1 ½cupsall purpose flourregular or gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend
2teaspoonspure vanilla extract
For the Glaze
2cupspowdered sugarsifted if any lumps
Food coloringsee notes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two (6 cavity) non-stick donut pans with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
In separate bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, butter, egg, and vanilla extract.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined; do not overmix.
Divide the batter between the donut pans– filling each cavity halfway full. TIP: using a piping bag makes this quick and easy.
Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove the donuts from the oven and allow them to sit in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. The mixture should be thick, but able to coat the top of the donuts. If it is too thick, add another tablespoon of milk. If it is too thin, add ¼ cup of powdered sugar.
Add the food blue coloring (see notes) and mix to combine.
Dip the top of the donuts in the glaze, allow any excess to drip back into the bowl. Place them back on the wire rack to set. Allow the donuts to set for 10 minutes before adding the speckles.
To make the speckles, combine 1 tablespoon of water with 4 drops of black food coloring. Mix to combine.
Dip a clean pastry brush in the black mixture and flick it using the fore finger on the opposite hand to ruffle the bristles at the donuts to create speckles. NOTE: cover any exposed surfaces as this process is messy and the dye can discolor counter tops and clothing.
Allow the donuts to sit for another 10 minutes before serving.
Enjoy immediately or store in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator or room temperature for up to three days.
Food coloringWe used Americolor gel color Robin's Egg #187. Other options pastel blue or teal blue gel coloring from Wilton. Or mixing a few drops of blue with a drop of green food coloring (preferably pastel blue and pastel green if possible). Pro TipsUse a disposable piping bag to add the batter to the donut pan. You can also cut a corner off of a gallon zipper top plastic bag and squeeze the batter through the end of the bag.Practice speckles. Before trying speckling on the donuts, practice on a paper towel to get the hang of it. It helps to decide how far from the donut surface for the desired effect.How to StoreStore in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 3 days. Best eaten just after making them.