Bake Doughnuts, Not Cupcakes!

By: Michelle Rafferty and Erika Hissong

If you're looking for something other than cupcakes to contribute at your next birthday party, may we recommend Ina Garten's Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts? For a festive twist we added sprinkles to the batter, then replaced Ina's cinnamon sugar topping with frosting and sprinkles. To make the frosting we mixed confectioner's sugar, heavy cream, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and blue food coloring until we got a thick, smooth consistency (we went with electric blue in honor of the birthday girl's favorite color). So, just like plain cupcakes, doughnuts are a great canvas for personalizing decorations.

More Reasons We Loved This Recipe (Plus Photos):

-SO easy! (With the caveat that you may have to go out and buy a doughnut pan. But it's worth it.)

-Impress your friends! (People continue to be amazed it's possible to make doughnuts in your own kitchen. We were once some of those people.)

-Stackability = easier to sneak into bar than cupcakes

-Short prep time and cheap! (We’ll bet you have most of the ingredients in your pantry already!)

-Healthier (At least it was before we made the addition of heavy cream frosting, and you can even serve some naked for super health nuts in the crowd.)

The Batter
Naked
With Frosting
The Center

Have thoughts to share on DIY doughnuts or birthday treat alternatives? Please do share in the comments!

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