I am always looking for ways to make at home parties and events more fun and personal. Always loving a good Sunday brunch, I decided to throw one as a baby shower for my sister-in-law rather than the typical lunch or dinner affair. Being me, this involved a number of craft ideas including some for the selection of food I wanted to provide.
The decorations and favors were craft projects I found online, and most of the food was standard brunch fare. Bacon, ham, eggs, pancakes, and crepes were all a part of my menu, along with plenty of coffee and orange juice. The trouble was with the cake. Who eats cake in the morning? Which led to my DIY donuts.
Of course you could always just buy donuts, but that would not do for what I had in mind. My idea was to stack them in a way to resemble a baby shower cake, while making it easy to pull them off individually to eat. Making homemade donuts for this feat just made the whole idea seem fresher and better.
Never Had a Donut?
A donut is a deep fried pastry made using a sweet dough. You can find hundreds of different varieties, even some filled with cream, but for this project I was going for the traditional round donut with a hole in the middle. Some believe that the hole is there because otherwise the donuts will not cook evenly in the center. Taking out the center for me is just an excuse to make more tasty treats to decorate the cake with, but more on that later.
Equipment Needed for Making the Donuts
The number one piece of equipment you need is a deep fryer with thermostat. This is better because they allow you to regulate the temperature of the oil while the donuts fry in the frying oil.
You will also need a doughnut cutter with the hole in the center. Don’t mash that rounded leftover dough back together, but rather put them aside to deep fry after your donuts are done.
A long handled slotted spoon. Even if your deep fryer is small and has a basket, that won’t work when deep frying donuts. You need to pull them in and out of the frying oil using the slotted spoon.
Making the Donuts
Pull a recipe for donuts from online and make your dough. After it has set you can go ahead and heat the oil in the deep fryer and cook the donuts until they are golden brown. Pull them out carefully and let them cool off on waxed paper. You can then ice them and add decorations as you see fit. Now build a “cake” out of graham cracker and icing, and once set, carefully place the donuts on top, stacking them so that only one fourth of each donut is on top of the one underneath. Add your “extra” donut holes as decoration and you end up with a baby shower cake that is perfect for brunch.Read More