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Happy holidays! The past two weeks have been a little crazy…in a good way! It all started a few months ago when I attended the Etsy road show. I was inspired by all the DIYs and really wanted to start a side business of my own DIY of baked goods. My friends suggested I could start with selling Christmas cupcakes since the holidays were approaching.

I got super excited, it used to be what I wanted to do before I found my current profession. So I re-designed my blog, re-branded with new logo, made business cards, designed cute little round stickers, and posted an ad on Facebook. Now the hard part…who would actually buy my cupcakes? I am so thankful for having such supportive friends and coworkers. They’ve shown so much support through ordering and helping me shamelessly promote them. Thank you so very much. I truly appreciate it <3. I ended up completing around 5 orders. It was enough to keep me busy on weeknights and weekends. I couldn’t have done it without the help of the boyfriend. He did endless amount of dishes. Thank you love 🙂

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Now let’s talk about doughnuts. I felt like I’ve baked enough of cupcakes (for now =P). So to end the year off, I decided to bake something I’ve never done before – doughnuts! They are so novel, I don’t even have a category for them on my blog. I guess they are quick breads. Or maybe they fall into the cake category cause they have a cakey texture? Or maybe they are muffins cause the techniques are similar? Or I should just make a new category for them…I’ll think about it as I write the rest of my blog.

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Fried donuts are delicious obviously but I did not have the proper equipment to fry donuts in my apartment. So baked donuts it is! It’s also healthier. This recipe I tried was amazing! They are full of eggnog flavour! I think they will be the perfect breakfast choice on Christmas morning. Side note: I recently started to grate my own nutmeg…mmm…I am never going back to pre-grounded nutmeg ever again!

I also can’t get over how cute these gingerbread men sprinkles are.

Because these turned out so well, I made matcha donuts too! I then assembled them into a gift box for my girlfriends. I thought it would be a cute Christmas present for them cause I’ve never made them donuts before ^_^.

Merry Christmas and happy new years all!

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Eggnog Doughnuts with Rum Eggnog Glaze

(Recipe from: Savory Simple) – Makes about 6 doughnuts

Ingredients
for the doughnuts
5 ounces (1 cup) all-purpose flour
⅓ cup granulated sugar
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup good quality eggnog
1 large egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

for the glaze
3 tablespoons good quality eggnog
1 tablespoon dark or spiced rum
1½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a doughnut pan with butter.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the ½ cup eggnog, egg, vegetable oil and vanilla.
  4. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Spoon the batter into the pan, filling each doughnut only ¾ of the way.
  6. Bake for 7 minutes. Turn the doughnuts onto a cooling rack and allow them to cool.
  7. To make the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar into the 3 tablespoons of eggnog and rum. Dip each doughnut halfway into the glaze and allow the glaze to set. (I dipped them again after the first layer of glaze dried – the glaze will be more translucent after the second dip!)
  8. Top it off with sprinkles of your choice!

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