Thursday, March 6, 2014
I finally found a sweet recipe for baked donuts that remind me of non baked donuts! The last few recipes I've tried were more on the cakey side - ie, they taste kind of like cake batter baked into a donut shape - but these guys really had that dense nutmeg heavier vibe going on - then, dripping with a thick layer of coffee icing glaze, well they're frigging delicious.
I wanted to mix it up with glaze flavours and looked through my extract collection - this Nielsen Massey coffee extract stared me in the face. The taste of the glaze reminded me of the wonderful lazy daisy vanilla cake my grandma would make for me, dripping in glaze made from instant coffee and icing sugar. I honestly was scraping dried glaze off the plate and eating it. Oh, and eating it by the spoonful. I think I like coffee flavoured things, maybe? Haha!
Coffee Icing Glazed Vanilla Nutmeg Cake Donuts
(recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour)
Yields 1 dozen donuts
For the donuts:
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/3 cup golden brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmet
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 2/3s cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
For the glaze:
1 cup of icing sugar
1 teaspoon coffee extract
5 teaspoons whole milk
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Oil your donut baking pans.
1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, oil and sugars until smooth and creamy.
2. Add the eggs, mixing to combine.
3. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and vanilla extract.
4. Add the flour into the wet mixture, alternating with the milk until combined. Do not overmix.
5. Fill your donut pans 3/4 full with the donut batter.
6. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Do not overbake!
7. Remove donuts from pans and let cool on wire racks.
8. Meanwhile, make the glaze: whisk together icing sugar, coffee extract and milk until smooth.
9. Once donuts are cool, dunk the donuts into the glaze. Add sprinkles if so desired!
I seriously donut lie when I say this recipe is a goodie.
What's your favourite baked donut recipe? Would love to know!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Gad sometimes it's so hard to let these cake friends go. Pretty much fell in love with this orange buck toothed party animal bunny cake and matching pink bunny cupcake buddies that I made for the adorable little girls Sapphira and Nyla! Don't you love how specific little kids can be? Orange bunny?? Amazing. Ahhh I love kiddos!
Thank you so much Dimithra for such a fun order! So fun to create something for your girls once again.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Can we talk about best friends for a second? How lucky am I to count so many amazing people as dear friends. Kendra emailed me requesting a cake for her best friend Melissa's birthday based on Melissa's dear kitty Ziggy. Who am I to refuse a cat cake? I cannot! So happy to have made this Siamese cutie with the bright blue eyes.
You are only as rich as the great people who surround you, those who are your supporters til the end - friends, family, lovers. Happiness!
Thanks Kendra for the fun order and happy birthday Melissa!
Ziggy the cat and his cake likeness from Melissa's Instagram!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Omg cuteness alert - I loved making this cutie pie gorilla cake for Eidee's 1st birthday - it's based on the 1976 book Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein. It's such a sweet book ... and all the more special because we've been reading it to our little son Teddy since he was 3 months old. Teddy loved the animal pictures when he was tiny, and I'm pretty sure the book showed him what a "birthday cake" was all about - after reading it 500+ times to him, Teddy got that a birthday cake with candles meant that something special was happening! Pretty cute! We've gone through three of these - the first one got lost on a plane, the second was chewed up pretty badly and the third one's in pretty good shape...
This gorilla cake was coconut flavoured with chocolate buttercream and fondant details. I drew the little butterfly cake topper based on the pink butterfly that appears in the book! Loved it and didn't want to see it go! Haha. Cake nerd.
Thanks Marla and Arch for the sweet order - and happy 1st birthday Eidee!