Doughnut Cake

Donut Cake

 The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 1 9-inch round cake
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
479 Calories
17g Fat
78g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 479
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 337mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 61g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 63mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you love coffee and doughnuts for breakfast, this cake is soon to be a new favorite when it comes to sweets. It's like a giant-sized cake doughnut that can be sliced and served like a proper dessert. The signature round shape comes from using a 9-inch savarin mold, but a bundt pan can also be used if that is all you have on hand.

The savarin mold is a large ring-shaped pan. The shape is like a cylinder cut in half with smooth sides, unlike bundt pans which tend to have a textured surface and straighter, deeper sides. The mold, which is used for both sweet and savory dishes, is named after Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the famous French gourmand. The shape works perfectly here to mimic the rounded form of a doughnut.

The brightly colored frosting mimics the icing on a doughnut and pieces of candy look like giant sprinkles scaled to fit this donut-inspired cake. Both Mike and Ike or Good and Plenty candies work well for presentation; choose your favorite flavors and colors.


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour, sifted

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Icing:

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • Pink food coloring

  • Multi-colored candies, such as Mike and Ike or Good and Plenty

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Donut Cake ingredients
     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Liberally grease and flour a savarin mold. Set aside.

  3. To make the cake, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy in a large mixing bowl.

    butter and sugar in a bowl
     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a spoonful of the self-rising flour with each egg.

    donut cake ingredients mixed in a bowl
     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  5. Mix in the remaining self-rising flour, baking powder, and salt.

    Donut Cake ingredients mixed in a bowl
     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared savarin mold. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

    Donut Cake batter in a pan
     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  7. Cool in pan 15 minutes then invert onto a wire rack and cool completely.

    Donut Cake cooling
     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  8. To make the icing, combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of the milk in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.

    icing ingredients in a bowl
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  9. Gradually add the rest of the milk, one tablespoon at a time, while mixing, until the desired consistency is achieved. Add pink food coloring and mix until desired color is achieved.

    pink icing in bowl
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  10. Place the cooled cake on a serving platter. Quickly spoon or pour the icing over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides in the same way icing would coat a donut. Work fast as the icing will begin to set.

    Donut Cake with icing
     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  11. Before the icing has set, gently press the candy decoration “sprinkles” onto the cake in a random formation. Let the icing set before slicing and serving.

    Donut Cake
     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  12. Enjoy with a cup of coffee for the full experience!

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