From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Michele
Boo to You! Here’s another fun Halloween recipe courtesy of Disney Family!
Looking for something spooktacular to make for a last-minute Halloween treat? These festive Mickey donuts are frightfully easy to create to satisfy any sweet tooth.
A spider, ghost, pumpkin, and bat never looked so adorable (and delicious)!
1 box cake mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil (plus more for candy melts)
1 large egg
Large and small zip-top bags
Lavender, black, white, orange, and yellow candy melts
All cutting should be done by an adult.
Preheat oven to 350° and generously coat your donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix, vanilla, water, oil, and egg until fully combined.
Transfer the donut batter to a large zip-top bag (it helps to put the bag in a cup first so you have a stable holder). Snip off a small corner and fill each donut cavity about half way.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Add each color of candy melts to your heatproof bowls. Starting with the lavender melts, heat in the microwave for 1 minute at 50% power. Continue to heat in 30-second intervals, at 50% power, while stirring in between each set — until the melts are smooth. Do not over heat! (If the melts are still lumpy after heating you can add vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach a smooth consistency.)
Spread a piece of wax paper on a baking pan or clean kitchen counter. Transfer a small amount of the lavender candy melts to a zip-top bag and cut a tiny corner off of the bag. Pipe 2 2-inch circles for the ears for each spider you will make leaving one side of the circle flat to attach to the donut (you can use a circle cookie cutter as a guide).
To make the spider legs, break each pretzel stick in half and dip into the lavender melts. You will want 12 halves for each spider. Using a little more of the melts, attach your pretzel halves into a “v” shape and lay on your wax paper to set.
Repeat the process of making the ears with all of the other colors except yellow.
To create the bat wings, draw the wings first onto a piece of computer paper and place the drawing under your wax paper as a guide.
Once all of the ears, wings, and spider legs are set you can begin dipping the donuts and putting them all together. Using the orange for the jack o’ lantern, black for the bat, and lavender for the spider, dip the top of each donut into the bowls of melts. Allow the excess to drip off and place onto your wax paper (you can tap the bottom of the donuts gently against your work surface to get rid of any air bubbles).
To create the ghost, dip the top of your donut into the white candy melts, and then dip the bottom as well. Allow the candy melts to drip off of the bottom so that a little bit of the melts will pool around it when you place on your wax paper. You can also use a spoon to scoop melts to fill in the donut hole and create a bit of a wavy bottom.
Use a little more of the coordinating color of melts to attach the ears, wings, and legs to the donuts.
To create the lines for the pumpkins, draw curved lines using the orange candy melts and a toothpick on the ears and donut.
Melt your yellow candy melts, and using toothpicks draw two ovals for the eyes and a smaller oval for the nose. Do the same for the other donuts — but using white for the bat and black for the spider and ghost.
Allow the melts to set (it helps to prop the ears up with marshmallows while they dry) and enjoy!