Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cake Doughnut Muffins

I'm sure by now everyone has heard that it rained heavily here in Colorado for many days.  Our state sustained incredible damage from the torrential rains and rushing water. Thankfully my area remained high and dry and the closest we came to the flooding is the NBC news footage. We will definitely have one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. My heart goes out to those affected by this flood.

This past Sunday, I boarded my ark and floated over to Yvette of Muy Bueno's house for a small blogger get together.  It had been far too long since we had one of our blogger brunches and I am so glad that Yvette decided to host us all.

Due to the rainy weather, our numbers were small but we still had some unbelievable food as usual. As you can imagine this gives us all a chance to kind of show off any new recipes that we have come across since we last got together.

In addition to a delicious zucchini and green chile frittata and a big plate of candied bacon by Heather of Rocky Mountain Cooking, we also had some warm brie and fig jam, courtesy of Yvette.  Lea Ann of Cooking on the Ranch brought a beautiful home smoked salmon fillet with horseradish mayo. Holly of A Baker's House kept a level head and furnished a beautiful fresh fruit tray (my arteries thank you Holly). In addition to all of this great food, Godiva sent Yvette a selection of their chocolates for us to sample.  They were all delicious of course, but they have a Aztec inspired chocolate truffle that was my favorite.

For my contribution to our brunch, I brought a basket of cake doughnut muffins.  I usually make these because they are so simple, always underestimating how delicious they are.  These innocent looking little muffins are light and fluffy bites of subtly sweet bakery goodness that you can easily make in your own kitchen.

Usually I just make them in a regular old non-stick muffin tin that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Since I stumbled upon a clearance Wilton doughnut hole pan at Jo Ann Fabrics the other day, this gave me the perfect excuse to prove Mr. Naysayer wrong and actually find a use for it. This recipe makes enough batter for 12 muffins or to fill this 20 doughnut hole pan three times, so this gave me plenty to take to our event and have enough left over for Mr. Naysayer to almost make himself sick on during the Bronco's game. In his defense, you can't eat just one.

So if you are in need of a quick little stunner to make for a back to school coffee morning or need an excuse to use that crazy pan you just bought on clearance, here ya go!

Cake Doughnut Muffins

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 - 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 to 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon kosher salt (or 1/2 teaspoon table salt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 - 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spray a twelve cup non-stick muffin tin, or in my case a 20 cup doughnut hole pan, with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, oil, granulated and brown sugars until they are completely combined.  Add the eggs and beat well.  Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and vanilla.

Add the flour 1/4 at a time, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour.

Pour even amounts of batter into the prepared pan.  Place in the preheated oven. Bake muffins for approximately 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  My little doughnut holes (about the size of mini muffins) took right at 6 minutes to cook.

For the topping, combine sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl; set aside.

While muffins are still warm, brush the tops with melted butter.  Roll muffins in the cinnamon sugar and set aside. Serve while warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 regular size muffins or 60 doughnut holes.


Ansh| Spiceroots said...

OH! How gorgeous are these! They have delicious written all over them. Missed you all.

Karen Harris said...

We missed you Ansh! I hope you came through the floods unscathed. We will have to arrange another meeting sometime soon.

Kirsten@My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

Too bad I missed seeing you all! Let's plan something for cocktails or lunch when Michele and I are back from Germany.
I love this recipe! I think I have the same one, just that I bake it as muffins. So yummy!

Kitchen Riffs said...

These muffins are really a terrific idea! I like the flavor of cake doughnuts, but they're usually too much. These muffins are the perfect size! Glad you escaped the flooding. Anyway, good read - thanks.

Danielle D'Ambrosio said...

We have been thinking of you often as we read the news. I love this idea for muffins - and perfect for a brunch with other bloggers :)

Barb | Creative Culinary said...

I've been lucky enough to have these muffins and can attest to how wonderful they are. So sorry to have missed seeing the group...especially since a bout of something kept me from meeting Lauren too! No fair!! :)

Holly @ said...

These muffins were wonderful-- light and airy and surprisingly no calories either! I wish I had squirreled away some in my purse to bring home with me. Now I'll have to make them myself, thanks for the recipe!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

What a yummy little muffin...I bet there weren't any left at your get together. I'm certainly happy that your area was not involved in the flooding. :)

Daniela Grimburg said...

These muffins are amazing, great idea Karen!
Just looking at them makes me hungry :)

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I was one of those listed who was lucky enough to taste these. They're WONderful. I could have eaten a dozen, but kept it to just a half a dozen. ;) Good to see everyone at the gathering. And I agree about that fruit tray, nibbling on that eased the guilt of the constant snacking on all things sinful made the brunch perfect.

Kalyan Panja said...

Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

Mary Callan said...

These look totally scrumptious! I think my kids would jump out of bed for these in the morning! Delicious!
Mary x

Claire @ Simply Sweet Justice said...

I hope to meet all of you next time! Cake + doughnuts + muffins in one? Yes, please. :)

Nancy said...

I just noticed the cute packaging with the cardboard container and red checked paper. :)

Karen Harris said...

So glad you noticed Nancy. Thank you for sending them to me. I am now working on a use for the others. Look for them soon.

Tamara Coleman said...

Yum! The donut muffins and I could really be friends! :)

Yvette ~ Muy Bueno said...

Those li'l dangerous cake doughnuts were soooo good. I licked the li'l paper after they were all done (don't tell anyone). Thank you for sharing them with us and thank you for coming over and joining us. Lets do it more often!!!

Paula said...

Unglaublich lecker, ich liebe dieses Rezept.