Bring your dessert cravings to the dark side for Halloween and create these Baked Black Donuts! They’re a deliciously classic baked donut, with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. They’re pitch black to add a bit of spooky to the holiday excitement.
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It’s that time of year where coming across things like black donuts isn’t odd, but cool. It matches the theme for fall with all the stuff appearing for Halloween. A black donut can be used in numerous ways, outside of just a snack for a party table or just a dessert for the kids. You can add eyes to them, mouths, oozing colors, etc. These are all easy to accomplish and would add a great addition to the holiday festivities.
You could also change the color of the donut to orange, green, or brown to also match this time of year. That’s the best part about this recipe is that it acts as a base for all colored donuts. You can make any color you choose to match any time of the year or theme. It definitely comes in handy for birthdays. Just like this Homemade White Cake and Homemade Buttercream Frosting. The sky’s the limit with these recipes!
How to Make Baked Black Donuts
Prep - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a donut pan.
Finish the batter - Add in the milk. Mix well again. Add in the food coloring and mix well one more time.
Bake - Pour batter into donut pans and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then invert onto a serving dish. Add icing if desired and enjoy!
Tips and Variations
- Storage - Store in a sealed container or in a cake saver in the pantry. It’s best if it’s a cool, dry area and not damp. Store in the freezer in an airtight container, separate by wax paper, for up to 3 months.
- Reheating - Reheat from the freezer by letting the donuts thaw naturally. Then, use the microwave to heat through. If donuts are a little dry after storing, reheat, covered with a damp paper towel.
- Use other colors - You don’t have to make the donuts black. You can always make them orange, green, purple, or whatever color suits your occasion. These are great for birthday parties, holidays, and celebrations of all kinds.
- Add icing - If you want an extra bit of goodness with your donut, you can mix 1 tablespoon milk with 1 cup powdered sugar, add a drizzle of black food dye to make black icing. Of course, you can make the icing other colors as well or leave it white. It’s up to you and the occasion you’re needing them for.
- Add other flavors - You can always make your donuts taste different by adding in flavored extracts. For example, you can make your donuts have a hint of lemon, orange, hazelnut, etc. just by using an extract.
Common Questions About Baked Black Donuts
Are Krispy Kreme Donuts Fried or Baked?
Krispy Kreme offers both fried and baked donuts. Since they’re one of the donut kings around the world, they tend to offer as many donut options as you can think of. From fritters to old fashioned sour cream donuts, you can find it at Krispy Kreme. No, I’m not paid to say this, I’m just very much in love with their donuts.
What is the Difference Between Baked and Fried Donuts?
Fried donuts tend to be a lot fluffier without as much substance. In other words, you feel like you could eat three of them because they have a lot of air in them. However, baked donuts are a lot denser, which makes them more filling. They don’t normally have any air pockets inside of them and taste like a denser cake.
Kick up your Halloween game a notch with these Baked Black Donuts, then let me know in the comments below if it was a win for you!
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- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
- Homemade Buttercream Frosting
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cereal
Baked Black Donuts
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix the baking powder and flour together.
- Add in the lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, egg, and oil. Mix well.
- Add the rest of the ingredients except the food dye and mix well
- Add the black food coloring and mix well.
- Fill your donut pan just to the brim and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving
- Top with icing if desired and enjoy!