Not long ago, I had a grown-up person interview for a grown-up person job!
…which meant I had to dig through my closet of costumes to find something slightly less outrageous to wear. I thought I’d had a pair of slacks sitting alone in the depths of my closet, but apparently the costumes nearby consumed it and barfed out more colors and glitter and tutus because it was never to be seen again.
Mind you, this interview was happening just hours after I did a cooking demo on live TV, something which I’d been fretting over for weeks by this point. Thankfully, I didn’t say anything embarrassing or look completely disgusting, so I was beyond relieved when it was over and I could go back to looking like a tutu-wearing cartoon without all of Sacramento judging me or my man voice.
I also celebrated the TV segment by stuffing my face with the gooeiest pizza from IKEA, of all places, among other delicious snacks once I got home. Belly full, mind relieved, and suitable interview outfit on, I left for my interview.
…and it went well! I mean, I thought it did. I think I was so braindead from all the frazzled stress of being on TV that it took away some of the pressure of the interview. I answered everything confidently, I smiled a lot, made tons of eye contact despite my creepy fears about eye contact, and seemed to be on their good side.
I left feeling like I’d nailed that thing, so I hopped in my car and began driving to my celebration dinner when I noticed something that shook me to my very core. Something I fear SO much, that I ask about it several times a day, as well as obsessively check for it several times a day.
There was food all over my face. And in my tooth.
I meeeeeaaaan.. how come I didn’t notice this prior to my interview? How come no one bothered to say, “hey weirdo, you have red crap all over your face” or, “you look great except for that gigantic peppercorn protruding from your tooth crack” ? Not. One. Word.
And in my conceited defense, I DO check myself out a lot. I obviously have to make sure on a regular-basis that I am not walking around in public with junk on my face or things in my teeth or boogers hanging off my nose (it too, has happened). Apparently if I don’t double-check myself often enough I’ll wind up leaving the house looking like some weird savage in a polka dot dress. And apparently, that’s who showed up to my interview, answering questions with confidence, smiling brightly at the interviewers and making eye contact with people who SAW FOOD ON MY FACE.
ON. MY. FACE.
The moral of the story is, don’t book TV segments on the same day as interviews because after your TV segment you’ll be so relieved/braindead/exhausted that you’ll drive to IKEA, eat a huge piece of gooey pizza like a barbarian, then come home and not check your face before going to said interview and then you’ll end up interviewing with pizza sauce and god knows what else in your mouthal region like a fool. Sigh.
Thankfully, donuts make me forget about my barbarian eating habits. Especially donuts smothered in cake batter. Yessssss.
This donut from Gourdough’s was right up my alley — deep fried deliciousness coated in rich fudge and CAKE BATTER. Hello, it can’t get any better (except when you add sprinkles)*. Behold: Not Yo Mama’s Cake Batter Donuts. Get some!
- 1 pkg. Grand's buttermilk biscuits (not the flaky kind)
- About 2 cups oil
- 1 jar hot fudge sauce
- 1 & ½ cups yellow cake mix (just the mix)
- ½ cup water + more if needed
- In a heavy bottomed skillet, heat the oil on medium/medium-high heat. To test oil's readiness, take a drop of water and drop it into the oil. If it lightly sizzles, you're ready! If it pops and sounds angry, turn it down a tad.
- Open the can of biscuits and gently flatten each one with the palm of your hand. Using the base of a piping tip, cut out circles in the middle of each biscuit; reserve the donut holes.
- Fry the donuts and donut holes for about 5-6 minutes, about 2-3 minutes per side, until golden. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Note that the donut holes will likely cook faster, so keep an eye on them.
- While the donuts cool off, pour the hot fudge sauce in a medium bowl and microwave for about 30-45 seconds or until smooth, but not completely runny. Dip the donuts into the hot fudge sauce, allowing excess to drip off. Also dip the tops of the donut holes and place them back into the donut's center (covering up the hole with a donut hole!)
- After the donuts have been dipped, make your cake batter! In a medium bowl, combine the yellow cake mix with ½ cup of water; stir until it comes together and is slightly runny. If it's super thick, add a little more water to thin it out.
