Move aside, cake. This year, no party (or wedding) is complete without doughnuts. And there’s good reason for it. These handheld rings of pure happiness are easy to serve on a platter or on a wall and can be made in a variety of fashions and flavors with ease. Plus, we all know how great breakfast for dessert can be.
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Though doughnuts come in all shapes and sizes (including the bite-sized doughnut hole), when it comes right down to it, there are really only two types of doughnuts: yeast and cake.
Yeast doughnuts are the OG doughnut and have actually been around for centuries. As soon as people discovered the wonders of frying bread, doughnuts were born. They’re big and pillowy with a slightly crisp, golden exterior and a dense interior.
Cake doughnuts, on the contrary, are made with baking powder and baking soda. They were introduced far later in history, in the early 1800s. They’re far more compact, but their lack of breadth is made up for by a light and fluffy texture.
Whether you’re a cake doughnut person or yeast doughnut person, there are plenty of doughnuts to go around. In honor of this year’s hottest party food, we’ve gathered up 15 of our favorite doughnut recipes. From quick and easy desserts made from pre-made biscuit dough to laborious fried and filled doughnuts, there’s something in here for everyone.