Valentine’s Day Donuts – treat your Valentine to a batch of these cute homemade donuts!
I’m sure everyone has a few memorable valentine’s day moments. My guy is a sweetie pie and always makes me feel extra special on valentine’s day.
- 1 cup flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
- 1/3 cup Wilton Candy Melts Light Pink + 1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening
- 1/3 cup Wilton Candy Melts Bright Pink + 1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening
- 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tbsp meringue powder
- 1 tbsp & 1 tsp water
- Plus: gel based food coloring (I used pink and purple)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray, use a paper towel to lightly spread/remove excess spray.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In another bowl combine the milk, egg, vanilla, and oil until well blended. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix just until combined.
- Transfer the batter to a large piping bag or use a ziploc bag with one corner cut off. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each donut hole about 2/3 full.
- Bake the donuts for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the donuts sit in the pan for 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool.
- Remove the donuts from the donut pan and place them on a wire rack to cool.
BASE ICING FOR THE DONUTS
- Melt 1/3 cup of each color candy melts with the vegetable shortening in separate bowls. I like to microwave the candy melts on 50% power for 2 minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds, until they are melted.
- For dipping the donuts, it’s easiest to transfer the melted chocolate to a small shallow dish, but large enough to fit a donut in. While hanging onto the edges of the donut, dip each donut into the chocolate and pause for a few seconds while the donut is upside down to allow to excess to fall off. Allow the donuts to cool on a cooling rack completely before adding hand drawn details.
- Combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water in a small mixing bowl and mix on low speed with an electric mixer until the icing has a matte appearance, about 3-5 minutes.
- Divide the royal icing into a few small bowls, depending on how many colors you want. Be sure to leave some of the royal icing white, if you’d like.
- Begin to decorate the donuts as you desire. I found it easiest to transfer the icing to a small squeeze bottle to add the details. I chose to do one donut of each design: xoxo, dots, love with hearts, all hearts, multi-colored lines, and single colored cross hatched lines.
- Surprise your Valentine with the donuts and put the leftover in an air tight container.