Black Cat Donuts

Get your chocolate frosted donuts Halloween with a few simple, and adorable, tweaks.


Black Cat Donuts:

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, warm
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying

Glaze and Decoration:

  • White chocolate candy melts
  • Whole almonds
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 1/2 ounces darkest unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Black gel food coloring
  • Googly candy eyes
  • Large light pink nonpareils


  1. In a small bowl, mix yeast with 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of warm water. When yeast is bubbly, about 5 to 7 minutes, place in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Add in egg, egg yolks, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, orange zest, salt, 2 cups of flour and remaining sugar. Mix until combined, then add in butter gradually, mixing well between additions. Add remaining flour a bit at a time until the dough is smooth and shiny. When the dough is no longer sticky it is ready. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for about 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size.

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