Mmmm . . . donuts! Here in Canada we have Tim Horton’s and once a year they reward us nutty Canucks with their “Rrrrroll up the Rim” contest. Roll your r’s when you say it!
Supposedly, you have a one in six chance to win things like RAV4′s, BBQ’s, TV’s and gift cards, but I’m just happy when I will a free coffee, or DONUT! The contest usually runs for March and April, or until the cups run out (I assume) and unfortunately when I went through the drive thru a couple days ago, I had a plain cup. No more “Rolling Up the Rim” for us in Cranbrook. So now that I have my stock pile of cup liners that were winners, it’s time to cash them in!
My absolute favourite baked good from Tim’s is their Tea Biscuit, which is basically a scone and when I went to use my free donut for it, I was told I couldn’t. ”You can get a muffin, cookie or donut, maam”. What? Not a tea biscuit? Fine. A donut it is. If you force me, and twist my arm, I’ll order a deep fried, covered in chocolate ganache, ooey, gooey delightful bite of goodness. I contemplated the most bang for my buck (piece of cup). . . the Long John (sprinkles AND chocolate), the Boston Cream (chocolate and bavarian cream) or the Canadian Maple (bavarian cream and maple ganache). I went with the Maple Cream and it was delicious!!
So, with donuts on the brain, I present to you the Donut Cake!
In this video we show you how to make a doughnut (donut if you will) cake using our vanilla cake recipe and topping it with chocolate ganache and sprinkles.
Keep reading for the recipe.
To make your own donut cake :
One batch of cake batter (it can be any kind, box or scratch) For this recipe, I used my Homemade vanilla cake recipe: http://youtu.be/XaNELscDtms
A donut cake pan (or regular 8″-9″ round pans)
Raspberry preserves (any fruit version will do)
One batch of chocolate ganache
How to Make a Donut Cake:
Bake your cake in a donut cake pan (These can be found in a variety of places. I got mine at the Superstore). If you don’t have a donut pan, you can make it in a round cake pan, and carve out the hole in the middle when it’s done baking.
When the cake has cooled, level it so that each half is flat. By the spoonful, spread the preserves onto the bottom half of the donut, and add the top half (upside down).
Make the chocolate ganache in a double boiler, or in the microwave. For this recipe, I use corn syrup instead of butter as it helps with the shine and fluidity of the ganache.
Once you have it made, pour it onto the top of the donut cake as you see fit. Make sure you get the sprinkles on the top before the ganache sets.