The Red Empress (Donuts)

This donut is part of a collection of recipes inspired by the grandeur of ancient China: “The Breath of the Dragon“. This new creation by Maison Marmite takes you through the corridors of time to discover The Red Empress, a donut that pays tribute to a legendary figure in Chinese history.

According to legend, there was an empress known for her strength, wisdom, and passion for the arts and cuisine. She ruled with grace and was loved for her generosity and benevolent spirit. Her presence was as captivating as the vibrant red color of her imperial robe, a symbol of happiness and prosperity in Chinese culture. Inspired by this historical figure, The Red Empress embodies these qualities in a culinary delight.

The secret to the donut’s vibrant color lies in its unique glaze, prepared with beetroot powder, a natural ingredient that not only provides a deep red color but also a subtle and earthy sweetness. This fusion of flavors is a tribute to the sophistication and refinement of imperial cuisine.

The Red Empress is a celebration of history, a bridge between the past and the present, offering a taste experience that transcends time. A journey into a world of royal and succulent flavors. So enjoy this imperial experience!

The Red Empress

The Red Empress is a celebration of history, a bridge between the past and the present, offering a taste experience that transcends time.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Donuts


  • an oven
  • A donut mold (silicone or metal)
  • A piping bag (optional)


Ingredients for the Donuts:

  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 50 g cane sugar
  • 1 packet of baking powder (11g)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of applesauce
  • 150 ml of plant-based milk (almond milk, soy milk,...)
  • 50 g melted vegan margarine

For the icing:

  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of plant-based milk
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of beetroot powder


Preparing the Donuts:

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C (392°F) and lightly grease one (or several) silicone or metal donut molds.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl, combine the applesauce, plant-based milk, and melted margarine.
  • Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until you obtain a smooth dough.
  • Fill the previously greased donut molds with the dough using a piping bag.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the donuts are firm to the touch.
  • Let them cool in the mold for a few minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Icing the Donuts:

  • Mix the icing sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons of plant-based milk until you obtain a smooth and white icing.
  • Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of beetroot powder and mix well; if the icing is too thick, add plant-based milk, half a teaspoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. If it's too runny, add sugar.
  • Once the donuts have completely cooled, dip them in the icing.

Decoration suggestions:

  • Let your imagination run wild and have fun customizing your donuts according to your tastes and occasions! Just make sure to decorate while the icing is still fresh so that your toppings adhere well.

Storage Tips:

  • Store the donuts in an airtight container at room temperature to keep them fresh.
  • They are best consumed within 24 hours.
Keyword Donuts
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