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Gluten Free Candy Filled Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Doughnut & Salted Butter Caramel Icing

Despite seeing it on the store shelves since late August, I resisted getting candy for Halloween until yesterday. For once, that’s kind of how my stubborn mind works. The more commercial a holiday gets, the longer I’ll resist buying into it, and it was not until B. gave me a friendly hint that maybe we should stock up for trick or treaters, that I finally started seeing the displays at the store. However, I had a better reason for waiting to be closer to Halloween: Lara's Candy Filled Doughnuts. Oh yes.


If I make cookies, they disappear as if a tornado went through the kitchen. If I get Halloween candy a week before the due date, I keep finding little gold and silver wrappers in his pockets for seven days straight. The man cannot be left alone with food. I count my blessings that he can’t cook but knows how to eat. I also love when he gets involved and excited about baking something even if I know I’ll be the one at the stove.

Candy Filled Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Nothing warms my heart more than seeing people get excited about food even if they feel or are clueless about putting it together. I know we will have a good time in the kitchen or at the dinner table ultimately. It did not fail when I saw B. huntched over Lara’s book letting out some "ooohs" and "aaaaahhs" with almost every turn of the page. Then he got quiet. Pages were not being turned. He gave me a look so meaningful I thought he was going to start his sentence with "mom, can I have that?"

Candy Filled Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Yep, at the sight of Candy Filled Chocolate Cake Doughnuts, this grown up guy was 6 years old again. Very relieved to hear his deep sexy adult voice "hon, isn’t it time for Halloween candy?" You know the old complaint "it’s not what you said, it’s how you said it"? Yay…I totally knew what he was up to. I said "give me the book – Give me the book now – you can’t look at the book. You’re making me crazy." And then he gave me that look again and I melted. Again. Damn he’s good! So I told him to pick one and stick to it.

This recipe is so easy to put together and so timely if you want to play with some of your extra candy. If that ever happens to you that is. I had to hide a handful to make sure I’d have something to post! I made the dough the night before which always makes it easier to roll, gluten free or not and had enough to make 15 doughnut holes filled with various candies and 4 doughnut rings. I want to make a full batch of dipped cake ones now. Forever. Well, only if it involves salted butter caramel icing.


Lara…dear…you did again. And we could not be happier…!

Public Service Announcement: a while back, my friend Rachael from Today’s Mama and the nice folks at Avery asked me if I wanted to contribute a design to their "back to school" binder initiative with pictures of mine for the cover and back. Unless, it’s a doughnut Rachael asks me for, I pretty much melt when she talks to me. She’s hot. Strong. Nice and her schedule really makes me look like a lazy bum. Anyway… Avery and Today’s Mama are running a follow up campaign and giving away 10 binder certificate for you to create your own. It’s super easy and fun…and a neat way to keep things organize. More details on Today’s Mama.

Candy Filled Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Gluten Free Candy Filled Chocolate Cake Doughnuts:

2 cups Gluten Free Baking Mix for Doughnuts (recipe follows)
1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 unsalted butter, cold and cut into small dice
2 eggs, separated
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2/3 cup milk, scalded and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
vegetable oil for frying
your favorite candy (cut smaller if too big)
extra sugar and cocoa powder for dusting if desired

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the baking mix, cocoa powder, guar gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Blend on low and add the butter still on low speed, blending until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks, yogurt, milk and vanilla. With the mixer running on slow, slowly pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides and mix for 30 seconds. The batter should be similar to loose cookie dough. Let rest 30 minutes (I like overnight) (stay with me people I am still talking about doughnuts!)
When ready, roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut out 3-inch rounds with a cookie cutter. Place a candy piece in the middle of the round, bring the edges over toward the top and seal. Roll the dough ball in the palm of your hands and place them on a baking sheet.
Refrigerate 20 minutes. During that time, heat the oil up to 350F.
When ready to roll, gently drop the holes in the hot oil. Fry a couple of minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and dust with sugar and cocoa powder if desired.

For doughnut rings:
Roll the dough and cut holes with a 3-inch cookie cutter then with a smaller cookie cutter to create a hole (I use the opposite end of a pastry tip). Fry as directed above.

