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Chocolate Doughnut Muffins

I decided to make chocolate doughnut muffins this weekend and I cannot stop thinking about how perfect they would be for an American themed party. After browsing the web for American themed parties I am blown away by the creativity and imagination by party organisers across the globe. It would appear many other people have had similar ideas and have thrown the most incredible parties and weddings under this theme, some of which are handpicked below.

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The blues, bright reds and hints of white are the perfect colours for the American theme and are all used in the most effective way possible. The bunting, bakers twine and retro labels, all featured on the Hostess with the Mostess blog add so much to the overall party theme and just look simply perfect. If you are regular reader, you would have already seen my movie party popcorn pops recipe shown above, but I thought they were very appropriate to this post too!

With much excitement, let me share the delectable doughnut muffin recipe with you, pictured above. I think these doughnut muffins would be the perfect addition to any American themed party dessert table.

Chocolate Doughnut Muffin Recipe

Makes 12


125ml Milk (I used skimmed)

85ml Vegetable Oil

1 Large Egg

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

200g Self Raising Flour

100g Caster Sugar

12 small squares of Dark Belgian Cooking Chocolate

100g Unsalted Butter

150g Granulated Sugar


Preheat the oven to 190c (375F, gas mark 5), and oil a muffin tin. You will need a reasonable amount of oil as this will prevent the muffins from sticking to the tin.

Beat together the oil, milk, vanilla extract and egg. Fold this into the flour and caster sugar mixture. This must be done gently to achieve soft muffins and any lumps can be ignored.

Melt the chocolate in a microwavable bowl or in a pan over the hob.

Place a spoonful of the doughnut mixture into each cup, followed by a spoonful of melted chocolate and then another spoonful of the doughnut mixture.

Place in the oven for 20 minutes.

Melt the butter and place the granulated sugar on a large plate.

Turn the muffins out of the tin and dip each entire muffin into the butter followed by a good roll in the granulated sugar.

Leave to cool and enjoy!

The muffins will be fairly greasy from the butter, so you can place them in muffin or large cupcake cases. Not only does it make them prettier, it may save a lot of sticky fingers.

I would love to hear from you if I have inspired you to make them or you are thinking of hosting an American inspired party or wedding!

Party Recipes

Mars Bar Slices


Last week my husband and I celebrated our 6th anniversary. I used some of our wedding decorations to decorate the house with as a nice little suprise and served some delicious drinks with the paper straws I had decorated. See earlier post for these. I always bake something for special occasions and I had a browse on Pinterest for some inspiration. I intended to bake a victoria sponge cake, his favourite cake EVER but I felt like experimenting with something new. This recipe was absolutely great. It didn’t need to go into the oven and required minimal effort. The recipe can easily be doubled if you are intending to make this for a dessert table at a party. Supervised children would love making this, although be warned, it is a fairly messy, sticky process for little fingers! If you are feeling inspired, here is the recipe:


  • 1 cup of Maltesers. (I purchased a small box and used the remaining Maltesers for decoration)
  • 4 Mars Bars
  • Half a cup of Condensed Milk
  • 1 large pack of Chocolate Biscuits. I used McVities chocolate digestives but this can be easily changed
  • 1 large bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil


  • Line a 25cm X 16cm tin with baking parchment. You can alter the size of the tin for thicker or thinner slices
  • Crush the chocolate biscuits and maltesers. You can either use a food processor or place the ingredients in a food bag and use a rolling pin to crush
  • Slice the mars bars into small pieces. Make sure they are not overly warm or it could get a little messy
  • Place a heat proof bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water and add the butter and condensed milk. Gently stir until combined
  • Add the crushed maltesers, biscuits and the sliced¬†mars bars to the butter and condensed milk mixture
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and press down with a metal spoon. Try to flatten this out as much as you can to achieve neat, even slices
  • Place this mixture into the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set
  • Place a heat proof bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water and break the Dairy Milk Chocolate up into small pieces
  • Stir until melted but be careful not to overheat/burn the chocolate
  • When fully cooled, remove the tray from the fridge and pour the melted chocolate over the base
  • Arrange the maltesers on top of the chocolate. I used 8 maltesers for 8 slices but this can be easily changed
  • Leave to set in the fridge for 1 hour, or until cooled
  • Once fully cooled, take a knife and cut your slices. You can then remove the slices from the tin and store in a pretty cake tin before your party…. Or put the kettle on and enjoy!

Alternatively, these would make lovely edible gifts to take along to a party. You can easily make some beautiful wrapping, similar to the one pictured above, courtesy of the amazing Ghirlanda di Popcorn

Do let me know if you decide to make these. It would be lovely to hear from you!