Orange cake mini doughnuts + Blogiversary GIVEAWAY (Closed)

orange cake doughnuts

In November Hey Cakes celebrates its first Blogiversary! It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I started sharing my recipes here. When I set up this blog I intended it to be an encouragement to bake more and experiment with new flavours.  Forty seven posts later I can say that it has worked really well. I have baked something almost every week in the past year and throughly enjoyed it!

I am also astonished how welcoming and supporting the blogger community is. I have met some awesome people through this blog and read so many inspiring blogs. I’m so thankful for all your comments and advice. All your feedback helped me to see how I can improve further and discover new recipes.

To celebrate and as a little thank you to you, my readers, I have oranganised a Blogiversary giveaway.

giveaway

You have a chance to win:

1 x “Grandbaby Cakes” book by Jocelyn Delk Adams
1 x Wilton mini doughnut pan

The giveaway is taking place on Hey Cakes Facebook page. Simply click here to see how you can enter.

The giveaway has now finished. Randomly selected winner is:

Paul Short

T&C: The competition is open to Europe only and will close on 18 November 2015. The winner will be then announced in this post. You must be 18 or over to enter this competition. This post is not associated with Jocelyn Delk Adams or Wilton.


orange cake doughnuts

And to celebrate in my house I made these cute and colourful orange cake mini doughnuts. They are flavoured with orange peel and orange juice. These little beauties have a perfect touch of fruitiness that helps matching the flavour to the fun look.

I simply love baking and decorating mini doughnuts. I also think it’s a fantastic party dessert –  they are so simple and fun to make. And everyone knows that there ain’t party like a doughnut party, right?

ORANGE CAKE MINI DOUGHNUTS (Makes 24)

Ingredients

Doughnuts
150g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
110g sugar
grated peel of one orange
120ml milk
2 eggs
20g melted butter
a few drops of orange extract (optional)

Icing
280g icing sugar
Juice of one orange
Food colouring

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 160C. Grease mini doughnut pan.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and orange peel. Separately slightly beat eggs with milk, melted butter and orange extract. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix well until combined.
  3. Pour the batter into a piping bag and pipe it into the doughnut pan about 3/4 full. Alternatively just carefully pour it using a teaspoon.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until firm to touch. Remove from the pan and let cool completely.
  5. In the meantime, prepare the icing. Divide icing sugar between four small bowls (70g in each). Add one tablespoon of orange juice and food colouring to each bowl. Mix until smooth. Dip completely cooled doughnuts into the icing and return to wire rack until firm.

orange cake doughnuts

orange cake doughnuts

Almond mini doughnut piglets

Almond mini doughnut piglets
I‘m starting my intensive Catalan course next week which means I still have quite a bit of time on my hands this week. The result of this is probably the cutest thing I have made before. Mini doughnuts as such are cute simply because of their size, but colour them pink, add a couple of eyes and a snout and they are adorable! You can use different sprinkles to take this up a notch and create a variety of looks and emotions.

Apart from having emoji like looks these little piglets are delicious. If you like marzipan, you will love these bite size almond mini doughnuts.

ALMOND MINI DOUGHNUT PIGLETS (Makes 24)

Ingredients

Doughnuts
150g all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
100g caster sugar
50g ground almonds
140ml milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
20g butter,  melted
a few drops of almond extract

Icing
125g icing sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk
red food colouring

Decorating
50g white chocolate
50g dark or milk chocolate

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 150C. Grease mini doughnut pan.
  2. In a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and ground almonds. Separately, mix butter, milk, eggs and almond extract. Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients and pour egg mixture into it. Mix until just combined. Using a piping bag or a teaspoon pour the mixture into the doughnut pan. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until doughnuts are firm to touch and have doubled in size. Transfer to a cooling rack and leave to cool to room temperature.
  3. In the meantime, prepare the little piggy noses. Melt white chocolate and pour into a piping bag. Pipe little white rounds on to a baking paper and transfer to freezer.
  4. When doughnuts have completely cooled, prepare the icing by mixing icing sugar with milk and a few drops of red food colouring. Dip doughnuts into the icing to cover top half and move back to the cooling rack. Wait 5 minutes and then add white chocolate noses to doughnuts.
  5. Finally melt dark or milk chocolate and using toothpick add eyes and nostrils. Add sprinkles or other decorations if you wish.