For the salted butter caramel sauce:
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 stick (115gr) salted butter at room temperature, cut into small pieces
1 cup heavy whipping cream

In a heavy saucepan set over low heat, combine the sugar and water. Cook just until the sugar is dissolved. Add the butter. Let it come to a boil and cook until it reaches a golden caramel color. Remove from the heat and add the cream ( it will splatter and get crazy). Whisk to combine and put back on the stove. Let it come to a boil again over low heat and cook 15-25 minutes until you reach a creamy consistency.
Let cool. Dunk or double dunk (!) the doughnut.

Gluten Free Doughnut Baking Mix:
Enough for a standard recipe in the book – mix all the ingredients together.

1 cup potato starch
1/4 potato flour or sweet sorghum
1/2 tapioca flour (we don’t like the taste so I used cornstarch)
1/2 cup sweet rice flour

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Jessica @ How Sweet October 29, 2010 um 1:07 am

Candy filled? That is amazing.

Sale E Pepe October 29, 2010 um 1:17 am

These look wonderful! Once again I find myself completely inspired by your art. Thank you!

becky October 29, 2010 um 2:29 am

Everything you make is like art… so, so incredible!

Salt Lake Sugar October 29, 2010 um 2:30 am

Wow, simply devilish! Thanks for the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Trish October 29, 2010 um 3:16 am

Helene, those look awesome. I am going to try them very soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

Ilke October 29, 2010 um 11:30 am

Donuts were completely something to be avoided in my book until I saw your post.

I am sure homemade ones will taste much better. I guess I will be giving up one of the two things I said "I will never ever eat" (grits is the other one!).

LimeCake October 29, 2010 um 12:13 pm

these doughnuts all look incredibly delicious!

The InTolerant Chef โ„ข October 29, 2010 um 12:14 pm

Gluten free doughnuts? You are my new bestest buddy!!!

Rhonda October 29, 2010 um 12:21 pm

Oh my. I understand completely about the candy disappearances and looks of little boys. My husband is soon to turn 46 and son 13 in a couple of weeks. They are so wonderfully creative at choosing their birthday desserts, maybe donuts this year.

Amber October 29, 2010 um 1:50 pm

What a delicious dessert.

Unknown October 29, 2010 um 2:48 pm

Thank you for the gluten free desserts.

Lauren | Seventeenth & Irving October 29, 2010 um 2:55 pm

Incredibly gorgeous photos. I'm inspired to try these out this weekend!

Brian October 29, 2010 um 5:00 pm

My wife will be extra happy this Halloween if I make her these delicious looking gluten free doughnuts. Thanks for the recipe.

Gen October 29, 2010 um 5:17 pm

Miam miam miam! J'adore ces donuts trop gourmands!

Tracy October 29, 2010 um 6:28 pm

This is a sin and i am doomed to temptation=) It looks so mouth-watering!

Jennifer October 29, 2010 um 9:17 pm

Oh my…amazing!!!!! Candy filled and the amazing topping!

Medifast Coupon Codes October 29, 2010 um 9:21 pm

I agree with Tracy, absolute sin! But such a delicious one. Can't believe it is actually a healthy treat. The kids wouldn't even know.

marla {family fresh cooking} October 30, 2010 um 2:36 am

I don't think a Kiss has ever looked that good. How much pizazz can go into one doughnut? B is a very lucky man. Candy in Doughnuts & you as his sweetie….done deal.
Lara's book is a gem huh! XO

Stella October 30, 2010 um 3:15 am

Wow Tartelette, these look so delicious, and I just realized you are all gluten-free. Amazing!

The Urban Baker October 30, 2010 um 5:13 am

helene – these are GORGEOUS! I may have to make these in the am. have everything, except guar gum. i have xanthemum (sp?) gum. is that the same? x

oneordinaryday October 30, 2010 um 1:18 pm

Oooh… candy filled? That sounds delicious!! I love that photo of the sugar sprinkling. ๐Ÿ™‚

All Kinds of Candy October 31, 2010 um 4:24 am

I love your blog!
Have you ever thought about opening a shop?

i use some pictures of your on my blog, is that ok? Credits given! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous October 31, 2010 um 9:38 am

Je vous souhaite une bonne journรฉe d'Halloween et que de belles friandises qui donnent envie. Mille bises. Mam

Denise Michaels – Adventurous Foodie October 31, 2010 um 7:06 pm

When I was a kid back in Michigan there was always a Saturday in October when we'd go to the cider mill. It was something we always looked forward to.

