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Donut Cake: the fabulous eye-catching dessert that looks like a giant donut

Total time: 105 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 12 people
By Cookist

If you're in the mood to make a delicious, easy dessert that doubles up as a decadent breakfast treat, try this fantastic donut cake recipe. Donut cake is a tender, moist, buttery vanilla cake topped with a gorgeous pink glaze and rainbow sprinkles. Its name comes from the fact it looks like a glazed donut, and it gets its characteristic shape from being baked in a bundt pan.

Donut cake is fun and simple to make and will look amazing when served as dessert. Of course, you can always tuck into a slice of donut cake at breakfast when you want to treat yourself, or a loved one – perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions!


Donut Cake Ingredients

This incredible donut cake is made using staple ingredients you're likely to already have in your kitchen.

To make the cake itself, you'll need flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking soda, and sour cream. Sour cream helps make the cake ultra-moist and soft.

The vanilla extract gives the cake a wonderful vanilla flavor that goes so well with the richness of the butter.

To make the glaze you'll need powdered sugar, heavy cream, and pink food coloring.

Finally, don't forget the rainbow sprinkles to top your donut cake!

How to Make Donut Cake

Making the best homemade donut cake couldn't be easier, even if you're not a particularly experienced baker. Start by generously greasing a bundt pan with vegetable shortening. You can use butter or cooking spray if you don't have shortening on hand. Dust the pan with flour, then put it to the side. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.

Next, put the butter and sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer and cream it until the mixture becomes fluffy. Beat the eggs in one at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla. Beat in the flour bit by bit until the batter comes together. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and smooth it out with a spatula. Bake your cake for 60 to 75 or until golden brown. Remove from the oven to cool completely.

For the frosting, beat the heavy cream and powdered sugar until it becomes smooth. Whisk in the pink food coloring, adding more until it reaches your desired color. Pour the glaze over the cooled cake and garnish with sprinkles.


Tips for the Best Donut Cake

Your cake is ready to come out of the oven when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and mostly free from crumbs.

To make your donut cake ultra-tender and moist, you can use buttermilk or Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

To make vegan donut cake, swap the eggs for flax eggs, and use margarine instead of butter. Use plant-based milk or a vegan sour cream substitute instead of sour cream.

To make a gluten-free donut cake, use your favorite gluten-free flour or almond flour.

Use any color of food coloring you like for making the glaze.


How to Store Donut Cake

Keep your donut cake wrapped or covered and store it at room temperature for up to 5 days.

For longer storage, place it in the fridge for up to one week, but take note – it might dry out slightly when refrigerated.

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vegetable shortening for greasing
All-purpose flour
3 cups
Baking soda
1 tsp
Kosher Salt
1 tsp
Unsalted butter
1 cup
White sugar
2 cups
Large eggs
pure vanilla extract
2 tsp
Sour cream
1/2 cup
Powdered sugar
2 cups
Heavy Cream
5 to 6 tbsp
pink gel food coloring
rainbow sprinkles


Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a bundt pan with shortening. Dust it with flour then set aside.

Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together.

Place the butter and sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer. Cream until fluffy.

Lower the speed and beat the eggs in one at a time.

Beat in the sour cream and vanilla.

Gradually beat in the flour mixture.

Mix until combined.

Pour the batter into the bundt pan.

Tap the pan to burst any air pockets, then smooth the batter with a spatula.

Bake for 60 to 75 or until golden brown. Remove from the oven to cool completely.

To make the frosting, beat the heavy cream and powdered sugar until smooth.

Add in enough pink food coloring.

Whisk until you reach your desired hue.

Remove the cake from the pan and turn the cake upside down.

Pour the glaze over the cooled cake.

Garnish with sprinkles.


Use room temperature ingredients to make your donut cake.

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