Green Tea Donuts 抹茶ドーナツ

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Green Tea Donuts | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comHave you seen or tasted Green Tea Donuts before?  They are actually quite pretty popular in Japan.  The Japanese like to make sweets and desserts with matcha (green tea powder, 抹茶) from green tea latte, green tea tiramisu, to green tea KitKat and Pocky!

Well, I’m definitely not an exception; I made cookies, ice cream, Crème Brûlée and steamed cake with matcha on Just One Cookbook so far.  And guess what, more green tea dessert recipes are coming (call me green tea lady!). :)

Green Tea Donuts | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comWe only eat donuts once in a while, like when there is a fundraising bake sale at my children’s school.  We like good donuts but haven’t quite found one we love around where we live.  In Japan we love it when the seasonal green tea donuts are available at Mr. Donuts!

So I bought my donut pan a few months ago thinking the baked donuts are a little healthier and easier alternatives.  Have you had baked donuts?  They are pretty awesome!  I actually didn’t think it was going to be so easy to make; otherwise I would have tried baking these a long time ago…
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Since some of you might have not tried “baked” donuts yet, I thought I should quickly compare how different they are.

First of all, baked donuts will NOT taste the same as donuts right out of the deep fryer.  Like how deep fried fries are different from baked fries… but they are both good in their own ways.

The texture is more cake-like and moist.  And you can skip the chocolate glaze if you prefer less sweet.  I’m happy with just plain green tea donuts.  Of course, my children have to have chocolate on theirs!

We needed to buy a donut pan (about $10) to make these donuts, but I think it’s a good small investment.  Compared to fried donuts, it’s much easier and quicker to make baked donuts, not to mention they are less calories!  The recipe is for 6 donuts so don’t worry about over consuming!  You can double or triple the amount you want to prepare easily with this recipe.

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Hope you enjoy these Matcha Donuts with hot green tea.  Too much green tea?  Nah, not for me. :)

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Green Tea Donuts
 
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Serves: 6 donuts
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup (95 g) cake flour (or make your own - see below)
  • 2 Tbsp. (25 g) sugar
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. (6 g) green tea powder (matcha)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) milk
  • 2 Tbsp. (35 g) butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
For the Chocolate Glaze
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips (I use semi sweet chocolate chips, but white chocolate goes well too!)
  • Sprinkles of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F (220C). Lightly coat your donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and matcha) in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine (you can sift dry ingredients first, but this is a short cut – just whisk for 15 seconds).
  3. Add the beaten egg, milk, melted butter and honey to the mixing bowl, and whisk until incorporated.
  4. Use a pastry bag fitted with a round tip (or a large Ziploc bag with one corner snipped off) to pipe the batter into the donut mold. Fill each mold about ¾ full.
  5. Bake donuts for 8 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean and the donuts spring back when you lightly press your finger into them. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
  6. To make the chocolate glaze, melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or in the microwave: method shared on this post).
  7. Dip the cooled donuts into the melted chocolate and top with sprinkles of your choice. I recommend these donuts to be consumed on the same day.
Notes
* To make 1 cup cake flour, put 2 Tbsp. cornstarch in an empty 1-cup measure. Then add all-purpose flour till the top. Sift the mixture 2-3 times to evenly distribute the cornstarch.

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  1. alice@YiReservation

    OMG I LOVE Matcha flavor everything. A Matcha donut? I am sold!
    I will ask Yi to make me some this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Hi Nami – would you believe that I just bought this donut pan about a week ago! I saw a mouthwatering donut post from Joy the Baker and it spurred me to buy it (I talked about it with my son, who wanted me to buy it, so of course…I had to!). Now I have another wonderful recipe to use for my new pan! Thank you – your matcha donuts look amazing. The chocolate glaze would be a must for us!

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  3. Rose Marie

    Very interesting. I do have two comments/inquiries though. 1) where can you purchase the green tea powder? and 2) I would love to know the “green tea recipe for the Cream Brule. Also does it change the taste of the Cream Brule? Thanks in advance. enjoy your postings.
    Rose Marie

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  4. Kimmi

    What a great treat! I adore the flavor of matcha as well, and a green tea donut would satisfy my horrible sweet tooth too. I didn’t know there were donut pans out there — thanks for introducing the baking alternative for donuts to us! It might be a good thing that the pan limits to six… =)

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    • Thank you Kimmi! I didn’t know about donut pans too. I can’t wait to make different kinds of donuts. :) I almost bought 2 pans, but I just bought one and that was a wise choice. 😀

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  5. donna mikasa

    Oh my! That is way too easy! And much healthier than deep fried donuts. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! Love your video, too!

