Another post, another super talented Veevidly’s contributor! Enjoy this yummy Valentine’s Day themed recipe by Jessica from @luxeandthelady!
About the contributor:
Jessica is a food and flatlay stylist with a foodness for baking, creating, and all things cute. She loves to turn sweets and healthy treats into animals, anything Kawaii (Japanese for cute), and her favorite childhood characters. When she’s not in the kitchen playing with her food, Jessica enjoys working out (especially after all those sweets), traveling, and going to the movies. She lives in Ohio with her fiancé David, and their pet rabbit named Mouse.
Check her IG profile here!
And now I’ll leave the floor to Jessica:
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! I just love all of the pretty pink, heart shaped everything, and, of course, the chocolates and flowers. It might’ve started as a romantic holiday, but in my opinion, it’s the perfect day to celebrate all of your loved ones. Inspired by the memories of classroom valentines, I thought it would be fun to make sweets to pass out to my friends and family this year (plus, homemade gifts are the best kind). These mini strawberry donuts are baked, so you can eat a few without the guilt, and they actually start with cake mix, so making them is literally a piece of cake. I found the cutest tutorial at Sumo Pocky blog, which gave me the idea to decorate them like Hello Kitty (I always love to make my food as adorable as possible).
1 box strawberry cake mix (you can also use white cake mix and add pure strawberry extract to it)
1 large egg
236 grams water
57 grams vegetable oil or melted unsalted butter
Red or pink food coloring
White Chocolate Glaze & Decorations (*adapted from Sumo Pocky):
100 grams white chocolate
Whole raw almonds
Yellow & Black decorating frosting
Red heart sprinkles
Valentine’s sprinkle mix
- Preheat the oven to 218°C and grease donut pan with butter or nonstick spray.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all of the donut ingredients and a few drops of either pink or red food coloring (just 1-2 drops of red will make it look pink), and whisk together for 2 minutes.
- Fill each donut cup about ½- ¾ full (sometimes I have to bake a test batch depending on the type of cake mix that I use to see how much batter to use).
- Bake 4-6 minutes, or until the donuts bounce back when lightly touched. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Cut the bottoms off of the raw almonds to make them each a bit shorter (and the same height).
- Melt the white chocolate (do not overheat). Dip the flat end of each almond into the white chocolate and press 1 on either side of the donut to form ears. Allow to set for a minute, and then dip the tops of each donut into the chocolate. Tap gently on the countertop to get the chocolate to set smooth.
- While the chocolate is drying, carefully add to heart sprinkles to one ear to form a bow. You can also sprinkle part of each donut with the Valentine’s sprinkle mix. Allow the chocolate to harden.
- Use a small round piping tip and yellow decorating icing to pipe little oval noses onto each donut. Then pipe the whiskers and eyes using the black decorating icing and a clean small round piping tip.
Enjoy your pretty Hello Kitty donuts!