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3rd Blogiversery Vegan Doughnut "Cake"

Be a rebel from the norm by celebrating your next event with this towering pile of fresh and fun doughnuts!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rising time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

Doughnuts:

  • 2 cups warm water or almond milk not hot
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups all purpose flour
  • about 2 quarts of oil for frying

Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • sprinkles white or dark chocolate, natural food dye, cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with beater attachment (or a large bowl), dissolve yeast in milk (or water) and allow to sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly. Beat in sugar, then butter and salt and baking powder until combined. Add about 4 cups flour, one cup at a time, until your dough comes together and pull away from the sides. Now switch the attachment to a dough hook and add up to 1 cup more flour as need until the dough is smooth and resilient. Cover bowl with a damp towel or plastic wrap and place in warm place to rise until doubled in size. (Alternatively, you can refrigerate the dough overnight.)
  2. When dough is ready, roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a layer about 1/2 inch thick. Use a circular cookie cutter with a diameter of about 3 inches (or you can use the mouth of an inverted cup) to cut out circles. (Feel free to use any cookie cutter shapes you'd like. I used a heart, a flower, and a 3.) Place the doughnuts on a tray and allow them to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. After they've been rising for close to 25 minutes, heat oil to 350 degrees F (180 C) in a deep fryer or wide pot and line a plate with paper towels. Drop doughnuts, a few at a time, gently into oil and fry on each side for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on prepared plate.

Glaze:

  1. Whisk the milk, vanilla, and salt in a medium mixing bowl until completely smooth. Add about 3 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar and stir well. As you remove the hot dounghnuts from the grease, allow them to cool for a few moments until you can handle them but they are still hot; dip them into glaze. Set them on a parchment lined tray to dry.

  2. After you've glazed all the doughnuts, stir in the melted coconut oil to the glaze and add the remaining 1 cup powdered sugar. Pour the thickened icing into one or more shallow dishes and add either natural food coloring or a small amount of cocoa powder to your taste/color preference. Dip the tops of doughnuts one by one in your glazes and place back on tray to dry. Sprinkle on any toppings you want such as chocolate, sprinkles, or even cereal is fun!

Doughnut "Cake":

  1. To make them into a "cake" you literally just stack them onto a plate in whatever arrangement you'd like and for my topper I used a few wood skewers, one for "3" doughnut and two for some flags.