Fiesta Donuts ~ a baked, not fried interior that is soft, fluffy, dense, and imparts a well-balanced vanilla-flavored cakelike batter, which is enveloped with a sweet and vibrant colored yellow icing, sharing a hint of cinnamon, almost churro-like, topped with rich red sprinkles and well-set so it yields to a bite without cracking the whole icing sweep, truly a great Mexican dessert recipe idea, fit for any Mexican-themed party, gathering, Taco Tuesday or Cinco De Mayo!
Why You’ll Love Mexican Doughnuts
- Super easy to find ingredients
- Great Cinco De Mayo dessert ideas
- Perfect dessert for Taco Tuesdays
- Easy Party dessert that can be made in advance and should be
- Flavorful Fiesta-Colored Cinnamon Churro icing
- Sweet Mexican Dessert for any holiday
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Equipment Needed To Make Mexican Doughnuts
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden Spoon
- Piping bags
- Donut tray(s)
- Cooling rack
- 2 small mixing bowls (if you are making more than one color of cinnamon churro-like icing
How To Make Fiesta Donuts (Mexican Doughnuts)
Fiesta donuts are brilliantly colored with festive icing and sprinkles!
Donuts for Mexican holidays are the perfect solution for something sweet!
Step 1: Batter Prep for the Mexican Donuts
Before you begin creating this easy Mexican dessert idea, you will preheat your oven.
Then you will prepare your donut baking pans unless they are already nonstick, then you would skip this step!
Using a large mixing bowl, add your eggs, milk, vanilla, and butter to combine.
Then prepare a separate mixing bowl with the salt, flour, baking powder, and 1/2 C of sugar.
You’ll then pour the dry mixture into the wet ingredients.
Really dig in and mix the batter, scraping down the sides to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed and included.
Step 2: Transfer The Dessert Batter for the Fiesta Donuts
So in order to know how to make Mexican donuts, this step is crucial to making it super easy to fill the donut cavities!
You’ll pour your batter into a zipped bag (or an icing plastic piping bag) using a cup to secure the bag while filling.
If you are using a zippered plastic bag, zip it shut.
Then you will cut a small snip on the corner of a bag, and you will proceed to fill all of the donut cavities in each of your doughnut trays.
However, if you are using a plastic piping bag, once the sleeve is filled, tie off your bag, and cut the bottom as well (not too large or you will mess up filling the doughnut cavities).
Carefully pipe filling into each donut caveat, not filling more than 3/4 (or you will have spillover)
Step 3: Bake the Mexican Donuts!
Bake each tray for 8-10 minutes (in cooler ovens it will take 10 full minutes).
The Fiesta Donuts will rise to the rim of the indent and will yield firmly to touch, nothing soft.
Immediately transfer from pan to cooling rack.
What you will find is that they will literally just POP right on out of the pan!
Again, when the donuts come out, do not let them rest in the pan, reverse the pan and let them cool immediately on a cooling rack.
Step 4: Allow the Mexican Doughnuts To Cool
This may be the hardest part of your baking experience in preparing to make this dessert for a fiesta because the donuts will smell so yummy!
Do allow the donuts to cool before Icing.
Step 5: Making the Churro-Like Cinnamon Glazed Fiesta Icing
Using a larger mixing bowl, mix the confectioner’s sugar, milk (or OJ or water) Karo syrup, and a dash (or more) of cinnamon together.
Combine very well, making sure to really mix from the base of the bowl up to the top.
Then you can either divide the icing into a few bowls to make more than one color or just add food coloring of your choice and make a solid color and add fun festive Mexican primary colored sprinkles atop the icing!
Allow the icing to set up, for about 15 minutes after dipping each donut into it, and then serve.
What To Serve With Your Mexican Doughnuts?
Margaritas go with everything and this Mexican dessert idea is no exception!
Try these with Pink lemonade margaritas you are sure to love that combination!
Popular Additions & Substitutions
These donuts are simply marvelous to work with and they are very easily customized with flavor and icing!
- change the colors of the icing on the donuts
- the flavor of the icing can be made into maple flavor, almond flavor, cherry, or berry, with a few simple ingredient changes.
- the donut batter can be made into chocolate, vanilla, berry, cherry, swirl, etc.
- use different sprinkle colors for different Mexican holiday celebrations: Día de Los Muertos, Año Nuevo, Día De Los Reyes Magos, etc.
How To Reheat and Store Your Fiesta Donuts
On the chance that you have leftover sweet treats from your party and they are the donuts, here is how to store and freshen them!
The Best Way To Store Mexican Doughnuts Leftover
I always use a cake pedestal dish with a cover for 1-2 day old donuts.
But if you are going to have these left for longer you would want to consider an airtight container.
Can I Freeze the Mexican Doughnuts?
Yes, you can freeze them, but I do prefer to freeze them without the icing and keep the icing frozen separately in a prepared piping bag and then take them out together when you are ready to use.
How To ReheatYour Mexican Doughnuts?
The most effective way to reheat the donuts is when they are not frozen and are about a day old without icing on them.
You can place one or 2 on a paper towel and then use 5-second increments on the microwave to heat.
However, if you have icing on you may not surpass the 5 seconds because the icing will then slide off!
