In Japan, these animals donuts are very popular, my kid fell in love with them instantly. Who wouldn’t? However I can’t find any donut shops selling these in my country. He has been asking for them so I decided to try making them myself. I used Japanese Confectionary brand Morinaga pancake mix. The mix can be tweeted to make donuts by adding egg, butter and sugar, the packaging’s recipe recommended frying them. I baked them instead in the oven(about 11-12 minutes at 180ºC), and it worked well too. The texture is fluffy like a cake yet with mild chewiness of a pancake.
I used Candy Melts colours, dark chocolate chips and vegetable shortening for the coating of the donuts. By heating the candy melts in the microwave for about 1 minute, its easier to mix with the shortening. The shortening helps to dilute the candy melts and chocolate to a nice near fluid consistency which will give a smooth coating to the donuts (the consistency of the coating is similar to chocolate glaze on cakes). After 2 coatings each, I put them into the fridge to chill for a few minutes before I start decorating them with white and dark chocolate chips, marshmallows and cookies.
We couldn’t stop ourselves from grabbing them after I took this photo, especially my young customer who had been waiting patiently for 2 hours.