neapolitan baked doughnuts

neapolitan baked doughnuts

Surprise!!! Happy Baby Shower, Stephanie!!

I am super stoked today to celebrate Stephanie and her soon-to-be bundle of joy. Stephanie is the talented author behind the gorgeous and delicious food blog, Girl Versus Dough. Stephanie is an absolute gem. I haven’t had the pleasure yet of meeting Stephanie in real life, but let me tell you, if you read her blog you will feel as if you’ve known her for years.

neapolitan baked doughnuts

Not only is Stephanie a two-snaps-up, raise-the-roof type of gal, she is one heck of a baker. My black yeast thumb has major envy. Some of my favorite recipes are dark pistachio ice cream, loaded mashed potato stuffed biscuits, and morning glory scones. My stomach is growling just thinking about them. Plus, her photography is simply stunning and inspiring!

So today, a bunch of food bloggers and I are throwing Stephanie a virtual baby shower filled with all sorts of treats. Stephanie is having a baby girl so naturally my mind went insta-pink! Not quite full on Lisa Frank with a tutu, but I thought I would show my baking skills and make some pretty doughnuts.

neapolitan baked doughnuts

But not just any doughnuts, Neapolitan baked doughnuts. Chocolate doughnuts covered in fresh strawberry frosting and dusted with coconut flakes. Like any girl, don’t you want as many options as possible? You can never have too many doughnut choices.

Happy Baby Shower, Stephanie! We love you!

gvd baby shower graphic

Make sure and check out the rest of the baby shower catering crew:

Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes from Sarcastic Cooking

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake with Lemon Drizzle from Greens & Chocolate

Super Chewy M&M Blondies from The Realistic Nutritionist

Strawberry Cinnamon Twist Knots from A Kitchen Addiction

Lemon Shortbread with Salted Chocolate Drizzle from The Lemon Bowl

Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream from A Zesty Bite

Blackberry and Mango Curd Pie from Joanne Eats Well With Others

Pecan Sticky Buns from Warm Vanilla Sugar

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins from Garnish with Lemon

Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Susie Freaking Homemaker

Super Simple Sugar Cookies from Espresso and Cream

Raspberry Acai Frozen Margarita from Nutmeg Nanny

Berry Coconut Frozen Yogurt from The Law Student’s Wife

Pretty in Pink Buttercream Cups from Keep it Sweet Desserts

Broccoli Salad with Honey Toasted Walnuts from The Roasted Root

Neapolitan Baked Doughnuts from Climbing Grier Mountain

Giant Pink M&M and Raisinette Cookies from Steph’s Bite by Bite

No-Bake Rhubarb Cheesecake Parfait Cups from Hungry Girl Por Vida

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from A Cedar Spoon

Freckled Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade from Take a Megabite

Vanilla Anise Cupcakes from Blahnik Baker

Mini Vanilla Bean Layer Cakes from The Baker Chick

Mini Blackberry Hazelnut Meringue Cakes from Eat Your Heart Out

neapolitan baked doughnuts

Neapolitan Baked Doughnuts

Yield: Makes 12 Doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


for the doughnuts:
2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1/2 cup coconut flakes

for the strawberry frosting:
1 cup fresh strawberries, halved, tops removed
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


for the doughnuts:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray. In large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cocoa powder, and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs, and butter. Beat until just combined. Fill each doughnut cup approximately 2/3 full.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4 to 5 minutes before removing. Spread strawberry frosting on each doughnut and sprinkle tops with coconut flakes.

for the strawberry frosting:
Place strawberries in a food processor and puree until smooth. Pour strawberry puree into a small saucepan. Turn saucepan over medium heat and simmer puree until reduced by half. Remove from heat to cool completely.

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and 1 cup confectioners sugar. Add the vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons strawberry puree. Add the last cup of confections sugar and two more tablespoons of strawberry puree. You will have some puree leftover. Add more confectioners sugar if too runny.

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35 Responses to “neapolitan baked doughnuts”

  1. #
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — April 9, 2014 at 13:13

    Oh, strawberry frosting is the best! And a big congrats to Stephanie! She is so sweet, love her!

  2. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 9, 2014 at 13:33

    Love theses doughnuts and I would totally put away a couple at a shower.

