Valentine’s Day Slice and Bake Cookies {Video + Recipe}

Valentines Day Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

I’m pretty obsessed with this cookie style right now. I’m so obsessed that I’m posting them twice in a row!! They are basically my signature slice and bake cookie as far as I’m concerned. I first came up with the idea when I was trying to think of a rainbow dessert that wasn’t full of tons of food coloring. I’m in no way against food coloring, but sometimes you feel the need to lighten it up! So I came up with these rainbow swirl slice and bake cookies. After coming up with those I realized that these cookies would be perfect for so many occasions and holidays! I made them for Super Bowl 50 and swirled the team colors inside while wrapping the edges in matching sugar crystals. And only a week later I’m back with a Valentine’s Day version. These cookies are simple to put together but to make the process super clear, I made a video tutorial to help! So grab my recipe, and follow my pictorial or my video below.


Valentine's Day Slice and Bake Cookies {Video + Recipe}
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups vegetable shortening, such as Crisco
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1¼ tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. clear vanilla extract
  • gel food color
  • sprinkles, optional
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the shortening and powdered sugar.
  2. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix to combine. The dough will be crumbly.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until dough forms.
  4. Follow my blog tutorial or youtube video for coloring and forming dough.
  5. Freeze your logs of dough for at least ½ hour.
  6. While your dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Slice your dough into about ½ inch wide slices.

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Super Bowl 50 Slice and Bake Cookies {Recipe}

Super Bowl 50 Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

Are you ready for some football? When I first came up with this cookie concept, I was trying to develop and simple but really pretty rainbow dessert. I used the concept of a marble cookie but instead of swirling chocolate into the dough, I swirled different colors of gel food coloring. Those cookies came out perfect on the first try and I knew I had a winner. I could not wait to use this technique again! In honor of Sundays Super Bowl, I made a batch of cookies in the competing teams colors. The Carolina Panthers are black and turqoise so I used Americolor super black and sky blue to create the swirl. I rolled those cookies in Wilton black and blue crystal sugar sprinkles. To create the Denver Broncos cookies, I swirled in Americolor orange and royal blue gel food color. Then I rolled the cookies in Wilton orange and pearlized blue crystal sugar.

Slice and Bake Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

After mixing my dough, I divided the dough into 2 sections (one for the Pnathers team colors and one for the Broncos team colors) and worked on one at a time. For full directions on creating these cookies, see this previous post. For more fun football desserts try my football shaped whoopie pies and my chocolate sandwich cookies with mint chocolate ganache. Here is my dairy-free slice and bake cookie recipe:

Super Bowl 50 Slice and Bake Cookies {Recipe}
Serves: 36 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups vegetable shortening, such as Crisco
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1¼ tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. clear vanilla extract
  • gel food color
  • sprinkles, optional
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the shortening and powdered sugar.
  2. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix to combine. The dough will be crumbly.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until dough forms.
  4. Follow my blog tutorial or youtube video for coloring and forming dough.
  5. Freeze your logs of dough for at least ½ hour.
  6. While your dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Slice your dough into about ½ inch wide slices.
  8. Arrange your cookies cut side up on cookie sheet, spacing them apart because they spread.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies no longer look wet.
  10. Enjoy!
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Vanilla Rugelach {Recipe}

Vanilla Rugelach | Lil Miss Cakes

I actually shared a recipe for vanilla rugelach on joyofkosher.com about 4 years ago. It is a really popular recipe because they are insanely good! But I personally haven’t baked them in a long while. My brother in law loves these vanilla rugelach from a certain bakery in town, but he recently moved away. So when I was getting ready to visit I figured I should probably bring him some, but not store bought. Homemade obviously. I started by mixing up a batch of my favorite sweet dough, the dough I use for my famous cinnamon buns. Then I pulled up my recipe on joyofkosher.com and realized that I had originally made some changes to that dough by adding some vanilla pudding mix. Whoops! I was not about to make another batch of dough so I continued with the recipe. It worked beautifully so I don’t think I’m going to bother with the other dough recipe anymore. I don’t always have vanilla pudding mix in the pantry and it’s really not worth the hassle or extra cost. Originally I was dividing the dough in half, making 32 huge rugelach. Some of the comments on the original recipe actually mention that they were quite big. So this time around I divided the dough into 6 portions. This makes 96 perfectly sized sweet rugelach.

