Pineapple Donuts

Pineapple Donuts

To celebrate my new logo (designed by the wonderful Grace Ficke) I made pineapple donuts! The pineapple in the logo was just a rough draft Grace had put together but I loved it so much, I couldn't let her change it. I named him Chris Pineapple. Can't you see the resemblance?

pineapple donuts | sarah makes stuff

These are easy peasy. I whipped up a batch of mini donuts with my little donut maker, but you could even make these with store bought cake donuts if you don't have a donut maker or pan. Once you have your donuts, you make up a quick yellow icing. 

pineapple donuts | sarah makes stuff

Then you just dip...

pineapple donuts | sarah makes stuff

and dot with black frosting to make the pineapple bodies.  (I recommend just using a pre-made black frosting.)

pineapple donuts | sarah makes stuff

To make the stems you melt some green candy melts and pipe out little stem shapes.

pineapple donuts | sarah makes stuff

Then you make a little slit, well really really it's a gaping stab wound, big enough for the bottom of your stems to fit in.

pineapple donuts | sarah makes stuff

Insert the stems and voila!!! You got yourself a fineapple donut ;)

pineapple donuts | sarah makes stuff
pineapple donuts | sarah makes stuff
pineapple donuts | sarah makes stuff

DONUT INGREDIENTS
 
140 grams (1 cup) all-purpose flour
100 grams (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 egg
115 grams (1/2 cup) milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp vegetable oil
6 ounces green candy melts

DONUT ICING INGREDIENTS
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 drops of liquid food coloring

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DONUT INSTRUCTIONS
Sift dry ingredients together. Add egg, vanilla, and milk and beat 1 minute with electric mixer.

Add oil and continue to beat 1 minute more.

If using a donut maker, fill and bake donuts according to your donut maker. This is the donut maker I have. It was a cheap, impulse buy around Christmas a couple years ago. I'm SURE there are better ones out there. 

If using a donut baking tin, spoon the batter into baking tin. Place in oven preheated to 350 F oven and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean. Take out of the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before taking out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make icing (recipe below). 

Dip donuts into icing. Place on cooling rack with parchment paper underneath to catch the icing that drips and let dry. Dot with black frosting. Set aside.

Melt candy melts per instructions. With a piping bag fitted with a No. 1 round decorating tip, pipe out stems onto parchment paper. I made five leaves with a thick stalk at the bottom. Make enough for the amount of donuts you have. Let dry completely.

Once dry, with a paring knife, make a slit in each donut just big enough for the stems and insert stems.

DONUT ICING INSTRUCTIONS
In a small bowl, mix sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth and the sugar has completely dissolved. 

Add in food coloring and continue mixing until the color is uniform. 

Quickly dip donuts before it starts to dry out. If it does dry out, just add a little more milk until it's the right consistency.

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