Entenmann’s Devil’s Food Donuts Recipe

Entenmann's Devils Food Cake Recipe

“Everyone’s Got A Favorite” Entenmann’s and mine is the Devil’s Food Donuts!

Since this is one of my first posts since I took a three month wedding/honeymoon/moving apartments hiatus from my blog, I figured it was appropriate for my comeback recipe to be recreating a very special memory from my time on my honeymoon with my new husband. A chocolate, store-bought donut. Yes, it’s the little things 🙂 

My husband introduced me to this store-bought dessert when we were on our honeymoon back in March. We were driving from Orlando to Miami and stopped for a night in Melbourne. We got up super early the next morning and enjoyed the sunrise on the desolate beach. It was one of my best memories of our trip. It was completely unplanned like the rest of our honeymoon. We always have the most fun being spontaneous. We had decided that we would spend our honeymoon in Florida (where we had the wedding) and we would just go wherever the road took us.

Here are some photos of us on the beach at 6am:

The Austins The Austins

During our road trip, we made a stop at a grocery store and he grabbed these donuts for the car ride. My first time trying these. Amazingly good. I am usually a fan of their crumb cake, but I still haven’t had any of these snacks in years and rarely ever buy them. I wasn’t sure at the time if it was this delicious just because it was my first awful-for-you snack food since my nine month wedding diet or if they were really as good as they tasted. Packed full of preservatives of course, but still, why was I not able to put the box down? Ok, again, maybe it was the addiction-laden preservatives.

But you know, usually these treats taste “cheap”. These seriously don’t have that Twinkie or Ding Dong taste where you can get that chemical essence  in your mouth. These are legit, seriously.

So I’ve decided to make these homemade so we can enjoy an upgraded version of these donuts while using better ingredients 🙂 Whether you are an existing fan of the Devil’s Food Donuts or just love chocolate donuts in general you will love these.

Entenmann's Devil's Food Cake Donuts

Entenmann's Devils Food Cake Recipe

Donut Pan or DIY Donut Pan

To get started, let’s be sure you have the right equipment. A donut pan is very helpful. I got mine on Amazon here:

A donut pan isn’t necessary as you can do a makeshift pan using a muffin/cupcake pan by simply shaping some foil. Here is a video

Entenmann's Devils Food Cake Recipe

Entenmann's Devils Food Cake Recipe


The difference between these and typical chocolate cake donuts is that

1) The frosting hardens so you get a chocolate shell rather than creamy frosting on top.

2) This is full 360 frosting coverage, just like the ones you get in the box. Yes. Dunked entirely in chocolate glaze on every square inch. That chocolate shell insulates the donuts, keeping them extremely soft and adding a bit of a crunchy bite.

The chocolate hardening also makes it easier to transfer the donuts onto a plate or into a storage container without messing up the frosting.

Entenmann's Devils Food Cake Recipe

Entenmann's Devils Food Cake Recipe

Looking for more dessert copycat recipes? Try these:

Tagalong Girl Scout Cookie Copycat Recipe

Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar Copycat Recipe

Dairy Queen Peanut Buster Parfait Copycat Recipe

Hostess Suzy Q’s Copycat Recipe

If you give these a try, I would love to know what you think of them! Be sure to tag @BadBatchBaking and use #badbatchbaking on IG so I can be sure to share it in my story. I look forward to your questions/comments below.

Entenmann's Devil's Food Cake Donuts Copycat Recipe

These Entenmann's copycat chocolate cake donuts are extremely moist and covered in 360 degrees of chocolate buttery glaze.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: Chocolate, Copycat Recipe, Donuts, Doughnuts
Servings: 14 donuts
Author: Mallory Austin


  • Donut Pan (ideal)
  • Piping Bags (ideal)


Devil's Food Donuts

  • 2 cups 140g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk (2% or whole)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (add't butter used for greasing pan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate (Hardening) Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted


Make Donuts

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Whisk together these ingredients in a bowl: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk eggs with the sugar until it is well combined. To it, add milk, yogurt, (cooled) melted butter and vanilla extract. Continue to mix until smooth. 
  • Pour the WET into the DRY flour mixture and mix by hand until just combined and no more big clumps. Be careful not to overmix. The batter will be thick.
  • Grease the donut pans with butter or non-stick spray. Pour the batter into each donut hole using a piping bag or carefully spooning it in. Tap the tray a few times to smooth out the batter. Cook for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Chocolate (hardening) Glaze

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  • Add the sifted cocoa powder and cream. Whisk until it thickens but do not let it boil. About 2 minutes total.
  • Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract, whisking to incorporate. Add the sifted powdered sugar and whisk slowly until perfectly smooth. Note - If you whisk too quickly you will get air bubbles in your glaze. Pour the chocolate glaze into a bowl (I used a cereal bowl) so the chocolate is deep enough to submerge the whole donut.

Coat the Donuts

  • Place one donut at a time into the chocolate glaze, push it down until chocolate is coming up the sides and up through the middle. Use a toothpick or carefully use your finger to lift and flip the donut through the middle. Repeat on the opposite side. Lift donut out of glaze, allow it to drip access off donut then place on a cooling rack and allow to set.
  • Once fully set, store the donuts in a zip top bag or an airtight container.
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  • Reply
    May 8, 2020 at 3:44 pm Hello. Can I use Devil’s Food cake mix for to do this recipe ? Do you have an idea about that?:)
    • Reply
      June 22, 2020 at 4:33 pm Hello Ilayda! This would be delicious, but you'd have to bake them in a donut pan instead of frying. It would be less like a donut and more like a bundt cake. But none the less, it would still be chocolate and it would still be delicious :)
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    Cynthia Knox
    September 19, 2020 at 6:22 am Hi, I haven't made this yet and want to. I've never made a fully dipped item before. Can you add finishing instructions for coating the donuts? Thanks so much for your lovely blog and recipes. Cynthia

    4 stars

    • Reply
      September 29, 2020 at 7:25 pm Hi Cynthia - great catch! This wasn't very specific, so I have gone in and updated the recipe to be more clear. I hope this helps. Thank you so much for catching this and for the kind words.

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