Valentine Donut Cupcakes

This past week, I had some fun experimenting with an exciting idea and a new mini donut maker! I eagerly awaited the arrival of my Amazon package containing this new piece of kitchen equipment. Then over the weekend, I got in the kitchen and began crafting this Valentine-themed creation.

All of the components came together perfectly. Chocolate cupcakes. Raspberry filling. Buttercream icing. And the best part of all…homemade mini donuts! I had so much fun icing and sprinkling and designing these cute little donuts to place atop the delectable cupcakes.

If you are looking for something fun, unique, and delicious to make for this Valentine’s Day, I’ve got you covered with these adorable treats! These would be a blast to make with your kiddos as well, as they could have fun with decorating their own mini donuts.

The first step is to prepare the components. Whip up a batch of chocolate cupcakes using your fav recipe, or a cake mix (I used a mix to make the whole process just a bit faster!).

Next, I would say to make your donuts. This batter is very simple, and it produces a golden brown donut that is not too sweet so that you can add your glazes to get just the right amount of sweetness. Put your batter into a zipper freezer bag and cut the tip off one of the corners, using this to easily pipe the batter into each donut mold in your mini donut maker. Then close the contraption and wait for the magic! I set the timer for 3 minutes, flipped the donuts, and cooked them for an additional 2 minutes to achieve an even amount of browning. Then remove the donuts to a wire rack and repeat!

While donuts cool on the wire racks, you can start working on the glaze. I made two glaze recipes, one chocolate and one vanilla. I split the vanilla glaze and colored one half pink and the other half red. I then dipped the mini donuts in the glazes, sprinkled some, and let others dry before I drizzled them with a different glaze to mix up the designs and colors. You can get as creative as you want with this part!

While the donuts dry completely, make the buttercream. You are then ready for assembly! Using a medium sized piping tip, press it into the middle of each cupcake and remove it along with the cake from the center. Fill the indention with raspberry jam and return the cake core to the top. Using a large round tip, pipe the buttercream onto the cupcake. Lastly, place a mini donut on top.

Oh cupcakes, you donut know how much I love you.

Valentine Donut Cupcakes

You will need:

  • 24 chocolate cupcakes
  • 1 recipe Donut Batter
  • 1 recipe Chocolate Glaze
  • 1 recipe Vanilla Glaze
  • 1 recipe Creamy Buttercream Frosting
  • Seedless raspberry jam
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Assorted Valentine sprinkles

For the Donut Batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

For the Creamy Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar (about 8 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Donut Batter Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add the milk, eggs, vanilla and oil and mix until batter is smooth.
  3. Add batter to disposable decorating or zipper freezer bag, cut the tip of bag, and pipe batter directly into each mold of donut maker.
  4. Close the lid and cook for 3 minutes, flip each donut, and cook for an additional 2 minutes (the instructions for your donut maker may have a slightly different cook time).
  5. Remove cooked donuts to wire rack to cool, and repeat the process until all batter is used up.

Chocolate Glaze Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a double boiler over medium heat, whisking until smooth. *Tip: I used a makeshift double boiler by placing all ingredients in a glass mixing bowl and setting it atop a saucepan on the stove filled partially with boiling water.
  2. Remove glaze from heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes before using.

Vanilla Glaze Instructions

  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Add milk, starting with 2 tablespoons, adding more if needed until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Divide glaze into two bowls, using just a bit of the red gel food coloring to color one half pink. Use more red food coloring to color the other half red.

Donut Decorating

  1. Dip cooled donuts into the different glazes, topping some with sprinkles and leaving some plain. Once the glazes have mostly dried, you can drizzle the tops of the donuts with alternating glazes.

Cupcake Assembly

  1. Using a medium sized piping tip, press it into the middle of each cupcake and remove it along with the cake from the center.
  2. Fill the indention with the raspberry jam and return the cake core to the top.
  3. Using a large round tip, pipe buttercream onto filled cupcakes.
  4. Top each cupcake with a mini donut.

Makes 24 cupcakes

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