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9 Easy Ways to Decorate Donuts For Your Next Party

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If you haven't tried making fancy donuts then you're seriously missing out! They're delicious, easy to whip up, and totally adorable for any occasion.

There's a good reason that these decorated donuts are a trendy party staple - they don't take a lot of effort to make and are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression with your guests. All you need are store-bought donuts, a few tubs of vanilla icing, food coloring and sprinkles. Yup, they're that simple.

You can get the instructions for how to make each donut below. Enjoy and have fun!

Melted Ice Cream Cone Donuts

Would you believe that this is a donut and not actual melted ice cream? This melted ice cream cone donut is the perfect sweet treat to serve at birthday parties or summer get togethers.

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Ingredients

  • Plain glazed donuts
  • Tub of white frosting
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Mini ice cream cones
  • Donut holes
  • Toothpicks

Directions

  1. Place your donut on a wire rack with a parchment lined baking sheet underneath. This will catch all the melted icing that runs off your donut.
  2. Microwave your tub of icing for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for another 30 seconds.
  3. Put a toothpick in your donut hole and attach it to the top part of the larger donut.
  4. Pour your icing over top of the donut and donut hole so that it's completely covered.
  5. Place a mini ice cream cone on top of the donut hole and sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles on the icing.
  6. Let the donuts set for about 20 minutes and they're ready to be eaten!

Cactus Donuts

Never have I ever had the urge to eat a cactus...until now! These little guys are so cute and would be perfect for a summer party, or let's face it, any day of the week. Serve them up on a bed of Rice Krispies "sand" for some extra desert flair.

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Ingredients

  • Plain glazed donuts
  • Tub of white frosting
  • Green gel food coloring
  • White sprinkles
  • Icing flowers
  • Candy melts

Directions

  1. Place your donut on a wire rack over top of a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  2. Microwave your frosting so that it's easy to pour. Add the green gel food coloring to your frosting and stir to combine.
  3. Stick a candy melt into the side of your donut.
  4. Pour the frosting over the donut and top with white sprinkles (these are your cactus' spines).
  5. Place the icing flower on your donut and your cactus is complete! Let the icing harden up before serving and enjoy.

Caterpillar Donuts

This caterpillar donut looks complicated to make, but trust me it's not. Instead of keeping your donut whole, you cut it into thirds, arrange the pieces in a squiggly line and use a donut hole for your caterpillar's head. Easy peasy!

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Ingredients

  • Plain donuts
  • Donut holes
  • Toothpicks
  • M&Ms
  • Candy eyes
  • Pretzel sticks
  • 2 tubs of frosting
  • Blue and red gel food coloring

Directions

  1. Cut your plain donut into thirds. Arrange the pieces on a wire rack so that they form the caterpillar's body and use a donut hole for his head. We used toothpicks to keep all the pieces together, but you could try using frosting instead.
  2. Microwave your icing containers and add the red and blue food coloring to each and stir. You can use whatever colors you like, so feel free to experiment!
  3. Pour the blue icing over your caterpillar's body and the red on his head.
  4. Place the M&Ms on the caterpillar's body to form stripes. Add the pretzel sticks in the top of his head for antennae and finish with the candy eyes.
  5. Once the icing hardens they're ready to be eaten!

Rainbow Donuts

Who doesn't like rainbows? You can make these colorful treats the star of your next party with very minimal effort. Grab yourself some donuts, sprinkles and coconut and you're ready to get decorating!

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Ingredients

  • Plain donuts
  • Rainbow colored sprinkles
  • Shredded coconut
  • Tub of vanilla icing

Directions

  1. Cut your donuts in half and place on a wire rack.
  2. Microwave your frosting until it's a pourable consistency.
  3. Pour the frosting over the halved donuts and arrange your rainbow sprinkles on each.
  4. Pour more frosting on the ends of the rainbow and sprinkle on the shredded coconut.
  5. Let the icing harden up and your donuts are good to go!

Penguin Donuts

These penguin donuts are just too cute! Forget spending hours baking a cake for your kid's next birthday party and make these adorable treats instead.

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Ingredients

  • Chocolate donuts
  • Tub of vanilla frosting
  • Yellow candy melts
  • Candy eyes

Directions

  1. Place your donuts on a wire rack and microwave your frosting until it's pourable.
  2. Pour the frosting over the bottom half of the donuts.
  3. Stick two candy melts to the bottom of the donut - these are your penguin's feet.
  4. Use frosting to stick two candy melts together and stick them on your donut - these are your penguin's beaks.
  5. Next add your candy eyes above the beak. Use frosting to help them stay in place.
  6. Once the frosting has hardened up your penguins are ready to be devoured!

Monster Donuts

'Eye' guarantee that you're going to love these monster donuts! Serve them at your Halloween parties, birthday parties or anytime you want to make a big impression. We made ours a vibrant purple color, but you can make them any color you like.

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Ingredients

  • Plain or chocolate donuts
  • Tub of vanilla icing
  • Purple gel food coloring
  • Purple sprinkles
  • Candy eyes

Directions

  1. Place your donuts on a wire rack and microwave your tub of frosting.
  2. Add the purple gel food coloring to the icing and mix well to combine.
  3. Pour the icing over the donuts and top with purple sprinkles and candy eyes.
  4. Once the frosting hardens up your monster donuts are ready to be eaten!

Cookie Monster and Elmo Donuts

Fans of Sesame Street and going to go crazy for these adorable treats! Whip them up for your kid's birthday party and watch as their eyes light up when they see their favorite cartoon characters come to life.

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Ingredients

  • Plain donuts
  • Candy Eyes
  • 2 tubs of vanilla frosting
  • Donut holes
  • Mini chocolate chip cookies
  • Red and blue gel food coloring
  • Red and blue sprinkles
  • Oreos

Directions

  1. Place your donuts on a wire rack and melt your icing in the microwave.
  2. Add the red and blue food coloring to your tubs of melted frosting and mix well.
  3. Pour the red coloring over one of your donuts and sprinkle with red sprinkles.
  4. Add a donut hole in the middle of your donut to make Elmo's nose.
  5. Cut an Oreo in half and place it under the donut hole to make Elmo's mouth.
  6. Place two candy eyes above the donut hole and let the icing set before serving.
  7. Pour the blue icing over another plain donut and top with blue sprinkles.
  8. Place a mini chocolate chip cookie near the donut's hole and place two candy eyes above the hole to complete your Cookie Monster donut! So cute!

Apple Donuts

An apple a day keeps the doctor away...well, maybe not these types of apples! Donut apples are a super cute and easy treat to make when you need something awesome on short notice. They'll be gobbled up in a flash!

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Ingredients

  • Plain donuts
  • Tub of vanilla frosting
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Red sprinkles
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Green gummy candies

Directions

  1. Place your donuts on a wire rack and melt your frosting in the microwave.
  2. Add the red food coloring to the icing and mix well to combine.
  3. Pour the frosting over the donuts and top with red sprinkles.
  4. Stick a pretzel stick into the top of your donut to make the apple's stem.
  5. Cut your gummy candy so that it is more leaf-shaped. Stick the leaf into the top of the donut beside the pretzel. Use a toothpick to secure the gummy if you have issues getting the leaf to stay in place.
  6. Once the frosting hardens your apples are ready to be enjoyed!

You can check out our video below that shows you step by step how to make each of these adorable donut creations.

Which one will you make first?

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