Tray of Vanilla Rugelach | Lil Miss Cakes

The next update to the recipe to the recipe is not actually in the ingredients but how the rugelach bake. I used to space the tiny pastries on the tray, but the sugar was baking out and all over the tray. I noticed that in Israel they bake their rugelach much closer together, almost like cinnamon buns. I figured they probably know what they are doing so I packed my rugelach onto the baking tray with just a tiny space in between each one. I wanted them to have a little room to puff up and rise. This baking method is genius because the sugar has nowhere to go-keeping the rugelach sweet, moist, and gooey. The last change I made what to the sugar glaze that I brush on as soon as the rugelach come out of the oven. Instead of using simple syrup, I mixed up equal parts of clear apple jelly with water and warmed it on the stove until the jelly melts and dissolves into the water. You can certainly use sugar instead of the apple jelly, but the jelly gives the rugelach a bit of a shine and some added sweetness. These pastries are really easy to make and freeze so well! I made a quick video just to show you how I roll out, fill, and shape these rugelach.


Vanilla Rugelach {Recipe}
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Serves: 96
 
Ingredients
Dough
  • 2 packets (4½ tsp.) dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water (90 to 110 degrees)
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 4½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or margarine, melted and cooled
  • ¾ cup soy milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Filling
  • ¾ cup margarine, melted
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup vanilla sugar
Glaze
  • ¼ cup apple jelly
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
Dough
  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add in the dry yeast, warm water, and sugar and whisk to remove lumps. Let stand for 5-10 minutes until foamy and bubbly. If it doesn't "proof" then discard and start over (the yeast is dead).
  2. Once the yeast is alive, add in 4 cups of flour, the oil or melted and cooled margarine, soy milk, sugar, eggs, and salt.
  3. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together and is smooth, about 5 minutes.
  4. Once the dough comes together form the dough into a ball, rub oil all over and place in a clean oiled bowl. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rise in a warm place for about an hour.
  5. Once your dough doubles in size, divide it in 6 pieces and work with one piece at a time.
Filling
  1. Melt the margarine and set aside.
  2. Mix the sugars in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Roll your dough out thin on a lightly floured surface. Try to roll the dough into a round shape.
  4. Using a pastry brush, brush a thin layer all over the dough.
  5. Sprinkle a layer of sugar over the entire piece of dough.
  6. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 16 wedges .
  7. Starting at the widest part of each edge, roll up each wedge of dough.
  8. Transfer the rugelach to a parchment lined baking sheet. Make sure the end of each rugelach is tucked underneath so they don't open while baking. The rugelach should be placed close together on the baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to an hour.
  9. Bake the rugelach for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F. Until the rugelach are golden brown.
Glaze
  1. While the rugelach are baking, prepare the glaze.
  2. In a small pot, add the apple jelly and the water. Heat over a low flame until the apple jelly is melted.
  3. As soon as the rugelach come out of the oven, use a heatproof pastry brush to brush the thin glaze all over the rugelach.
  4. Allow to cool on the tray and enjoy!

 

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Rustic Wedding Cake

Rustic Wedding Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I rarely work with buttercream cakes, I much prefer working with fondant. But the couple getting married was having a rustic backyard wedding and dreamed of having a simple yet elegant cake to match. Making the buttercream look rustic and perfectly imperfect is so much harder than it sounds! Luckily I was able to achieve the look I wanted without too much trouble.

Sugar Peony Flowers | Lil Miss Cakes

The top of the cake was to have a few simple flowers. Here I made three sugar peony flowers from white gum paste. I don’t make my peonies with actual instructions, I just add petals until I like the look of them. I attached the flowers to a round disk of gum paste and placed that on top of the cake. Green gum paste leaves were added in between the flowers.

