Chocolate Glazed Black Cat Doughnuts

chocolate glazed black cat doughnuts - delicious, soft, chocolate glazed fried yeasted doughnuts with super cute cat face designs

I made these super cute chocolate glazed black cat doughnuts to take to a Halloween party on Saturday, but really their appeal is not just limited to Halloween; omit the black food colouring and you have a brown cat doughnut; omit the cat design altogether and you are left with a delicious, soft, chocolate glazed ring doughnut.

Chocolate glazed fried yeast ring doughnuts with cute cat faces

These are fried yeasted doughnuts because really, that is the best kind of doughnut (in my opinion), but they aren’t all that difficult to make. I do recommend making the dough in a stand mixer if you have one as it is very sticky, you can knead it by hand if you don’t have a mixer, just be prepared to get messy, and you may need to add a little bit more flour to the dough to make it more manageable. The cat design is actually really easy to do, you will need whole raw almonds for the ears, writing icing in black and white (the kind you get in little tubes from the supermarket) for the mouth, whiskers and pupils, and pink and white edible sugar pearls (sprinkles) for the eyes and nose, I found them in the supermarket so they shouldn’t be too hard to find. If you can’t find them you can just use writing icing to do the eyes and nose as well as the mouth and whiskers.

Chocolate glazed fried ring doughnuts with cute (and easy) cat face designs

The glaze is just a simple chocolate ganache with a bit of added icing sugar; I used all dark chocolate but if you are making these for children you may want to use half dark and half milk chocolate. To make them a bit more grownup, you can stir a couple of teaspoons of instant espresso powder into the cream as you heat it up to make a delicious mocha glaze. Because you need to have enough glaze to be able to dunk the doughnuts in it, you will have some leftover; it can be frozen or used as a cake filling once thickened; or chill in the fridge then roll into balls once firm to make truffles. I coloured the glaze with black extra gel food colouring, it really is best to use gel (not liquid) colouring that is labelled as ‘extra’ or ‘super’ black as you have to use an awful lot of colouring to get a decent shade otherwise. The extra black is super concentrated so you only need to use a little bit to get a deep black shade.

Chocolate glazed fried yeasted ring doughnuts with a cute black cat design, perfect for Halloween!

Chocolate Glazed Black Cat Doughnuts

Makes about 8 doughnuts
Author Domestic Gothess



  • 250 g strong white bread flour 2 cups + 2tbsp
  • 7 g fast action yeast 2 tsp
  • 5 g salt 1/2 tsp
  • 30 g caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • 25 g softened unsalted butter 2 tbsp
  • 1 large egg
  • 120 ml warm full fat milk 1/2 cup
  • vegetable oil for frying

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 200 g dark chocolate (0r 100g dark and 100g milk chocolate) 7oz, chopped
  • 200 ml double (heavy) cream 3/4 cup + 2tbsp, plus a little extra if needed
  • 50 g icing (powdered) sugar 1/2 cup, sifted
  • black extra gel food colouring optional

To Decorate:

  • 25 g dark chocolate 1oz, melted
  • whole raw almonds
  • pink and white sugar pearls
  • black and white writing icing