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  6. Randy Morin

    Hi Nami,
    I wanted to comment on your email from yesterday on “happiness” and kindness. I don’t use a lot of social media, but I thought it was such a wonderful thing to focus attention to after all the negative and catastrophic news that has happened over the last few months. You may also want to google the commencement address that George Sanders gave at Syracuse University regarding the value of kindness a few months ago. It is very good, and addresses the importance of kindness and how we often overlook it and the profound impact it has on our everyday lives. I wish we could all pass a little more kindness while reaching out and doing simple acts of kindness everyday. Thanks for yesterday’s e-mail and today’s doughnut recipe.

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    • Hi Randy! I just saw the video. What a great speech! In our busy life it’s easy to overlook the importance of kindness, but thanks to you, I had a moment to think about it again. Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. What amazing donuts! and green tea too. I dont have a donut pan but this is tempting me to get one. I need to make one version with the use of almond flour instead 😉 but oh it looks fantastic.

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  8. Nami-san, I saw these delectable donuts on pintrest and new right away that they must be your wonderful creation. I have recently bought a donut baker so must give these a try and dipped in melted chocolate chips?!? You are making me hungry! I am certain these would be a winner at any bake sale. Ja Mata, BAM

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  9. hi Nami, great recipe, the colour is amazing and I love the less sweet aspect. I also think your Youtube pieces are just lovely. (Miss seeing you, though!)

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  10. Hello my green tea lady ;). These look fantastic!! When I go visit my parents in Korea, I make sure to stuff my belly with everything green tea….donuts, chips, cookies, shaved ice…oh and sweet potatoes. Not too difficult to do since they’re EVERYWHERE! I’ve never baked donuts at home before. $10 for a donut pan? Def worth it! Thank you for sharing and can’t wait to check out your upcoming green tea recipes!

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  11. Cristina

    Great flavor for donuts! I like that these are baked rather than fried – I’ve been experimenting with baked donuts these last weeks and other flavors too, but hadn’t thought of green tea. This is fantastic!! 😀

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  12. Nami, the first time I was introduced to green tea dessert was through green tea kit kat, I could not stop eating it. I bought a 1 pound bag of matcha tea powder and can you believe it I’ve just used it once in macaroons, so this one is such a beautiful recipe. Can’t wait to try these out.

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  13. The matcha powder certainly makes a very pretty coloured donut. I don’t own a donut pan but must go and get one – something else for my ‘must have’ list. I love how you iced and decorated the donuts – just gorgeous and thoroughly tempting xx

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  14. Diar Nami, only you can create such an amazing donut recipe-)) I did not know the donut pan exist!-)) Have a lovely evening-)

    I wonder what weather do you have now? We are so happy here, nice and sunny days, with cool evenings and gorgeous leaves-)

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  15. I never make doughnuts for the very reason you mentioned, the frying is always so messy, takes forever and it always makes so many. I love that these are baked and only make 6. It’s perfect! I’ve also never tried green doughnuts before but I am loving these.

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  16. I am finally going to buy myself a donut pan after finding this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing, I love it so much I featured it on my blog today. Have a lovely weekend!

    xxx

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  17. Oh, Nami!! What a treat!! I’m not much of a donut fan, but I’m loving the green tea flavor. I’m going to have to research more about matcha… I know a certain teenage girl would would NEED that chocolate on top as well 😉
    Beautiful photos! I love your light.
    PS… our math captcha is keeping me thinking 3+? = 11? Took me a sec to think about that one!! #mindisslower

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  18. Hi Nami, I was thinking of you another day. I was in Japanese store Uwajimaya and thought: Nami from Just One Cookbook would definitely feel more comfortable here. I wish you were there to help me navigate through rows of deliciousness! I made this dish following your recipe here: http://justonecookbook.com/recipes/kinpira-gobo-braised-carrot-burdock-root/. It was good, we all loved it. Thank you! :)
    Now when we finally moved and I have access to a lot of ingredients you mention in your recipe I am going to cook more from here, not just reading and drooling over the photos. :)
    Is all matcha tea the same because there is a lot of matcha tea available and prices are different too.? Can I join the Green Tea Lady club? I love all green teas (I am having one right now!) I will definitely make this donuts.

