Our Halloween LaurenConrad.com photoshoot is one of my favorites of the whole year. Not only is it exciting to see what creative idea Lauren brings to life with her annual homemade costume, but it’s also pretty fun to work together with our friend and baker, Lauren Lowstan, to dream up spooky desserts (and taste test them too!). This Halloween, we were determined to feature a spider web-inspired sweet treat, and the end result were these hot chocolate and marshmallow donuts. In this recipe, the hot chocolate donut and the marshmallow icing come together to create the perfect autumn flavors. And our friend Cloë, who founded her organic cotton candy company Bon Puf, supplied the most delicious vanilla cotton candy that we placed atop our donuts as the spooky spider webs. And let’s not forget those creepy black spiders that give these donuts the finishing touch.
Without further ado, here’s how to make Lauren Lowstan’s hot chocolate and marshmallow donuts with Bon Puf cotton candy…
Cotton Candy Spider Web Hot Chocolate Donuts
Makes 8 regular size donuts
For the donut batter:
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 packet hot chocolate mix
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. buttermilk
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- ½ cup sugar
For the glaze and toppings:
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup marshmallow fluff
- 3 cup powdered sugar
- small plastic black spiders
- white cotton candy (if you can find it, freshly-made works better than packaged—it is wispier and easier to tear off. Visit Bonpuf.com to purchase the cotton candy we used in this recipe!)
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a regular size donut pan with nonstick spray and set aside until ready to use.
2. To make the batter, whisk the buttermilk, coconut oil, vanilla, egg, and sugar in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, hot chocolate mix, baking soda and salt. With a spatula, combine all ingredients until there are no more white streaks. Try not to over mix the batter.
3. Put your batter into a large piping bag and cut a little part of the bottom off. Pipe the batter into the donut cavities until each are ¾ of the way full. If you don’t have a piping bag, just spoon the batter into the cavities.
4. Bake in your preheated oven for about 6-8 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
5. Immediately flip your donut pan upside down and tap it against your work surface until the donuts come out of the pan. Then let your donuts cool and make the glaze…
6. To make the glaze, combine all ingredients together in a small bowl and whisk until there are no more lumps of sugar. Make sure to cover the bowl with plastic wrap if you’re not using the glaze right away.
7. When the donuts are completely cooled, dip one side into the glaze and flip right side up onto a piece of parchment paper and let the glaze harden a bit.
8. Now for topping your donuts: Simply tear off thin, wispy pieces of your cotton candy and layer them on your donut. You will have to work quickly because as soon as cotton candy touches the glaze (or even your hands), it will begin to “melt.” If you are serving these to guests, I would recommend adding the cotton candy at the very last minute so that it stays fluffy.
9. Last but not least, place one of your small plastic spiders on top of each cotton candy pouf for a spooky touch!
Another big thank you to Lauren and Cloë for making this recipe come to life! If you want to use Cloë’s homemade, all-organic Bon Puf cotton candy in your recipe, be sure to visit Bonpuf.com this Friday to order some of your own! Cloë will be offering an array of fun and unique flavor trios, including salted caramel, strawberry and sparkle champagne. To recreate the look of spider webs, we recommend ordering the “Choose Your Own” three pack of the coconut flavor.
Stay tuned for some very exciting Halloween content coming to the blog soon!
What treats would you like to see us make next?
If you have any suggestions, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we’ll take a peek. We are always looking for new and inspired ideas.