It seems like something is always baking at our house. (This is not a complaint, more like a sheepish confession of my love affair with all things gluten.) My little girl pulls her stool up to the counter, we tie our aprons, and we ready the counter for the mess of flour and sugar that’s about to ensue. We have our regular favorites like southern biscuits and Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, but every now and then we like to spice things up. This donut recipe couldn’t be easier, and the simple decorating to transform the treat into Cinderella’s magic carriage gives it a real wow-factor. It’s a fun and delicious Disney-inspired donut that’s guaranteed to win you all the cool points!
Warning: Do not leave unattended, as your child is likely to go crazy at the sight of this combination of two of her favorite things — donuts and Cinderella. My own little girl did a series of twirls, stopped to stick her finger in the icing, and then commenced twirling until she finally fell over in excitement.
Cinderella’s Carriage Donuts
- 1 can pre-made buttermilk biscuits
- Canola Oil, for frying
- Small cookie cutter (about the size of a quarter)
- 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Blue and purple food coloring
- 2 sandwich bags
- Gold sprinkles
- On a lightly floured surface, separate the pre-cut biscuits and use the cookie cutter to remove a circle from the center. Set aside, these donut holes will be the wheels of the carriage. Repeat for each donut.
- Heat 4 cups of oil in a large pot (one that gives you at least 3 inches of room) on medium-high heat (or at 350 F), for about 5 minutes. Being careful not to overcrowd the dough, gently place 2-3 donuts in the oil at a time. Allow the dough to fry about a minute on each side until golden. Remove and place on a paper towel to cool. Repeat until all donuts and donut holes have been fried.
- While the donuts are cooling, mix butter, powdered sugar, and milk with a hand mixer. Add blue food coloring, one drop at a time, until you achieve the desired color. Spoon one tablespoon of blue icing into a sandwich bag. Spoon a second tablespoon into a small bowl and add 1-2 drops of purple food coloring and mix until fully incorporated. Spoon the purple icing into the second sandwich bag.
- Use a knife or spatula to cover the large donuts with blue icing.
- Cut a very small corner off of the sandwich bags and pipe a blue spiral onto two donut holes for the carriage wheels.
- Break 2 toothpicks in half and place a half into each donut hole, attaching them to the larger donut.
- Now, using the purple icing, pipe a few curved vertical lines on the large donut to resemble pumpkin curves. Top with gold sprinkles and serve with a magical wand!