For the love of coffee & donuts

mini donuts

So the other day I posted the yummy little dudes on the bakery’s Facebook page with the question, what did the donuts become? I posed the question because these sweeties were destined for greatness. Something grander than being mindlessly munched on while someone checks their email. More noble than being consumed by a three year-old who would enjoy them no more or less if they came directly out of a Hostess bag. These almond flavored, sprinkled rings of  goodness had a higher calling–birthday cake.

 mini donuts 2

Now even though I got over my unfounded issues about frying things earlier this year, fried doughnuts didn’t seem quite right for this project. The ones that I like to make have a crumb that I suspect would be a bit too delicate, and I needed something a bit more sturdy for this task. That brought me to baked doughnuts. With no pan right for the job, we went searching for one. Not particularly hard of course because I needed it for the next day, and if I couldn’t find one on our first stop (hello, Target!) I was going to try to imagineer something in the kitchen instead of running around like a stressed out maniac.

And you know what? They didn’t have the pan I was looking for… they had something even better. A “donut maker” on super-duper clearance!* WIN! This magical little fancied up waffle-iron thing allowed me to whip up some dough, and crank out the tiny treats in about 2 minutes per batch.

Now I wish I could tell you that this cake was my own brilliant idea, but it wasn’t. The credit goes to Heather Baird of SprinkleBakes.

birthday donut cake

I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe to build a magnificent 3 layer cake with a coffee swiss meringue buttercream (it’s the ideal texture for adhering things to your cake!) and then starting sticking. The white nonpareils were Violet’s choice for her Pop’s birthday cake, and I added a dusting of espresso powder for good measure. Bonus: a single donut on top acts as the perfect candle holder if you’re only using a single candle on the cake!

donut cake side

This cake was a big hit and packed enough of a caffeinated jolt that nobody was even looking for a cup of joe to go with it… amazing. My dad refers to it as “Cop Cake” and suggested that I add it to the menu. I think he might be on to something.

cop cake

*by the way, that’s not some sort of affiliate link… just showing off what I scored at a price that I would have never paid for it!


1 thought on “For the love of coffee & donuts

  1. ermabasila

    Oh my gosh it looks so good. This cake reminds me of tiramisu. That’s awesome you scored the donut maker on clearance. It’s like the store was anticipating you coming.


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