Blood orange cream cheese filled chocolate glazed donuts have all the deliciousness you expect from a filled donut but are baked instead of fried!
Where to begin with these donuts? Ohhhh where to even begin? With their cute pink butts? Their glossy chocolate top? Their (baked not fried!) little bodies? Sometimes, and I mean few and far between, you spend all day on a recipe that very well may not work out like the image you have swirling around in your head. But 8 hours later, it does and you feel like your insides are going to explode with pride. You want to scream out “OMFG they worked! It’s amazing! Taste THIS!” but no one is home and even if they were, they (because they’re of the male variety who consistently makes a pound of pasta in the smallest sauce pot you own even though you explain over and over again why a bigger pot is needed) wouldn’t get it. Like, at all.
So you keep your excitement to yourself and then take it out on the internet instead.
Internet, THESE DONUTS ARE FREAKIN’ AMAZING and everything I thought they would be when the idea to make a cream filled chocolate glazed donut but bake it instead of fry it came to me. The dough was dreamy from the start. Perfectly elastic, silky and rose like a champ. All good signs but the true test came when they got baked off in the oven. I wanted them soft enough on the inside to keep that ridiculously delicious moistness that a good cream filled donut has but obviously cook enough on the outside to keep the thing together. 8 minutes later…success. After that it was just about piping in a blood orange tinted cream cheese filling and dipping in chocolate. What could wrong with either of those things?!
This is hands down my favorite recipe of Doughnut Week. No mess and stench from frying and no cop-out donut pan. Plus, chocolate, blood oranges and cream cheese. Unless you added booze, it’s hard to get better than those 3 things.