Easter Nest Chocolate Baked Donuts

Chocolate baked donuts decorated as Easter Nests filled with Mini Eggs in an Easter table setting.

Make these perfect little Chocolate Baked Donuts then top them with decadent Chocolate Nutella Frosting for a sweet Easter treat. A Nutella based recipe that makes a light textured donut, great for dunking in milk or coffee.

You will love these easy baked donuts with a simple chocolate glaze or rich Chocolate Nutella Frosting. They make a perfect sweet bite after a large Easter dinner of Slow Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb.

Chocolate baked donuts decorated as Easter Nests filled with Mini Eggs in an Easter table setting.

Easter Nest Chocolate Baked Donuts

How can anything so darn simple be so incredibly delicious?! Baked donuts are so easy to make; just measure, mix, fill, and bake your way to your new favourite treat.

These delicately crumbed, slightly chewy donuts contain Nutella which gives them a remarkable chocolate hazelnut flavour and an incredible chocolate cake donut texture. What’s more, the Nutella keeps them from drying out!

Though the donuts are great on their own (or dunked into milk!), they are also amazing glazed with melted chocolate.

Looking for an easy Easter themed dessert? Whip up a batch of my Chocolate Nutella Frosting and create these adorable Easter nest donuts. Don’t forget the Mini Eggs!

A stack of three chocolate baked donuts.

What are Baked Donuts?

Baked donuts are simply baked in an oven instead of fried in hot oil. They contain simple ingredients and rely on eggs and baking powder to create a cake like texture instead of yeast.

These donuts do not require any kneading or rising time and are baked in a preheated oven instead of deep fried in hot oil.

To create the much loved donut shape, the batter is baked in a special pan made of either silicon or metal.

Ingredients needed to make Chocolate Baked donuts.

Ingredients in Chocolate Baked Donuts

This chocolate baked donut recipe requires only six simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and refrigerator. There is no added sugar, or oil in the donut batter; except for the amounts which are present in the chocolate spread.

  • Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking Powder
  • Eggs
  • Nutella
  • Milk

There is no need to use brand name chocolate spread as long as the chosen spread has the exact same consistency of Nutella. This is important for the final texture of the donuts. For optimal results, use a freshly opened jar as a previously opened jar may have become clumpy and thick.

If you wish to decorate the donuts as Easter nests, you will need an additional amount of Nutella, as well as heavy cream and quality dark chocolate with at least 52% cacao mass for the frosting recipe.

Chocolate Baked Donuts on a wire cooling rack.

How to Make Chocolate Baked Donuts with Nutella

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While many baked chocolate donut recipes call for cocoa powder, this recipe uses Nutella for an intense hazelnut chocolate flavour and tender crumb. The recipe is wonderfully easy and only takes 20 minutes from beginning to end.

Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare a metal donut pan by spraying it with a touch of oil, or greasing it well with melted butter. Note: a silicon donut pan will not require oil or butter.

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking powder) together in a large bowl then make a well in the centre.

Melt the Nutella for a few seconds (15-30 seconds) in the microwave so that it is slightly runny and easier to mix. Pour it into the well, then crack in the eggs.

Using a whisk, mix the ingredients together until they form a smooth batter. Do not overmix. Pour or pipe the donut batter into each cavity and allow some space for the donut to expand while baking. Filling them 3/4 full should be just right.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the donut comes out clean. Allow the donuts to cool for a few minutes in the pan, then remove onto a wire rack.

A Chocolate Baked Donut with a bite missing.

How to Make Easter Nest Donuts

Prepare the Chocolate Nutella ganache the day before (or 3 hours before the donuts) then whip it just before you intend to decorate.

Fit a piping bag with an Open Star piping tip, then fill it with frosting. Remove as much air from the bag as you can then twist the end of bag. Apply slight pressure to the bag and pipe the frosting onto the donuts in a circular motion, taking care not to make the frosting too high.

Decorate with pastel coloured Mini Eggs, jelly beans, or chocolate covered almonds.

Five Easter Nest Chocolate Baked Donuts on a white plate decorated with pastel bunnies.

Other Donut Toppings

These chocolate baked donuts make sweet Easter nest treats, however there are many other ways to decorate them. Enjoy them year round with these variations:

  • melt chocolate chips and dip the top of the donut in for an easy chocolate glaze.
  • use melted white, milk, or dark chocolate for an easy glaze.
  • top glaze or frosting with assorted sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or chopped nuts.
  • leave them plain and dunk in coffee, tea, or milk.
  • add your favourite flavour extract to the frosting.
A Chocolate baked donut decorated as an Easter Nest filled with Mini Eggs in an Easter table setting.

Ten Tips and Tricks for the Best Chocolate Baked Donuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a metal donut pan WELL to prevent sticking or use a silicon pan.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together to prevent clumps in the batter.
  4. Melt Nutella slightly so it is easier to mix.
  5. Do not overmix the batter.
  6. Fill donut cavities 3/4 full to allow the donuts to rise as they bake.
  7. Allow donuts to fully cool before decorating.
  8. Make the frosting the day before (or three hours before) then whip it just before decorating.
  9. Buy two pans as this recipe makes 1/2 dozen donuts and you’re gonna want more!
  10. Enjoy the donuts ASAP.
Chocolate baked donuts decorated as Easter Nests filled with Mini Eggs in an Easter table setting.