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    • HI Marina!! Oh I wish I can go grocery shopping with you! I can give you a quick Japanese food tour. :) Thank you so much for trying my Kinpira Gobo recipe! I’m so happy you liked it.

      I have Pantry page on my blog which may help you find similar ingredients at Uwajimaya (I have never been, but some readers have told me it’s a great Japanese market).

      Green tea that we drink at home, restaurant, etc is different from “matcha” (the Japanese tea ceremony tea). Matcha (the drink) is thick and very bitter and we make this drink with matcha powder, which is a fine ground, powdered, high quality green tea. The tea leaves for regular green tea and matcha (green tea powder, that’s how we translate) are completely different.

      We use matcha for baking, making mochi, etc besides drinking. It’s very fine quality and expensive because of the production process. Good quality matcha has beautiful green color (not dull green) and usually it’s a bit expensive.

      More details about matcha here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha

      I hope you enjoy this donuts. Uwajimaya should sell matcha (green tea powder). :)

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  19. I have been obsessed with a kind of chiffon cake made with green tea powder since I have travelled to Asia. I don’t remember the name of the cake. I have been searching for green tea powder in Canada with no luck. I really like your donuts, hopefully I will find this green tea powder soon to try new recipes.

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  20. Love!!!
    I’m on such a doughnut high these days… Baked doughnut sounds such a life saver n waist friendly…lol
    I totally need to buy a doughnut pan…

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  21. Wow you continue to impress with woth your baking, its not just done perfectly but the flavour combination is amazing. Can I request something? How about adzuki bean cronuts :)

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  22. We don’t eat donuts often for the same reason. But I definitely love your baked version and will give that a try. I’ve got the mini donuts pan but haven’t use it yet. 😉
    And I agree, one can never have too much green tea.

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  23. Wow, these donuts look sooo pretty and tasty! I’ve been dying to make baked donuts at home too and bought a donut pan in the summer time but then just got around to making apple cinnamon ones on the weekend for the first time. I definitely need to try your green tea donuts next:) Pinned! thanks so much for sharing Nami :)

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  24. These look so delicious!!
    I am really pleased to see they are baked and not fried… I really don’t need too much more fried food!! I know I would eat so many of these, the chocolate glaze looks lush!

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  25. Nami, I haven’t had doughnuts for at least… 15 years!!! (or even more…). It’s not something particularly popular in Europe. I would love to taste these matcha flavoured doughnuts so much! They look so soft, moist and irresistible. I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them. You know I go crazy for everything with matcha.
    On my last trip in Japan we used to go to a nearby Starbucks to have real coffee (or something close to real coffee after the watery awful stuff they served in our hotel) and it was close to… Mr. Donuts! I was tempted to go there several times and didn’t (I regret now).

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  26. Tatiana

    Really good recipe! I’ve done it but in a gluten free version, putting 1/3 of cornstarch and 2/3 of rice flour, and it was delicious. Thanks!

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  27. OMG this donuts look amazing! And I’m sure they taste delicious! I want to try them (but I don’t have a donut pan) I just discover your blog and I love it, Japanese food is my favorite! Not sushi but truly Japanese food. Thanks for sharing these incredible recipes

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  28. Tina Driz

    I will need to buy a donut pan at Amazon n matcha tea I ran out. Will definitely try them it looks delish and my son will love them for sure! Hi Nami how are you and the family <3

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    • Thank you Tina! Hope you and your son will enjoy these donuts. :) I’m good, just being very busy these days and always trying to catch up. =P Hope all is well with you and your family!

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  29. My gosh…these look so pretty! The first time I see green doughnuts! Now I think every green food must come from Japan….haha. I have not seen matcha powder here. I guess I can use pandan essence to replace that. Looks like I may dream of your green doughnuts tonight 😀

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  30. I can say I’ve never made donuts… I really want to! I want to make deep-fried ones first, definitely (because… deep-fried, OMG!), but you’re right, baked is definitely healthier, even if texturally different!

    These look really nice Nami – a gorgeous colour, and such lovely topping! I’m surprised about Mr Donut’s green tea donuts being seasonal… why is that? Do they use “fresh” tea or something, because surely green tea is available all the time…?