  1. To make the dough, place all of the ingredients into (apart from the vegetable oil) into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix on a low speed until it comes together into a dough then turn up the speed and continue to mix until it is smooth and elastic and comes away from the sides of the bowl cleanly. You can knead the dough by hand if you prefer but it is very sticky.
  2. Place in a bowl, cover with clingfilm and set aside until doubled in size, about 1 hour. You can also place the dough in the fridge to rise overnight, allow to come up to room temperature for half an hour before proceeding with the next step.
  3. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to about 1cm thick. Use a 7-8cm round pastry cutter to cut out circles of dough, then use a 3-4cm one to cut a hole out of the centre of each (I used the wide end of a large piping nozzle as I didn't have a cutter small enough). Knead together the scraps until smooth then re-roll the dough and cut out more rounds; you should be able to get about 8 doughnuts. I rolled the leftover scraps into a couple of small balls and flattened them slightly to make a couple of mini cats. You can also make fewer ring doughnuts and keep the holes to make more mini cat doughnuts.
  4. Place the doughnuts well spaced apart on a baking sheet lined with lightly oiled greaseproof paper; cover loosely with oiled clingfilm and set aside to rise for about 40 minutes until puffy.
  5. Heat a deep fat fryer or large pan of oil to between 170C (338F) and 180C (356F). Cut the paper around each doughnut so that each one is sitting on it's own square of paper. Lift the doughnut on it's parchment into the oil; the paper will come away from the doughnut and you can fish it out with tongs. I find this the easiest way to transfer the doughnuts into the fryer as they are quite soft and sticky.
  6. Fry the doughnuts a couple at a time for a couple of minutes per side until golden, they should reach 100C (212F) inside, I use a probe thermometer to check each one is done.
  7. Use a slotted spoon to lift the doughnuts out onto a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain.
  8. Cut a couple of small slits in the top of each doughnut for the ears to fit in. Dip the rounded end of an almond into the melted chocolate and stick it into one of the slits; repeat to make the rest of the ears. Set aside until the chocolate has hardened.
  9. To make the glaze, place the chocolate in a bowl that is wide enough to dip the doughnuts in. Heat the cream until just boiling then pour it over the chocolate; leave for a couple of minutes then stir until melted and smooth. Stir in the icing sugar. Add food colouring a little at a time (if using), until the glaze reaches the desired shade, a little goes a long way with the black extra so just add a bit at a time. If the glaze is a bit too thick for dipping, you can thin it with a little bit more warm cream.
  10. Dip the tops of each doughnut into the glaze, letting the excess run off before placing them on a wire rack. If the glaze cools too much and becomes too thick, you can give it a short blast in the microwave to re-melt it.
  11. Once the glaze has set a little, use a pink pearl to make the cat's nose, and two white pearls for the eyes. Pipe on the mouth and whiskers with the white writing icing, and pipe a tiny dot of black writing icing on each eye to make a pupil. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts.
  12. Store in an airtight container, best eaten on the day they are made.

Chocolate glazed doughnuts with cute (and easy) black cat design, ideal for Halloween!

Chocolate glazed fried doughnuts with a cute (and easy) black cat design, a perfect treat for Halloween!

For more Halloween ideas, check out my gruesome bleeding heart cakes, meringue bone palace cake or gothic Halloween cake.

I am sharing this with Saucy Saturdays hosted by The Flavour Bender, Take Two Tapas, La Petit Chef and Mid-Life Croissant, Foodie FriDIY, Foodie Friends Friday, Fiesta Friday hosted by La Petite Casserole and A Pug In The Kitchen


22 Comments on Chocolate Glazed Black Cat Doughnuts

  1. Ardis
    October 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Too cute!

    • hannahhossack
      October 31, 2016 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Angela 🙂 they were so much fun to make!

  2. Julie
    October 31, 2016 at 12:22 pm (2 years ago)


    • hannahhossack
      November 5, 2016 at 8:46 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie 🙂

  3. Miranda
    November 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm (2 years ago)

    These are such cute donuts! I love cats!

    • hannahhossack
      November 5, 2016 at 8:45 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Miranda! I prefer dogs myself but I think cats make better doughnuts!

  4. Erica Schmidt
    November 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

    These are so cool! Love your site, pinning for later!

    • hannahhossack
      November 5, 2016 at 8:42 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Thank you Erica 🙂

  5. judigraber
    November 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I have to make these next year – I am not into cats, as dogs are my favored pet but these donuts are too much fun!

    • hannahhossack
      November 5, 2016 at 8:41 am (2 years ago)

      Dogs are my favourites too, I’ve got a fluffy Jack Russell and really want to adopt another dog. Maybe I’ll make dog doughnuts next…

  6. Sarah
    November 4, 2016 at 9:28 pm (2 years ago)

    How adorable and fun are these cat doughnuts! Love them! Happy Fiesta Friday

    • hannahhossack
      November 5, 2016 at 8:38 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah!

  7. Petra
    November 6, 2016 at 7:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t remember when I last ate a doughnut but wow! These look absolutely amazing! I love how you made them look like black cats and the glaze is sooo shiny! 🙂

    • hannahhossack
      November 18, 2016 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

      I don’t have them very often but I do adore doughnuts, especially when they look like cats!

  8. Suzanne
    November 9, 2016 at 1:04 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for bringing to the party. They look adorable.

    • hannahhossack
      November 18, 2016 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Suzanne!

  9. Petra @ CrumblesAndKale
    November 15, 2016 at 7:50 am (2 years ago)

    Wow, these are the cutest looking doughnuts I’ve ever seen! Such a clever idea and they turned out so well!

    • hannahhossack
      November 18, 2016 at 10:50 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Petra 🙂 they were a bit of an experiment but they turned out so cute I just had to share!


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