What's Baking: Baked "Funfetti" Donuts with Chocolate Icing

Happy National Donut Day! To celebrate this food holiday, I baked up a batch of "funfetti" donuts with chocolate icing.

I am a big fan of donuts. I'm particularly fond of donuts that come from mom-n-pop donut shops. We had a favorite donut shop back when we lived in Laramie. And I still kick myself that we never tried the donuts at Federal Donuts back in Philly. When we first moved to Rhinelander, there was a small cafe that sold delicious donuts, but three owners later and the donuts are gone. Now, if I want a tasty donut treat from an independent shop, we drive down to Wausau to pick up delicious treats from Kreger's Bakery. They have a huge selection, which means we often end up with a half-dozen donuts between the two of us, because choosing one flavor over another is just too difficult! 

Because making the hour's drive down to Wausau on a weekday morning isn't really the most practical option, I had to bake my own donut treats this morning to celebrate National Donut Day. These "funfetti" donuts get their colorful appearance from a handful of sprinkles thrown into the batter. And to top these donuts off, you can't go wrong with a decadent chocolate icing.

Food blogger confession time: these donuts took a little doing to get exactly right. I originally planned to use a vanilla icing, but the glaze didn't set up exactly how I wanted it to. So, goodbye batch one. For batch two, I opted to change things up and make a chocolate ganache to go on top. But, long story short, the chocolate ganache did not turn out either. (See, not everything in my kitchen turns out magically perfect the first time around!)

So, I finally decided to use a tried-and-true recipe for chocolate icing that adds a little corn syrup for shine, and voila, the donuts were finally ready for their picture-perfect moment. And rest assured, these donuts taste just as delicious as they look.

If you haven't already invested in a donut pan (and they are quite inexpensive), what are you waiting for? This recipe would be a great place to start your own donut-baking adventure.

Baked "Funfetti" Donuts with Chocolate Icing (printer-friendly version)
makes six donuts

For the donuts:
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles

For the icing:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

additional sprinkles for decorating

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
3. Add in the yogurt, milk, egg, oil, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. Stir in the sprinkles.
4. Carefully spoon the donut batter into the prepared baking pan. Fill each cavity about 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until the donuts just spring back when touched.
6. Remove donuts from the pan and let cool completely.
7. While the donuts are cooling, make the icing: In a small sauce pot over low heat, stir together the butter, corn syrup, skim milk, and vanilla extract. Once the butter has melted, add in the chocolate chips and stir until completely melted. Whisk in the powdered sugar and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth.
8. Use the icing immediately to coat the top of each donut. Decorate the donuts with sprinkles if desired.

Need more #nationaldonutday inspiration? Here are a few more donut recipes from my archives.