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    • Hi Charles! Yeah I love deep fried ones and I even like donut holes too. :) I only eat it on special day… :)

      Yeah it seems all year around, but it’s actually sold as “seasonal”. Some place have green tea flavor for all year around (like Starbucks, I think) but usually matcha season appears around summer time. The matcha leaves is raised under the shade (unlike regular green tea) and usually picked around fall (regular tea is around May). So matcha is usually available toward fall season. :)

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  31. What a lovely post.. beautiful photographs, a great introduction to a new treat and a video! I’m just sitting here typing as I enjoy the lovely music that you’ve used.. it’s so peaceful!! Wish I was right there baking a few donuts. I can’t believe I don’t have a pan yet!! xx

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  32. Oh my God , these green tea Donuts look irresistible, Nami!
    Love the idea to bake them, makes the recipe much lighter and healthier.
    I know this is going to be THE hit among our friends :)

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  33. Hi Nami, only just discovered your blog today! I’m loving your beautiful photography and recipes, and look forward to reading more. Can’t wait to try these baked donuts too xoxo

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  34. I know I shared this on G+, but forgot to comment here. I need to try your recipe. I do love green tea, adding it to a baked treat sounds delicious:-) They look fabulous, Hugs, Terra

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  35. Nami these green donuts are actually perfect for the Halloween season :) They look beautiful as all your food does. I bought a mini donut pan and haven’t used it much but I really need to get it out and give the baked donut some love.

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  36. Baked donuts are seriously so simple and easy to make, I love it! I was so going to make green tea donuts! I`m glad you did, because now I can try this recipe. :)

    I love that it makes 6 as well. Better for me to not eat too many…haha.

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  37. Mimi Takehara

    Oh my gosh…these are so good. I made them tonight to take to my inlaws house. I changed the “frosting” though because I’m not a big fan of chocolate…I know, I know…what kind of woman doesn’t like chocolate?? Anyway, I melted 3 Tbls real butter in a glass bowl in the microwave for 58 seconds, when I removed it, I added a teaspoon of almond extract, a dash of Saigon Cinnamon, about a 1/3 tsp of green tea powder mixed well then added enough powdered sugar to make very thick…once that was done I added Lactose free milk until a smooth consistency (aprox 1/4 cup). After drizzling it over the donuts, I added sliced almonds on top…it got rave reviews from my Japanese inlaws…in fact, pop ate 3 after dinner! Oh, and I should mention, that I had enough for 18 donuts. I’m so glad I found your site!! I also just checked out the red bean paste…can’t wait to try that for some yummy anpan.

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    • Hi Mimi! Yay! I’m so glad you and your in-laws enjoyed these. Haha 3 donuts after dinner. That describe everything. 😀 Your glaze sounds delicious! I’m glad you found my site, and thank you so much for trying this recipe. :)

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  38. I’ve had green tea and green tea ice cream, but never green tea donuts. I can imagine that they are wonderful especially with the chocolate coating. Thanks for this information on the donut pan. I’ve never seen one, and I do love the idea.

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  39. I love green tea confections! I normally would say I don’t need any chocolate with mine, but that glaze looks so good that I’m going to have to side with your kids — I’d have to have chocolate on mine too!

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  40. Nami, I think my comment disappeared into thin air…so I will tell you again that these are very tempting looking doughnuts, my dear – I love baking with beautifully green matcha, it certainly lends a wonderful flavor to baked goods! So these must have been absolutely delicious!

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  41. First, let me tell you I tried to leave comments, but my Google chrome browser gave me problems. Here goes, a third time. I love this idea of green tea in donuts and topped with chocolate. My family will enjoy this. Thanks for the recipe and video, Nami. Have a good week!

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  42. Aurelia

    Hi Nami, these donuts look delicious indeed, I have to bake them! But as donuts pan are difficult to find in Europe, I was wondering if you had any suggestions for any other baking pan that would work, like individual pastry case? thanking you for sharing all your delicious recipes!

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    • Hi Aurelia! Ahh too bad it’s difficult to find the donut pan. I think you can use regular small pastry case you’re talking about. Please watch the baking time. As long as you don’t put too much batter (more than what you see in each donut mold), it should work. But since the middle is not open, maybe it takes a little longer to fully baked in the center. Hope this helps. :)

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  43. I had never tried a dessert with green tea even though I am seeing the use of matcha by many bloggers. How does it taste? Does it have a tea flavor? I loved the color of the donuts. Recently I had tried a healthier version of baked donuts and aren’t they really yummy? Loved your version :)

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    • Hi Shibi! Green tea powder (matcha) flavor is different from green tea we drink. It has more intense flavor. It’s a little hard to explain… Matcha (the powder) is used for Japanese tea ceremony and it’s quite bitter to drink it alone (which is why traditional Japanese tea sweets are very sweet to counter the flavor). Anyway, hope you get a chance to try matcha one day! Yes, agree, baked donuts are wonderful. :)

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  44. Brianna

    Made these tonight. Love them! I’ve tried a few of your recipes. All turned out to be excellent. Best cooking website ever!!!!!

