January 5, 2012

Donut Maker

My son received a Babycakes Donut Maker for Christmas. The one we have makes 12 small donuts at a time. I should have taken by own picture of the device because I can't find the right picture online. Doesn't it figure? Anyway, we decided to make chocolate donuts the other night. We used the recipe included with the instructions.

Chocolate Donuts
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Stir dry ingredients together in mixing bowl. Add egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.
  2. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 2 tablespoons of batter.
  3. Bake about 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean.
  4. Glaze or coat with powdered sugar, as desired.
Makes approximately 28 donuts

Tip: If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, pour 2¼ teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar into a glass measuring cup.  Add milk to equal ¾ cup. Allow to stand 5 to 10 minutes, then use in place of buttermilk in this recipe.

We used a disposable decorator bag to fill the reservoirs with the batter. This worked perfect and made it very easy to not overfill the reservoirs. We resisted the urge to check on the donuts while they were cooking and 4 minutes later we had perfectly cooked chocolate donuts.  We dipped them in a chocolate glaze.

The verdict?

They were good but I was disappointed with the flavor of the batter. It was bland and not as fluffy as I hoped it would be.  I've heard you can use a regular cake mix to make the donuts but I'm not sure if that will be the right texture either.  So I'm on the hunt for the perfect donut batter recipe!

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