Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Marshmallow Fluff and Shredded Coconut

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In case you haven’t noticed, I love doughnuts. Honest to goodness, sometimes I get up in the morning and I whip up a batch without blinking an eye. While the coffee is brewing, I am working on some doughnut concoction. On this particular morning I just wanted a plain chocolate cake doughnut. With marshmallows. And coconut, and sprinkles, and…

And I didn’t have sprinkles!

I’ve been working on a couple of projects with my daughter, making lots of sparkly things with whatever we can find, including sprinkles, and that’s where they all went. I didn’t realize that until after the doughnuts were done. I was disappointed, but only for a minute. Who needs sprinkles when you have shredded coconut and food color. Thus, these Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Marshmallow Fluff and Shredded Coconut were born.

Chocolate Doughnuts with Marshmallow Fluff and Shredded Coconut |

The only complaint I had about these doughnuts was about the color of the “sprinkles”. Ana, my 3 year-old, was upset that the shredded coconut wasn’t a color of her choice. When I asked her what color she wanted, she said orange because, “Hawoween is coming!”. I explained to her that Halloween was 3 weeks away and we had plenty of time to make these doughnuts again. Every day since I told her that, she has been asking me, “Is today Hawoween?”. I forgot that 3 weeks to a 3 year old could mean now, tomorrow, next month…

You know what I plan to do with these chocolate doughnuts the next time around? Add peanut butter with the marshmallow fluff and make it a fluffernutter doughnut!

Chocolate Doughnuts with Marshmallow Fluff and Shredded Coconut |


Chocolate Doughnuts with Marshmallow Fluff and Shredded Coconut

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WW Freestyle: 9
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Who needs glaze when you can top your homemade doughnuts with Marshmallow Fluff?!
Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Doughnuts
Calories: 219


For the Doughnuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

For the Topping

  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • Food Color (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Lightly grease a doughnut pan.
  • In a medium-sized bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and cocoa powder; set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine egg, vanilla, milk and sour cream; beat on low just until incorporated.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the milk mixture and mix with a spoon just until combined; don't overmix.
  • Pour the batter into a piping bag with a wide tip and pipe into doughnut holes.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the top of the doughnut springs back when touched.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for two minutes, before inverting onto a cooling rack. Let cool.
  • In the meantime prepare the shredded coconut with the food color, if using.
  • Put the shredded coconut in a ziploc bag, add 3 drops of food color in the ziploc bag, seal it, and work it with your fingers until completely colored.
  • Spread Marshmallow Fluff on top of doughnut and top with shredded coconut.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Best when eaten same day.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Doughnuts with Marshmallow Fluff and Shredded Coconut
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 177mg5%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: chocolate cake donut, chocolate doughnuts, homemade doughnuts

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14 Responses
  1. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)

    Brilliant idea to add color to the shredded coconut! I smile at your post because I can barely put hot water in my teapot before having that first sip of tea so whipping up doughnuts seem a miracle to me first thing in the morning. 🙂 These are gorgeous, Kate!

  2. Terra

    I love the idea of coloring the shredded coconut, so much better than sugary sprinkles. Your doughnuts look fantastic! AND your daughter is adorable! My niece is the same way, I say I will see you next week…and she always says “is that tomorrow?” LOL!!! Sending hugs your way, Terra

  3. Liz

    Oooh, I love purple coconut sprinkles a whole lot better than regular sprinkles!!! These sound fantastic! Time to dust off my doughnut pans 🙂

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Um even my four year old daughter keep asking when is Halloween party. Gahhh! I told you 1000 times!!!

    Person’s real creativity only comes out when you don’t have anything. It was such a gorgeous idea that you used shredded coconut AND I LOOOOOOVE the purple color! The pictures look so beautiful. Purple is my daughter’s favorite color too along with – of courses- pink. 😉 I’m jealous you love donuts and you look fit!! =)

  5. Kim - Liv Life

    We have a sprinkle thief in our house… I have a feeling it has to do with one 13 year old sprinkle loving girl who tends to pour a few tablespoon fulls into a bowl and simply eat them. As such, our sprinkle supply is always low.
    We have just discovered how easy it is to make donuts!! I haven’t found “the” recipe yet, but we only have two tries under our belt. Today Liv is “sick”, so we have a day of baking planned as she skips school to “get better”. Somehow, I think sprinkles and donuts will make everything ok!

  6. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    Looks like I’m going to need to make doughnuts soon! I’m so glad that you are making lots of sparkly items with your daughter.

  7. Ramona

    I would love a taste of this batch and the next batch with the peanut butter. YUM!! I’m excited for a Halloween version too. 🙂

  8. baker street

    Oh my! This is topping my must bake list! I love everything – chocolate, the marshmallow fluff and the shredded coconut – EVERYTHING! Absolutely delicious! 🙂

  9. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    You know, I’ve never made doughnuts. I think I’m too afraid that I’ll be disappointed in the fact that they’re baked, not fried. 🙂 These look so delicious though…it makes me want to give them a try, especially to be able to make these for Dudette…they’re almost like s’more doughnuts!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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