Strawberry Rose Cake Donuts and a Virtual Baby Shower

These soft, fluffy, and luscious Strawberry Rose Cake Donuts make the perfect dessert to celebrate Katherine’s Baby Shower party, coming spring…or just any other day!

Hey all. I will keep it simple and classy today. Afterfall, this is not about me – we have gathered to honor Katherine and the amazing event.

Why Strawberry Rose Cake Donuts, you might ask? That wasn’t an easy decision, indeed. Honestly, the pink theme has baffled me. That’s not exactly my color. I had had a plenty of the “blue-themed” ideas, but the pinkish food made me think (I even thought to cheat a bit and make something lavender which is my kind of story. However, I decided to be strong and stick to the pink color.)

Instantly, I thought of Nanaimo bars as this totally made sense. Katherine – Canada – Nanaimo bars. The only one odd thing in this connection was the fact that Katherine lives in Alberta, and asking her move to British Columbia, for a strong dramatic effect, sounded a bit too drastic. This is not a completely honest answer, though. The truth is that although raspberry or strawberry, or any other pinkish Nanaimo bars sounded lovely, both Andrey and myself prefer more decadent desserts (I know what you think – you’re an egoistic dude, Ben! This party is supposed to be about Katherine, not about your personal tastes. Guity.) Besides, those Nanaimo bars would have been overly sweet.

My next idea was pink choux pastry, but I ended up creating these Red Velvet Profiteroles for Valentine’s day. Similar idea? Not comilfo.

As a result, I opted for these Strawberry Rose Cake Donuts. Although I am not a huge fan of strawberries in baked goods, they turned out delicious! Since it’s hard to find fresh strawberries with a distinctive flavor in winter, I decided on using some dried berries. I think this worked out well as the dried strawberries introduced more texture. And being a huge fan of rose water, I had no doubt to pair it with strawberries.

Well, I guess I should wrap it up as I promised to keep it simple today.

Once again – congratulations, Katherine! And please, if we have another baby shower for you at some point, would you please consider having the blue-themed party? :)

Strawberry Rose Cake Donuts and a Virtual Baby Shower

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

    Donuts
  • 1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • a little pinch of baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons golden sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted + some additional buter (or cooking oil spray) to grease
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried strawberries, roughly chopped
    Glaze
  • 1 (or a bit more) cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp of rose water or more, to taste
  • few dried strawberries, chopped

Instructions

  1. Soak the dried strawberries in warm water, for about 20 minutes. Drain and chop.
  2. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees F (215 degrees C).
  3. Butter holes of donut tins and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together first five ingredients.
  5. In a separate bowl, using a whisk, blend together the melted butter, sugar, oil, vanilla extract, for one minute. Add the milk and the strawberries. Stir the wet mixture in the dry ingredients and mix just to combine (don't overmix!)
  6. Spoon butter into donut wells, filling them about 1/4 inch from the rim. Bake in the preheated oven 7-8 minutes.
  7. Let the donuts cool in the tin for a couple of minutes then transfer them to a wire rack and completely cool.
  8. In a small bowl combine the rose water and 1 cup of powdered sugar gradually adding either more sugar or rose water (milk, water) to get the desired consistency. Whisk until smooth and nice and glaze the cooled donuts. Sprinkle with the white strawberries.
  9. Let the glaze set or gobble up immediately :)
  10. Enjoy!

Notes

havocinthekitchen.com

http://www.havocinthekitchen.com/strawberry-rose-cake-donuts-and-a-virtual-baby-shower/

Meet our guest of honor: Katherine! Katherine blogs over at Love In My Oven and is the proud momma to two boys and a soon-to-arrive baby girl!!

You don’t need to know Katherine to join in the fun, just enjoy all of the pink themed recipes the bloggers are bringing to the party! Scroll down to see what the bloggers are sharing, and click on the links to hop over to their blogs to check their recipe out.

