Covered in red, white, and blue frosting and sprinkles, these Glazed Chocolate Donuts scream fourth of July! These will surely be the hit of your family celebrations!
I’m not American. I’m Canadian. But, that doesn’t matter when it comes to food and food-related celebrations. Food is like music. It’s transcends boundaries, language, and borders. And, why shouldn’t I – the Canadian – partake in these colourful and expressive donuts? After all, I was raised to be kind, courteous, and respectful to my neighbours.
If there’s two things in life that one should never live without, it has to be donuts and sprinkles. Any excuse I can find to break out my donut pans, I’m going to find it. And, you know how I feel about sprinkles, right!?
And, as an added bonus, these donuts are baked, not fried. In fact, all of the donut recipes that I’ve published here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen, are baked. I find that it’s easier and less messy. Oh, and a bit healthier too!
ONE DONUT RECIPE, MANY DONUT OPTIONS
For a few years, I have been using the same donut recipe over and over again. I found it once, tried it, and it was perfect. It’s a cake-like donut that has the right balance of crumb and moistness. I’ve adapted that donut recipe so many different ways and it always turns out just perfect.
I’ve used that recipe for this donut, because even though this donut is colourful and cheerful, the flavour has to matter too. Since the 4th of July is all about family, friends, and fun, I thought the perfect donut would be chocolate. The frosting and the sprinkles are just secondary.
You are encouraged to print this recipe and use it whenever you want donuts. To change out the flavours, simply omit the cocoa powder and add any extract you wish. It couldn’t get any easier than that!
GETTING THAT PERFECT GLAZE
I have found that when it comes to the glaze on a donut, there’s just no way to do it that will please everyone. So, I say, please yourself. If you like a thick glaze, then go for it! If a thin glaze is more your thing, then go for that instead!
The glaze is very easy to make. All you need to do is put confectioner’s sugar in a bowl, add a scant amount of milk, and use a fork to mix it. Mix it until there are no visible lumps.
Use less milk for a thicker glaze or more milk for a thin glaze. As you can see from the photos, I used a glaze that was thick enough to stick to the donut. But, I wanted the glaze to run down the sides. You see, Dear Reader, I believe a donut should be sticky and messy. Those are the best ones!
SPRINKLES, SPRINKLES, AND MORE SPRINKLES!
Okay, let’s talk patriotic sprinkles. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I’m addicted to sprinkles. Don’t believe me? Search the term “sprinkles” in the search field at the top right of this page. Or, take a look at my credit card bill that time I ordered sprinkles to the tune of $200!
Who’s my go-to sprinkle source? I buy most of my sprinkles from Sweetapolita. They’re the best and you should check them out. They’re located in Canada, and I’m not sure if they deliver to the United States. But, state-side, Fancy Sprinkles stocks very similar mixes and themes. Listen, I know that shopping for sprinkles online might seem a little over the top, but I’ve never once pretended to shy away from pretty things.
And, of course, if you’re not about to shop online for sprinkles, you can get red, white, and blue sprinkles at any Walmart, any baking supply store, any Target, and there’s always discount sprinkles at Marshall’s, HomeSense, and Winners. (PS: This is not a sponsored post for Sweetapolita. I just really like their sprinkles!)
THAT ABOUT DOES IT!
Glazed Chocolate Donuts are a great sweet treat for any party, not just your 4th of July celebrations. Basically, all you have to do is change the colour theme on the sprinkles. You don’t even need to add sprinkles at all! (But, why would you ever not want to add sprinkles????)
I do hope you enjoy these, Dear Reader. They really are quite delicious! Now, have a safe and happy 4th of July celebration! Cheers!
Glazed Chocolate Donuts
For the Donut
- 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Glaze
- 3 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, use a hand-held mixer to blend together the milk, sour cream and eggs.
- Next, beat in the butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. Beat into the wet ingredients.
- Dump the entire batter into a large Ziploc bag. Cut one of the lower corners off the bag, and in a circular pattern, fill the donut pan about 3/4 way full. Tap the pan firmly on the kitchen counter to get the batter to settle into the pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool.
- When the donuts have fully cooled, whisk together the confectioner's sugar and milk until the icing is smooth and consistent.
- Dip the donut, top side down, into the icing. Lightly shake the excess icing off the donut, or gently drag the iced part of the donut over the rim of the icing bowl.
- Place the glazed donut onto a wire cooling rack and add sprinkles.
- If you want to decorate some donuts with the drizzled icing, put aside half of the donuts with just the glaze – no sprinkles. Divide the leftover glaze and use gel food colouring to colour the glaze. Transfer the glaze to small Ziploc sandwich bags, cut of a small bit of the lower corner, and drizzle the glaze over the donuts.
- Allow glaze to firm up before serving. Enjoy!