What is a donut? Standard ones are made of dough and fried in oil. They are light and fluffy and there is a hole in the centre. What do they do with the contents of the missing space? Make donut holes of course. OR in my town, Timbits. Oh how LOVE TIMBITS.
There’s nothing quite like a fresh donut. I don’t love frying things and really try to bake a healthier version of any dish I make. A few blogs ago I made a standard baked donut in my trusty Wilton baking pan.
Best of all the pan is non-stick so even though I sprayed it throughly the donuts practically jumped out of the pan. I really had fun with these little fellows. I made two types. Powdered sugar, vanilla bean glaze and coconut and glazed chocolate fudge and coconut. What can I say, I was in a coconutty kind of mood.
Here’s where I cheated a bit. I know you are going to love this because if you have kids or just lazy and want a quick treat, this folks is for you. Use a boxed cake mix and spruce it up a bit with additional ingredients to make it taste homemade. Genius.
- 1 box devils food or fudge chocolate cake mix
- 1 box french vanilla, golden or white cake mix
- 1 package instant chocolate pudding
- 1 package instant vanilla pudding
- 1 cup sour cream or yogurt, divided
- 4 extra large eggs, divided
- 1 cup vegetable oil, divided
- 1 cup milk or water divided
- Chocolate Glaze & Vanilla Glaze
- 4 cups powdered sugar, divided
- 2 squares semi sweet chocolate, melted
- 4 - 6 tablespoons milk, divided
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Prepare both cake mixes according to package directions adding in the chocolate pudding mix to the chocolate cake mix and the vanilla pudding mix to the vanilla or golden cake mix. Now add in your next 4 divided ingredients. If you are like most people you won't have two stand mixers going at the same time so just make one cake at a time and set aside the batter.
- Grease your donuts pans well and start filling them according to manufacture directions, about ¾ full works well for me BUT I'm going to try making these in an electric donut maker next because I truly believe it's the only way to fly.
- Bake donuts for 10 -12 minutes or until done - test with a toothpick. They should lightly spring back when you press your finger on them. Let cool completely on wire racks.
- Prepare your glaze. Divide powdered sugar into two bowls. Mix in the melted chocolate into one bowl only and add the divided milk and vanilla extract. Do the same with the vanilla glaze. Adding more liquid until you get a nice not too thin consistency.
- Take your cooled donuts and dip into the glazes quickly letting the excess drip off into the bowl. Now quickly dip into coconut and place back onto the cooling racks to let the glaze set.