Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts

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Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu!

Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

Marshmallow Peeps are the peaking out of a donut nest made with fresh lemons for a little zip that pairs nicely with the sweetness of donut!  

I don’t make seasonal cute treats like this often, but it’s fun to mix things up, and when a group of bloggers wanted to host a giveaway we thought it would be fun to see what ideas we could come up with using Marshmallow Peeps as the main attraction! I love creative challenges like this! 

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These Baked Lemon Cake Donuts are easy to make and would be fun for the kids to help decorate! Perch a Peep right out of the middle of each donut and decorate the nest with mini jelly beans! The simple glaze  adds a sweet and slightly mouth puckering flavor you’ll love!

Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

I have a mini donut pan that I’ve used for these Baked Mini Donuts, Chocolate Rocky Road Donuts and this Baked Donut Birthday Cake Tower, but I don’t have a large size donut pan so I improvised! I used a dessert shell pan and filled the dough partially leaving a hole in the middle replicating the shape of a donut! It works brilliantly! There is always a way to make do with what you have!

Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

You can make 8-10 standard size donuts with this recipe, but you may not be able to resist baking mini donuts too! Those cute little bites are so irresistible! I mixed it up baked both large size donuts as well as the little guys!

Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

I also added a candied mustache to one of the Peeps! Did you see it? Hehee – I couldn’t resist!

Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • DONUT
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, large
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil (canola)
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • GLAZE
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • GARNISH
  • Marshmallow Peeps
  • Green candy shred (grass)
  • mini jelly beans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a donut pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk the eggs together with the milk apple sauce, oil, lemon juice and vanilla extract. After combined add the lemon zest.
  4. Pour the et mixture into the dry ingredients and fold together until combined (don't beat or over mix).
  5. Spoon the batter into the donut pan filling ¾ full. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before putting them on a wire cooling rack.
  6. GLAZE
  7. Mix until powdered sugar with one tablespoon of the lemon juice. Add more until desired consistency. Dip each donut in the glaze and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or foil. Add candy grass and gently add Marshmallow Peep in the center of the donut. Decorate with jelly beans and let set.

Check out all the Marshmallow Peeps creations from 14 bloggers showcasing recipes and crafts for marshmallow Peeps! Hop on over to each site:

White Chocolate Peeps Pops from Foody Schmoody
Peeps Ideas for Easter from Organized Island
Peeps Edible Play Dough from By Trish Sutton
Festive White Chocolate Pies from House of Faucis
Smores Peeps Pops from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Marshmallow Peeps Hair Clip from The TipToe Fairy
Peeps Brownies from My Big Fat Happy Life
Peeps Easter Bunny Pudding Cups from For the Love of Food
Easter Peeps Bunny Bags from Nap Time Creations
Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts from The Foodie Affair
Peeps Easter Basket Cupcakes from One Hoolie Mama
Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Bunnies with FREE Printable from A Grande Life
Peep Tarts Martini from An Affair from the Heart
Peeps Cotton Candy Easter Sundae from An Alli Event

We can’t wait for Easter with all these Peeps ideas! Now you can enter to win a Target gift card so you can make all these fun ideas! Enter below. Good luck!

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Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

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Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts perched in nests are the perfect treats to add to your Easter brunch menu! Fresh lemon flavor that is sweet and slightly mouth puckering! The Foodie Affair

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair
 

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18 Comments en Peeps Baked Lemon Cake Donuts

  1. avatar
    March 14, 2016

    Sandra, these little baked lemon donut peeps are so adorable. I know even though my boys are older they would love these in their Easter basket.. LOL You are never to old to join in on the Easter festivities.

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      March 15, 2016

      I agree, Bobbie – I still put together Easter treats for my big kids!

  2. avatar
    March 14, 2016

    Easter is one of my favorite holidays. All of the bright colors have a way of putting you in a happy mood. These baked peeps are so very cute!

    • avatar
      March 15, 2016

      Thanks, Mica! Your sweet comment is making me smile!

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    Felesha says:
    March 14, 2016

    These are just too cute! The grandkiddos will love them!!

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      March 15, 2016

      Don’t Peeps make you smile – timeless little guys 🙂

  4. avatar
    March 14, 2016

    These are just the cutest!! I know you have made your own delicious donuts, but how easy would it be to use your recipe to spiff up some store bought ones.

    • avatar
      March 15, 2016

      Great idea to use pre-made donuts, especially for a school party!

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      March 15, 2016

      Glad you like these Peeps donuts! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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    Diana says:
    March 15, 2016

    These donuts look adorable! I love peeps they’re so cute and the colours are very pretty and cheerful

    • avatar
      March 15, 2016

      Every year I see a new pretty color. I’m partial to the original yellow though!

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