Mexican Doughnuts FAQs
Do You Fry The Donuts For This Recipe?
The donuts in this recipe are simply baked, in a donut pan.
Can I Change The Flavor of The Fiesta Donuts?
Yes, you absolutely can change the flavor making this a very versatile recipe. In fact, you can use chocolate, vanilla, etc.
Can I Dip the Mexican Doughnuts In The Icing To Coat Them?
Just leave the icing in the bowl and dip them one at a time, it can get messy but it is so worth it! Make sure to return them to the cooling rack and have parchment paper or something under the racks to catch the dripping icing!
Can I Substitute Different Sugar Types In The Batter?
Yes you can and yes I have and do switch up the sugar depending on who is coming over and what their lifestyles call for (diabetic, etc.)
In fact, to save on sugar content, I use Stevia in mine, and in a previous trial of my recipe, I used Splenda yielding perfect results.
You do have to know how to convert Stevia from basic sugar to make this work though but that’s my sweetener of choice.
Other Easy Mexican Recipes For Celebrations You’ll Love
From side dishes to entrees and desserts, there are so many easy recipes for Mexican recipes and you’ll be able to make each of them fast with easily obtainable ingredients!
- Arroz Verde ~ the Mexican Green rice that can be a side or an entree!
- Peach Margaritas ~ a game-changer Margarita for anyone who loves fresh peaches!
- Apple Cider Margaritas ~ a Fall gem of a recipe for sipping by the fire pit
- Margarita ~ Pear margaritas that are full of flavor and pureed pears!
Now it is your turn to bake a batch of simple fiesta donuts.
Taste-tested through and through at Casa Vento, we offer you the opportunity now to create your own donut fiesta using our recipe.
What is a fiesta without color? BORING is the answer, so let’s AMP up the color using my favorite vivid Food coloring which is the key element to bold color plus, stirring until you achieve your color once you add it in is a must!
Easy Sweet Mexican Dessert To Use For Any Mexican Celebration Or Any Party
The ease of preparation is why I initially created these and then I realized how many different parties and occasions these could accompany because they are so darn versatile.
Your party theme does not have to be a Mexican celebration all you need is the recipe to know how to make Mexican donuts and you can convert it to your life and your occasion!
- Día de Los Muertos – Festival colors
- Año Nuevo – Maybe snow color? We’ve used blue and white
- Día De Los Reyes Magos – Green and Red together
- Cinco De Mayo
- Valentines Day
- 4th Of July
- Halloween (the US Version)
- Las Posadas
- Noche Buena
- Semana Santa
- Taco Tuesdays
Flex your baking muscles, and use these for any of those fabulous occasions and more as this is really an easy Mexican dessert idea that you want to capitalize on and make your own. ~ Dana XO
Don’t Forget To Come Back and Tell Me How Your Fiesta Donuts Turned Out!
Enjoy your Mexican Holiday Or Celebration: Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, or whatever Mexican meal you are enjoying before indulging in these soft, flavorful, Fiesta donuts! ~ Dana XO
Recipe Card for How To Make Fiesta Donuts
- 3 1/2 c All Purpose Flour don't pack the measuring cup
- 3/4 c sugar substitutions possible read post
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp vanilla paste or vanilla extract paste is just a stronger in taste, but you can easily use vanilla extract
- 1/4 c salted butter melted
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 3/4 c milk whole milk, 2% milk, or buttermilk all work well
- FOR THE ICING
- 1 C Confectioner's sugar
- 2 Tsp Of Milk (or OJ or Water)
- 2 Tsp of Karo Syrup (smooths and shine)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract (or Almond Extract)
- 1-2 tsp of cinnamon (more or less as preferred)
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Treat nonstick donut pans with spray or I used coconut oil brushed on each to release easily.
- In a large bowl mix eggs, milk, vanilla, and butter to combine.
- Using a separate bowl, combine salt, flour, baking powder, and 1/2 C of sugar.
- Pour the mixture into the wet ingredients.
- Combine, scraping the sides to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed and included.
- Pour your batter into a zipped bag using a cup to secure the bag while filling.
- Zip the bag, and cut a small snip on the corner of the bag.
- Carefully pipe filling into each donut caveat, not filling more than 3/4 (or you will have spillover)
- Bake each tray for 8-10 minutes (in cooler ovens it will take 10 full minutes).
- Donuts will rise to the rim of the indent and will yield firmly to touch, nothing soft.
- Immediately transfer from pan to cooling rack.
- Really they should just pop on out!
- Allow donuts to cool before Icing.
- FOR THE ICING
- In a large mixing bowl, you'll mix the confectioner's sugar, milk (or OJ or water) a drop of Karo syrup, and a dash of cinnamon together.
- Combine very well, making sure to really mix from the base of the bowl up to the top.
- Then you can either divide the icing into a few bowls to make more than one color or just add food coloring of your choice and make a solid color and add fun festive Mexican primary colored sprinkles atop the icing!
- Allow the icing to set up, for about 15 minutes after dipping each donut into it, and then serve.
Unlike other recipes I have published, I have not changed the flour type in this recipe. Instead, I stuck with basic all-purpose flour and it works well!
For the icing, I use my favorite bold coloring.