We had an electric donut maker when I was a kid. We did not have the Internet back then or Pinterest so it was harder to score great donut recipes but I remember we did make the ones that came with the unit and we did the best we could without all the help we get today with videos, pictures, oodles of recipes with reviews and more. What an advantage we have today with the online resources and how we can share tips and recipes with people all over the world. Recently, I saw a mini donut maker on Totsy and quickly scooped it up. The unit was the Holstein Doughnut Maker.
It arrived a few days ago and I wanted to make sure that donuts were great, so I scoured the web for donut recipes with great reviews. I found a recipe for glazed chocolate cake donuts at Big Mama’s Home Kitchen Blog. It was a recipe not specifically for an electric donut maker but I figured it should work okay.
2 3/4 cups Devil’s Food cake mix
2 T unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large stand mixer bowl, add all ingredients and mix on medium speed for 1 minute until smooth. Transfer batter into large resealable bag, snip the corner, and pipe into donut pan, filling 2/3 of the way full. Note: This recipe makes 12 donuts, so you will need to make in two batches if you only have one donut pan like me.
Bake for 9 minutes, or until donuts have risen and spring back to touch. Let cool in pan for 2 minutes, then turn pan upside down over parchment paper. Let donuts cool while you make the glaze.
Vanilla Glaze Ingredients:
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan over low heat, add all ingredients and stir until smooth. Place a donut into vanilla glaze, flip over, and use spatula to help glaze sides of donut. Carefully lift out glazed donut with spatula and place back on wax paper. Quickly add sprinkles before the glaze dries. Repeat with all donuts. Let glaze dry completely before serving. Enjoy!
I used the recipe exactly as is and just cooked them for about 3-4 minutes as per the doughnut maker’s instructions. I used a non-stick cooking spray on the doughnut molds. I also filled a pastry bag without a tip to neatly pipe the doughnut batter in the molds on the maker. After I finished cooking all the doughnuts, I made the glaze and dipped the entire doughnut in the glaze and quickly topped with sprinkles before the glaze dried. They were delicious, chocolatey and moist.
The next day I tried an experiment with cinnamon roll doughnuts using the mini-bites dough from Pillsbury. They turned out great and were super easy for a quick morning snack or breakfast treat.
I really like this doughnut maker, it cooks evenly, heats up fast, cooks fast and clean up is a snap. I highly recommend this unit.