These are THE BEST Vegan doughnuts you’ll ever make. They’re light, soft and fluffy with a delicious sweet jam filling, topped with an almond icing. They’re not only delicious, but adorable shaped as little flowers for Spring / Summer. Vegan, dairy-free, egg-free and easy to make.
Flower shaped doughnuts
Happy Spring! I can’t believe it’s already April! I’m so excited to share with you my gorgeous flower shaped doughnuts. I mean, how CUTE are they?! The flower shape is surprisingly easy to achieve, with no special equipment needed! The fun flower design was inspired by a Instagram friend, @_yu.jung. The best thing is they look super impressive, yet they’re easy to achieve. You don’t need any special cookie cutters or equipment to make these delicious doughnuts. The recipe card is filled with step-by-step instructions including the full ingredients list to help you to make the BEST EVER flower shaped doughnuts!
Ingredients you’ll need:
This recipe uses simple and minimal ingredients. Whip up the doughnut dough
- Self raising flour – This recipe works best with self raising flour, and helps create a super light and fluffy dough.
- Active yeast – Make sure to use dry active yeast. I use two 7g packets.
- Caster sugar – Use a fine white sugar. Alternatively you can use granulated sugar or golden caster sugar.
- Dairy-free milk – The best dairy-free milk to use is soya milk, but you can use alternatives such as almond, oat or cashew.
- Dairy-free butter – Use a vegan block butter for best results.
- Flaxseeds – Mix the flaxseed with water to create the egg substitute. I use cold milled flaxseed, linked here.
- Water – Room temperature water is great!
- Icing sugar – Sieve the icing sugar to remove any lumps.
- Almond extract – Add a splash of almond extract into the icing to flavour. Alternatively you could use a squeeze of lemon juice for a zesty glaze.
- Jam – I used strawberry jam, but you can use your favourite flavour jam, such as cherry, raspberry or blueberry for example.
- Oil – Use a neutral oil for frying such as sunflower oil.
Shaping the flower doughnut
These doughnuts look effective but they’re super easy to make! Remember, you can find the fully written method and ingredients in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Roll dough into a ball
To simply shape the flower doughnuts (this recipe makes 12 doughnuts in total), roll each piece of dough into a ball and place on a sheet of baking paper.
- Press the dough ball down
Using the palm of your hand or something like the base of a glass, press the ball down to flatten slightly. Don’t press down too hard, or you can end up with a really flat doughnut!
Using a sharp knife, make 6 cut equally spaced out around the edge of the dough ball to create the ”petals”. Pinch the edges of the ”petals” to make them a little more round in shape.
My doughnut recipe is my GO-TO when I am in need of classic styled, delicious doughnuts. The secret is allowing the dough to have a good prove. You need to proof the doughnuts in a warm place for approximately 1-2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size. To help with the proving, you can lightly cover the dough with some clingfilm or a tea towel. This will retain the heat and prevent the dough from drying out.
If your house / kitchen is on the cooler in temperature, a simple trick is to heat your oven to 20ºC and prove them in there. Placing the dough in the lightly warm oven will help maintain a humid atmosphere for the yeast and will help with the rise.
Frying the doughnuts
Once the doughnuts have doubled in size, it’s now ready to fry! This doughnut recipe requires a large saucepan and oil. The best oil for frying is sunflower oil. It’s always best to use a oil which is neutral in flavour!
Lower the doughnuts into the hot oil and watch them fry! Depending on the size of the pan, you might be able to fit a few doughnuts in at a time. Allow one side to turn golden in colour, then flip them over to cook the other side. The oil will be extremely hot, so use a wooden spoon or something with a long handle to gently flip the doughnuts over.
Once ready and fried, transfer the doughnuts onto some kitchen paper. The kitchen paper will help soak up any excess oil. Watch me make these doughnuts here.
Decorating flower doughnuts
The BEST thing about the decoration of these doughnuts is that it’s SO easy! Mix together some icing sugar and lemon juice, dip the doughnuts in to glaze then pipe in some jam. I love this design, its super cute!!!
I have listed some alternative decorations below:
- Dust them with icing sugar and serve them plain.
- Dip the tops of the doughnuts in melted Biscoff spread and sprinkle over some crushed Biscoff biscuits.
- Colour plain icing with vegan friendly food gels, for fun and vibrant doughnuts.
- Fill and decorate the doughnuts with whatever you fancy. This could be jam, a vegan ‘Nutella’, Biscoff spread, lemon curd, orange curd or even leave them plain and coat them in sugar. The options are endless!