Sugar Flowers Cake Topper | Lil Miss Cakes

The final touch was some shimmery green petal dust that I added to the centers of the flowers. It gave the flowers a bit more dimension. I love how this cake turned out, I can’t believe I was so nervous to pull this off.

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Stacked Book Teachers Retirement Cake

Teachers Book Stack Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I love making this cake! I have made one just like this before for another teacher retiring. I didn’t make it exactly the same as the last one, I had to change the design up just a bit but a few elements definitely needed to stay. Book cakes are fun to make and work for a variety of occasions. Here’s one to celebrate a graduation and another to celebrate a big birthday!

Gum Paste Loose-leaf Paper | Lil Miss Cakes

I had to include the edible lined paper cake topper. I cut these pieces out of thinned out gum paste. I cut them into two different sizes and added holes down one side using a round piping tip. I cut the bottoms of the pages at an angle so they would look staggered on top of the cake instead of straight across. I used a blue and red edible marker and a ruler to make the lines on the page. I made some pink rubber erasers out of pink fondant that I molded by hand. The pencils were made in advance so they would be firm enough to pop out of the cake. I know that pencils wouldn’t actually be sticking out of books, but I love how this looks! It gives great height and dimension.

Stack of School Books Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

The middle book cake is my favorite one because I sponge painted it to look like a black and white marble notebook. Remember those?! So classic. I also included some chalk and an eraser. The chalk was made by rolling some fondant or gum paste in a long even rope and cutting it in different lengths to give some interest. The eraser is made from black fondant that I shaped by hand. I used a corn starch duster to tap some corn starch onto the eraser to look just like chalk dust.

Chalkboard Cake Board | Lil Miss Cakes

The cake board brings the whole cake together. I used some black royal icing and spread it all over the cake board. I used a thicker consistency royal icing for some additional texture. I used white gel food coloring and a food-safe paintbrush to paint on the message. The additional chalk dust was dusted on with more corn starch.

Stack of School Books Cake  Lil Miss Cakes

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Something Sweet Cookbook {Review and Giveaway}

Something Sweet Cookbook | Lil Miss Cakes

If I were to write a dessert cookbook, I would want it to be exactly like this one. My friend and fellow food blogger, Miriam Pascal, has worked tirelessly for months on her gorgeous cookbook debut. I had been talking to Miriam throughout the process and am blown away by how much work it takes to put this all together. Miriam shares her kitchen talents on her blog Overtime Cook. She understands that nobody has time to spend hours in the kitchen and tailors her recipes to be quick, simple and impressive. Over the years she not only perfected some amazing recipes, but she also honed her photography skills and took every photo in her cookbook.

Here is some exiting trivia for you: I baked 3 of Miriam’s recipes for her to photograph for this cookbook! The chocolate celebration cake, bakery style cake donuts, and the cookies decorated with royal icing were all done by me using Miriam’s recipes. How cool is that?! I’m so happy to help and I would love to do it again.

“Something Sweet” is really the perfect baking resource. It includes notes about every essential kitchen tool, recipe ingredient substitutions, and baking tips and tricks. Most of the recipes in this stunning book are new, but Miriam did include a few of her readers favorite recipes that were originally posted on her blog.

While Miriam does it all in the kitchen, this book specifically focuses on desserts which I am really excited about. There really is a lack of good kosher dessert cookbooks on the market. Although all the recipes in the book are strictly kosher, these desserts will appeal to everyone; especially those with dairy sensitivities. Nearly every dessert category is covered from cookies and bars, cakes and cupcakes, muffins and pastries, pies and tarts, desserts and party treats, candy and chocolate, drinks and frozen treats and finally, frosting and toppings. She even included a healthy, dairy-free pie crust recipe!

As a cookbook lover, I have read many, many cookbooks. This one has a perfect layout. The recipes are easy to read and the directions are very clear.  Each and every recipe is accompanied by a high quality color photo. A few of the recipes have step-by-step photos to make those possibly complicated steps really easy to understand.

