Chocolate Potato Cake Donuts

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Yes, you read that right. Potato–in a chocolate cake! Well, if potato starch can add binding power and lighten up a cake batter, why not just use the actual potato? (Why not, indeed?). Plus, y’all know how much I love potatoes. And how much I believe they can be part of a healthful diet (even an anti-candida diet). So I suppose it had to happen: Chocolate Potato Cake.

As much as I’d like to take credit for this über-creative idea, I cannot. I first learned of this concept reading Johanna’s blog almost a year ago, when she posted her Mashed Potato Chocolate Cake. I’ve been saving the recipe since then (I’m kind of a hoarder that way).

Turns out that Johanna wasn’t the first to bake this cake, either. In fact, from what I can glean from The Almighty Google, it was made as far back as the 1800s in Ireland. How lucky for all of us!

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In this recipe, the potatoes add a lovely moistness and provide density that I thought perfectly reproduced the texture of my beloved cake donuts of yore. And potatoes themselves are rather neutral in flavor, so you won’t notice anything except intense chocolatey goodness.

Since the original version of donuts are out of my life forever but potatoes are not, this recipe became the perfect way to enjoy my erstwhile favorite confections once again. The pale pink glaze (fruity with a touch of fresh strawberries) even heralds spring–which has finally (finally!) arrived in the Toronto area. So let’s celebrate with donuts!

If you’re a fan of cakey (vs yeast-based) donuts, give this recipe a try. If you’ve been itching for springtime as I have, then certainly give this recipe a try (the winsome pink frosting is particularly evocative of the season). If you’re looking for a pretty–and delicious–dessert for Easter dinner this weekend, give this recipe a try. Or, if you’re skeptical about potatoes in a cake batter (perhaps especially if you’re skeptical about potatoes in a cake batter), then also give this recipe a try. Basically, you just need to get baking!

vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free chocolate potato cake donuts recipe

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  1. These look so cute with the pink frosting. Glad you finally got around to adding mashed potatoes to a cake – there are quite a few recipes with it in them – I have seen one for a lemon cake with mashed potatoes and ground almonds that I have had bookmarked for ages. (A year! pffft! I’d be happy if I could get around to many of my bookmarks in as little as a year!) And btw you have converted me to potato starch but now I can’t find the stuff – have been looking in lots of shops lately and seems there is a potato starch famine in melbourne (you would think with all the potatoes around that they could manage it!)

    • So strange about the lack of potato starch–!! But glad you like it. And that lemon cake sounds fascinating, too (oh, no, now I’ll be making mashed potato-based cakes left, right, and center.. . !!). Hope you enjoy the holidays–with or without some mash! 🙂 xo

  2. Oh, yes, the magical potato! These doughnuts look and sound great, Ricki, and your recipe is just in time for folks to use their leftover mashed potatoes after Easter. Yay! 🙂

    Have a wonderful Passover/Easter weekend! xo,

    • Thanks so much, Shirley! And yes, I thought people might have a bit of mashed taters left over. 😉 Hope you and the GFE crew have a wonderful Easter, too! xoxo

  3. Annelies says

    My sister’s mother in law makes the most amazing wafles… with potatoes! No one believes this when told..
    It’s not just (yet?) a vegan recipe though! 🙂

  4. Ricki,

    Oh yummy! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Easter to you and yours!

  5. How fun are these! I admit to not using my donut pan very often but these are going on the list to try when I do bust it out. The pink icing looks so pretty ( and tasty ;)).

  6. I love cake donuts!! Yay! I need to get me a donut pan like, yesterday! Do you have an Amazon link for the pan you use or would recommend?

  7. Brenda Stoops says

    My grandmother used to make donuts with a cup of mashed potatoes. Cant wait to try these.


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