Introduction: Doughnut Cake

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We love doughnuts; we love frosting- so it makes sense to combine the two and make a sweet little doughnut cake. But - I admit - we're short on time. You could make your doughnuts from scratch - and/or your frosting from scratch but for this project -it's all about fast.
The 4th of July is around the corner so I used a little food coloring to give it a colorful twist -you could do that or add other colors or none at all; just the frosting of your choice.

Step 1: Gather

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3 cake doughnuts
White frosting in can
Red and Blue food coloring gel

Add a little food coloring (remember to use a clean toothpick to go into the food gel so you don't contaminate it) to 2 little bowls of frosting.

Step 2: Slice

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Slice the doughnuts (as fresh as you can get them) in half lengthwise.

Step 3: Stack

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Practice stacking the doughnut halves with one flat half on the bottom and the other half up on top.

Step 4: Stack Frosted

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Add the frosting - I layered it in red, white and blue but you do what ever you like.

Step 5: Frost and Chill

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Frost the outside.

Put it in the refrigerator to set up for 15 minutes or so- it was 90 degrees in the kitchen when I made mine so it was pretty goopey.

Step 6: Sprinkles

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Add sprinkles.

Step 7: Marvel

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Add more sprinkles!

Step 8: Slice

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Cut and serve.

Step 9: Enjoy

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Break out the good Lego silverware.


BLASTFEMI (author)2014-10-31

Finally a use for those unfrosted donuts! They are so annoying. Plain donuts!? What's the point!? Ilove it!

jbutler (author)2015-10-21

awesome! so pretty.

you take great photos!

kikigrace (author)2015-07-29

this looks so yummy! this is the kind of cake I want At my birthday party next year!

shakkyd (author)2015-01-25

Those were always the last donuts left in the box! I agree with @myrrhmaid! Finally as use for the plain donuts!

cherry H (author)2014-06-29

Iook's good

crazy gurl (author)2014-03-03


gralan (author)2013-09-16

wow, my wife is going to flip out over this. Wonderful idea.

zamrin (author)2013-07-28

looks good!!!

realife11 (author)2013-07-02

I would put a twizzler in the center for laughs.
Excellent idea for a quick, no muss, no fuss cake.
I would put it on it's side and call it a cake yule log for xmas.

microfarm (author)2013-07-02

Just a delightful presentation! Love your sense of humor and life! I would not make this cake, but it's a great idea, well done!

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-07-02


Picturerazzi (author)2013-07-02

Yummy!!!! ❤❤❤

aweekfromthursday (author)2013-07-01

Yes! I have a donut pan and have been dying to bake some donuts. This is a great twist on it.

Kyle Frazer (author)2013-07-01

Well, that's my diet down the drain. How cool does that look, all iced up and with sprinkles?

kerikins (author)2013-07-01


lairdkeffer (author)2013-06-30

Man if you could get custard filled cake doughnut's and do this .... Oh good lord I can hear my self getting fatter now :)

LobosSolos (author)lairdkeffer2013-07-01

But it's so worth it, lol.

KimberlyStoney (author)2013-06-30

Thank you all for your comments, suggestions and critiques. I’m thrilled!
Over some excellent cocktails tonight, we discussed and devised countless variations that included Bavarian doughnuts, stacking and turning and the introduction of ice cream. Please- make merry and enjoy the idea of doughnut cake in all its variations (chocolate glazed doughnuts and cream cheese peanut butter frosting?)

Thank you all for looking and to those who commented- extra thanks!

twofouroh (author)2013-06-30

Mmmmmm, took me right back to when I was 6, making raids on Mom's icing containers in the fridge. . . . . . .

GyroGearLoose47 (author)2013-06-30

Thanks for yummies. Pretty colors on donicakes and the utensil is cool also. Picture the following on a frosted fortune cookie, "Your artistic cooking abilities will take you farther". Almost forgot, nice Gif!

fluffydragon (author)2013-06-30

Very pretty! Might be worth trying with gluten free donuts too, but those usually come frozen.

tw2sheds (author)2013-06-30

Real calorie saver with the holes in the middle too.....

blodefood (author)2013-06-26

Draw a red maple leaf and it will be ready for a first of July celebration!

joppenheimer (author)2013-06-26

Add a strawberry and some blueberries on top and you are ready for the 4th of July!

HollyMann (author)2013-06-25

Ok I had to comment again - the pictures are killing me!!! Yummmmmm it looks so good my son would do anything if I made him this! :) lol...I will show him your awesome instructable! pictures are beautiful!

mgcmn1234 (author)2013-06-25

Really creative idea!

momoluv (author)2013-06-25

Do you realize that you could have just cut one donut? Because the other two you just set on top of each other that made them look exactly like they were before

KimberlyStoney (author)momoluv2013-06-25

You're absolutely right- but that would be 2 less layers of frosting. I can see how it might look like the doughnuts were just stacked on top of each other but each half gets a layer of frosting (in step 4)- that way they're securely "glued" together and the doughnuts stay extra moist.

shaddoty (author)2013-06-25

mmm diabetes

ChronicCrafter (author)2013-06-25

This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-06-25

:0 Give me this cake! You are a genius sir!

HollyMann (author)2013-06-25

This is So adorable and I absolutely love the picture!

nerfrocketeer (author)2013-06-25

and I like the fork...

nerfrocketeer (author)2013-06-25


M3G (author)2013-06-25

That looks fantastic! I'm gonna have to make this.

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