Winnie the Pooh Donuts

"Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved."

Winnie the Pooh was a large part of my childhood, and as much as I loved it back then, a new found appreciation for the characters and stories grew as I got older. For me, revisiting childhood favourites is always an eye-opening experience, whether it is discovering new lessons on life and friendship, or finding traits of yourself in some of your favourite characters. 

Taking inspiration from the adorable Disney Tsum Tsum range, I created some unbearably cute baked cake donuts in reminiscence of those times. 

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BAKED LEMON DONUTS
Makes 12 medium donuts

Ingredients

  • 140g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup greek yoghurt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 TBS lemon rind
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup self raising flour

    Lemon Icing
  •  2 1/3 cup icing sugar
  •  2 TBS milk
  • 2 - 3 TBS lemon juice
  • Gel food colouring

    Decorations
  • Almonds
  • Compound chocolate
  • Fondant
  • Gel food colouring
  • Black royal icing
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Directions
1. To make the donuts: Pre-heat oven to 175ºC fan forced. Sift the flour and set aside.

2. Whisk the egg, yoghurt, milk and vanilla in a bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy, then add lemon rind. On low speed, gradually add in the wet ingredients and the flour, alternating each time.

3. Grease donut pans with non stick spray or oil. Transfer batter into piping bag and cut the tip off. Fill donut pans 2/3 of the way full, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Transfer onto wire rack and cool completely before decorating.

4. To make the Icing: Combine sifted icing sugar, milk and lemon juice in a bowl, and whisk until smooth. Using gel food colouring, dye icing into yellow, orange, baby pink and purple. These colours will be the base coat of the donuts. With the leftover icing, create small portions of hot pink, red and beige for the extra detailing; then place them in piping bags. 

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Winnie the Pooh
1.  Dip the pointy end of the almonds in melted chocolate, then stick into the donuts for the ears.
2. When the chocolate has dried, dip into the yellow icing, shaking off any excess. Leave on wire rack to set.
3. Pipe on a dripping effect  with red icing on the bottom section of the donut. Add sprinkles if desired.
4. Add on eye and nose details with royal icing.

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Tigger
1. Dip the pointy end of the almonds in melted chocolate, then stick into the donuts for the ears.
2. When the chocolate has dried, dip into the orange icing. 
3. Roll out yellow fondant, and cut out shapes for the eyes, ears, and nose areas. You can use a thick straw, small fondant cutters, or cut them freehand. Stick them onto the donut.
4. Pipe on eyes, nose, whiskers and stripes with royal icing.

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Piglet
1. Dip the wide end of the almonds in melted chocolate, then stick into the donuts for the ears.
2. When the chocolate has dried, dip into baby pink icing and leave on wire rack to set. 
3. Pipe on ears, nose, and the dripping effect onto the donut with hot pink icing. Add sprinkles if desired.
4. Pipe on eyes and eyebrows with black royal icing.

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Eeyore
1. Dip the pointy corner of the almonds in melted chocolate, then stick into the donuts for the ears.
2. When the chocolate has dried, dip into the purple icing, and leave on wire rack to set.
3. Pipe on ear details with hot pink icing, and beige for the nose section. Cut out the hair details with black fondant, then stick onto the top of the donut.
4. Roll out hot pink fondant, and using a small heart shapes cutter and a small straw, make a bow and place onto the bottom half of the donut. Add on the stitching, eye and nose details with black royal icing. 

Piglet: “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”

Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”

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“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

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Which Winnie the Pooh character would you be? Let me know in the comments below!

Lots of love,
Vickie x