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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!

RAWR… I’m a dinosaur!

Rawr… we’re ready to party!

Note the brutal attack taking place in this shot.

These lilliputian dinos were patiently awaiting their glorious fate: decorations for a toddler’s birthday cake. Lucas loves dinosaurs. We love dinosaurs at our house too–I’m fairly positive that you can find them in nearly every room. They travel in the car too, and I may even have one or two in my purse. Baking a cake covered with dinosaurs for a newly minted 3 year-old was awesome!

Happy birthday, little man.