  3. #
    Erika — April 9, 2014 at 13:49

    I need a doughnut pan stat!! These are just amazing.. and so sweet of y’all to put this all together for such a lovely lady!

  4. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 9, 2014 at 14:02

    “Two snaps up raise the roof girl.” <— NAILED IT. Love these donuts!

  5. #
    Christine from Cook the Story — April 9, 2014 at 14:17

    I’d like a baker’s dozen to go, please!

  6. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 9, 2014 at 14:19

    OH BOY!! These donuts are fabulous. Such a fun way to celebrate Steph!

  7. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — April 9, 2014 at 14:37

    LOVE Stephanie! She’s the best and these look like total YUM!! And I’d totally eat that frosting with a spoon! LOVE!

  8. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 9, 2014 at 14:51

    My favorite ice cream could easily become my favorite doughnut! These are killer, Lauren. Such a beautiful batch of doughnuts for a beautiful lady’s virtual shower!

  9. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — April 9, 2014 at 14:55

    These donuts looks fabulous. I love the pink frosting and I am sure it taste pretty fine too.

  10. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 9, 2014 at 14:57

    DOUGHNUTS. You know the way to my preggo-craving heart, m’lady. Thank you SO much for this amazing surprise and for your kind words, friend! I am so overwhelmed with all the happy. :)

  11. #
    Julia — April 9, 2014 at 15:08

    I’m seriously fist pumping the ceiling, woop wooping, and raising the roof. SO happy to be hanging out with you and your funky fab doughnuts at Steph’s baby shower! Baby shower hugs all around! xo

  12. #
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — April 9, 2014 at 15:10

    Loving these doughnuts! Y-U-M!

  13. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — April 9, 2014 at 15:15

    What a fun flavor for doughnuts! Love these!

  14. #
    Heather || Heather's Dish — April 9, 2014 at 15:25

    Is this even real life?! AMAZING!

  15. #
    Cindy — April 9, 2014 at 16:36

    DONUTS forever! These look so good!

  16. #
    Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — April 9, 2014 at 17:40

    Oh my goodness these Neapolitan Baked Doughnuts look amazing! Love the strawberry frosting!

  17. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 9, 2014 at 18:19


  18. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 9, 2014 at 19:51

    Stephanie is a dough whisperer! What a sweet way to celebrate a sweet lady!

  19. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — April 9, 2014 at 20:23

    everyone is having babies and I’m still just a totally immature chick who would eat 15 neapolitan donuts over a casual bottle(s) of wine – to each his own, right?!

  20. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 9, 2014 at 20:34

    Baked donuts are actually the perfect baby shower treat, how fun! Now I really need to get my hands on a donut pan.

  21. #
    Joanne — April 10, 2014 at 02:07

    I love how these donuts have ALL THE FLAVORS! All the good ones anyway. Because, pregnant ladies (or any ladies for that matter) shouldn’t have to choose.

  22. #
    Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — April 10, 2014 at 02:27

    Layer on those flavors, girl! Love that! Thank you so much for hanging out with us today and making this even more awesome!

  23. #
    Cassie — April 10, 2014 at 02:49

    This is so fun! These sound awesome, and who doesn’t love babies + doughnuts!?

  24. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — April 10, 2014 at 03:05

    These are so beautiful and sound just to die for!

  25. #
    Tieghan — April 10, 2014 at 03:40

    Beautiful!! Doughnuts are the perfect baby shower treat. Love these!! And congrats to Steph!!

  26. #
    laurasmess — April 10, 2014 at 08:02

    Such a lovely group of gorgeous bloggers! So happy for Steph and thrilled to be able to read all of your lovely baby shower recipes. These baked donuts are beautifully delicate and delicious. I will definitely try them! x

  27. #
    julia — April 10, 2014 at 12:07

    Wow these doughnuts look amazing! I need to learn how to make my own doughnuts and I love the neapolitan!

  28. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — April 10, 2014 at 17:54

    Holy sheet, man! I mean… these are brilliant!

  29. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — April 11, 2014 at 12:14

    These look so good Lauren! I was in awe of all the things made for Stephanie! I wish I could have participated–she is the best.

    Love that strawberry frosting!


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