Growing up our home would always smell of freshly baked cakes, which would always disappear very quickly with three pairs of little hands about. I've never been the best cook or taken that much of an interest in baking probably because I never really did that much growing up. I've been wanting to get into baking and cooking more in the kitchen recently and I really want Amelia to grow up having some memories of creating some family traditions and hopefully she will pass on some of our favourites onto her own children one day. Amelia is always asking to "cook" when ever she gets her apron out so today we got our aprons on and got to work in the kitchen.
Amelia doesn't have the best attention span so I decided we would make something that wouldn't take too long. I recently bought a mini donut maker as I had been eyeing it up for a while so I thought we could make some donuts and they would be easy enough for Amelia to help bake and decorate. When she is older we can use the oven but for now the mini donut maker is perfect for this as it takes no time at all! It only takes about 15 minutes to make a full batch of mini donuts and you can make them in any flavour you like but I'm sure it would be easy enough to bake full size donuts in the oven with a donut tray.
So to start you'll need a Mini donut maker or a donut baking tray which you can buy really cheap on eBay or Amazon. Spray your maker or tray with a cake release spray before you begin. As I used the donut maker I shall share the recipe for that.
FYI as this recipe is for cake mix donuts they won't take like real donuts but they are perfect for kids and parties and much quicker to bake than cupcakes so you can make batches of them up in a variety of flavours. I opted for a plain and chocoalte cake mix this time. Follow the directions on the packet for the next step but it will usually ask to you add in a couple of eggs, some water and vegetable oil and mix. Once you've mixed all of the ingredients together spoon the mixture into the donut maker once it has heated up. I used a large tablespoon for each donut however you could also use a piping bag if you have one as it will easier to squeeze in and less mess to clean up afterwards.
Leave the donuts to bake for around 5 minutes then remove them and place on a cooling rack and repeat the previous step until you have used all of the cake mixture or have as many donuts as you require. I used two different cake mixtures so did the plain one first and then the chocolate afterwards.
Allow the donuts to cool down and pick off any excess around them to make them round. You may also wish to eat a few of them whilst they are still warm. Yum!
The next step is to decorate and Amelia helped me with this part as well as making the cake mix. To make the glaze you will need icing sugar and milk. Pour about 1 and a half cups of icing sugar into a bowl and slowly add milk until you have reached your preferred consistency. I couldn't quite get the right consistency that I wanted I think Amelia added too much milk but it turned out okay.
Now it's time to get dunking! Dunk the donuts into the glaze and allow to dry. If you wish to add sprinkles do so straight away. It's a good idea to experiment with the glaze, if you're wanting it thick or thinner showing the donut. It may take a few go's before you get the perfect ones you are going for. I would recommend waiting for the donuts to cool down before decorating as the glaze doesn't stay on the hot donuts although they do taste great whilst still hot so have a few before they cool down.
and of course, we had to put them to the test!
Amelia and I had a lot of fun making these, and it's such a great activity for young children (and big children too). You could spend the afternoon creating many different flavoured donuts.
Have you made donuts before? What do you like baking with your children?
* In association with Beko
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