Your DIY Donut Dreams Are About To Come True

We're calling it: Every day is National Donut Day. Because donuts have literally taken over the world — or at least weddings, red carpets and everybody's Instagram feed.

The glaze recipes and decorating ideas here will help you get some of that action.


  • Fresh donuts and glaze ingredients (recipe below)
  • Gel food coloring in pink
  • Sprinkles
  • Assorted fresh fruit, such as strawberries and blueberries
  • Coconut flakes
  • Edible flowers, such as pansies

1. The Homer Simpson

Tint a light-colored vanilla glaze with a toothpick tip's worth of pink gel food coloring, then dunk your donuts into the bowl (make sure it's deep enough) and top with rainbow sprinkles.

Vanilla Cream Glaze

  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 5 teaspoons heavy cream (add more as needed to create desired consistency)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add gel coloring to your liking — remember, a little goes a long way!

2. Fresh flower-covered donuts

So pretty! So on-trend! Just make sure your flowers are organic and unsprayed (some specialty supermarkets carry them in the produce section). Of course, you could simply grow your own if that's your thing.

In addition to violets I used whole pansies as well as just the petals. Decorate a vintage plate with leaves and stems to create that whole rustic-chic feel. They're the prettiest donuts in town.

3. Coffee-glazed donuts

Coffee and donuts: always a genius pairing. This glaze is so good, you'll also want to spoon it over pound cake at tea time...or anything at any time.

Coffee Glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coffee extract
  • 5 teaspoons whole milk

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.

You can also use instant coffee granules to make a glaze: Simply dissolve 1 teaspoon instant coffee into the 5 teaspoons milk, then add icing sugar.

4. Fruit and nut donuts

By nut I mean coconut! I love the bright white look mixed with fruit in vibrant colors.

To create some real social-media excitement, try slicing your strawberries into tiny matchsticks! It will make everyone FREAK OUT.

5. Matcha green tea-glazed donuts

Hue knew you could do this to a donut?

Matcha Green Tea Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon matcha-green-tea powder (found in Asian supermarkets or online)
  • 1½ cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole milk

Boil water and whisk matcha-green-tea powder into it until combined. Cool, then whisk with the rest of the ingredients to form a smooth glaze.

The fun thing about glazes is they're hard to mess up, so long as the consistency ends up okay, experiment all you want. I like my glaze on the thicker side, so I tend to use less liquid when I can. If your glaze gets too thin and slides off your donut when you dip it, simply add icing sugar a little at a time and whisk until you get the right result.

Photos by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land

December 03, 2018
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