Donut Cake

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 3, 2012

Print This Post Print This Post You'll have a HUGE WIN with a Donut Cake, which is simply decorated donuts arranged in stacked tiers. My son considers this Donut Soccer Cake the best cake of all time.

You’ll have a HUGE WIN with a Donut Cake, which is simply decorated donuts arranged in stacked tiers. My son considers this Donut Soccer Cake the best cake of all time.

It pains me to say this, but….

Best. Birthday. Cake. EVER!

Donut Cake on Shockinglydelicious.comWe foodies pride ourselves on hand-making all birthday cakes, no matter how humble. We know that a homemade cake is far superior to a store-bought cake, no matter how fancy the store. It just is.

So imagine, if you will, my pain, when I asked my about-to-be-10 son what flavor cake he wanted for his party.

“Not to hurt your feelings, Mom, but could I have a donut cake?”


What’s that, I wondered?

“You go to the Krispy Kreme store and order it!” he chirped.

Acccck! And let me say that again, only louder for those in the back row…ACCCCK!

I swallowed my pride, we ordered it, and on party day, picked up this lovely creation — 36 regular glazed donuts, then frosted with colored frosting on top of that, some with sprinkles, stacked up in rows, topped with some soccer figures the manager bought at Michaels. We gasped at how cute it was when we saw it.

PROS of the Donut Cake

Easy — pick up the phone or visit the store.
Personalized — you choose the donut varieties you like, the frosting colors, the decorative elements and the size.
Easy to serve — there are no knives needed to cut it.
No fussy kids — each partygoer grabs a donut after you blow out the candles. Party kids can choose whatever color suits them, rather than begging the cake cutter for a frosting rose, a small piece, a big piece, an end piece, a middle piece, whatever.

CONS of the Donut Cake

None, other than the obvious two, listed below.
Insulin shock. Can we say double frosting (the regular glaze topped with colored frosting).
Leftovers. You don’t want these left on your counter at home. Because then you will eat them. And eat them. And eat them, until they are gone. Advice: make the partygoers eat them all! Or send little bags of donuts home with people.

OVERALL: A huge win!

Donut CakeHow to make the Donut Cake yourself

1. If you are the donut-making sort, you could no doubt make this Donut Cake from scratch yourself.

Easy Glazed Baked Donuts in a baking pan2. Make a basic donut, such as this Baked Donut version.  ⇑ Flavor it vanilla, or use another extract (lemon? almond?) favored by your party person.

Blue donut and orange donut on a white counter3. Decorate it as you like, with whatever colors suit the party person.

4. Stack by making a big circle on the bottom tier, then a smaller circle atop that, and an even smaller circle atop that. Decorate with candles and little figures on top if appropriate.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandra | A Dash of Sanity September 17, 2018 at 12:36 pm

This is such a fun idea! I love it!!


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) September 14, 2018 at 11:39 am

These are so darling! So fun


Anna September 14, 2018 at 10:29 am

Wow! What a super fun idea for a kids birthday cake!


Des September 14, 2018 at 7:26 am

This is a genius idea! I would win Mom of the Year with this one!


Allyson Zea September 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm

oH MY GOD!!! My son would FLIP out over this cake!!!!!


Dorothy Reinhold September 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm

I know, right? Mine did. It was his fave birthday cake ever!


Catalina September 13, 2018 at 12:31 am

This donut cake is awesome! Such a great idea for kid’s birthday party cake!


Dan Zehr September 12, 2018 at 11:00 pm

I have to try this! Looks amazing! Perfect. This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.


Rituparna June 1, 2012 at 2:43 am

That is a priceless look on his face. All my dreams have come true on my cake !
Beautiful !


suebaby March 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

Awwww….. Such a handsome boy! 🙂


Dorothy March 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Thank you!


Marty March 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

That smile is worth the compromise!


carpet cleaning Fargo ND March 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

That looks like the greatest cake EVER. I am going to make this and just make up a birthday so it gives me an excuse to eat it.


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