I can’t wait to dig in to these delicious dessert recipes, but the few that immediately caught my eye are the fruity pebble cookies, snickerdoodle bundt cake, cinnamon cheese buns, cookie dough fudge pie, cookies n’ cream stuffed waffles, and chewy sea salt caramels.

Do you want a preview? This recipe for Neapolitan Trifles from Something Sweet by Miriam Pascal, is reproduced with permission from the copyright holders, ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications.

Neapolitan Trifle Recipe from Something Sweet | Lil Miss Cakes

Neapolitan Trifles | Something Sweet Cookbook
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Serves: 12-14
 
Ingredients
Chocolate Crumbs
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup oil
Strawberry Mousse
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream or nondairy whip topping
  • 1 cup strawberry pie filling, pureed
  • 8 oz. cream cheese or soy cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup sour cream or soy sour cream
  • 1 tsp, vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Vanilla Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream or nondairy whip topping
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
Prepare the chocolate crumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Combine all crumb ingredients in a bowl. Mix until combined and the texture of crumbs. (I found it easiest to mix this with my fingers.)
  3. Spread the crumbs in a single layer on prepared baking sheet; bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven; cool completely before assembling the trifles.
Prepare the strawberry mousse
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, on high speed, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form.Remove whipping cream to another bowl. There's no need to wash the bowl before continuing.
  2. Add pie filling, cream cheese, sour cream, and vanilla to mixer bowl. Beat on medium speed until combined and smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat until incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture until combined. Set aside.
Prepre the vanilla cream
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, on high speed, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until combined.
Assembly
  1. Place crumbs into a 6-ounce jar or cup, filling it about one-quarter full, Spoon or pipe strawberry mousse over crumbs, filling container a little more than three-quarters full. Pipe on vanilla cream, filling container almost to the top. Repeat with remaining jars.

Plan Ahead: These trifles freeze beautifully. Move them into the fridge for a couple of hours before serving to allow them to soften a bit.

Now for the giveway sponsored by Artscroll/Mesorah Publications!  One lucky reader will win a free copy of Something Sweet.  Contest open to US mailing addresses only.  One winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends  at 11:59PM EST on Monday, December 28, 2015. Please provide a valid email address; winner will be notified via email. Winner has 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

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Peanut Butter Frosted Jelly Donuts {Recipe}

Peanut Butter Frosted Jelly Donuts | Lil Miss Cakes

I love putting a flavor twist on traditional dessert recipes. In the past I have shared my recipes for pumpkin donuts with marshamallow graham cracker glaze, cinnamon bun stuffed donuts, and a mint chocolate cookies and cream donut (which happens to be baked). But this recipe isn’t really outside the box like those. I simply added a peanut butter frosting to a classic and traditional Hanukkah jelly donut. Now I love peanut butter and jelly, they are a match made in heaven. I’ve shared my recipe for peanut butter and jelly hamantashen which are made with a peanut butter cookie dough and filled with delicious jelly. That’s what I tried to do with these donuts. I really wanted to fry up a peanut butter donut and fill it with my favorite jelly. But after lots of research and even more trial and error I realized that peanut butter dough just doesn’t want to be fried.

Peanut Butter Frosted Jelly Donuts

I finally went with a simple peanut butter frosting on top of a classic jelly donut. My husband really wanted this combo from the beginning. He doesn’t like peanut butter flavored things since they lose the signature sticky, thick peanut butter texture. These donuts taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and the peanut butter texture is definitely there. I made the frosting thick but you could always thin the frosting out and turn it into a peanut butter glaze. Those would also be amazing! Enjoy the simple and dairy free recipe for these donuts!

