12 Mar

trashy donuts

Oh yes.

Chocolate glazed donuts topped with crumbled bacon, potato chip shards, and a salted beer caramel drizzle.

Because it’s my birthday!

That’s right.

Today is my special day and I think that warrants a pretty special treat.

trashy donuts

I have to tell you guys, these donuts are pretty darn special.

As in utterly ridiculous and over the top kind of special but totally worthy of their place on my birthday dessert table and in my mouth.

There are a few more steps and ingredients (not to mention calories) in this recipe than I normally like to share so this is definitely a special occasion treat.

And don’t worry, none of the steps are hard or time-consuming so this is totally doable.

You can make minis like I did but if you have a regular sized donut pan, use that one instead. It makes the process so much faster and easier.

I hope you guys enjoy this one. I’m off to try and arrange these donuts so they’ll hold all of my thirty-something birthday candles.

I have real concerns about structural integrity.

trashy donuts

Trashy Donuts

Chocolate Cake Donuts
adapted from King Aurthur Flour

  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups AP flour
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp vinegar, white or cider
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the wells of your donut pan with non-stick spray.

2) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt

3) In a large measuring cup or medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and vinegar.

4) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to incorporate. Don’t overmix. Just make sure everything is combined.

5) Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and fill each donut well about 3/4 full.

6) Bake the doughnuts for 6-8 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. You’ll have to adjust your baking time based on your donut pan size.

7) Let the donuts cool for a few minutes before you try to remove them from the pan.

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


Whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth.

Dip the top of each doughnut in the glaze.

To make the bacon and chips topping: Just cook bacon as you please (I prefer to bake mine in the oven) and break up some chips into little pieces. I used 6-8 slices of bacon and about 2 cups of chips but the amount you need will differ based on the size of your donuts.

You’ll want to add the topping before the glaze sets so it’s easiest to dip each donut, sprinkle on the topping, and then put it back on the cooling rack to set.

Once each donut has been dipped and topped, make the caramel.

Salted Beer Caramel Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup beer – I used Hoegaarden
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt


Add the brown sugar, honey, beer, and butter to a saucepan over high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then stop stirring. Reduce heat to medium and allow to boil for 7 minutes or until the mixture turns a golden amber color – this happens really fast so don’t walk away from it! Turn off the heat, add a tsp of sea salt, stir, and drizzle over the donuts.

If you boil your caramel too long it will harden. If this happens, just put the pot of caramel back on the burner over low heat and add a pat of butter and a tbsp or two of milk. Stir slowly until the caramel softens and you can drizzle it over all of the donuts.



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