Hand-painted watercolor cakes are all over your Instagram and Pinterest feeds. But unless you want to shell out some serious cash or spend hours DIY-ing, they’re a feast for your eyes alone. Presenting watercolor doughnuts, the easiest (and most delicious) way to jump on the trend, no special paints or brushes necessary.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1⅓ cups whole milk
1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
¼ cup whole milk, plus more as needed
1. Make the Doughnuts: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease two 6-cavity doughnut pans with nonstick spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, vegetable oil and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk well to combine. Stir in the vanilla.
3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt; whisk to combine. Add the milk and mix until the batter is smooth and well combined.
4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans, filling each cavity about halfway full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into a doughnut comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
5. Let the doughnuts cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely, 35 to 45 minutes.
6. MAKE THE GLAZE: In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and milk. (Add more milkas needed to achieve a pourable glaze.)
7. Add 2 or 3 drops of food coloring to the glaze. Use a wooden skewer to swirl the food coloring through the glaze, making a marbled look.
8. Dip the top of each doughnut into the glaze, then invert onto a wire rack. Let the glaze set completely, at least 15 to 20 minutes, before serving.