The Easiest Donut Cake

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  • Make a giant donut cake – in minutes! This easy and delicious dessert makes for a perfect donut birthday cake donut fans everywhere will love! Finished with a beautiful blush pink icing and your favorite sprinkles, this glazed donut cake will be the star of the show!

    pink glazed donut cake with sprinkles on a white cake stand

    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 a 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 of hands-on time.

    Of course, you can use a donut pan (yes, it’s a thing), but any bundt or tube pan will do (more on that later)! 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!pinterest

    pink glazed donut cake with sprinkles on a white cake stand

     

    girl blowing candles on a glazed donut 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!

    pink glazed donut cake with sprinkles on a white cake stand

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

    How to Make a Donut Cake

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

    overhead of pink glazed donut cake with sprinkles

    How to Ice a Donut Cake

    The most beautiful part of this simple donut 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.

    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.

    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 in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl.
    • 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 (as the icing glaze will begin to harden after a few minutes). 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 can make your own color combination! The options are endless. When you purchase sprinkles from the bakery, they are often far less expensive, too!

    two kids sitting at a table drinking milk and eating donuts

    How to Make a Giant Donut without a Donut Pan

    A donut pan is simply a bundt pan without the ridges. As long as you have a bundt pan, you’re good to go! Your donut birthday cake may have a few extra ridges, but I feel it gives the glazed cake a bit of personality!

    One more quick tip – you may not have a giant donut pan, but if you have a mini donut pan, you can make mini donut cakes! Simply spoon the cake batter into the greased mini donut pan and bake for 8-10 minutes. You should get about 24 mini donut cakes from this recipe.

    Hope you enjoy this sweet idea!

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    Donut Cake

    Make a giant donut cake - in minutes! This easy and delicious dessert makes for a perfect donut birthday cake donut fans everywhere will love! Finished with a beautiful blush pink icing and your favorite sprinkles, this glazed donut cake will be the star of the show!

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword cake, donut birthday cake, donut cake, donuts, giant donut cake
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes
    Servings 16
    Calories 333 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 2 c cake flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 c butter softened
    • 1 1/2 c sugar
    • 8 egg yolks
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 3/4 c milk
    • 1 c buttercream icing store-bought or homemade
    • 2 Tbsp sprinkles

    Instructions

    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 333 Calories from Fat 153
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 17g26%
    Saturated Fat 9g45%
    Cholesterol 129mg43%
    Sodium 210mg9%
    Potassium 112mg3%
    Carbohydrates 42g14%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 30g33%
    Protein 4g8%
    Vitamin A 505IU10%
    Calcium 57mg6%
    Iron 0.5mg3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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