Dairy Free Cake Donuts

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My valentine is going to be my cat this year... but at this point of winter I'm looking for any excuse to celebrate anything. Valentines day will do.

I think Valentines Day is the perfect spot of pink right in the middle of a gray winter. And I'm a little bit pink-obsessed right now!

These baked donuts would be perfect anytime of the year, but I decided to decorate them with pink frosting and red sprinkles for a valentines day feel. They are basically cake or cupcakes in the shape of donuts. They're super sweet and the perfect treat if you're looking to make some goodies for yourself or a loved one!

This also may or may not be my famous secret chocolate cake recipe...Double the batch and you've got yourself a cake ;)

For the donuts:
Donut pan
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup almond milk*
1/4 cup olive or coconut oil
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water

Set your oven to 325℉. Mix the dry ingredients-flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda- in one bowl. Mix the wet ingredients-almond milk, oil, egg, and vanilla- in another, leaving the boiling water for last. Combine the wet and dry ingredients then mix in the boiling water last. Mix for 60 seconds on medium to add some air to the batter.

Grease your donut pan well, getting every area of the edges. I used coconut oil to grease mine. With your oven on 325℉, bake the donuts for 15-16 minutes. Remember that every oven is different, and may cook faster or slower depending. Be sure to keep an eye and do a toothpick check often when it gets close to 15 minutes. When the toothpick comes out clean, the donuts are done! Let them cool for a few minutes before you take them out of the pan so they come out easier.  *Makes about 9 donuts*

For the frosting:
2 tablespoons vegan butter*
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2-1 tablespoons almond milk*

While the donuts are cooling, it's a good time to whip up the frosting. Combine the vegan butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. After that is mixed together, add milk as you see fit in order to get your desired consistency. I ended up adding about 1/2 tablespoon of almond milk to my frosting because I wanted it to be thicker like cake frosting. If you want a traditional donut glaze you'll want to add about 1 tablespoon of almond milk.

And the best part- decorate! I added a few drops of red food dye to my frosting and added some red and white sprinkles for valentines day :) Store in the fridge so the frosting doesn't melt and plus they taste 10290198 time better when cold!

*If you're not concerned with making these dairy free, replace the vegan butter and almond milk with the same measurements of regular butter and regular milk.

I also created this romantic playlist that sounds perfect while stuffing my face with these donuts. Especially when I'm with my cat.....in bed....in pajamas...

Let's go spread some love, and some frosting! Love you, friends! 

1 comment

  1. I've wanted a donut pan for a long time. I legit wanna try this for Valentine's Day! They looks so good!


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