Is it just me or did Mardi Gras sneak up out of nowhere? I think because it was so much later last year I was thinking I had more time to prepare a couple of recipes for you. Mardi Gras isn’t something I go all out for, I probably would if I lived in New Orleans, how could you not?! I do however enjoy having my bowl of jambalaya (that recipe is coming tomorrow) and a little something sweet like these King Cake Baked Doughnuts!
So why didn’t I just make a King Cake you’re asking yourself? Easy, I don’t need a whole cake sitting around in my kitchen begging for me to eat it. I can just see it now. I start by taking a little slice to give it a taste, then an hour later I pick off another little piece, and then by the end of the day half the cake is gone. Anyone else had that happen? I lack some serious self control when there are baked goodies in my house!
These King Cake Baked Doughnuts were the perfect solution to my cake weakness. I could still have all the flavors of the King Cake, but in a smaller amount. If you’ve never had a King Cake here’s the scoop on it. The yeasted cake dough is similar to a sweet danish type dough. It’s in a wreath shape, full of cinnamon flavor, covered in icing, and often has a plastic baby doll inside or underneath the cake. Well I took all of those elements minus the wreath shape and hiding a plastic doll inside (sorry I couldn’t find one) and made these delicious little King Cake Baked Doughnuts!
Since the dough is yeasted, it does take a little extra time to make them because they need to rise, but it’s totally worth it. The doughnuts are light and pillowy and exploding with cinnamon flavor. While the doughnut itself is delicious, the glaze is what really sends these King Cake Baked Doughnuts over the top. The glaze is mostly made up of powdered sugar and vanilla, but being that it is Mardi Gras I spiked it with a little bourbon! The bourbon adds an amazing smokey, boozy, flavor to the doughnuts and it’s perfect with all the cinnamon. If bourbon isn’t your thing simply replace it with milk or water, but I highly recommend the bourbon, live a little my friends, it’s Mardi Gras!
Whether or not Mardi Gras is your thing, it is fun to make a couple traditional and slightly untraditional dishes to celebrate. These King Cake Baked Doughnuts are the perfect slightly untraditional, but just as delicious treat to make. Bake a batch of these doughnuts to share with friends, coworkers, or family, and get in the New Orleans spirit!