Spiced Cake Doughnut - Recipe

Really early weekend mornings are few and far between for me. I generally like to curl under my covers for a while and snuggle with my daughter after she's woken up and comes padding into my room clutching her blanket. We usually cuddle and talk with each other until she decides she is ready for milk, then we finally make our way to the kitchen. Occasionally, there is a morning that I find myself awake anywhere from 3:30 to 5:00 or so and completely unable to fall back asleep. Today was one of those mornings.

Last week I ordered some Norpro cake doughnut pans from Amazon, one for normal sized doughnuts and one for mini doughnuts. So this morning I thought I'd put them to the test. They turn out these perfectly adorable, perfectly shaped cake doughnuts. They don't look exactly like the ones you'll find at your local grocery store, and they don't get that brown exterior that frying gives them. I made half a batch of Spiced Cake Donuts in the normal doughnut pan and half a batch of Chocolate Cake Donuts in the mini doughnut pan.

These are so easy to make and they take very little time to whip up. I just dipped them in a simple vanilla glaze, and they look so cute.  The chocolate recipe needs a little tweaking, but the Spiced Cake Donuts turned out lovely. I'll try a few modifications to the chocolate recipe before I share a recipe.

Spiced Cake Doughnuts

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/cup white sugar
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp shortening

Preheat oven to 325 F
Lightly grease a doughnut pan with shortening.
In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.
In a smaller bowl, mix milk, eggs, and vanilla.
Add wet ingredients and shortening to dry ingredients and mix together until well blended.
Fill each doughnut hole approximately 3/4 full, I'd recommend putting the batter in a ziploc bag and snipping a corner to fill the pan, or use a pastry piping bag. Try not to get batter up the sides or over the top of the middle.
Bake 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until doughnuts spring back when touched. 8 minutes for mini doughnuts.
Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.
Dip doughnuts in glaze.

Vanilla Glaze

1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tbsp hot water or warm milk
1/tsp vanilla extract

Mix ingredients together until there are no lumps are left.

While I was making doughnuts this morning, I couldn't help but remember this commercial for Dunkin Donuts from when I was little.


Children's Chairs

Since I was making over the rocking chair and had all the supplies and tools out to cover seats. I went ahead and covered two other seats at the same time.

We picked up two of these chairs at a garage for $5 for the pair.  They are wood, except the seats were cheap laminate with a plastic edging. Ick!

Kirsten loves the little chairs and will drag them up to the coffee table for puzzles or snack. I cringed every time I saw the seats.

So, they were treated to the same foam, polyfill sheet, white cotton fabric treatment as the rocking chair seat. It is highly probable that they'll be painted one day, but I need to get an accompanying table for them first.  Depending on what I find for a table may dictate how I handle these chairs.

I like the covered seat much better than the laminate and plastic that was there before.

So, she has two little chairs, now I just need a small table to go with them and she'll be all set for tea parties or arts and crafts.

Rocking Chair Makeover

I thought I should stop for a bit and actually share some of what's been going on around here. I've been working on all sorts of little projects for Kirsten's big girl room. The first project was a complete makeover of a rocking chair we bought at a garage sale.

It was only $13 and I knew I'd be painting it when I bought it. It was an old child's rocking chair that had been black at one point, then painted green.

Originally, I was going to try to salvage the seating, and just replace it one day when my daughter killed it. After turning it over though it looked as if it had sat in water possibly. So I decided to go ahead and replace it. A few minutes with a hammer and screwdriver later I was looking in between the caning and I'm so very glad I chose to replace the seat. It has definitely sat in water at some point. Ick!

So, left with just the bones of the chair I spent a few days sanding, priming, painting and hubby helped me build a new seat for it. I painted the chair in Valspar Signature Waverly Clean White in an eggshell finish. I wanted it to have very little sheen, but still be able to wipe it. 

Her name is painted in a blend of a pink and white I had on hand, so I don't have a paint name for it. I wanted a very pale pink, so it wasn't obvious unless you were within a few feet of the chair. It turned out exactly how I imagined.

We measured and cut a leftover piece of plywood we had in the garage to fit for a seat. I covered it with a piece of foam cut to fit and sheet of polyfil and finally white cotton. I covered the bottom with a piece of outdoor fabric cut to fit the size of the base of the seat. I didn't want threads or bits of fabric or foam or anything exposed that she might be tempted to pull at.

I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out! Most importantly though, Kirsten LOVES her rocking chair.

And the before and after again. This was the first little bit of furniture I've tackled, but I have a bunch more to share this week.  We've been busy here!