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Chocolate Fauxnuts



3 Tablespoons Butter

1/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1 teaspoon Vanilla

2/3 cup Flour

1/4 cup Cocoa Powder

1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon Kosher Sea Salt

1/2 cup Sour Cream


2 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

2 Tablespoons Butter

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, sifted

1/4 teaspoon Kosher Sea Salt

1 cup Powdered Sugar, sifted

2 Tablespoon Half-and-Half


  • Preheat the oven to 425.


  • In a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar.

  • Add the egg and vanilla to butter mixture.

  • Beat for about 3-5 minutes to ensure light and fluffy.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and flour.

  • Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, alternating with the sour cream, until you have a smooth batter.

  • Grease and flour a 6-9 cavity donut pan.

  • Fill each cavity full. I use a piping bag to make this easier, but you can also do this with a spoon.

  • Put into the 425 oven and immediately reduce the heat to 350.

  • Bake 15 minutes, a toothpick should come out clean when checking doneness.

  • Rest cakes in the donut pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to complete cooling.

  • Once baked, the fauxnut will have cavities, but typically, not a full hole. If you'd like a full hole (I like there to be a full hole) you can completely cut out the cavity with an apple core tool or a knife.


  • In a small saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and maple syrup.

  • Cook until sugar is dissolved and the mixture lightly bubbles at the edges.

  • Cut heat and whisk in cocoa powder and salt until smooth.

  • Slowly whisk butter mixture into the sifted powdered sugar to ensure a smooth glaze adding half-and-half a little bit at a time until the glaze is the right consistency to coat the cakes. You may not need all the half-and-half or you may find you need a little more.

  • Working quickly, spoon glaze over fauxnuts on the a cooling rack, or place glaze into a bowl and dip fauxnuts carefully.

  • Top glazed fauxnuts with sprinkles, flake salt, banana chips, etc. if desired.

  • Allow to air dry for the glaze to set.

Makes 6-9 fauxnuts.


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