Saturday, January 14, 2012

Baked Donuts

The donuts look good, don't they? I've been anxiously trying to find time to make some donuts with my babycakes maker. While mini donuts are the cutest thing ever, my biggest question was whether the cakes actually tasted like donuts. What makes donuts distinctive is the fact that it is fried so I was curious to see whether this healthier and quicker version would do the donuts justice. So, the result?

To my surprise, the donuts turned out well. Granted, the donuts are not your full fat indulgence but it has the flavor, texture, and satisfaction you would get from a donut. An extra plus? The donuts cook within 3-5 minutes. No  need to fuss with the hassles of frying or waiting over double the time for donuts to bake in the oven. I used the batter recipe in the book provided but made slight modifications by incorporating cinnamon and nutmeg to ensure the donuts had an authentic cake donut flavor. Feel free to use your own recipe but you will have to conduct some test trials to see how the donuts turn out. With a different method of cooking, the donuts might turn out differently than the oven. Worth the investment? Yes. I can't wait to try different varieties of donuts. Don't worry, I will definitely share my babycakes donut adventures with you!

Baked Cake Donuts
compliments of babycakes

1-1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. In separate bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.
3. Fill eaching cooking reservoir with about 2 tablespoon of batter. It is easiest when using a piping bag to pipe batter into reservoir.
4. Bake about 4-5 minutes or until toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean.
5. Glaze or coat with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, as desired.

I melted chocolate and dipped and donuts into chocolate mixture. Additionally, I combined sugar and cinnamon (1/4 cup sugar + 4 teaspoons cinnamon) to make some cinnamon sugar. Roll donuts in cinnamon sugar when warm.

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