Brooklyn Blackout Donuts

The ultimate baked chocolate donut, these Brooklyn Blackout Donuts are based off a popular breakfast treat from NYC’s Donut Plant.

Brooklyn Blackout Donuts |

I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the most concerning things to happen to me in the first trimester was not the constant nausea or fatigue…it was the loss of my sweet tooth! Honestly, desserts are one of my favorite things ever, so to just have no interest in eating anything sweet was the most bizarre thing ever. I wondered if it would be like that forever. And then one day, TheBetterHalf and I were in our local market, and something sweet actually sounded appealing to me…a Brooklyn Blackout Donut from the Donut Plant!!! It was like a light at the end of the first trimester tunnel.

Then for about 5 days in a row, I had to have that donut. Which was problematic when the store was out of it and I then had to go to every local coffee shop that serves Donut Plant donuts to find one…making me late for work…but it was totally necessary. After about the fifth day I decided that I probably shouldn’t be eating fried donuts every morning, so I thought it would be really fun to create a baked version! These are just as moist and chocolatey as the real thing, but are much lighter.


Brooklyn Blackout Donuts |

Brooklyn Blackout Donuts |

The true Brooklyn Blackout donut has chocolate pudding injected into the donut – I decided to skip that step because these donuts are super moist even without the added pudding.  I stirred some mini chocolate chips into the batter instead to get the extra chocolate kick.

Brooklyn Blackout Donuts |

Brooklyn Blackout Donuts |

And in case you were wondering, the Brooklyn Blackout Donuts craving passed long ago. My pregnancy cravings have been very fleeting. For the most part I’ll NEED to have something – then I will eat it once or twice, and then I won’t want to eat it ever again. Ah the joys of pregnancy ☺ But I’m happy to have this recipe in my arsenal so that if the craving strikes, I am ready, and don’t need to trek all over the city to find one!

PS – No bump yet in this picture (taken AGES ago it feels like!) but I love that I know my sweet little baby is in there.

Brooklyn Blackout Donuts |

Brooklyn Blackout Donuts |

Brooklyn Blackout Donuts

Brooklyn Blackout Donuts

The ultimate baked chocolate donut, these Brooklyn Blackout Donuts are based off a popular breakfast treat from NYC's Donut Plant.


    For the Donut
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • For the Icing
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
  • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Crumbled chocolate cookies, for topping


    For the Donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two six-count donut pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together sugars, oil, and egg until very well combined. Add the buttermilk and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  3. Spoon the batter into the donut pan, filling each cavity about half full. Bake for 6 - 8 minutes, until donuts are just cooked through. Allow to cool in the pan for a minute, then turn out onto a wire rack.
  4. For the Icing
  5. In a small saucepan, add the butter, milk, corn syrup, and chocolate. Turn on low heat, and stir until chocolate is melted and all ingredients are combined. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla, then whisk in powdered sugar.
  6. Cover the top of each donut with the icing, then sprinkle with the cookie crumbs. If the icing sets before you are finished icing all the donuts, you can put it back on the heat for a minute or so.

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  1. says

    First I love how you went to quite a few places to find these donuts! And my pregnancy was total opposite I actually gained a sweet tooth. And it hasn’t left me since which leaves me in quite the bind. These donuts are definitely ones I will be trying out soon.

  2. says

    Haha, ohhh, the cravings! My cravings are the same way– they come, I eat it once or twice, and then it’s gone! I’m so glad you were able to satisfy your craving with these homemade donuts! Also, I can’t believe she’s going to be here so soon! I hope you’re still feeling well aside from the discomfort! <3

  3. says

    Cate I can understand how you would be craving these! I’m craving them right now! That chocolaty deliciousness sure would go down a treat with my morning cup of tea! And I love the bump shot before the bump showed up, what a beautiful memory to be able to share with your daughter some day!

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