Whiskey Speckled Easter Donuts

Whisking Wolf
by Whisking Wolf
6 servings
30 min

Give spring a warm welcome with Whiskey Speckled Easter Donuts. Topped with a robin’s egg blue frosting then speckled with whiskey and cocoa, these baked donuts are a delightful way to start the season.

If your idea of a diet is a donut without sprinkles you’ve come to the right place. Salads are strictly forbidden on this blog. Lurking behind their leafy greens and vibrant vegetables are the trifecta of digestive dangers: E coli, salmonella and listeria. Now I like colorful foods as much as the next girl, but only from the safety of synthetic hues. Sure you can get a natural shade of blue-green from spirulina algae, but I’m not risking dysentery over a dye.

Besides, blue-green will not suffice today; it’s the first weekend of spring and that calls for the prettiest shade of the season: robin’s egg blue. I honestly don’t care if the color was made in a chemical lab or squeezed out of my favorite jeans, there’s just something about a few droplets of blue dye in buttercream frosting that takes a donut over the top.

And when you’re flecking said donut with a paintbrush dipped in a whiskey-cocoa concoction, you’ll see how fun it is to turn dessert into an arts and crafts project. You’ll also see it’s a flecking mess, but all that cleanup will be forgotten when you take your first soft bite. Layered with flavor, sweet frosting and Cadbury Mini Eggs this donut is the ultimate treat for Easter bunnies and brunches.

Before sharing the recipe for Whiskey Speckled Easter Donuts, here are a few tips and tricks to help you out:

Ingredient Tips and Tricks

For the moistest, fluffiest donuts be sure egg, milk and yes, even yogurt are at room temperature before beginning.

I recommend gel dye for this recipe because gel is more vibrant and less diluting than liquid dye.

Preparation Tips and Tricks

Pipe batter into your donut pan using a zip-top bag with a bottom corner snipped off.

Since the whiskey/cocoa mixture will fling all over your kitchen when flicking the paintbrush, it’s best to do this boozy art and craft project outside if possible.

Storage Tips for Whiskey Speckled Easter Donuts

Donuts are best the day you make them. Cover leftovers tightly and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Whiskey Speckled Easter Donuts. Please leave a comment and a rating at the bottom of this blog when you try it for yourself. Don’t forget to tag @whiskingwolf on social media so I can drool over your pics on Instagram.

Finally, if you like baked donuts you’ll love these recipes for Sugar Cookie Donuts, Neapolitan Donuts and Chocolate Donuts with Peppermint Schnapps Glaze.

Whiskey Speckled Easter Donuts
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour unbleached
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1/3 cup milk room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract pure
Robin's Egg Blue Frosting
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 3-4 drops blue gel food coloring
Whiskey Speckle
  • 1 Tbsp whiskey
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Cadbury Mini Eggs halved
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour donut pan then set aside.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar together in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk egg, milk, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla until combined.
Carefully add wet ingredients to dry, stirring with a wooden spoon until just combined. Take care to avoid overmixing. Note: Batter will be thick.
Pipe batter into donut pan, evenly distributing between the six cavities.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Donuts are done when tops spring back when pressed by a fingertip.
Cool donuts in pan for 3 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before adding frosting.
Robin's Egg Blue Frosting
Beat butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes.
Add powdered sugar and milk then beat until combined.
Add gel food coloring, one drop at a time, and mix until desired shade of blue is achieved.
Frost donuts with buttercream.
Whiskey Speckle
Whisk whiskey and cocoa powder in a small bowl until smooth and lump free.
Dip a small paintbrush into the whiskey mixture and flick the bristles with your fingertips to create a splatter effect on the frosting. Repeat until frosting resembles a speckled robin's egg.
Garnish with Cadbury Mini Eggs.
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