Donut Cupcakes and a Pinot Noir Bubbly

I love donuts. I love the chewy texture and the sugary glaze that seems to coat my clothing as well as my mouth. Portland has been seeing an influx of delicious donut joints and I’ve tried some pretty out there flavors lately. However there’s nothing like the original and my favorites have always been the plain ol’ glazed. This week I was inspired to merge two of my great loves and try my hand at the Donut Cupcake.

These are so simple to make and so amazingly satisfying. They’re light and fluffy and ironically there’s a lot less sugar and butter than I would use in many other flavors. I was a little nervous going sans cupcake liner, but as long as you properly grease the cupcake tin, these bake perfectly. Having had issues lately getting the cupcakes to rise properly, I used both baking soda and baking powder to success 🙂

Recipes (makes 12)


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk


  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp hot water

Preheat oven to 425. Grease cupcake tin with vegetable oil. In a large bowl, combine butter, vegetable oil and sugars and mix until creamy. Fold in eggs. Add baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Alternate mixing in milk and flour until batter is smooth. Spoon batter into cupcake tin, filling each liner almost full. Bake 14 minutes. While the cupcakes cool, whisk glaze ingredients. Dip cupcakes into glaze and let the glaze harden. Enjoy!

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I don’t support Holiday activities or decorations until after Thanksgiving, but I know that many of my favorite wine bars and supermarkets do not feel the same. The variety of sparkling Pinot Noirs on display this week was impressive. I went with NV Segura Viudas Pinot Noir Cava. It has a beautiful salmon pink color, and a very dry palate with notes of strawberry and tart cranberry. It’s not too complex, and it’s wonderful value for the price– a great party wine.



Hope everyone has a wonderful week!



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