Introduction: The Simpson's Doughnut Cake
Most of us are familiar with the Simpson's and that delicious pink frosted doughnut that Homer loves so much. Why that doughnut crossed my mind I have no idea, but I decided to make my own out of chocolate cake. I hate having to purchase various pans to create different cake shapes so when possible (and for the sake of my own kitchen space and sanity) I do it by hand. I of course have to share the method with you all so please feel free to watch the tutorial.
I also made a fondant Homer Simpson. Click above to watch the tutorial and see how I made him. In the video I also used half my own cake recipe and half of a boxed cake mix to account for more batter needed.
Cake batter (for 2 layers)
*The actual doughnut is jelly-filled doughnut. You can go with two layers of vanilla cake and fill with jelly*
Cake pan (I used a 7 inch spring-form pan)
Gel Dye: *Wilton's Buttercup Yellow, or regular yellow & brown
Serrated or slicing knife
Fondant: Pink (I used Wilton's Red gel dye to create a hot pink), blue, white, green, yellow
Plastic wrap or non-coated latex gloves (for smoothing the cake)
Step 1: Batter
Make the cake batter as the recipe states. I had a small amount of chocolate cake batter from a previous cake, so to that I added a half box of cake mix.
I used a 7 inch spring-form pan because of its' great height (about 4 inches) and perfect size. Feel free to make two cake layers and stack them when ready if using a pan that is 2 inches high. Follow the recipe's baking instructions.
I baked the cake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes.
Step 2: Carving
Put the cake on a cake turner and cut off the top and bottom edges of the cake to round it out. This is easily done by make a sawing motion with the knife and only rotating the cake. When the edge is rounded, remove the center only going about half way down into the cake.
When finished with carving, crumb coat the cake by applying a small layer of frosting all over the cake. Freeze or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Step 3: Frosting
Color the frosting using a couple drops of buttercream yellow or by adding a couple drops of yellow gel dye and one drop of brown gel dye.
Coat the entire cake in frosting then create a somewhat smooth surface by running a small slanted spatula or knife from the center of the cake to the bottom while rotating the cake on a cake turner. Freeze for at least 45 minutes or until the frosting is solid before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Smoothing
This step will transform the look of the cake into a smooth doughnut. If done properly the buttercream will look like fondant. Simply lay a piece of plastic wrap over the cake and smooth out the ridges with the heat from your hands or (favorite method) put on a non-powdered glove and smooth the cake out with your hand. This allows for more precision.
Step 5: Decorating
Roll out some pink fondant to be about the same size of the cake. Cut a swiveled hole from the center. Then, cut around the circumference of the fondant creating a swivel edge to make the dripping pink glaze.
Place the fondant on top of the cake and smooth out the edges.
To make sprinkles, roll out thin strands of red, green, white, yellow and blue fondant then cut into small pieces.
Place sprinkles one by one onto the cake and watch the doughnut come to life. To see how I made Homer check out the tutorial. Don't forget to subscribe and like the video - I appreciate the love :)