Easy Spring Donuts

 

Look at how cute these babies are!!

They make me happy 🙂

I couldn’t stop taking photos of these donuts. They are just so fun! I wish that I had taken pictures of the process, so those of you who have never made donuts from scratch before could have visuals. I guess I’ll just have to make these again! (;

I know that makes it sound like these might be complicated to make, but they were so easy. Too easy, even. I already had all of the ingredients in my pantry! The only thing I needed to buy was a donut pan! I found a cheap at Target for $11 that is good quality (yay!). Meaning it didn’t burn the bottoms and didn’t leave the center uncooked! This recipe makes 6 donuts exactly, so double it up if you need to!

I really like the green ones… they kind of remind me of Shrek! LOL! I know you guys are probably wondering what’s up with the blue donut that is brighter than the others… That was my test subject! When I popped the donuts out of the pan, the bottoms were a golden brown while the tops were more true to their pastel color. I wanted to cover the golden brown with icing, so that the donuts would look colorful all around. But, I was also slightly curious to see what it would look like if I iced the other side, and that blue donut is the result! Personally, I like the icing on the golden brown side better because there’s no air bubbles and it’s smooth throughout. However, I wish that I had added a couple more layers of icing so that it isn’t so transparent. This was my first time making donuts, though! And, honestly I still think they look so stinking cute.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp Vanilla Almond Milk (you can also use regular milk and add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract!)
  • pastel food coloring

Icing: 

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.

3. Melt butter in a small bowl. Add egg and milk and whisk until smooth.

4. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine. You don’t even need an electric mixer for this recipe! Divide batter between three bowls evenly. In each bowl, add 1 drop of food coloring and stir. Fill each of the donut shapes to the top with the batter until its even with the metal cylinder in the center where the donut hole will be (should have taken a picture! Dang it!)

5. Bake donuts for 10 minutes (set your timers people!). Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes in pan. Transfer to wire cooling racks and cool completely.

6. In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter. This time I used my electric mixer because I didn’t want chunky icing! Add water 1 Tbsp at a time until you have the consistency you desire. Think of the icing on chocolate donuts, not too thin!  Divide into separate bowls and add 1 drop of food coloring to each. Stir well. Grab each donut and dip into glaze,. I swirled mine around a few times. I dipped mine twice and then returned them to the wire rack to set the icing set, however, I would suggest that after the icing sets, going back in and adding a couple more layers. NOTE: the icing will drip from the wire rack to the counter, so place a paper towel or something underneath!

I used pink, blue, and green for my donuts but feel free to use whatever colors are your favorite! To get the pastel colors, you really only need 1 drop of food coloring for the batter and the glaze.

Enjoy!

 

For those of you who don’t have a wire cooling rack, I would highly suggest getting one! They make baking so much easer, and they’re easy to store. Adrain bought mine years ago from amazon! I link some down below:

Wilton Cooling Rack

AbsoluteBake Cooling Rack

Ultra Cuisine Baking Rack

 

modified from recipe I found here

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