Tim Horton's Style Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

"This is a copycat recipe for the Chocolate Cake Doughnuts served in Canada and Northern US. This includes a Mocha glaze but you can top it with anything you wish - try the chocolate glaze from the Boston Creme Doughnut recipe. Recipe does not include chilling time."
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16 doughnuts




  • 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°F 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.

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  1. carol_brandon
    Exactly like the real thing from Tim Hortons. I made a glaze recipe from Taste of Home, and the fondant type chocolate icing recommended in the recipe, from the Boston Cream donuts. I also dipped some of the glazed ones into coconut - I should have dipped them top and bottom, to make them like the white coconut donuts Tim Hortons used to make.
  2. Girija G.
    Horrible recipe. The dough was too sticky. Even after chilling it, I could not cut them out. I ended up adding a lot more flour to the dough, just so I could the doughnuts out. After frying, the doughnuts were flat and tasteless. Would not recommend this recipe.
  3. rosslare
    Doughnuts that are dark and chocolatey like brownies, wow! I did increase the salt to 1 ts and sugar to 2 cups. The glaze was delicious, too.
  4. bridge299
    I have to say yummy!!! Although I didn't have the ingredients for the glaze, I just rolled them in sugar. Very good.
  5. Chef Laurachingo
    all I can say is wow



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