Copycat Starbucks Devil’s Food Donuts are insanely delicious. Covered in a vanilla-butter glaze, they’re better than the real deal and healthier too!

stack of 4 Devil's Food Donuts separated by parchment paper

My sisters and I had a tradition of running in the Firecracker 5k every 4th of July for a few years in our hometown of Fort Collins, CO. That was before we all had a few kids. Once we started families, this tradition became harder due to pool parties, pancake breakfasts, and neighborhood bike parades.

After the race, we would all gather at Starbucks to enjoy our favorite drinks, and for those who were starving, a donut. While the egg sandwiches would probably have been a better breakfast selection after that kind of workout, the donuts usually called my name every time. And why not, right? I just ran a 5k, and it’s a holiday – double the reason to sugar up.

top down view of Devil's Food Donuts in a stack

While we aren’t even close to the 4th of July, I can reminisce about warm weather, Starbucks with my sisters, and of course, donuts. This recipe for my copycat recipe for Starbucks Devil’s Food Donuts to be exact. They are so insanely delicious, especially for a baked donut recipe. Yes, you read that right. These donuts are baked not fried.

You’re not only saving your money by making these at home, but you are also saving on calories! Bonus. If you already weren’t convinced you needed to make these Devil’s Food Donuts now you are. And who said that baked donuts aren’t as tasty? They can be, especially when you add the vanilla-butter glaze.

My sister Tami, carried this donut tradition into her family’s weekend routine. It is completely adorable that her two young kids get up on Saturday and Sunday mornings excited to head the store to pick out their freshly baked donut and of course, Tam grabs a Starbucks too!

My niece Kennedy loved Starbucks Vanilla Bean Scones for a few years. Of course, I had to whip her up a batch to take the lead in the “favorite aunt” contest. And while this phase of vanilla bean scone love is over, I still make them for her and she still loves me for doing that. She is not a donut fiend like my sister, so the next time I go down to visit them you bet I will be making these baked donuts and I am pretty sure my sister will approve.

Baked donut recipes don’t have to complicated, in fact, they aren’t. If you don’t have a donut pan for your oven to bake up a batch, I would recommend getting one. Otherwise, you could always just bake these up in a mini-muffin tin, they still taste delicious but everyone loves donuts more.

Devil's Food Donut wrapped in parchment

While it may not be the 4th of July yet, and we have a few more months until we see the hot weather, I can still enjoy these Copycat Starbucks Devil’s Food Donuts until then.

And since you now know of my love for baked donut recipes I will share a few more that my family loves making throughout the year. Baked S’mores Donuts (huge summer hit), Triple Chocolate Baked Donuts, Nutella Donuts (okay, these are fried and so worth every calorie!) and Samoa Donuts (my husband’s favorite!). Oh, a few recipes from my friends that are must bakes! Copycat Krispy Kreme Donuts and 2-Ingredient Bake Donut recipe (easy for the kids to make).
Enjoy! XOXO San

Devil's Food Donuts in a stack separated by parchment paper squares

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Copycat Starbucks Devil’s Food Donuts

Prep: 16 minutes
Cook: 9 minutes
Total: 24 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 135 kcal
Copycat Starbucks Devil’s Food Donuts are insanely delicious. Covered in a vanilla-butter glaze, they're better that the real deal and healthier too


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tesapoon vanilla
  • 1 egg

Vanilla-Butter Glaze

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted


  • Prepare your donut pan by spraying with cooking spray, set aside.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown and white sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until mixed together. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, egg, canola oil, and vanilla.
  • Beat the dry ingredients with the milk mixture until the batter is well combined and smooth.
  • Pour batter into large Ziploc bag, snip off a tiny section of the corner, and “pipe” the batter abot 2/3 full into the donut pan. Place in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
  • Remove donuts from oven and set on baking rack. After a few minutes remove donuts from pan and let them completely cool on the baking rack.


  • Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Start off with 2 tablespoon of milk, add more if desired to get the consistency you like. Remember the glaze is NOT thick, not like a frosting.
  • Dip the entire donut into the glaze, let it the excess drip from the donut then place back on baking rack.
  • It is also easy to dip the bottom half first, then immediately turn donut over and dip the top. Repeat with remaining donuts and glaze.
Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 98mgSugar: 16gVitamin A: 75IUCalcium: 39mgIron: 0.7mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know what you think!

Post updated from July 2015.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Save4Summer #CollectiveBias

Devil's Food Donuts stack, overhead view and side view

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    1. How much canola oil? It isn’t listed in the ingredients but is mentioned in the mixing and I just got to that part while making them. Thanks!

      1. 2 tablespoons of canola oil, it must have gotten deleted from the recipe card when inserting it. Thanks for letting us know!

  1. In your recipe ingredients you list milk but then in the directions it states buttermilk. Is there a preference for one over the other does it matter which one is used? Thank you

  2. Sounds yummy! In the list of ingredients it says milk, but in the directions it says buttermilk- which do you recommend?

  3. In the directions you say to mix the canolla oil with the wet ingredients but do not list any in the ingredients section. what amount do you use?

    1. It should be 2 tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil, I have fixed this in the recipe so it is correct now. Thanks for letting us know!

  4. I have made these donuts twice and they are delicious. The question I have; is there supposed to be canola oil in the recipe? The ingredients listed does not have it, but in the instructions it says to add the canola oil. So, I have been adding a few Tbs. of canola oil whenever I make these and it turns out good. Just wondering.

    1. Thank you! It should be 2 tablespoons of canola oil, so you were just about right! I have fixed the recipe now.

  5. The directions say to mix canola oil with milk and egg but oil is not listed in the ingredient list. How much oil is needed?

    1. It should be 2 tablespoons of oil, sorry about that! I corrected the recipe now, thank you!

    1. It must have accidentally been left out when updating the recipe. It needs 2 tablespoons of canola oil, it is corrected now!

  6. Ingredients list doesn’t include oil, but directions do. Am I the only one that doesn’t know what the default amount is?

  7. Fat was left out of the recipe. I don’t believe any commenter made these or they would have realized the directions include oil but recipe does not. What is the oil amount?

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. Sorry about this. It should be 2 tablespoons of oil. Some people said they noticed as they were making it and were able to guess the amount. I have fixed the recipe so it shows the amount now, thanks for letting us know!

  8. Can you PLEASE fix the recipe. The ingredients don’t match the written part. It mentions oil and buttermilk and neither are listed in the ingredients list! Please fix or take the post down. Very frustrating when trying to make your recipe. Thank you

    1. The recipe is now updated so the ingredients are correct. Sometimes when inserting the recipe card into the post some things accidentally get left out. Thank you for letting us know so we could fix it, I hope you enjoy the donuts!

      1. 4 stars
        I loved this recipe, tasted great!! I just had a problem with the glaze setting. I followed the instructions except for the fact I used Almond milk. Any suggestions? Unless it wasn’t supposed to harden up.

        1. Hi Emily! Thanks for the review. It sounds like the glaze may have had too much liquid to sugar. With the right ratio it should set up nicely! Almond milk is a bit thinner than cow’s milk so it may have been the issue. The glaze should be just thin enough to not be clumpy but still coat the donuts. If it’s too runny you can simply add more sugar until it is thick enough to set. I hope this helps!

  9. 5 stars. This recipe is so good. Comes together easy so it would be great for a lazy weekend . Thanks for sharing.

  10. 5 stars
    I baked up these amazing donuts this morning. As a bakery owner, let me just say, this recipe is so simple, and the donuts are delicious. Definately will be making these, alot!!

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