Making Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ Donuts
After trying my hand at making the Japanese Popin’ Cookin’ gummy candies, I was curious to try one of their dough-based kits. Below is the result of my attempts to master the donut kit that I bought from Amazon. Armed with the knowledge of watching this kit attempted on YouTube and a box of Japanese instructions, I gave it a try. Here’s how it went...
Step 1: Making Dough
The small box included the following:
- A plastic tray with two molds, three mixing trays, and a measuring cup.
- Two packets of dough (vanilla and chocolate)
- Three packets of frosting (strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate)
- A bag for the chocolate frosting
- A packet of sprinkles
- A packet of cookie crumbles
- A tiny mixing spoon
- You also need a cup of cold water to mix your dough and frostings as well as a pair of scissors.
I set out my materials, and my assistant and I got to work. First, we had to cut the tray into four pieces. There are lines on the box and on the tray indicating where to cut. You are basically separating the tray into its different uses. The molds stay together as do the two sections for mixing the frosting. The large mixing tray is on its own as well as the small measuring cup.
We got to work mixing the vanilla dough first. It took five cups of water from the included measuring cup, though I realized afterward that the ditch in the bottom of the tray indicates how much water to use. We poured in our yellow sugar packet and began to mix it with the water using the mixing spoon. This one was more like a shovel. We mixed until the dough clumped together into a ball. The dough was spongy as well rolled them into two smaller balls and set them aside. We then repeated this step with the chocolate mix. Note: There are two chocolate packets. The dough packet will be the same size as the yellow packet.
Step 2: Mixing the Frosting
My kit came with a red and blue packet for frosting. While my assistant worked on the dough, I poured the mixes into the two smaller trays, added one measuring cup full of water, and mixed them together with toothpicks, creating strawberry and vanilla frosting which were honestly pretty tasteless. Next, I took the same tray we had used to mix the mold, filled the bottom with water, and added the chocolate frosting packet to the mix. It turned into a thin, watery frosting that I then spooned into the frosting bag and then snipped one tip of the bag in order to decorate our donuts.
Step 3: Making the Donuts
Taking each of the balls we made, we pressed them into the two molds provided. It took a lot of pressing and smoothing with the little spoon, but they fit easily into each mold. Taking them out of the molds were a little tricky. There were two different shapes, one the classic, round, donut shape and the other was a more flowery shape. The second shape was much easier to get out without the donut breaking apart, but once they were out of the mold, it was easy to piece them back together, and the dough was as spongy as ever. We made one of each mold with both flavors of dough, creating a total of four donuts.
Step 4: Decorating
Now that everything was mixed and molded, it was time to decorate. There were a few small pieces of dough yet so those were rolled into three tiny balls: one chocolate and two vanilla, and used to make the bear face on one of the donuts that can be seen on the front of the box. Next, we began to spoon the icing into various shapes onto each donut. It was actually easier than frosting cookies or cake. The icing stayed where we put it, and we applied it in little lines and drops.
Once the tops of the donuts were covered in frosting, we then shook the bag of sprinkles on top along with the crunchy crumble pieces. As neat as we were with the frosting step, the final touches created a messy look on the otherwise cute little donuts.
A better way to do it.
Step 5: Eating
Now was the time to dig into our creation. That’s where the disappointment set in. As spongy as I said they were handling the dough, that’s the consistency they were in our mouths. They were cold and soggy and tasteless. Even the frosting did nothing to give the donuts flavor. I finished whatever my assistant wouldn’t eat, but I wouldn’t call it an enjoyable snack.
In the end, I found that was a cute product that was fun and easy to make, but wasn't very good to eat. I wouldn’t recommend this kit as a tasty, do-it-yourself snack. Maybe the dough could be fried or heated before they are decorated in order to help them taste like a real donut, but to make them as instructed creates a very strange and tasteless product. this particular kit
Which Popin’ Cookin’ kits have you tried? How did they taste? Leave your answers in the comments below!