7-UP RASPBERRY PINK PUNCH from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats

BEET GOAT CHEESE PHYLLO ROLLS from Looney For Food

YUM YUM SHRIMP WONTON CUPS from Give it Some Thyme

ROASTED BEET AND GOAT CHEESE PASTA from Robust Recipes

PRETTY IN PINK PARTY MIX from Tiny Kitchen Capers

ROASTED BEET AND WHITE BEAN HUMMUS from Crumb Top Baking

IT’S A GIRL BABY SHOWER CAKE from The Sugar Coated Cottage

MELTING MOMENTS COOKIES WITH RASPBERRY BUTTERCREAM from Sugar Salt Magic

STRAWBERRY MOUSSE CUPS from The Beach House Kitchen

ROSE RASPBERRY LYCHEE CUPCAKES from Sift & Simmer

VANILLA GLAZED BAKED DONUTS from Girl Heart Food

CHOCOLATE ROSE TRUFFLES from The Love of Cakes

PRETTY IN PINK PARFAITS from Six Snippets

STRAWBERRY CREAM PUFFS from The Itsy-Bitsy Kitchen

STRAWBERRY ROSE CAKE DONUTS from Ben’s Havoc in the Kitchen

NO CHURN STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM from Kitchen@Hoskins

STRAWBERRY SCONES from 31 Daily

RASPBERRY MOUSSE BROWNIE TRIFLE from Better With Biscuits

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE CUPCAKES from Nourish and Fete

VANILLA DONUTS WITH PINK GLAZE from Sweet Little Baker

STRAWBERRY SOUFFLÉS WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

NO CHURN STRAWBERRY SHORT CAKE ICE CREAM from The Baking Chocolatess

Thanks for joining the party and I hope you enjoyed all of these fun recipes!

25 thoughts on “Strawberry Rose Cake Donuts and a Virtual Baby Shower

  1. These look delightful! I agree that strawberries in baked goods can be quite tricky – I think the relatively high water content in fresh ones is challenging! But you absolutely nailed it with these. And you got the color just right. ;-)

  2. Ben! Beautiful! I love the strawberry + rose water glaze! And I love pink foods, too! I love a virtual party for all of the fantastic photos and great recipes, as well as the sentiment! Nice job!

  3. I think you did an amazing job with the pink theme here, Ben! I mean if you’re really sad about the lack of blue theme, then you are welcome to make me some blue donuts and send ’em down. We’ll call them a 2/5 year birthday present for Robbie…he’s a boy, after all! Seriously, though, these donuts sound delicious. I have to confess that I haven’t cooked or baked with rose water much, and that’s something I definitely need to work on…starting with these donuts. Well done, my friend!

  4. I can totally relate to the lack of quality berries during the winter, but I’m a huge fan of dried fruit. I recently started buying dried strawberries, so happy to see I have another recipe to try them in! These donuts look fantastic! Great to connect with you through Katherine’s shower!

  5. Haha, Ben!! I would have LOVED to see your blue ideas, but I have to say I am pretty happy it turned out to be pink so you had to make these gorgeous donuts! That hue is stunning!! The strawberry rose is SO perfect! What about those nanaimo bars though….I would consider a quick trip to BC just for that! No such thing as too sweet, hah! Thank you my friend, I am honored that you contributed to the shower. Much love! XO

  6. These are beyond pretty!! Love the strawberry rose combo! I don’t think I’ve ever used rose water before in a recipe, but clearly that needs to change. These would also be lovely for Valentine’s Day :)

  7. Hello fellow donut fan:) Now those are some gorgeous donuts! Love the flavor combination of strawberry and rose for the special occasion.

  8. Ben, don’t be silly. Asking Katherine to move to BC would only be logical if you’d made Nanaimo bars :). But I’m glad you settled on the donuts because they’re beautiful and they sound delicious! Plus, all little girls should be celebrated with roses! Happy Saturday, my friend!

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