[Recipe post] Totoro doughnuts

Totoro doughnuts (5)Totoro Doughnuts!

These baked soy milk doughnuts are not only healthy, easy to make, they are also yummy.

Frankly the texture is closer to cakes, I guessed baked in doughnut shapes. :D

I have been wanting so much to make glazed doughnuts but am just too lazy to deep fry doughnuts. Also I personally find doughnut glaze very sweet so these baked ones are perfect for me.

Super happy and pleased with these cute Totoro doughnuts!

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Sorry, I wanted to take photos of all the steps, but kind-of  forgot after the first pic (haha) rushing to go out of the house. In any case, I have already included the recipe below.

The idea behind making the Totoro design is basically the same as how the features are drawn on. You make the designs in couple of layers. Totoro doughnuts (4)

Recipe for Totoro Doughnuts

Basic batter (Part 1)

  • 150g hotcake mix
  • 100ml low calorie/reduced sugar soy milk
  • 75ml whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tbsp melted butter

(Part 2)

For black batter (features)

  • 0.5tsp black cocoa powder

For white batter (eyes, tummy)

  • 0.5tsp cake flour

For grey batter (body, ears)

  • 0.5g bamboo charcoal powder

Note: Hotcake mix can be replaced with your own homemade cake mix. Let me dig my notes to post my version soon.  The hotcake mix that I used is the popular Japanese hotcake mix brand Morinaga. Morinaga

Note: If you are allergic to soy, you can replace soy milk with regular milk. Recipe works the same :)

Note: If you do not have black cocoa powder, you can replace with dark cocoa, similar to Valrhona cocoa powder. 


(Part 1)

  1. In a mixing bowl, prepare basic batter by adding in hotcake mix, soy milk, whipping cream, melted butter, honey and egg. Ensure that there are no lumps and you have a smooth batter.
  2. Preheat oven to 170-180C.
  3. Butter the silicon mold slightly. This step will enable you to remove the baked doughnuts much easier later.

(Part 2a)

  1. Scoop out 2 tsp of basic batter from part 1 in a small bowl, add in 0.5tsp black cocoa powder. Mix well. Transfer into a small piping bag.
  2. Scoop out 1.5tbsp (or 4tsp) of basic batter from part 1 in a small bowl, add in 0.5 tsp cake flour. Mix well. Transfer into a small piping bag.
  3. Mix about 2 tsp of basic batter from part 1 with 1g of charcoal powder. Then add into the remaining basic batter from Part 1 to form the grey colour batter.
  4. First, using the black batter from step 1 above, pipe in the eye pupils, outlines of the eyes, tummy marks. Bake for about 1.5mins.
  5. Then, using the white batter from step 2 above, pipe in the eye whites and tummy of Totoro. And using the black batter from step 1 above, pipe in the lines for the whiskers. Bake for about 1.5mins.
  6. Gently scoop and then pour in the grey batter from step 3 above into the doughnut mold until about 85% mark.
  7. Lower oven temperature to 160C. Bake for about 15mins.
  8. Remove from oven when baking is completed. Let it cool on the rack (until its okay to touch with your hands) before removing the doughnuts from the mold.

Tip: You can use toothpick to adjust if you make some mistakes. In the worst case, just wipe away the batter and redraw. 

Note: Do not attempt to remove the doughnuts from the mold immediately after baking as they might crack. Let the cakes cool down in the mold till it can be handled directly and remove by gently flipping the mold over, and easing them out.Totoro doughnuts (3)

(Part 2b)

  1. Transfer about 3 tsp of remaining grey batter into a small piping bag.
  2. Pipe the ears onto a sheet of non-stick baking paper. Baked for about 2-3 mins. Alternatively you can also microwave for about 1min at 700W.
  3. Make two slits on top of the doughnuts and insert the ears to complete the Totoro doughnuts.

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  • cookiescorpse
    August 24, 2015

    *___* Really sweet and cute! I don’t know if I could eat them! They look delicious

  • kwbentodiary
    August 14, 2015

    aww….super cute and looks yummy!

  • dawn
    August 13, 2015

    Hi can I know where to purchase the bamboo charcoal powder? I live in Singapore

  • Jazzmin
    August 12, 2015

    What is hotcake mix and where can I get it? Is there a substitute if I can’t find it? I’m in the U.S. Thank you.

    • Little Miss Bento, Shirley Wong
      August 12, 2015

      Hi Jazzmin, I used Morinaga hotcake mix. Its a very popular and versatile mix (Japanese brand), yummy too. You might find them at Japanese supermarkets or online outside of Japan. If its not possible to get this, you can consider replacing this with your own cake mix. I have a recipe too but I need to find my notes.

      • Jazzmin
        August 12, 2015

        Thank you!! I’ll check.