Chocolate Peppermint Doughnuts – Chocolate peppermint flavored doughnuts topped with a sweet fudge topping and a sprinkle of peppermint candy. The perfect holiday treat!
It is still hard to believe that 2017 is ending!
This year was full of so many things, some of them were good while others were definitely challenging. I must say that I am quite happy with the way 2017 is ending for me. I decided to get serious about blogging as a career in 2016 and was able to create a space and income that allowed me to leave my full-time day job in December 2016.
So for me, 2017 was all about transition and figuring out how to flourish as a full-time entrepreneur. I learned so many lessons and had many experiences along the way and so I figured today would be a great time to wrap up the year and recap some of those events in a blog post and a recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Doughnuts.
I was able to work with some amazing brands this year, including Bonne Maman, Bevel, Silk, and an ambassadorship with Fresh from Florida. I made the highest amount of money for a brand deal ever this year and I was able to work behind the scenes to provide some food photography for brands to use in their campaigns.
Instagram became my biggest and most popular platform and I was able to reach over 11k followers.
I decided that video isn’t my favorite medium and focused more on improving my photography and editing skills, which allowed me to share my knowledge in a Masterclass that stretched me and gave me the chance to help bloggers that are just starting out on a budget to take better photos. It was also my first time creating a digital product and I learned so much and even made enough money to update some of my equipment.
Working from home was a new experience for me and at times became very lonely.
At times I became over-loaded working with so many brands and was not always pleased with my work. This could have also been a product of my perfectionist personality.
I got caught up in the vision others had for my brand and began to doubt my ability to make solo business decisions. From this, I learned the value of trusting myself and putting on blinders to focus on what is best for my business.
I learned that the digital space is surprisingly a very small world and a new industry, so building relationships is extremely important and treating people with kindness is even more important. Some people will not always practice this so you have to protect your brand and get receipts for your work.
For 2018, I will be spending most of my social media time on Instagram and will share more of my daily life via stories. I will also share more behind the scenes and how things work around here in Simply LaKita land.
In addition, I plan to add in some monthly food journeys outside of the kitchen.
If you have an idea, comment, or suggestion for things that you would like to see more of, then please let me know and I will add it in 2018.
Chocolate Peppermint DoughnutsPrint Recipe
- 2/3 cups cocoa powder
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup peppermint candy, crushed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar until combined.
In a small bowl, stir together the egg, milk, peppermint extract, vinegar, and 1/3 cup coconut oil until combined.
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture until thoroughly combined.
Lightly spray a doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray and spoon in the batter until the wells are 3/4 full.
Place in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the doughnuts have set. Allow the doughnuts to cool in the pan 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Using a double boiler, on medium-low heat, melt the chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until smooth. Remove from the heat and dip the tops of the doughnuts and top with the crushed peppermint candy.
Allow the chocolate topping to set and enjoy.