand mixer


  • 1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tb Milk 2% or Whole
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 toothpick dip Peppermint Essential Oil food grade


  • Add powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together making sure to remove any lumps in the powered sugar
  • Blend until smooth, adding additional milk for a thinner consistency
  • For mild peppermint, dip a toothpick into peppermint bottle and swirl into glaze
  • For strong mint, add 1 drop of peppermint and taste, you can always add more but the essential oils are strong and can easily overpower your glaze.

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    • Brianna Adams

      They are super easy! If they weren’t I wouldn’t be trying them! Ha ha. Something fun and tasty that can be adjusted to be a little more healthy too.

  1. Beth

    I’m drooling! These look absolutely scrumptious!

    • Brianna Adams

      I don’t like actual donuts but these baked goodies have topped my list of craving lately. They really are so easy and tasty.

  2. Jackie

    You had me at gluten free! Definitely giving these a try!

    • Brianna Adams

      Yay! I’m not exclusively gluten free but I do eat a lot of foods that are. I definitely feel better when I avoid it. And these are the best treat ever! Finding Sun Flour Mills was awesome.

  3. Natalie Mayhew

    Oh these look so fabulous! Yum!

    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you! They are so fun to make. Now that I’ve got the donut down I need to play around with ways to decorate them.

  4. Lori

    These look so yummy and I didn’t realize how easy it would be to bake them!! Definitely trying these!!

    • Brianna Adams

      I was surprised at how easy they are to bake with a donut pan. And you can make them as healthy or unhealthy as you want!


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