Super Cute Kawaii Cat Doughnuts by Juliet Sear

  • Total Time

    39m
    • Prep Time

      30m
    • Bake Time

      9m
  • Serves

    12
  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

    Veg
    • Vegetarian

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These lovable cat doughnuts are really fun and easy to make and are a delicious treat! The recipe is for a baked doughnut rather than fried – it’s easy to pick up doughnut pans in store or online fairly cheaply. If you don’t have one you can make them in a cupcake tin – but, of course, there’ll be no hole! Alternatively, you can buy some ready-made doughnuts. If you want to add cheeks, you’ll need some pink candy melts.

 

Kawaii Cakes by Juliet Sear 

(Hardie Grant Books, £10) 

Photography by Jacqui Melville

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C (430F/Gas 9). Lightly grease a 12-hole doughnut pan.

  2. Place all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix well with a whisk to distribute the spices and mix thoroughly.

    • 200g Plain flour
    • 2tsp Baking powder
    • 0.5tsp Ground cinnamon
    • 175g Golden caster sugar (We like Billington's)
  3. Add the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Try not to overmix.

    • 250ml Buttermilk
    • 2 Eggs (Medium)
    • 1tsp Vanilla extract (We like Nielsen Massey)
  4. Pour the batter into a piping bag and fill the doughnut pan until it’s approximately three-quarters full. Do this in batches if necessary.

  5. Bake for 7–9 minutes until baked through and the tops are springy to the touch. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

  6. While the doughnuts are cooling. Melt the white candy melts according to the packet instructions, or in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water – do not allow the bowl to come into contact with the water.

    • white Candy melts in white and any other colours of your choice (I used yellow, pink, green and brown)
  7. To make the little ears, mould small balls of sugar paste or marzipan to make cones – you’ll need 2 per doughnut.

    • 30g black soft peak Royal icing
  8. Dunk the ears in the melted candy and stick them to the top of each doughnut. Chill for 10 minutes in the freezer or 30 minutes in the fridge, keeping the remaining white candy warm.

    • white Candy melts in white and any other colours of your choice (I used yellow, pink, green and brown)
  9. Dunk the ears in the melted candy and stick them to the top of each doughnut. Chill for 10 minutes in the freezer or 30 minutes in the fridge, keeping the remaining white candy warm.

  10. Dunk the doughnuts in the white candy to make the first coating. This will seal the ears in place. Pop onto a wire rack and allow to set for 10 minutes or so.

  11. Melt the coloured candy melts. Dip the cats into the colours for a cute two-tone effect. Leave to dry again on the rack.

    • colours Candy melts in white and any other colours of your choice (I used yellow, pink, green and brown)
  12. To finish, pipe on the whiskers, eyes and smile using black royal icing. These are best eaten on the day they are made.

    • 30g black soft peak Royal icing

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