Chocolate-Mint Baked Donuts (from a cake mix!)

chocolate mint donuts

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve created a couple of simple, yet festive donut recipes that your whole family will enjoy. I think you will enjoy celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with these simple Chocolate-Mint Baked Donuts (from a cake mix)!

I finally invested in a donut pan after months of eyeing them on Amazon. As much as I love a yeast-raised, fried, glazed donut, I’m probably not going to make them regularly in my home. Baking donuts, however, is much more attainable, and there are quite a few tempting recipes out there. However, I thought I would make this donut recipe super-extra-simple for all the busy mommas.

Below is a recipe for Baked Chocolate-Mint Donuts and clink on the link for a gluten-free Vanilla-Lime Donut, both made with boxed cake mix plus just a few extra ingredients!

Chocolate Mint Baked Donut (from a cake mix!)

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Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs*
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil*
  • 1-1/4 cup water*
  • 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract or 1-2 drops peppermint oil (use oil very sparingly)
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  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat donut pan with cooking spray. Set aside.


Mix first four ingredients together, based on directions on box. (The amount of ingredients may vary slightly but the ingredients themselves probably won't.) Add peppermint extract or peppermint oil. (I like to use the oil instead of the extract because it is a purer form of the ingredient, but it is STRONG so use sparingly.)


Spoon chocolate-mint mixture in donut pan. Fill no more than half-way, as the donuts will rise significantly. See cake box instructions to determine cooking time. (Use suggested time for cupcakes - this is usually between 14-19 minutes.)


Remove from oven and pan and allow to cool completely on a baking sheet.


Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Stir until it is completely smooth. Set aside about a 1/4 cup of glaze in a separate bowl. Add cocoa powder to glaze in large bowl, and stir again until all clumps are gone. Submerge half of the donut in the chocolate glaze, allow excess to drip off, and place on baking sheet again until glaze is dry to the touch.


If you want, you can decorate with additional, festive ingredients. I added some green food coloring to the plain vanilla glaze we set aside and drizzled on top of chocolate glaze. You could also add green sprinkles, crushed mint cookie, Lucky Charms marshmallows, etc...


Serve donuts right away or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Enjoy!


*Use exact amount as suggested on cake mix box. These are suggestions/commonly used amounts.

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