- Pour the cake batter into a Ziploc baggy, seal out the air, and snip off a corner. Drizzle the cake batter on top of the donuts evenly. Sprinkle immediately with rainbow jimmies. Serve!
These donuts have the light and airy crunch of a traditional fried donut but are topped with that luscious, sinful chocolate fudge sauce and that creamy, buttery cake batter, making one festive and scrumptious treat! If you’re really looking to fudge it up, consider substituting yellow cake mix with chocolate and use chocolate sprinkles instead. Hubba hubba!
See you tomorrow, donut lovers 🙂
Miss Messy says
Wow once again these look to die for! 🙂 I would probably end up doing the same at an interview. I’m more interested in food than most other things! ha
Aimee @ ShugarySweets says
Ha! Your story cracks me up! I obsessively check my teeth for fear of something being in there. Reminds me of the time after my 4th child was born I snuck out to the grocery store. Normally, I brush my hair, teeth, change my clothes. I literally pulled on some sweat pants and hoodie. Brushed me teeth and ran out for a gallon of milk.
Sure enough I ran into my ex boyfriend from college (hadn’t seen him in ten years). I’m sure he was glad he let me loose, LOL. Oh, and we I got to the car I realized I had dried toothpaste on my lips (GROSS) and baby puke on my shoulder (ICK). So yeah, I feel your pain 🙂
Lisa @ Wine & Glue says
Hayley! You are 7,000 shades of awesome! I want to be a gagillionaire so I can hire you to come sit in my house and make me laugh all day. Dress code: Tutus. Pizza on face optional. These doughnuts? Bosses Day gift!
Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies says
So. Did you get the job? I bet the interviewers kept thinking how much confidence you must have to walk in with pizza sauce all over your face. These donuts sound soooo goood. I’d be willing to suffer something stuck in my tooth all day if you could overnight me one of these. Thanks in advance.
Tanya Schroeder says
Donuts with sprinkles make everything better! And maybe the pizza on your face just looked like a freckle or a mole??? If nothing else, I bet you stood out from the rest and thats always a good thing! Your donuts certainly stand out from the rest! These are exceptional! And made with a cake mix-awesome!
Just wow! Thesw things are amazing!
Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says
Chocolate and cake batter and sprinkles… I don’t think there’s anything better!
Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie says
Oh, Hayley, I love your stories 🙂 If it makes you feel any better, I used to be a career counselor and helped coach interviews sometimes. If you’re the right person for them (and it sounds like you nailed the interview!), it won’t really matter if you had something in your teeth or on your face 🙂
Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says
OMG Hayley!! I was half asleep until I read your story. A good laugh is the perfect way to start my day. Sorry it was at your expense. 🙂 If it makes you feel any better, there was a time for me when I had icing in my hair all day and never noticed….until my dog was crazy obsessed with trying to lick my hair. Then I noticed the pink icing. (I was blonde at the time, how did I NOT notice??!!)
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
OH NO! You poor baby!!! I have had way too many occasions where I went about my life and came home and got a good look at myself aaaand…yepp…chocolate all over the corner of my mouth or some such. That’s why Michael should follow me around because apparently he’s the only person who will tell me when I have food on my face/hair/hands/outfit.
Yes. You deserved these donuts.
Heather @ Snookie's Cakes says
I too have a strange fear of eye contact.
I’m intrigued that you can make donuts from biscuits!
sally @ sallys baking addiction says
You just combined all of my favorites my friend. 🙂 Hot fudge, cake, sprinkles… donuts! I wouldn’t mind waking up to these any morning!
sally @ sallys baking addiction says
PS: love the title of these 🙂
Don’t worry- it happens to all of us! I compulsively check my face in mirrors for the fear that their is something on my face, in my hair, or in my teeth. 🙂
Doughnuts look magnificent! I’m sure if you had given them some they would have hired you on the spot 🙂
Hahah thanks Nessa! I’ll try that one next time 😉
Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig says
OMG you have me rolling, that is just hilarious…wish I could have been the one interviewing you!
