Friday, October 7, 2011

Classic Cake Donuts

Do you ever have those days where you are determined to be cranky and impossible to please? Really? No? Me neither.


But really, we all have these days, right? I feel that we know each other well enough now that I can admit it, that was me last Sunday. I was bound and determined to be cranky and sullen for a part of the afternoon. Why? I have no clue, but I am going to blame it on the fact that the entire weekend was cold and cloudy and borderline depressing because winter is coming. No really, I have no excuses, but what came out of that day was pure deliciousness!

If there is anything that can perk up a day, it's some quality time in the kitchen with sugar and sprinkles. Am I right?

These donuts definitely did the trick! They are a delicious donut that is reminiscent of the old-fashioned cake donuts.  They do not involve yeast so they are actually pretty easy to whip up, and can put a smile on even the crankiest of faces. (Exhibit A: me)

So if you are feeling like you are stuck in a sulk, or know someone who is, whip up a batch of these! Then hand them a bag of sugar and tell them to get over it and get shakin'!

This recipe is from Joy the Baker, and I'm already dreaming of when I can make them next (I may have eaten most of them myself that night, oops). We placed half of the donuts (and donut holes) in a bag with sugar and shook them like crazy until they were coated. The other half we dunked in a chocolate glaze and added some happy and bright sprinkles.

This recipe makes about 8 donuts and donut holes.  I used a donut cookie cutter that my mom gave to me, but you can use two different sized round cookie cutters to get the job done.

Classic Cake Donuts

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar (plus extra for dusting the donuts)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream, egg, and melted butter
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and sugar
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well
  4. Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap
  5. Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes
  6. When ready to finish the donuts, place a candy/oil thermometer in a pot with about 2 inches of vegetable oil
  7. While the oil heats to 360 F, roll out the dough until it is about 1 cm thick and then cut out your donuts
  8. When the oil reaches 360 F, carefully drop a couple donuts and donut holes into the oil
  9. Fry for about 1 minute per side or until they are golden brown
  10. Carefully remove the donuts and place on a plate lined with paper towel
  11. Repeat until all donuts are cooked to perfection
  12. Place still-warm donuts in a bag of sugar or icing sugar and shake to coat, or dip them in a delicious glaze
  13. Enjoy!
Chocolate Glaze
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Dunk the top of the donuts and the donut holes in the glaze, and let set slightly
  3. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Oh man...these look amazing!
    Good job! :D I will have to try these...and eat them...all. That will happen!
    Thanks for the post!!
    Kara :)