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Life is one big race, or at least it seems to be for my boys. The past few times I’ve taken Littlest to the park he’s been obsessed with timing his ‘laps’ on my phone. Sometimes he wants to know how long it takes to go around and sometimes he wants to see how many times he can run in a loop in a certain amount of minutes. Either way, I love to see him challenging himself.
The boys have a few different collections going on their room. Plastic building blocks, we have a huge tub of them. Wooden trains and train tracks, another big tub of them. Metal race cars, a big tub of those as well. My Nana was a big contributor to the race car collection. Usually the various collections are combined to create one scene on the floor in the kids bedroom. Littlest gets really distraught when it’s time to take apart his masterpieces. We’ve designated a few bookshelves as safe spaces for him to store his creations until he is finished with them.
Race cars are pretty popular where we live. If you’re not from the Dallas/Fort Worth area you might not realize that there is a fairly enormous paved car race track in this area. There are actually quite a few dirt tracks around as well. Last year my husband, Youngest Twin, and I went to the big race track for the first time. I won’t lie, it was pretty amazing.
Know what else is amazing, my brand new donut baking pan. Do you ever get excited about new kitchen gadgets? I have been thinking about getting a donut pan for probably a year. I don’t know why I kept putting it off, but I did. And after baking a
few several batches of donuts I’m incredibly sad that I waited this long. Because they are amazing.
For our inaugural batch(es) of donuts I thought I’d do something special for my race car loving sons and make them some Spare Tire Chocolate Cake Donuts. The donut part is simple. Make as many chocolate cake donuts as you desire, let them cool slightly, and glaze them with chocolate glaze. Now, you could stop here. But to really make them look like wheels I added silver hubcaps.
For our hubcaps we used the center of some mini disposable pie pans. But you could also cut out some silver foil. Place the silver hubcaps in the center of your spare tire donuts and you’ve got an amazing race car themed breakfast! We ate our race car donuts as part of a breakfast for dinner meal with scrambled eggs and fresh fruit.
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Spare Tire Chocolate Cake Donuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup buttermilk (I use 1/2 tablespoon vinegar with 1/2 cup milk)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl combine: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate bowl combine: buttermilk, sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
- Spoon the batter into your donut pan. Mine said to fill each donut cavity 2/3 full.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the donut comes out clean.
- Remove donuts from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove donuts from pan and transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 3-4 tablespoons milk or as needed
- Using a mixer (handheld or upright) combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
- Add vanilla.
- Add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Dip the tops of the cooled donuts into the glaze. Place the donuts back not he wire rack to allow the glaze to harden.