Peanut Butter Frosted Jelly Donuts {Recipe}
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Serves: 16 donuts
 
Ingredients
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Jam or jelly for filling
Dough
  • 2 packets yeast (4½ tsp.) I use active dry.
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¾ cup soy milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
Peanut Butter Frosting
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼-1/2 cup water
  • ½ tsp, vanilla extract
Instructions
Dough
  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix the yeast with the warm water and 1 tsp. sugar. Stir until no longer lumpy and set aside to proof and bubble up; 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile add the ¼ cup sugar and the salt to the bowl of an electric stand mixer.
  3. In a microwaveable bowl warm the vegetable shortening with the soy milk until the shortening has melted. Pour the shortening/milk mixture over the sugar/salt mixture and stir to melt. Allow to cool until lukewarm.
  4. Add the flour and eggs into the mixer bowl. Then finish off with the yeast mixture. Mix on low using the dough hook until the dough comes together. Once it's pulling off the sides of the bowl, set the mixer to medium low and mix for about 6 minutes.
  5. Grease or oil a large clean bowl and scrape the dough mixture inside.The dough will be sticky, but don't add flour! Grease your hands to better work with the dough.
  6. Cover in plastic wrap and set in warm place to rise for one hour.
  7. Once the dough has risen, roll the dough out and cut circles using a 2½- 3 inch round cutter. Set the circles of dough on a floured and parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel.
  8. Allow to rest in a warm place for 30-45 minutes.
  9. Meanwile heat the vegetable oil in a heavy bottom pot or deep fryer. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F.
  10. Once the donuts have rested and risen for a second time and the oil has reached it's temp, fry the donuts for 1 minute on each side. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  11. Fill the donuts with your favorite jam or jelly. I use a piping bag fitted with a Wilton number 230 filling tip. It is long and skinny with an angled front to allow easy filling.
Prepare the frosting
  1. In a bowl stir the peanut butter with the powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly add in the water until it's spreadable. Spread or pipe the frosting on the donuts. You can also thin it enough to make a glaze and pour over the donuts.
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Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Donuts {Recipe}

Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Donuts | Lil Miss Cakes

I can’t believe I haven’t shared my chocolate baked donut with you yet! These are amazing-if I do say so myself. The great parts of this recipe: easy to make, no frying required, donuts look perfect every time. Negatives: they aren’t fried, and you need a donut pan. But once you have a donut pan, you will find yourself using it all the time. Try muffin recipes in it for a fun twist on the original. I only have one donut pan and this recipe makes 18 so I needed to bake 3 rounds, but they bake quickly: 10 minutes each and then they just pop right out, so I never felt the need for more of these pans. I also have the mini donut pan and I really don’t recommend it. The donuts just don’t bake nicely, they come out funny looking and making minis is just a pain. I would stick to the regular size; it works fabulously. These donuts are light and fluffy in texture, but very chocolaty and rich in taste. They definitely need to be served with a tall glass of cold milk. These donuts get their minty flavor from peppermint chocolate sandwich cookies. The cookies are filled with crushed up peppermint candy and are insanely good! They are a seasonable item so get them while you can! I won’t tell you how many boxes I am hoarding right now, it’s embarrassing! If you can’t get the cookies, you can use regular chocolate sandwich cookies with a teaspoon of peppermint extract. Here’s my easy, dairy-free baked donut recipe!

Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Donuts {Recipe}
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Serves: 18
 
Ingredients
Donuts
  • ⅔ cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup non-dairy sour cream (such as Tofutti Brand)
  • 1⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint chocolate sandwich cookies
Icing
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼-1/2 cup cold water
  • green food coloring, optional
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint chocolate sandwich cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using baking spray grease a donut pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl whisk the cocoa powder with the hot water until dissolved.
  4. Stir in the baking soda and sour cream and set aside.
  5. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the brown sugar with the margarine and shortening until light and fluffy.
  6. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  7. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and beat on low speed for a few seconds.
  8. Pour the cocoa mixture into the mixer and mix until smooth and combined.
  9. Stir in ½ cup crushed cookies (from about 4 cookies).
  10. Pipe the batter into the donut pan filling most of the way up.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes until the donuts spring back to the touch.
  12. Allow to cool before icing.
  13. Icing
  14. Pour the powdered sugar into a large bowl.
  15. Drop in a tiny bit of green food coloring.
  16. Slowly add the water and stir until smooth. Keep adding water a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  17. Dip the donuts in the icing, and top with crushed cookies. Alternatively, drizzle or spread the icing on top.
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Cinnamon Bun Stuffed Donuts {Recipe}

