How to Make Donut Holes in a Cake Pop Maker

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Donut holes, traditionally the dough that comes from the center of the donut, have become such a popular confection that donut shops have dedicated special cutters to recreate the treat into a slightly larger, but still bite-size snack. They come in any and all flavors that you would see the donut adorned in, including fillings, glazes, chocolate and sprinkles.

Chocolate covered donut holes on a white serving dish.

If the thought of trying to fry balls of batter in a piping hot pot of oil doesn’t sound enticing to you, why not try making them the easy way? In this particular recipe, we will be showing you how to make donut holes in a cake pop maker. You heard that right, the cake pop maker is not only for cake pops! Let’s begin.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Cake pop donut holes prepped ingredients.

For the Donut Holes:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder 
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

For the Chocolate Coating:

  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup chocolate bar pieces (about 175 g.)

Tools:

Step #2. Mix Dry Ingredients

Bowl of flour, whisk on the side.

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl (flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt), and mix them well.

Bowl of flour and sugar, whisk on the side.
Bowl of cocoa, flour and sugar, whisk on the side.
Bowl of chocolate donut ingredients mixed together.

Step #3. Add Wet Ingredients

A bowl filled with donut mix and egg.

Add the egg, milk and vegetable oil and mix well.

A bowl filled with donut mix, egg and milk.
A bowl filled with donut mix, egg, milk and vegetable oil.
Donut cake mix mixed together in a bowl with whisk.

Step #4. Pour Batter into Cake Pop Maker & Bake

Cake pop maker filled with chocolate donut batter.

Pour the batter into the cake pop maker (fill them about 1 mm from the top). Bake them for around 4-5 minutes (You can test with a toothpick. If it comes out dry, they are ready).

Donut holes in cake pop maker.

Step #5. Melt the Donut Hole Coating

Bowl of chocolate bar chunks, melting.

Place a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water (double-boiler style) and add the butter and chocolate. Melt the chocolate/butter mix completely until smooth and shiny.

Bowl of chocolate bar chunks and butter on element.
Bowl of melted chocolate and butter mixture.

Step #6. Dip the Donut Holes in the Chocolate Coating

Cake pop maker, bowl of melted chocolate coating and dish of chocolate covered donut holes.

Cover the donut holes with the chocolate coating.

Step #7. Serve & Enjoy!

Chocolate covered donut holes on a white serving dish.
Chocolate covered donut holes on a white serving dish.

Any chocolate lover will find it hard not to try this cake pop maker donut hole recipe. Starting with a chocolatey batter and finishing with a smooth, decadent, melted chocolate coating, this little treat has all sweet-tooth bases covered. The cake pop maker allows for a quick bake-up of the donut holes without the mess and calories of frying oil.

You literally pipe the batter in, close the lid and 5 minutes later: voila! Perfectly rounded, moist baked donut holes ready for snack time or dessert.

They taste best when eaten fresh, but if you are wanting to make them ahead of time, similar to cake pops, you can store them in in an air-tight container in the fridge for a couple of weeks or freeze them for 2 to 3 months.

What kinds of sweet or savory snacks have you tried in your cake pop maker?

Chocolate covered donut holes on a white serving dish.

Cake Pop Maker Donut Hole Recipe

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In this particular recipe, we will be showing you how to make donut holes in a cake pop maker.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40 cake pops
Calories 77 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the Donut Holes:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

For the Chocolate Coating:

  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup chocolate bar pieces (about 175 g.)

Instructions
 

  • Add all dry ingredients to a bowl (flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt), and mix them well.
    Bowl of chocolate donut ingredients mixed together.
  • Add the egg, milk and vegetable oil and mix well.
    Donut cake mix mixed together in a bowl with whisk.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pop maker (fill them about 1 mm from the top). Bake them for around 4-5 minutes (You can test with a toothpick. If it comes out dry, they are ready).
    Cake pop maker filled with chocolate donut batter.
  • Place a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water (double-boiler style) and add the butter and chocolate. Melt the chocolate/butter mix completely until smooth and shiny.
    Bowl of melted chocolate and butter mixture.
  • Cover the donut holes with the chocolate coating.
    Cake pop maker, bowl of melted chocolate coating and dish of chocolate covered donut holes.
  • Serve & enjoy!
    Chocolate covered donut holes on a white serving dish.

Equipment

Electric cake pop maker
Whisk
Metal bowl and pot (double-boiler)

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 53mgSugar: 4gVitamin A: 45IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.6mg

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