Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Baked Carrot Cake Donuts - #EasterWeek2017


Welcome to day 3 of #EasterWeek hosted by Bernadette from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
This week we are celebrating Easter and Bernadette’s blogging anniversary with all kinds of delicious recipes and a giveaway! From appetizers to ham recipes, we have everything you need for a great Easter dinner or brunch, and one lucky winner will receive a $200 Amazon gift card. 

Okay so, carrots. Did you know that you really shouldn't feed your rabbit too many? I didn't. Apparently, they're not nearly as good for them as leafy greens.

Likewise, you probably shouldn't consist on a diet of just carrot cake. Especially carrot cake donuts. Though you might want to. My fiance's aunt is an accomplished baker, and she gave these the thumbs up the other day.

If you don't have a donut pan, get one. These babies are pretty much cupcakes in a more fun shape. Plus fried donuts, while crazy good, are sooo high calorie. Not that these aren't, honestly, I have no idea.

Anyways. Enjoy #Easterweek! Enter via the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card or a handful of cookbooks--my own included!

Today’s Deliciously Perfect Recipes for Easter: 

 Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen 
Green Egg Salad Sandwich from Farm Fresh Feasts

 Main Dishes- Bourbon Maple Turkey Ham from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
 Sweet Pineapple Glazed Ham from Making Miracles 

Baked Carrot Cake Donuts
For the Donuts

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I used bourbon vanilla)

For the Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste)

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a donut baking pan with nonstick spray or coat wells with butter* and set aside.

-In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, carrots, pineapple, coconut, olive oil, vanilla, and eggs.

-Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until just combined. Fill the donut wells until they are just barely full. Bake for 13 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.**

-Prepare the icing: in a stand mixer set on medium-high, whip the cream cheese and vanilla until fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar until the mixture is thick. Slowly add the milk until the desired consistency is reached.

-Spoon into a piping bag or use a knife to spread onto cooled donuts.

*if you do not have a donut pan, you can use a typical cupcake pan
**for a more firm, crispy donut, turn each donut over in their well and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

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  1. Umm. Yes. Please. Come here carrot cake donuts!! I do have a donut pan - and these should definitely make an appearance in them!

  2. I like the pineapple in these! Different taste, yum!

  3. Oh wow, those look SO GOOD! I love carrot cake but can't generally have it because most of the time they have walnuts and I'm allergic. I'm definitely going to have to try these :)

  4. Ashley, I don't have a donut pan but I keep seeing them at the thrift store. You're tempting me to take the plunge! The shape of muffins and cupcakes is all fine and good, but sometimes you just need a donut, you know?