Cinnamon Bun Stuffed Donuts | Lil Miss Cakes

Oh my goodness, guys-I think I just won Hanukkah. Now let me start off by apologizing for sharing these the day that the holiday starts, but you really can’t rush greatness! Lucky for us, Hanukkah is 8 days long so there is still time to work these epic donuts into your schedule!

Cinnamon Bun Donut | Lil Miss Cakes

Now I wish I could tell you that this recipe came out perfectly on my first try. I was actually working on another flavor idea and couldn’t get the dough to work. So I thought I would try using my cinnamon bun dough because that recipe is amazing and it’s my most requested dessert. But then once I was using that dough my friend mentioned that I should just fry my cinnamon buns. I wasn’t so into that idea because that is basically just a fried cinnamon bun or coffee roll if you frequent Dunkin Donuts. That’s when the genius hit me! What if I stuff a cinnamon bun inside a donut and fry it?! It was not as easy as I thought. For one thing, my cinnamon bun dough is way to sweet and heavy. Perfect for baking, not so great in the fryer. There goes batch number one, into the garbage right out of the fryer. On to round two: finding a better recipe. I found one that was so similar to my original bun recipe, it just cut down on the amount of sugar and used a little less shortening instead of my butter/margarine. This recipe was similar to Alton Browns recipe but without all the weighing so I  knew I was on to something. This new dough recipe turned out to be perfect! But my method now needed tweaking. I was rolling my cinnamon buns my usual way, cutting them into pieces and wrapping them in more dough. After letting them rest, they would fry up beautifully. But the centers were raw…insert sad face here! I was really going to give up-I was not only 2 batches deep in terrible cinnamon bun donuts, I didn’t even mention the 3 batches of my previously failed attempt at an interesting flavor combination.  5 batches of donuts in, I almost gave up. Aren’t you glad I didn’t?!

