I Love Beignets!!! Fried dough, with powdered sugar…how can you go wrong?!?! Beignets are great for breakfast, brunch, snack, dessert, or anytime really!! This beignet recipe is easy to make, and one you will want to keep!
When we go to Disney World these beignets are a must, among a few other treats that I cannot resist. You can only get the beignets at a few places, and Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter in Walt Disney World is where I had my first taste!!!
You may be wondering, where did you get that recipe?? There is a Disney Park’s Blog and they have been releasing favorite recipes! When I saw this one back in April, I knew I had to try them!!
I am in no way trying to take credit for this awesome recipe, I just want to share the wealth, as well as my own pictures of how awesome they turned out! We just happened to have a Mickey Mouse Cookie cutter (we have hundreds of cookie cutters), but you can use whatever shape!!
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup boiling water
Vegetable or Canola oil for frying
Powdered sugar for topping!
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Combine sugar, shortening, salt, heavy cream, egg, flour and boiling water in a large bowl; stir in yeast mixture. With the dough hook attachment of an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
Roll to 1/4-inch thickness and cut individual beignets with a Mickey Mouse-shaped cutter or cut into 2 1/2 to 3-inch squares. Cover with a towel and let dough rise until doubled in size in a warm, draft-free area, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Using caution, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350°F in a deep, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Fry beignets until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side. Remove with tongs and place on paper towels to drain. Dust warm beignets with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
I seriously can’t believe I had never made beignets before. They were easy to make and so delicious! These are going to be a must for special occasions! I will admit, it’s not the same as actually eating them at Disney World, but it will do until I can get back there again!!
Disney Park’s Blog
Be sure to check out the Disney Park’s Blog too! This is where I got this awesome recipe.
With Frozen 2 coming out soon, everywhere you go there is Frozen toys, clothes, and accessories – you name it! I cannot wait to see the new movie, because the first one was AMAZING!!! I love everything Frozen, especially the ride at Epcot – it is so fun (but only if you have a fastpass!)
My friends niece is having a Frozen themed birthday party, so naturally I said yes to making her cake…that’s what friends are for!!! See below for everything you need to know to make this cake. Pack a little bit of patience, because it’s a little detailed. You can always pick images that are easier to recreate than others. Tailor to your skill level and get decorating!!!
3 Boxes of Cake Mix (althought you only need 2.5 boxes/ Make 12 cupcakes with the rest) – I used Betty Crocker Funfetti – it’s Soy Free!
3 Cups of Water
1 1/2 Cups Oil – I use Canola – it’s Soy Free!
Butter and Flour to grease the pan. I cannot use the baking spray because it has soy lecithin in it – You can if it’s easier for you, but make sure it says “baking spray”. The difference being it has some flour in it and it makes cakes come out of the pan easier. I have tried using regular cooking spray before and the whole cake stuck to the pan…Learn from my mistake!
4 Cans of Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Vanilla Frosting
Pre-made Black Frosting (I really don’t like to dye black. It always seems to look gray)
Grease the pan with butter and then put flour in the pan and shake around until fully covered. Or use baking spray!
Since you only need 2.5 boxes I fill 12 cupcakes (since that’s half a box) first and then pour the rest into the pan. Having cupcakes is great because when the cake comes out my kids always want to stick their fingers in it, so I just hand them a cupcake instead! You can also taste it to make sure it’s delicious!!
Bake the Cake at 325 degrees for 35-45 minutes. Make sure you check the cake with a toothpick and that it comes out clean.
After the cake comes out of the oven I put the cupcakes in for 15 minutes
Let the Cake cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then put on a cooling rack. It needs to completely cool before you can frost!
Once cooled transfer to a cake board
TIP – Every oven seems to bake differently. I always put the timer on for 5-10 minutes before the recipe tells me, because I fear it will over cook…My oven cooks super fast and 35 minutes is enough.
TIP – If your cake breaks when coming out of the pan (because it happens to the best of us) DON’T PANIC. You can piece it together and carefully cover with frosting. Do your best and keep going. Who’s going to know?!
Frosting / Decorating Instructions
Find a picture online or in a coloring book of what you want to put on the cake. I chose a picture of Elsa and Olaf (and I printed multiple – just in case) Cut them out.
Dye all of the frosting. Estimate how much you will need for each color. I use 2.5-3 cans to spread over the cake.
Put the dyed frosting being used for the details into piping bags, which is everything except what you are going to frost the entire cake with
Frost the entire cake – Let that dry a bit before you start tracing the characters.
This is when the fun starts! Outline your characters with black icing (in piping bag) I used tip #1
After you have outlined them you can cut off some of the paper to trace around more detail. Keep doing that as needed. See my video below!! Fill in the characters with the colors of your choosing.