Baked Gluten Free Chocolate Doughnut Cats – Recipe

I've been following Insta-famous travelling cat @hunkysushi for years now, and his mums are finally coming to visit the UK (alas Sushi-less to spare him the long journey). To welcome them, of course I had to revisit my baked doughnut cats!

The most important part of this recipe is to use fake chocolate for the glaze: made with vegetable oils instead of cocoa butter, it doesn't have to be tempered to set properly at room temperature, is a little more fexible, and is thicker than true chocolate.  All of these qualities make it perfect for cake-coating jobs like this.

Ready? Let's go.

(Makes six.)

Ingredients for Doughnuts:

100ml milk
1 egg
25g unsalted butter, melted
100g dark brown sugar (I used coconut sugar)
125g gluten free self raising flour blend (I use Doves Farm)
1 tbsp cocoa powder, melted
Pinch of salt

Ingredients for Decoration and Glaze:

12 whole almonds
400g milk chocolate flavoured cake covering, melted (like Scotbloc or Candy Melts, ie fake chocolate – check for wheat flour though because a couple of brands aren't GF-friendly)
50g white chocolate, melted
Sugar flowers (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and lightly grease your doughnut pan with a little vegetable oil.

2. Place the dry ingredients into a bowl, lightly whisk the wet ones together and pour wet into dry, stirring with a balloon whisk until just combined (don't over stir or you'll get tough doughnuts).

3. Fill a piping bag with the batter, and fill your moulds about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full (you may need to do two batches depending on your pan). Bake for 20 minutes, and leave to cool completely.

4. Turn the doughnuts out onto a rack, and make little incisions in the tops for the almonds. To create the ears, dip the fat ends of the almonds into the melted milk chocolate flavoured cake covering, and stick them into your doughnuts. Let them set for about ten minutes.

5. Dip your doughnuts almond-side down, shake off any excess and set them back on the wire rack to set.

6. Use a toothpick dipped in the melted white chocolate to paint on the faces and finish your cat doughnuts, and let those set as well. Stick on sugar flowers with a little extra melted chocolate.

Enjoy, and have fun!


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