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In case you haven’t noticed, I love doughnuts. Honest to goodness, sometimes I get up in the morning and I whip up a batch without blinking an eye. While the coffee is brewing, I am working on some doughnut concoction. On this particular morning I just wanted a plain chocolate cake doughnut. With marshmallows. And coconut, and sprinkles, and…

And I didn’t have sprinkles!

I’ve been working on a couple of projects with my daughter, making lots of sparkly things with whatever we can find, including sprinkles, and that’s where they all went. I didn’t realize that until after the doughnuts were done. I was disappointed, but only for a minute. Who needs sprinkles when you have shredded coconut and food color. Thus, these Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Marshmallow Fluff and Shredded Coconut were born.

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The only complaint I had about these doughnuts was about the color of the “sprinkles”. Ana, my 3 year-old, was upset that the shredded coconut wasn’t a color of her choice. When I asked her what color she wanted, she said orange because, “Hawoween is coming!”. I explained to her that Halloween was 3 weeks away and we had plenty of time to make these doughnuts again. Every day since I told her that, she has been asking me, “Is today Hawoween?”. I forgot that 3 weeks to a 3 year old could mean now, tomorrow, next month…

You know what I plan to do with these chocolate doughnuts the next time around? Add peanut butter with the marshmallow fluff and make it a fluffernutter doughnut!

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ENJOY!

Chocolate Doughnuts with Marshmallow Fluff and Shredded Coconut

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 Doughnuts

Ingredients

    For the Doughnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • For the Topping
  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • Food Color (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Lightly grease a doughnut pan.
  • In a medium-sized bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and cocoa powder; set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine egg, vanilla, milk and sour cream; beat on low just until incorporated.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the milk mixture and mix with a spoon just until combined; don't overmix.
  • Pour the batter into a piping bag with a wide tip and pipe into doughnut holes.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the top of the doughnut springs back when touched.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for two minutes, before inverting onto a cooling rack. Let cool.
  • In the meantime prepare the shredded coconut with the food color, if using.
  • Put the shredded coconut in a ziploc bag, add 3 drops of food color in the ziploc bag, seal it, and work it with your fingers until completely colored.
  • Spread Marshmallow Fluff on top of doughnut and top with shredded coconut.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Best when eaten same day.
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  1. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    Brilliant idea to add color to the shredded coconut! I smile at your post because I can barely put hot water in my teapot before having that first sip of tea so whipping up doughnuts seem a miracle to me first thing in the morning. :) These are gorgeous, Kate!

  2. Terra October 18, 2012 at 9:10 PM - Reply

    I love the idea of coloring the shredded coconut, so much better than sugary sprinkles. Your doughnuts look fantastic! AND your daughter is adorable! My niece is the same way, I say I will see you next week…and she always says “is that tomorrow?” LOL!!! Sending hugs your way, Terra

  3. Liz October 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM - Reply

    Oooh, I love purple coconut sprinkles a whole lot better than regular sprinkles!!! These sound fantastic! Time to dust off my doughnut pans :)

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes October 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM - Reply

    These doughnuts are fantastic with purple coconut sprinkles.

  5. Lora @cakeduchess October 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM - Reply

    Where do I begin??How about with me trying a couple of these now;)Love the fabulous and pretty topping!

  6. Nami | Just One Cookbook October 18, 2012 at 1:27 AM - Reply

    Um even my four year old daughter keep asking when is Halloween party. Gahhh! I told you 1000 times!!!

    Person’s real creativity only comes out when you don’t have anything. It was such a gorgeous idea that you used shredded coconut AND I LOOOOOOVE the purple color! The pictures look so beautiful. Purple is my daughter’s favorite color too along with – of courses- pink. ;) I’m jealous you love donuts and you look fit!! =)

  7. Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM - Reply

    Beautiful doughnuts, I love the coconut topping!

  8. Kankana October 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM - Reply

    Anna is so cute :) I am sure she will love your halloween version of the doughnut!

  9. Kim - Liv Life October 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM - Reply

    We have a sprinkle thief in our house… I have a feeling it has to do with one 13 year old sprinkle loving girl who tends to pour a few tablespoon fulls into a bowl and simply eat them. As such, our sprinkle supply is always low.
    We have just discovered how easy it is to make donuts!! I haven’t found “the” recipe yet, but we only have two tries under our belt. Today Liv is “sick”, so we have a day of baking planned as she skips school to “get better”. Somehow, I think sprinkles and donuts will make everything ok!

  10. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite October 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM - Reply

    Looks like I’m going to need to make doughnuts soon! I’m so glad that you are making lots of sparkly items with your daughter.

  11. Ramona October 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM - Reply

    I would love a taste of this batch and the next batch with the peanut butter. YUM!! I’m excited for a Halloween version too. :)

  12. Carolyn October 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM - Reply

    Not a huge fan of marshmallow fluff, but those donuts look mighty tempting!!!

  13. baker street October 17, 2012 at 8:07 AM - Reply

    Oh my! This is topping my must bake list! I love everything – chocolate, the marshmallow fluff and the shredded coconut – EVERYTHING! Absolutely delicious! :)

  14. You know, I’ve never made doughnuts. I think I’m too afraid that I’ll be disappointed in the fact that they’re baked, not fried. :) These look so delicious though…it makes me want to give them a try, especially to be able to make these for Dudette…they’re almost like s’more doughnuts!

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