How to make chocolate icing for doughnuts

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How to make chocolate icing for doughnuts
Chocolate icing is a delicious addition to homemade doughnuts. (amnachphoto/iStock/Getty Images)

Homemade doughnuts have a delightfully moist and tender flavour that you won't find in shop-bought confections. When you're making homemade doughnuts, go all out with chocolate icing to top them off with panache. The icing is simple, yet it adds a special touch to the tops of your doughnuts. Finish the doughnuts off with a dusting of nuts or coloured sprinkles and your breakfast or tea treat will tempt and satisfy.

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Things you need

  • 200 ml (3/4 cup) icing sugar
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) unsweetened cocoa
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) honey
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) water
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) vanilla
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Shallow bowl
  • Stirring spoon

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  1. 1

    Measure the icing sugar and the cocoa into the bowl. Stir the two ingredients well to mix them.

  2. 2

    Mix the honey, water and vanilla in a small cup to incorporate the ingredients completely.

  3. 3

    Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients slowly. Stir the icing as you add the liquid.

  4. 4

    Adjust the consistency of the icing to make it thin enough to drizzle. Add additional water in small amounts if the icing is too thick, or add additional icing sugar a little at a time if the icing is too thin.

  5. 5

    Drizzle the icing over the doughnuts using a spoon. Fill a spoon with the icing and hold it over the doughnuts. Move the spoon back and forth over the tops of the doughnuts to cover them attractively.

  6. 6

    Cover the tops of the doughnuts with nuts or sprinkles before the icing sets.

  7. 7

    Let the doughnuts sit for about 15 minutes for the icing to harden slightly.

Tips and warnings

  • Coat the entire tops of the doughnuts for an alternative icing method. Hold a doughnut and dip the top of the doughnut down into the icing in the bowl. Lift the doughnut and place it on a rack for the icing to harden.
  • This recipe will ice 12 doughnuts.

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