Cloud Donuts

The best thing about donuts in my opinion is their versatility in terms of both decoration and flavour.  You can glaze ’em, fill ’em, dust’ em, ANYTHING.

I wanted to up the pretty factor on these donuts with a heavenly cloudy sky blue and coconut to make them look extra fluffy, but you can make them any colour you want.   In terms of flavour, I used my regular vanilla donut recipe but added a dash of nutmeg which added a little somethin somethin.  Highly recommend.

If you want to make these super coconutty, add a 1/2 tsp of coconut extract and you’re on your way.

Donut Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or seeds of 1 vanilla bean)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

For glaze:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Blue (or any colour) food colouring, gel or liquid will work
  • Any topping you like

Steps

Preheat oven to 425F and grease donut tin with butter.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugar until smooth and combined. In a separate, small bowl, whisk together milk, egg and vanilla.

Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Add the milk mixture and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix, careful not to overblend.

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Spoon batter into donut pan until 1/2-3/4 full, bake for 7-8 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool.

For the glaze, whisk together sugar, milk and vanilla until combined. Adjust proportion to taste if needed. Put a dot or two of food colouring in the glaze and swirl it around into a pretty design using a toothpick.

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Dip donut in glaze and move around to cover sides.  Allow to set on a rack with parchment paper underneath (or anything to catch dripping glaze).  Sprinkle on coconut or any other topping like sprinkles, if desired.

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