Cinnamon Bun Donuts | Lil Miss Cakes

It turns out that you need to bake the cinnamon buns before you stuff them inside more dough and fry them. Otherwise you end up with raw donut centers. I don’t know of anything worse! So, that is definitely a downside of this recipe-they take some time and patience. But here is the good news-you only need to make one batch of dough. And you can plan in advance-make the dough and bake the cinnamon buns. Next day, take your buns, stuff them in some raw dough and fry! The icing is completely optional, but cmon…you got this far-the icing is the easiest part! Here is my dairy-free, perfectly epic cinnamon bun stuffed donut recipe. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Bun Stuffed Donuts {Recipe}
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
Dough
  • 2 packets yeast (4½ tsp.) I use active dry.
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¾ cup soy milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
Filling
  • 2 Tbs. margarine, melted
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. cinnamon
Icing
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼-1/2 cup water
Instructions
Dough
  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix the yeast with the warm water and 1 tsp. sugar. Stir until no longer lumpy and set aside to proof and bubble up; 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile add the ¼ cup sugar and the salt to the bowl of an electric stand mixer.
  3. In a microwaveable bowl warm the vegetable shortening with the soy milk until the shortening has melted. Pour the shortening/milk mixture over the sugar/salt mixture and stir to melt. Allow to cool until lukewarm.
  4. Add the flour and eggs into the mixer bowl. Then finish off with the yeast mixture. Mix on low using the dough hook until the dough comes together. Once it's pulling off the sides of the bowl, set the mixer to medium low and mix for about 6 minutes.
  5. Grease or oil a large clean bowl and scrape the dough mixture inside.The dough will be sticky, but don't add flour! Grease your hands to better work with the dough.
  6. Cover in plastic wrap and set in warm place to rise for one hour.
  7. Once the dough has risen, cut off ⅓ of the dough (about 12 ounces if you have a kitchen scale) to make your cinnamon buns. Set the rest of the dough in the fridge.
Cinnamon Buns
  1. Grease a 12 cavity cupcake pan and set aside.
  2. On a well floured surface roll out the dough you just portioned off. Roll it into a rectangle about 12" wide and 6" tall.
  3. Melt the margarine and brush over the dough.
  4. Sprinkle the dough with the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. Roll the dough into a log, you are rolling the long side up so your log is still 12" long.
  5. Once rolled up use a serrated knife or bench scraper to cut the buns into 12 pieces.
  6. Place each bun in one cavity of the cupcake pan, cut side up/down.
  7. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Once the buns have risen, bake for 10-12 minutes until just lightly brown. You don't want to overbake-these will still be fried.
  10. Remove the pan from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes and then carefully pop the buns out of the cupcake pan. The sugar will be extremely hot so your best bet is to flip them out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  11. Allow these to cool completely.
  12. Once the buns are cool, remove the reserved dough from the fridge.
  13. Divide the dough into 12 portions (just under 2 ounces each). Flatten each piece, I used well floured hands but you could use a rolling pin.
  14. Place one bun pretty side down on the flattened dough. Carefullly wrap the dough over the bun and pinch the seams together at the bottom.
  15. Set the donut to rise seam side down on a floured parchment lined baking sheet.
  16. Once all 12 donuts are formed, cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  17. While the donuts are rising, heat your cooking oil. I use vegetable oil but use any oil with a high smoking point.
  18. Heat your oil to 350 degrees F. Proper temperature is everything: too cold and your donuts soak up all the oil and become greasy. Too hot and your donut is burning but the inside is raw.
  19. I use a deep fryer because it will regulate the temperature for me, if you don't have one-make sure you have a really good thermometer and keep a close eye on it.
  20. Fry the donuts for about 1 minute per side.
  21. Carefully remove from the oil and drain on a sheet pan lined with paper towels.
Icing
  1. Once your donuts have cooled (if you haven't eaten them all yet) measure the powdered sugar into a bowl.
  2. Slowly add a bit of water at a time until you have a thick icing consistency. I went thick with these but you can thin the icing out more if you are looking for more of a glaze.
  3. Dip, drizzle, or pour the icing onto your donuts.
  4. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon for an added touch and enjoy!
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Nurse Cake

Nurse Cake | Lil Miss CakesThis cake has become pretty popular since I made it, yet I have not gotten around to posting it here until now. Better late than never though! I wish I had shared it here earlier because now I cna’t remember exactly how I constructed it. I definitely made a paper template to carve the cake because I still have it, but I don’t exactly remember which size cakes I baked. Oops sorry!

Fondant Stethscope | Lil Miss Cakes

I covered the whole cake in this pretty light green fondant. I think I used mint green and a touch of sky blue gel color to create this color. I love making these edible fondant stethoscopes. I’ve made a few doctor cakes (you can see them here and here) and I always include them. I start with gray fondant for the metal parts. Then after shaping and placing on the cake I paint them with silver luster dust to give them some sparkle.  The black parts are just black fondant that I buy pre-colored. I also added a little name tag that I cut out of fondant. I piped the lettering on with some black royal icing.

Fondant Pockets | Lil Miss Cakes

At the bottom of the cake I added two pockets. To make the pockets I cut a rectangle out of the same green fondant. Then I folded part of the rectangle down and used a quilting tool to add some stitching detail. I added that same detail on the sleeves. I couldn’t leave the pockets empty so I made a scissor pop out of one side and a blister pack or medication on the other.  The scissors are just two “P” shaped thin logs of fondant. The medication was also simple to make. I rolled out a thin piece of gray fondant and cut it into a rectangle, slightly rounding the corners.. Then I used the same quilting tool and detailed around the edge. I also made two straight lines down and a few across to create a grid. Then I cut the pills out of red fondant using the end of a straight piping tip. I glued them on with a little sugar glue. That’s pretty much it-simple yet fun!

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