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  45. I can’t wait to make my own donuts one day :) These look so cute!! I’m in Japan at the moment and had some of those donuts the other day…and had ones covered with soy bean powder and another with those okinawa brown sugar! YUM!

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    • Hi Debbie! I’m sorry, but I’m not sure how to calculate that… maybe there is online tool you can check? Without green tea powder (which is pretty much no calorie), it’s a typical baked donuts. :)

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    • Hi Shirley! Hmm good question. I have only tried with green tea powder so far, so I am not sure what else would work. Hope you find a good alternative! :)

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  46. shirley

    Hi nami,I try with cocoa powder instead of green tea.i put the same amount as green tea powder in your recipe.is awesome.
    can I check if I want to make more do I need to increase double for every ingredient?(95g of cake powder x2)?

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    • Hi Shirley! Thank you so much for letting me and others who’re interested know about the amount of cocoa! I assume you do need to double it to keep it consistent. :)

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  47. Mabel

    I would love to make these but is it possible to make them into cupcakes or a mini cake instead because I don’t own a donut mold.

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    • Hi Mabel! I’ve never tried using cupcake mold to make these donuts. If you give it a try, would you please let us know? Hope it will come out well. :)

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  48. Merideth

    I made these for desert tonight. My pan is square shaped and so it only made 4 doughnuts. I used agave syrup instead of sugar and honey. And since I had buttermilk, I used that (when I’ve got it, I want to use it up or I find it hangs out in the back of the fridge creating new and interesting species of critters) and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Then, right before I was about to pop them in the oven, I realized I forgot to add the butter. Gah! So, back they went to the bowl where I mixed in the butter, and they seem to come out alright. My husband referred to them as Frankendonuts, but they looked better once they had chocolate on them. They’re seriously yummy, and I’m looking forward to making them again for St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I really love your cookbook. :)

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    • Hi Merideth! I’m glad you liked the recipe and thank you so much for trying! I’m happy to hear that you enjoy reading my recipes and thank you for following! :)

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  49. The donuts look delicious, saw them on Pintrest, I’ve never heard of green tea powder but I’m really curious to try it. Will go on a quest to find some! Noticed in another comment you suggested buying it online, I’m in the UK so will have a google for possible suppliers. Hope I can find some!

    And baked donuts are definitely the way to go, much healthier!

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  50. Mabel Yip

    Hello! I tried making these donuts but the mixture was very thick almost dough like. I’m not sure why but do you have an idea as to why it’s not liquidy like yours?

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    • Hi Mabel! It sounds like you had more dry ingredients. Did you use a kitchen scale? It’s not “required” but it is important that you have the accurate amount of ingredients. When you scoop up with a measuring cup, 1 cup of flour, for example, may weigh more than 120 g (4.25 oz). If you don’t use a kitchen scale, try to stir the flour in the bowl, scoop it up with a spoon into the measuring cup and level off the top. It’s much more accurate than scooping the flour with a measuring cup.

      Now, if you used a kitchen scale… I’m not too sure what was wrong. Egg should be “large” and if it wasn’t, it won’t give enough moisture to the batter. Sorry I wish I can help, but I can’t think of any other reason… I’ve seen other readers made these and shared on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. I am confident that the measurement/recipe should work (I tested this recipe several times prior to sharing too). I hope it’ll come out well next time. :)

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  51. All these husbands who cook or bake? My husband does code and that’s about it. Sometimes he’ll bathe the dog. :)

    The only way I’ll get these wonderful donuts is to make them myself. First I need a pan like this and it’s on my shopping list!

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  52. Pictures look absolutely fabulous! Everything looks extremely nice, professional. Everyone loves discovering delicious new recipes, and an event this is a perfect opportunity to do so.

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  53. Lauren

    Hi Nami!! I’ve been following your blog for quite a while, waiting for the perfect time to make one of your recipes, and i think that time has come!! i was wondering though, is it possible to make these as mini cakes instead of donuts? ie, making the recipe normally without the donut pan? thank you so much!!!

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    • Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for following my blog! I haven’t tried using different mold for this recipe, so I can’t say for sure if it’d work. I think the donut shape helps the cake cook faster especially middle is open. I hope you enjoy this recipe! :)

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