2 gluten-free chocolate donuts stacked on top of each other with 4 donuts in the background

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Donuts {Dairy-Free Option}

These easy gluten-free chocolate cake donuts are soft and cakey. Covered in a rich chocolate glaze and dunked in sprinkles. They are perfect for breakfast, dessert or as a special treat. The recipe also includes a dairy-free option.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate donuts, gluten-free donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 donuts
Calories 161 kcal



  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I like Pillsbury gluten-free. Not all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  xanthan gum  ,Leave out if your flour already contains it.
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg ,room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk ,dairy-free use coconut, almond or cashew milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted (dairy-free use melted coconut oil, melted Earth Balance/Smart Balance butter or vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • gluten-free sprinkles optional


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons  cocoa powder
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk depending on how thick you want your glaze ,dairy-free use coconut, almond or cashew milk
  • dash of cinnamon optional
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  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.

  2. Spray full sized donut pan with gluten-free cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl combine, gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and
  4.  xanthan gum (Leave out if your flour already contains it.)
  5. In a large bowl mix together brown sugar, egg, melted butter (or oil) milk, pure vanilla extract and cocoa powder until fully combined.
  6. Pour the dry ingredients into the large bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix until fully combined. The batter will be thick.
  7. Add batter to a large plastic storage bag (or piping bag). I like to take a tall cup and put the bag inside of the cup so it’s easier to fill the bag with the batter. Close the seal of the bag.
  8. Cut the tip off of the bag.
  9. Squeeze the bag carefully filling the donut pan.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  11. In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the chocolate glaze.
  12. Dip each warm donut into the glaze and then into the sprinkles and place on a plate or wire rack.
  13. Serve warm.
  14. Enjoy!
  15. Store in air-tight container.

Recipe Notes

Mama says, "Check all of your labels!"


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Donuts {Dairy-Free Option}
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Potassium 166mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 19g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Calcium 5.2%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.