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Marlin from Finding Nemo // Disney Dad Donuts

Poor Marlin has had more challenging dad moments than Liam Neeson & Harrison Ford movies combined. AND he conquered them all with way less confidence and a lot more anxiety. But Marlin showed us, and himself, that when it comes to protecting family, fear is just a four-letter word.

These were a fan-fav in our house! This mouth-watering Orange Chocolate Donut can be eaten on it’s own. But add some orange zest on top of an orange glaze and these become irresistible!

// Kitchen Tools

  • Mixing Bowls

  • Measuring Cups & Spoons

  • Silicone Spatula

  • Piping Bag (+ Large Round Tip) or Gallon-sized Plastic Bag (+ scissors if using a Plastic Bag)

  • Donut Mold (I used and love this one)

  • Electric Hand Mixer (or hand mix with your muscles)

  • Cooling Rack

  • Fine Mesh Zester or Grater

// Ingredients

Donuts (Makes 10-12)

  • Non-Stick Spray or Oil for greasing donut mold

  • 1 cup of Flour (I used Gluten-Free 1-to-1)

  • 1/4 cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon of Salt

  • 3/4 cup of Sugar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Orange Zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon of Orange Extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

  • 2 tablespoons of Fresh Orange Juice

  • 2 Large Eggs

  • 1/3 cup of Coconut Oil (Melted)


  • 2 tablespoons of Fresh Orange Juice

  • 1 tablespoon of Unsalted Butter (Melted)

  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

  • 1 cup of Powdered Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons of Orange Zest

  • 1 teaspoon of Sugar

// Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

  • Prepare the donut mold by spraying with non-stick spray.

  • Start by zesting the orange for both the dough and the glaze topping. Set aside 1 1/2 tablespoons for the dough. Place the remaining zest (2 Tbls) in a small bowl and mix with the 1 teaspoon of sugar. Set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, orange extract, vanilla extract, orange juice, coconut oil and the plain orange zest you prepared earlier (NOT the one mixed with sugar). Mix until smooth.

  • Add the eggs in ones at a time.

  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the large mixing bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix until fully combined.

  • Fill your piping bag and pipe an even amount of dough, filling the donut mold cavity. (If using a plastic bag, simply cut one corner of the bag to create a small opening for the dough to disperse from.)

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  • Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • While the donuts are cooling, combine the orange juice, butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar in a small-medium bowl to make the icing. Allow the donuts to completely cool before glazing.

  • Use a second piping bag with a small writing tip (or plastic bag with a tiny piece of the corner cut off) to create a uniform drizzle of icing over half of each donut.

  • Immediately sprinkle with the sugared orange zest. .

  • Allow the toppings to set and enjoy within 2-3 days. Store in an airtight container.


With whimsy & wonder,



Disclaimer // Disney & Disney-Pixar images found in this posting are solely for character reference to assist our audience with understanding our inspiration source and are not the property of Tribe 54 LLC.



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