03 March 2010

chocolate cake doughnuts

So, the other day I was craving brownies. J made mention of cookies, but we had finished the last of the cookies we had. (Which I don't even remember now...that's how fast the desserts rotate in our house.) But since I wanted brownies and J wanted cookies and nobody else was home, there was nobody there to talk me out of it. So off I went to search for a brownie recipe.

I pulled out my trusty Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I was debating whether to make cake brownies or fudgy brownies, when I noticed the suggested glaze for one of the recipes. It referenced a page number, so I flipped over to check it out. Well, guess what happened to be on that page? Chocolate flippin' cake doughnuts.

...Oh...chocolate glazed cake doughnuts...my favorite doughnut of all time from Dunkin' Donuts, which no longer exists in my part of the world. It was a sad, sad day for me when DD left town. Hubs, on a best-husband-ever kind of day, even brought me a dozen from the Dallas airport while on business. He hand-carried that box on the plane all the way from Dallas to Portland, and in it, of course, were several chocolate glazed cake doughnuts. (The name is misleading...it's not a cake doughnut with chocolate glaze, it's a chocolate cake doughnut with plain sugar glaze. And it's awesome.)

Well obviously, I made the cake doughnuts and tossed the brownie idea aside. And I'm soooo glad I did. They were a little bit dark (in chocolate flavor, that is) because I only had dark cocoa, but otherwise they were just like my DD favorite. Swoon.

The recipe is below, but here are some photos to guide you. You make up the dough and chill it for two hours. This is painful, but necessary. Then you roll out the sticky dough on a well-floured surface and cut your doughnut shapes. Reference this post for my choice of doughnut cutting implements.
Then, 2 or 3 at a time, fry them. It looks horrid, but there's really no way around it.
Here's what they look like when they come out.
See, you've got to get your station set up. You have one tray or counter area with doughnut dough sitting on flour. Then you've got your fryer (or electric wok, in my case). Then you've got your paper-towel lined tray for draining after they come out of the fryer. Then you need some wire racks for cooling. (And when you're done cooling and ready to glaze, stick that paper towel tray under your wire racks so the glaze drips on that instead of your counter.) Doughnuts demand a lot of counter space, but I'm happy to oblige in any way I can.
You can just dip the tops in glaze, but if you're looking for authentic DD style, you gotta dip the whole thing in there. You must encapsulate the doughnut with the sweet, slightly crunchy glaze. (I've enlarged my glaze recipe for you to account for this.)

Oh, that first bite was delicious.
So was the second.
Wanna bite?


J I L L A I R E said...

I had one! I liked the dark flavor--it reminded me of Oreos. I hadn't even thought about Dunkin Donuts, but yes, they were similar. It's been too long since college. We had one on campus that worked with our meal cards---until Starbucks took over. I'm not a coffee drinker, so the loss of donuts (and really good blueberry muffins) was a big deal.

Marisa@make*happy said...

You had Dunkin Donuts on campus?? And you could use your meal card there? I'm so jealous. I would have had doughnuts every day.

Anonymous said...

Um, YUM!!! Those look soooo good! Eat one for me k?

p.s. I always love your pictures. They look so nice. Any tips?

Anonymous said...

p.s. I am still loving that cake stand.

Marisa@make*happy said...

Thanks for the photo compliment! Macro is my friend. I use my Macro or Super Macro setting for almost all my blog pics. Plus good daylight or my Lowell Ego light (a tip from Bakerella). I really need to use a tripod more, but I'm just too lazy.

Oh, and LOTS of photos. I take 10-15 photos just to get ONE that I like.

theartistshouse said...

Oh my gosh, it's dinner time and I haven't eaten in a while and those pictures just about made me run to the nearest bakery. Wow, those look amazing. I'm still drooling.

Marisa@make*happy said...

I'll gladly encourage bakery visits. Bring something back for me. :)

Jen @ Just for Rachel said...

Oh man, I want to eat the computer screen those look so good! I wish I could make them tonight, but my husband might just hate me because he's on a strict diet for the next couple weeks. I will have to wait until it's over... Until then, I will just have to drool at the pictures :).


P.S. I found your blog through HoH

Marisa@make*happy said...

Thanks for visiting Jen! The doughnuts ARE that good. Let me know how they turn out when you make them!

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