These galaxy doughnuts are stellar. The doughnut itself is dense and chocolatey with hidden, good-for-you ingredients like zucchini and carrot. The icing is sweet and sugary and you can get as creative as you want when it comes to decorating each doughnut with your own edible universe. Not only that, if you don't have a doughnut pan, you can make cakes, so it's super-versatile.
Galaxy Doughnuts [Vegan]
For the Doughnuts:
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 vegan egg replacers (see notes)
- 3/4 cup sunflower oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups finely grated zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
- 2 cups grated carrots (about 4 medium carrots)
For the Galaxy Icing:
- 3 ounces melted coconut oil
- 3 ounces non-dairy milk
- 3-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
- Vegan food coloring of your choice
- Pearl dust (optional, see notes)
- Edible glitter stars (optional)
To Make the Doughnuts:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Combine vinegar and nondairy milk and let sit.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa, soda, powder, and salt in their own bowl.
- Mix together oil, sugar, two eggs worth of any egg replacer, and vanilla in a different bowl. Stir until combined.
- Sift dry ingredients into the wet and mix until smooth.
- Add the grated vegetables and mix until incorporated.
- Fill the cake or doughnut pans about half full.
- Bake for 22 minutes for cupcakes, 18 minutes for doughnuts, or 32 minutes for 4-inch springform cakes. If you’re using a different size/shape, just bake until when you insert a toothpick into the center of one, it comes out clean.
To Make the Galaxy Icing:
- Whisk the oil and milk on high until well mixed.
- Slowly whisk in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Stop adding powdered sugar when the consistency is slightly thinner than molasses.
- Divide the icing into as many bowls as colors you want to use.
- Add vegan food coloring to each bowl until desired color is achieved.
- Decorate the chocolate cake with galaxy icing, stardust, and silver stars.
Use any type of vegan egg replacer you have. You can use flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flax seed plus 3 tablespoons water), chia eggs (1 tablespoon ground chia seeds plus 3 tablespoons water), or a commercial vegan egg replacer. Pearl dust is a non-toxic, edible ingredient that adds luster to baked goods. It is not made from actual pearls.