For as far back as I can remember, I never fully understood the passion for yeast donuts. Those airy, glazed yeast rounds seem to roll right on into every event – from sleepover parties to work birthdays.
You know who never seems to be on the invite list? Cake donuts.
Eating a yeast donut is not nearly as satisfying as one made of cake-like things. I can recall downing two glazed, airy donuts in a row and then forgetting if I had ever even eaten one at all. If it wasn’t for the suspicious crust of glaze stuck to the corner of my mouth, I would have no evidence proving the consumption of any.
You know what you’ll never forget eating? A cake donut.
Those suckers require work to finish, and they leave behind a satisfying lump in your belly to remind you of the wonderful moments you shared together further north on the digestive route.
Dense and heavy, cake donut would kick yeast donut’s ass. It’d probably sit on the yeast fellow and deflate it like a pool inner-tube.
Donut wars. Awesome.
Each one of these glorious cake donuts has a hefty icing of strawberry and vanilla to coat just its topside. They bare only their lower half of fried brown skin, sealing in the moist, yellow crumb buried within.
Now that I think about it, perhaps calling these “old fashioned” is part of the problem with their popularity. Moving forward, let’s call them “Totes the best donuts ever, jelly much?” This should help their street cred with the major hip youth of the world. Oh shoot, did I already ruin it by calling them “hip youth”- damn.
Anyways, today I offer you these dream-worthy breakfast, lunch or midnight snack donuts. Chubby with lots of body, they’re a reminder what real donuts are supposed to be:
White beginning to a golden end? There is magic in these, indeed.
Who needs an oven anyways?
If only they were big enough to float in on a lazy, jammy river.
Line up the perfect bite…you won’t forget it.
Old Fashioned Cake Donuts with Strawberry Jam Icing
Crispy on the outside with moist crumbs on the inside, these donuts are the stuff of dreams. Nestled face first into a pool of sweet strawberry icing, there’s no missing the chocolate here. It’s incredibly soul-satisfying to make them yourself just in case the work parties are packed with those fluffy wannabes.
- 1 1/3 C flour
- 1/4 C sugar
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 C whole milk
- 1/8 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 T butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm
- 1 egg, room temperature
- oil, for frying
Strawberry Jam Icing
- 1/4 C good quality strawberry jam
- 1 T butter, melted
- 1 T non hydrogenated shortening, melted
- 1 C powdered sugar
- 1/8 tsp vanilla
- 1 T heavy cream
- For glaze, whisk strawberry jam to remove clumps. Remove any obtrusively large clumps of fruit prior to measuring if you only have preserves in the fridge. Whisk in remaining ingredients and allow to sit until donuts are done. It will thicken slightly as it cools.
- Preheat oil to 375F. There should be enough oil just so a donut can float freely in a pan without touching the bottom. Set up a cooling rack so donuts may rest after frying.
- Sift together 1 C flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add butter, egg, milk and vanilla paste. Mix with a fork until the two mixtures are just combined. Dough will be wet.
- Sprinkle some of the remaining 1/3 C of flour onto a clean countertop. Scoop dough on top of flour and then sprinkle the remaining flour on top of the dough. Gently knead all ingredients together until combined, no further. If you absolutely need more flour, use some 1 T at a time, but sparingly. The dough will be sticky and soft but should still be able to be very gently transferred to the oil after being cut.
- Pat into a round about 1/3 inches thick. Cut with a donut cutter and place into the fryer until medium brown, flipping at least once. Re-pat remaining dough and repeat.
- Place fried donuts on the cooling rack. Allow to cool before dipping in icing. If you prefer a very thin icing and complete coverage, dip donut entirely in strawberry icing while slightly warm- or melted butter followed by cinnamon sugar, or chocolate drizzle or powdered sugar or…well, anything is going to be amazing on these fried cake donuts! Enjoy!