Almond mini doughnut piglets
Almond mini doughnut piglets

Lemon cake mini doughnuts

Just a little snack I made for the premiere of Game of Thrones this week. It is not unknown that after a GoT episode one might need a bit of cheering up, so I thought it’s best to be ready.

LEMON CAKE MINI DOUGHNUTS (Makes 24)

Doughnuts
150g self raising flour
½ teaspoon salt
110g caster sugar
Grated peel of one lemon
120ml milk
2 eggs
20g unsalted butter, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze
180g icing sugar
Juice of one lemon
Food colouring

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C and grease mini dougnuts pan.
  2. In a large bowl mix together flour, salt, sugar and grated lemon peel.
  3. In a separate bowl beat milk, eggs, butter and vanilla extract. Pour this into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Pour the batter in a piping bag and fill each of the doughnut holes ¾ full. Alternatively, just carefully spoon the mixture in the holes.
  5. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until light golden.
  6. Leave to cool in the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  7. To prepare the glaze, sift icing sugar into a bowl and stir in lemon juice and a few drops of food colouring. Mix until smooth and glossy.
  8. Dip completely cooled doughnuts into the glaze and transfer back on to the rack to let the icing set. You can keep adding a few drops of food colouring as you go if you want you want the doughnuts to be in different shades.

Lemon cake doughnuts
Lemon cake doughnuts
Lemon cake doughnuts
Lemon cake doughnuts
doughnuts

Mini baked doughnuts with coffee glaze

Living abroad means that I use all my holidays to travel back home to Riga or visit my boyfriend´s family in Catalonia. Those holidays for me are the best thing ever, of course, but I also miss having more free time here in London. Therefore, I have taken a whole week off from work to just pretty much do nothing and do everything at the same time. Having made two bakes on the first day off, I start to believe that this week will turn into a short baking holiday.

Last week I finally received a mini doughnut pan that I ordered some time ago, so there were no second thoughts as to what I´m going to bake next.

I am really happy with how these mini treats with coffee glaze turned out. They are fun and easy to make and taste fantastic, plus they look so cute. The coffee glaze is so flavourful and paired with dark chocolate stripes it merges into an ultimate treat.

MINI BAKED DOUGHNUTS WITH COFFEE GLAZE (Makes 24)

Ingredients

Doughnuts (recipe from bakingmad.com)
150g plain white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
110g caster sugar
120ml Milk
2 eggs
20g unsalted butter, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze
125g icing sugar
3-4 tablespoons strong coffee

Decorating (optional)
100g dark chocolate

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 160C. Lightly brush doughnut pan with oil.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in the liquid. Mix well to form a batter.
  5. Pour the batter in a piping bag and fill each of the doughnut holes ¾ full. Alternatively, just carefully spoon the mixture in the holes.
  6. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until light golden.
  7. Leave to cool in the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. To prepare the glaze, sift icing sugar into a bowl and add strong coffee. Mix until smooth and glossy.
  9. Dip completely cooled doughnuts into the glaze and transfer back on to the rack to let the icing set.
  10. When the icing is set, melt the chocolate by microwaving it in 30 second intervals (stirring after each) until chocolate has melted completely. Pour into a piping bag and decorate the doughnuts as you wish.

Mini doughnuts with coffee glaze
Mini doughnuts with coffee glaze
Mini doughnuts with coffee glaze (6)
Mini doughnuts with coffee glaze (5)
Mini doughnuts with coffee glaze
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