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.


*cough*




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!

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