I saw these on the internet while searching for ideas for my 5 year old’s kitten themed birthday party. Apparently these Kitty Cat Doughnuts are quite popular in Japan. So I set on a mission to replicate them at home. I have a little confession to make. I don’t like doughnuts. Or so I thought. The thing is that I had only tried store bought doughnuts… and to me, they were always a bit stale and way too sweet. That’s the reason why I had never made them at home… I didn’t even have a pan for them. So, finding a doughnut pan was the first thing to do. No shop near where I live had one, so I had to order it online. I made baked doughnuts as I needed to make them in advance and freeze them. I always have a lot of work the last few days before a party, so I need to be organised. This recipe worked out perfectly. Even after being frozen, the doughnuts were moist and soft as if just made. To decorate them I used almonds for the ears and candy melts + fondant for the glazing and faces. The final result was quite impressive and both my girls (and the guests) loved them! Meowwwww!
Kitty Cat Doughnuts
Kitty Cat Doughnuts - moist baked doughnuts covered with candy melts that look like... kittens.
- 150 gms – 5 oz. flour
- 110 gms – 4 oz. caster sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 120 ml – ½ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 20 almonds
- Candy melts Vanilla and Peanut butter – ½ bag each
- Pink fondant
Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.
In a jug, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, oil and milk until combined.
My tin is non-stick, but if yours isn't, grease the holes with butter and coat them with a little flour. You can spoon or pipe (but I like to use a measuring jug) the batter into each hole until just over 3/4 full.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160°C – 325°F for 9 minutes.
As soon as possible (but without getting burnt!), ease the doughnuts out of the pan with your fingers. Don't wait too long, because the cooler they get the more likely they are to stick to the pan.
Set the doughnuts aside to cool completely.
Melt your candy melts into 2 deep small dishes. Follow the instructions on the melts to do so.
Dip the almond into the candy melts and press into the doughnuts, for the ears. Let the melts harden.
Once the almonds are secure, dip the doughnuts into the candy melt, then turn back over and let it sit on baking paper until the coating is dry. Just make sure your bowl is deep enough to easily dip the donuts with the almonds sticking out of them.
Once they are completely dry, you can use the other coloured candy melt (with a piping bag) to draw the faces on your cats. I also used pink fondant for the ears and noses.