The Easiest Donut Cake

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  • Make a beautiful donut cake – in minutes! This easy and delicious dessert makes for a perfect donut birthday cake donut fans everywhere will love!

    donut cake

    I can’t believe my sweet Ani turned 5 yesterday. Everyone tells you that your kiddos will grow up in a blink of an eye and it couldn’t be truer. I blinked. A lot.

    We’ve been having so much fun celebrating Ani the past few days because birthdays should never be limited to just 24 hours. Ani requested pajama and donuts birthday party. We celebrated her birthday and her love for a sprinkle donut. The girl lives for them.

    The Best Donut Birthday Cake

    She wanted a donut cake, but with the bustle of the holidays and her birthday shortly after Christmas, I completely forgot to order one.

    Fortunately making a  giant donut cake couldn’t be easier! You don’t need any special skills, ingredients or tools to pull off this cake – even last minute! You can make this donut birthday cake in just 10 minutes hands on time.

    Of course you can use a donut pan (yes, it’s a thing), but any bundt or tube pan will do! In my opinion, you should never make it harder than you have to. No fuss, no assembly, just an adorable donut cake that everyone will love!

    Sometimes simple is simply the best!


    easy donut cake


    donut birthday cake

    For the sake of my sanity and in the midst of exhaustion, I picked up a couple of cake mixes and icing. Shameful, I know, but what’s a mom to do with Christmas and 3 birthdays in a month? The recipe I have included is for my favorite yellow cake. You can get my Easy Pound Cake Recipe here, too. It’s great and the perfect color for a giant donut!

    If you prefer to make your own icing you can make my amazing Buttercream Icing with just butter, powdered sugar and milk. Use food coloring to dye it to the color of your choice.

    Before we get started, I have to share some of our favorite cake recipes with you! 


    donut cake with sprinkles on cake stand

    This cake is simple and sweet, just like my Ani.

    How to Make a Donut Cake

    • Make your favorite cake recipe or mix. Tip: add the eggs one at a time and don’t over mix.
    • Grease a bundt pan. (Get tips for a beautiful bundt here and my favorite baking spray)
    • Bake according to recipe or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    • Allow to cool 10 minutes to ensure the cake comes out clean.
    • Flip cake onto a wire rack, give a pan a few taps to help it release.
    • Allow it to cool completely. Using a sharp knife, slice the bottom of the cake off where it had risen to make it even.
    • Place the cake on a platter or cake stand.

    how to make a donut cake without any skills!

    How to Ice a Donut Cake

    The most beautiful part of this cake is how easy it is to ice it. I took several cake-decorating classes growing up, but none of them really stuck. My mom always decorated a beautiful cake, however, I have yet to master it. So once again, I cheated.

    To make a cake look like a donut, ice it like one, by pouring the icing over the top of the cake.

    • Melt icing for 40 seconds.
    • Stir and pour icing over the cake in one continuous circle to ensure it spreads evenly (with the cake stand in the sink to compensate for runoff)
    • Immediately add sprinkles. The more the merrier! It’s such a fun and easy cake to customize!

    Another quick tip you may not know – you are not limited to the sprinkles available in the baking aisle of your grocery store! Most grocery stores with a bakery have a wide array of sprinkles.

    They even offer sprinkles by color so you make your own color combination! The options are endless. When you purchase sprinkles from the bakery, they are often far less expensive, too! 

    donut and pajama birthday party

    Hope you enjoy this sweet idea!


    how to make a donut cake without any skills!
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    Donut Cake

    Make a beautiful donut cake - in minutes! This easy and delicious dessert makes for a perfect donut birthday cake donut fans everywhere will love!

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword cake, donuts
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes
    Servings 16
    Calories 268 kcal


    • 1 c butter softened
    • 1 1/2 c sugar
    • 8 egg yolks
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 3/4 c milk
    • 2 c cake flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

    3. Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy.

    4. Beat in yolks one at a time. Add vanilla.

    5. Blend in flour mixture alternating with milk until just combined.

    6. Pour into greased pan. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes.

    7. Flip cake onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Trim excess from rise off using a knife. Transfer to a cake stand or platter.

    8. Melt icing 40 seconds in the microwave. Stir.

    9. Stir and pour icing over the cake in one continuous circle to ensure it spreads evenly (with the cake stand in the sink to compensate for runoff)

    10. Add sprinkles.

    Recipe Notes

    Cake flour substitute:

    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour with 1/4 cup cornstarch to make 2 c cake flour

    Use food coloring to dye buttercream icing to the color of your choice and use your favorite sprinkles.

    Nutrition Facts
    Donut Cake
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 268 Calories from Fat 126
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 14g 22%
    Saturated Fat 8g 40%
    Cholesterol 129mg 43%
    Sodium 184mg 8%
    Potassium 107mg 3%
    Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
    Sugars 19g
    Protein 3g 6%
    Vitamin A 10.1%
    Calcium 5.7%
    Iron 2.4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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