Make a batch of chocolate cake doughnuts even better when you drizzle them with a mocha glaze and top with coconut, chocolate, nuts or sugary sprinkles.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
6 to 8 cups vegetable oil for frying
Mocha glaze (recipe follows)
How to Make It
In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, buttermilk, and melted butter to blend. Stir into dry ingredients until well blended. Chill until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours.
Scrape dough onto a generously floured surface. With floured hands, pat dough out to about 1/2 inch thick. With a 3-inch doughnut cutter, cut out doughnuts. Pat together scraps of dough and cut again. (Alternately, shape dough into ropes about 5 inches long and 1/2 inch thick; join rope ends to form doughnuts.) Place doughnuts on a well-floured baking sheet.
Meanwhile, fill an electric deep-fryer to the fill line or pour about 4 inches of oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan; heat to 375° (see "Fry Right," below). Place one doughnut at a time onto a wide spatula and gently slide into oil, frying up to three at a time. Cook, turning once, until puffy and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes total (to check timing, cut first one to test). With a slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to paper towels to drain. Repeat to fry remaining doughnuts.
When cool enough to handle, dip the top half of each doughnut in warm mocha glaze and place on a plate. Let stand until glaze is set, about 5 minutes.
Mocha glaze. In a heatproof bowl, combine 6 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate, 1/2 cup whipping cream, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 teaspoons corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pan; remove from heat. Place bowl over water and let stand, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 10 minutes.
I really loved these. They bring back many happy memories of my grandmother making them when I lived in Maine. The texture was perfect..soft, yet a bit chewy and perfect with hot tea or coffee. Sometimes, I put a spoonful of ice cream in the middle for a different dessert. I have also cut them in half and put whipped cream in the middle; then closed them like a sandwich. My grand kids thought they were "so neat, Grandma". One batch lasts one day with them in my kitchen.
This was really bland. I'm new to doughnut making, so maybe this is how chocolate doughnuts are supposed to taste, but if that's the case, they are not worth the effort or the calories. I've made beignets with great success, but these turned out very dense. It was like biting into heavy balls of bread dough. Worse than the texture was the flavor. If thew flavor had any punch at all, I would keep working at this recipe to try to improve the texture. But it's simply not worth it. I'm going to keep looking for a more flavorful chocolate recipe.