Storing Easter Nest Chocolate Baked Donuts

Store undecorated donuts tightly wrapped in plastic wrap (or in an airtight container) in the fridge (3 days) or freezer (3 months). Note that the cool temperature will cause the Nutella to harden, leaving a slight textural change.

Once decorated, the baked chocolate donuts are best eaten the same day as they are made.

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Yield: 6

Easter Nest Chocolate Baked Donuts

Five Easter Nest Chocolate Baked Donuts on a white plate decorated with pastel bunnies.

Make these perfect little Chocolate Baked Donuts then top them with decadent chocolate Nutella frosting for a sweet Easter treat. Recipe makes a light textured donut, great for dunking in milk or coffee.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 42 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Nutella or Chocolate Spread
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 batch Chocolate Nutella Frosting 
  • Mini Eggs

Instructions

FOR THE CHOCOLATE BAKED DONUTS

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. Melt the Nutella briefly in a microwave (15-30 seconds).
    3. Combine dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking powder) in a large bowl and form a well in the center.
    4. Add the eggs and Nutella in the well then mix with a whisk until just combined. The batter should be smooth but not overmixed.
    5. Pour the batter into a silicon donut mold, filling each space only 3/4 full. If using a solid mold, spray or grease the mold before filling.
    6. Bake at 350F for 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    7. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the mold before turning onto a wire rack.
    8. Glaze with chocolate (see note) or decorate as Easter nests (below).

    FOR THE EASTER DONUT NESTS

    1. Make one batch of Chocolate Nutella Frosting the day before and whip it on decorating day or allow it cool for three hours before whipping and using.
    2. Allow donuts to completely cool before decorating.
    3. Fit a piping bag with an Open Star Tip then fill it with frosting. Swirl frosting on top of the donuts, creating a nest shape.
    4. Decorate nest with Mini Eggs.


Notes

Easy Glaze Option - Melt 5.3 oz chocolate and dip the top of each donut . Allow to cool and enjoy!

Nutritional Data is for plain donuts only. See nutritional info for the Chocolate Nutella Frosting to calculate data for one Easter nest serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 342Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 24gProtein: 7g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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24 comments

  1. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady

    These donuts are adorable. I never thought baked donuts would taste as delicious as they do. Yours look fluffy and moist!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It is quite surprising! They are much quicker and less effort too.

      Reply

  2. Sharon

    Neeed! I’m still in the middle of a healthy eating challenge and these photos are killing me! lol At least I know the first thing I am going to make when I’m done – these friggin donuts! haha What do you think about more whole wheat/sprouted grain type flour? Would that still work?

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      oh geez. I’m really not sure. Maybe replace half of the flour with whole wheat to start.

      Reply

  3. Newbie In The Kitchen

    I love the idea of baked donuts for Easter. Something different and of course if it’s chocolate all the tastier!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Can’t go wrong with chocolate on Easter.

      Reply

  4. FOODHEAL

    Wow! this is really amazing, you made these donuts healthier than the classic by baking them. They look fluffy and delicious.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s good to have a ‘healthier’ treat now and then!

      Reply

  5. Marta

    First, I had to fight my husband because he eats all of the nutella. So, after he got back from the store I made him help me with the donuts. We loved the soft donuts, especially, dunked in our morning coffee. Great recipe.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Hahaha, we have the same issues here.

      Reply

  6. Jenny

    Bernice, I love all your recipes, and this one is again a gem. I will attempt to make these donuts tomorrow for easter. I doubt they will last till Sunday; my hubby will probably steal all of them. Thanks so much for this beautiful recipe. I can’t wait to make them!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you so very much Jenny. I hope you both love them and fingers crossed they last until Sunday.

      Reply

  7. Jacqueline Debono

    I absolutely have to make these for Easter Sunday. They look so great. And I really do have all the ingredients so don’t even have to buy anything to make them! What fun!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Perfect! Easter dessert is sorted.

      Reply

  8. Veronika

    I love baked donuts! They are so much easier to make and less messy 😉

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They sure are. Thanks for stopping by Veronika.

      Reply

  9. Beth

    There are so few ingredients in this recipe, they seem totally doable. And of course Nutella frosting sounds divine.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! It’s quite a simple and tasty recipe.

      Reply

  10. Elaine

    This recipe made me want donuts so much! Fantastic interpretation and very easy instructions to follow – what else to wish for? 😉

    Reply

  11. Veronika Sykorova

    These look super fancy but they’re incredibly easy to make, I was so suprised! They were so delicious and super cute for easter!

    Reply

  12. Moop Brown

    This donuts look really tasty and perfect for the Holiday as well. Super festive!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They sure were…the family gobbled them up.

      Reply

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