And these donuts…OMG you temptress!
Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says
Oh no! I am sure even if you had red pizza sauce on your face, you will get the job! You are that awesome and talented. Proof are these donuts. I love how quick they are and swimming in hot fudge sauce.
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
I maintain the position that you should ALWAYS tell the person you are talking to that they have food in their teeth! LIKE COME ON PEOPLE! It is a pretty funny story though! Also I am loving that you are re – creating all these donuts!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Bummer about the interview. I fear the same thing! And I love the title of this recipe 🙂
Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik says
Hah! That’s something I would do…and for that reason I now carry floss in my purse 24/7. Hope the interview turns out to be something good 😉
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
Hope the interview turns out well.. maybe they thought you had extra spirit because of the mishap. 😛
These donuts look YUM. SUPER YUM.
Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says
Oh, I meant to tell you I watched your video segment online last night (gotta love the Internet!), and you rocked it, girl! I love these donuts, holy cannoli!
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
OBVIOUSLY these donuts are awesome. But I need to know… DID YOU GET THE JOB????? Because if you talked to ME all confident with food on your face I would hire you on the spot. Also we would be sort of twinsies because I definitely always have some kind of buttercream related stain on my shirt. Or frosting in my hair.
Nancy @ gottagetbaked says
People who don’t warn others about the shizz on their face/in their teeth are evil and bound for hell. I don’t care if you’re a total stranger – you’s better be telling me I look like a hot mess. What is happening to humanity?! Anyway, I’m sure it wasn’t as bad as you think and it just adds to your charm! I love that these donuts are made with Grands buttermilk biscuits – I LOVE those things!
Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says
Can I have 5 to stuff my face with pleasE?! Hello with a name starting with not yo mamas I am just drawn to them!! I need in my life. Totally perfect health breakfast food 🙂
Renee @ Awesome on $20 says
I love reaping the benefits of your post-Austin giant doughnut obsession. And I guess one benefit of being married is always having someone to check your teeth and make sure you don’t have any nose hairs poking out. You should get a sidekick.
Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says
Oh man I love me some donuts – and cake batter?
Can I have these Fed-Ex’d to me immediately please?! 😀
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
Oh, girl. First of all, this was too funny! Sorry to laugh at your expense 🙂 and second I feel your pain. I walked around shopping and talking to people a whole day with coconut stuck between my teeth. It’s mortifying but it happens to all of us! I heart you!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
Oh man, that’s harsh. I bet they didn’t even notice. You have such an amazing presence, a little food would go unnoticed for sure!! I heart these donuts and wish I could have tasted them!
Yeah. I’m definitely going to be making these!!! (that story is killing me btw!!!)
Christina Gathright says
Hahaha! It’s all good girl, you’ve got these donuts! The sprinkles alone make the world right again 🙂
These sound heavenly!!
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
Ha! At least they’ll vividly remember the girl from the interview with food on her face 😉 I am so not laughing at you right now – but I am laughing! These donuts would definitely have made me feel better after that 🙂 Love ’em Hayley!
Amanda @ Kevin & Amanda says
These look amazing Hayley!! So sorry about the peppercorn and pizza sauce. I’ve been there, lol!!
Jessica - The Novice Chef says
I love that you put the donut hole on top! So smart!
This donut has your name written all over it!!
Des @ Life's Ambrosia says
Oh my heavens. You had me at Cake Batter.
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
Lol, I can definitely relate to your story. But let me first comment about these delicious donuts. And sprinkles. Oh my!
Where do I begin? 😀
Sarah O. says
Haha, that story is everything. And those doughnuts look killer.
1) thank you! 🙂
2) I love that your blog name is Save the Ovaries!!
Erin @ Making Memories says
Oh my gosh – that’s hysterical! I hate when I have junk all over my face and am oblivious to it. So not good! But these donuts would make me feel better! They look amazing!!!
Ginu Gill says
These look delicious. I try not to fry things though, but I have to give these a try!
Hi there! You could always use a baked donut base! Use whatever works for you; really, the star here is the cake batter drizzle 🙂