All right ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your witches hats as I present to you my super spooky spiced pumpkin flavoured Spiders Nests! Baked donuts seem to be all the rage at the moment and my mum is producing some pretty delicious ones out of her kitchen… so I have decided to jump on board, get creative, experiment and create my very own Halloween themed baked donuts.These are the perfect show stopping treat for any spooky celebration!
Spiced Pumpkin is not a very common flavour in Australia, but seems to be dominating my Instagram and Pinterest news feeds thanks to all of my American friends! I have developed this recipe with a subtle spiced pumpkin flavour that gives the donuts a brilliantly vibrant, perfectly halloween orange colour! Then to top things off a caramel glaze onto to really compliment and sweeten the spiced pumpkin donut.
For this recipe I knew I wanted to develop a pumpkiney delight…. but if you are like me and live in Australia, getting your hands on tinned pumpkin is unfortunately not such an easy task. For this recipe I followed the queen of all thing butter, baking and blogging: Ree Drummond’s “The Pioneer Woman” Pumpkin Puree.. if you are lucky enough to grab some canned stuff, then by all means go ahead and use it!
Also I completely understand that I am always up for a challenge, however if all of this pumpkin and spices are too much for you… a simple packet cake will also do the trick! Chocolate mud cake or a basic vanilla with caramel glaze would be just as good! Baked donuts are all the rage at the moment, so there are plenty of donut pans around… I piked mine up from good old Big W!
For my cute little chocolate spiders I melted some good quality dark chocolate and popped it into a piping bag with just the very tip cut off. To make things easier I took the time to draw some spider patterns on the underside of my baking paper, that way all I had to do was follow the lines! Give them a good amount of time to set and firm up before trying to remove them from the baking paper.
How cute are they!!….. don’t look too close, I haven’t followed the lines very well!
It is always fun to jump into the kitchen and push my boundaries… I must admit I had a few goes at this recipe before I was happy with it! Working with the spice pumpkin was very different as well as being new at baked donuts. It is an honour and my greatest happiness to develop and share with you all my recipes and I hope you enjoy. Let me know below in the comments your thoughts on my latest creation.
Have a beautifully “spooky” weekend everyone.
Spiced Pumpkin Donut Spiders Nests
Spice Pumpkin Donuts:
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree *see notes*
- 2 Tbs butter melted
- 1/4 cup butter milk
- 1 CupBrown Sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tbs Butter
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)
- 2 Tbs Milk
Spiders Nest Decoration:
- 100g Dark Chocolate
- 1 packet of Persian Fairy Floss
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare 2 donut pans by well greasing all donut holes with butter or canola spray
- Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and all spices into the bowl of an electric mixer
- Add sugar, egg, pumpkin, melted butter and buttermilk
- Mix on medium speed until all ingredients are combined
- Spoon into prepared donut baking pans and bake for 9-10 minutes
- Remove from pan and place on a wire wrack to cool
- For the Caramel Icing: In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, and water to a boil over medium
- Remove from heat and add chopped butter, stirring to incorporate.
- Whisk in milk and icing sugar until smooth- mixture should be a thick yummy icing.
- Top each donut with Persian fairy floss and chocolate spiders (See notes above for instructions on chocolate spiders)
* For this recipe I knew I wanted to develop a pumpkiney delight…. but if you are like me and live in Australia, getting your hands on tinned pumpkin is unfortunately not such an easy task. For this recipe I followed the queen of all thing butter, baking and blogging: Ree Drummond’s “The Pioneer Woman” Pumpkin Puree.. if you are lucky enough to grab some canned stuff, then by all means go ahead and use it!