First we'd go to the U Pick It apple farms and pick apples. Enough for my mom to make homemade applesauce and apple pies almost until Christmas. Then it was off to the cider mill.

It was a noisy place with the old wood pressings working away squeezing that apple-y nectar out of the apples. We loved apple cider – but apple cider with those delicious cake style donuts dusted with sugar or cinnamon sugar. Oh, be still my beating heart.

The crunchy outside of the donuts followed up by the tender cake-y inside. It's a memory that lives inside me. I'm not much into deep frying – but maybe I'll make a batch of these.

Simones Kitchen October 31, 2010 um 10:26 pm

I made Lara's chocolate cake doughnuts too! Well, not sure if it was the same recipe as mine were not filled with candy… ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks delicious!

Maria November 1, 2010 um 1:11 am

Wow, what is there not to love about these? Thanks so much for sharing. Will definitely be making these.

Unknown November 1, 2010 um 2:05 am

I just made this, though we skipped adding candy and instead of the caramel topping I made a ganache, and they came out pretty well. I have to make the rings thicker next time so there is more of the cakey goodness inside.

I also think I can use this as a good base recipe and change the milk for apple cider, swap out the cocoa powder for some cinnamon/nutmeg and see if instead of yogurt maybe use chunky applesauce…have I mentioned that all I want in the world is a gluten-free apple fritter?

Helene November 1, 2010 um 3:20 am

Umami: there a recipe for apple fritter in the book that you can adapt GF. Might be another incentive to get her book.

Santa Barbara Wedding November 1, 2010 um 4:34 am

What a yummy yummy looking candies these are and the way you clicked it makes it more delicious..Good job!

Celeste November 1, 2010 um 4:58 am

These look sinfully delicious!

Scarlett November 1, 2010 um 11:43 am

Wow-another great one to try-thanks!

Unknown November 1, 2010 um 3:33 pm

I am mouth watering in front of my pc!!! believe me!!!!!!!!!!

Laura November 1, 2010 um 4:35 pm

Love! We had zero trick or treater's so I have a lot of left over candy to play with ๐Ÿ™‚

Damaris @Kitchen Corners November 1, 2010 um 10:44 pm

I just sent my friend an e-mail that said "lets make these pronto!"

I mean it too. Her kids can't have wheat and the gluten free donuts we buy are so expensive. Plus these probably taste a million times better.

Unknown November 2, 2010 um 3:36 am

These photographs have me completely inspired…I must try this recipe. You had me at salted butter caramel.

Fragolina November 2, 2010 um 10:28 am

The pictures are perfect and the doughnuts are perfect !!

Delishhh November 2, 2010 um 3:41 pm

Your pictures are amazing! Nice post!

Truly Smitten November 3, 2010 um 6:17 pm

oh my heavens….i just drooled all over myself!

Feast on the Cheap November 4, 2010 um 9:45 pm

Just actually drooled. My goodness this look fantastic.

TESOL certification November 5, 2010 um 2:29 am

I just love your idea of melting chocolate kisses inside the pastry! My nieces will definitely love this! Photos are very pretty and stunning.

Anonymous November 13, 2010 um 9:14 am


Danika November 16, 2010 um 2:43 am

Mmmm. Looks delicious! I may just have to try it.


v November 16, 2010 um 8:19 am

Love your blog for those colourful photographs. Your photography skill is amazing.

Rachael December 6, 2010 um 4:49 pm

lol! I'm so flattered that you think I'm hot! I think you're hot too! ๐Ÿ˜€

Shelan April 7, 2012 um 8:28 pm

Can I substitute all-purpose flour for the gluten-free baking mix? Can't wait to make these, goshdarnit!

Helene April 8, 2012 um 1:13 pm

Shelan: I am not sure with these as the quantities of the other ingredients were specifically proportioned to work with the gluten free flours for that particular donut in the cookbook.

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