Hummingbird on High · Nov 4, 2014

Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts

Today's post is a recipe for Jessica of How Sweet It Is, one of the most incredible and seriously kick-ass food blogs out there. Jessica has been one of my favorite bloggers for a few years now — her blog is full of stunning pictures and crazy delicious recipes like chocolate peanut butter fudge stuffed caramel apples (I know, right? I know.) and creamy caramelized leek soup with maple glazed bacon. From the looks of her blog and Instagram, this year looks like it's been pretty exciting for her — in addition to publishing her first cookbook, Seriously Delish, Jessica's expecting a baby!!! AHHH!!!

To celebrate, a bunch of us decided to throw her a virtual babyshower true to Jessica's spirit, filled with trashed up recipes to the max. What does it mean to trash up a recipe? It means going all the way over the top. Like these homemade Shake Shack burgers, but spruced up with pimento peppers. Or these chocolate truffles... rolled in pop rocks candy.

With that, I channeled my inner Jessica and decided to combine two of my favorite foods — oh-so-sweet breakfast cereal (that I really should have grown out of but never did) and donuts — to make these BREAKFAST CEREAL CAKE DONUTS:

I took my classic vanilla bean cake donut recipe learned from Sprinkle Bakes and simply topped it off with a simple vanilla glaze and cereal handfuls from this Kellogg's variety fun pack. I've always, always wanted an excuse to buy one of those fun packs! Almost all my favorite childhood cereals were represented—the only one missing was Cinnamon Toast Crunch—but the rest were there: Fruit Loops, Cocoa Krispies, Frosted Flakes and Apple Jacks.

Although Fruit Loops and Apple Jacks made the prettiest donuts, I decided I liked the taste of both the Cocoa Krispie and Frosted Flake donuts better. But that was just my own preferences — Erlend preferred the Fruit Loop and Apple Jack donuts, stating that they were more "festive". We both agreed, however, that these donuts tasted exactly like cake... that tasted like a bowl of milk and cereal.

And if that's not trashed up, I don't know what is.

So congratulations, Jessica! So, so happy for you two!!! And seriously, what a very lucky baby — that kid is gonna eat all the most delicious food ever.

Some baker's notes:
  • This goes without saying, but feel free to experiment with different cereals! You don't have to stick with the ones I used.

  • You will need a donut pan for this recipe; you can also use a mini donut pan, but bear in mind that the recipe will probably leave you with around five or six dozen mini donuts. No, really.

  • Be sure to eat these donuts immediately after decorating with cereal — cereal goes soggy and stale fast, especially when it touches something liquidy like the glaze. These donuts won't keep well for more than 3 hours. If you must make in advance, make the cake donuts first and store them unglazed in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Glaze and top with cereal immediately before serving — the glaze should come together in less than 10 minutes. You can even have an interactive sort of breakfast where people can glaze and top their own donuts too!
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