Earlier this week, I made a King Cake from a recipe on Ms. enPlace's blog. In Michelle's post on the traditional King Cake, she reminisces about having King Cake in school, and that the child who got the baby or bean had to bring in the next cake. She remembered fondly kids bringing in a donut King Cake from a local bakery. The King Cake I made earlier this week, was a little too bread-like for my sweet-tooth family. So in order to appease the Northern masses, and as a surprise for Michelle, I made King Cake Donuts. They have the same flavors as the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake, but in a sweet, baked donut. It sounded like the King Cake donut Michelle remembered, was one large donut shaped like a traditional King Cake. Since I bake my donuts using my Wilton Donut Pan (You can get your donut pan from my affiliate store at Amazon), I wasn't able to make the 1 large ring, but regular sized donuts. We absolutely loved the result!
King Cake Donuts
1 cup flour
½ cup plus 1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ – ¾ tbsp. cinnamon (depending on taste)
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp lemon zest or lemon juice
½ cup milk
¼ cup plus 1 tbsp oil
Preheat oven to 350°. Put donut pan in cold oven and preheat with oven. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat egg and milk together and then add lemon zest (or lemon juice) and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly with an electric mixer. Using oven mitts, carefully remove donut pan from oven. Spray donut wells with cooking oil. Pour batter into donut wells until they are about ½ full. Bake for 12-17 minutes* or until firm. Cool and enjoy. Makes 10 donuts.
*Baking for 17 minutes makes crispier donuts. Please note that ovens may vary, so times may vary for desired donut consistency.
For Donut Glaze - I used my favorite Vanilla Glaze from Allrecipes.com. Apply glaze after donuts have cooled.
We loved these King Cake baked donuts and hope Michelle loves them too (and isn't rolling her eyes too much). They were pretty easy to make, and as you can see from my picture, I was even able to get a couple donuts colored with yellow and green sugar (still no purple...). I hope you enjoy a sweet little taste of Mardi Gras! Michelle will be here next week as our guest – on Mardi Gras!