Almost everybody I know loves doughnuts unless they are on a diet but in that case, they are not my friends. The key is moderation, folks and life is way too short to pass on the good sweet stuff. An occasional indulgence is just fine with me although I’d prefer to stay on a steady diet of one per day. So back to how almost everyone loves doughnuts, but here’s the thing… not all of us like to make a greasy mess in the kitchen with the deep frying. Just the thought of scrubbing down all surfaces and the range is enough to have me googling the nearest Krispy Kreme. But alas, there is a solution. Why not bake cake- like doughnuts but with less than half the mess? Sign me up! The only special equipment you need is a doughnut pan. Go ahead, you deserve it.
Chocolate Cupcake Recipe (ideal for a doughnut pan)
from Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse
yield: 18 baked doughnuts
1 1/2 sticks (6 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
Grease the doughnut pan with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract.
On low speed add the dry ingredients and alternate with buttermilk in 3 additions.
Fill a disposable pastry bag with the batter and fill doughnut pan indentations 3/4 full. Baker for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Carefully invert onto a rack to cool. When doughnuts are completely cool, they are ready to be glazed.
For the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4-6 tbsp milk
Combine all ingredients except milk. Whisk until most lumps disappear. Add 2 tbsp milk, whisk until smooth and add more milk as needed 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is achieved. You will want the glaze to be slightly on the thicker side so it coats nice and thick and is not too runny and thin.
Sprinkle with valentine themed sprinkles (or any festive sprinkles) and enjoy immediately. Doughnuts are best consumed within 2 days and enjoyed with black coffee and a loved one… but that’s just me.