Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Donut Design

Let’s overdose on donuts!

For a nifty party activity or perhaps rainy day snack, have your kidlets decorate plain cake donuts picked up from a local bakery or even the evil junk food aisle of the grocery store. It’s almost like decorating cupcakes but a little more challenging!

What you need:

*cake or plain donuts
*powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
*at least 1 tablespoon of water
*food color
*spoons dull knives (plastic work well)
*cake decorations like jimmies and sprinkles
*clean work surface
*cold beverage of your choice (milk, soy milk, rice milk…etc.)
donut design: what you need

scrumdilly-do it!

Toss about a cup of powdered sugar into a bowl, have your wee one add a teaspoon or so of water and mix. (I put the water into a shot glass or other small vessel for easier manipulation.)
donut design: add water
Next drop one single drop of food color into the mixture. This takes precision an of course your kidlet can add more but one drop will add enough color for a dozen donuts!
donut design: just a drop
Mix and mix and mix and mix! Add more sugar or more water until you get the consistency you like.
donut design: mixing pink
Now it is time for your wee one(s) to “frost” the donuts. Depending on the consistency of the frosting, they can spread it on using knives or pour it on. You can also do this with a small group of kidlets. Give each one a snack sized sealable plastic bag. Add a tablespoon of sugar and a tiny bit of water or juice, a drop of food color and seal. The children can manipulate the baggie and watch all the color mix in. Once mixed, you can snip of a small corner of the baggie and they can squirt their frosting onto their donut (or graham cracker or cookie or cupcake).
donut design: frosted
Add sprinkles and jimmies and voila’, instant donut excitement!
donut design: spinkled with a twist

Wash it all down with a cold glass of milk.

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  1. Thank you for this great outline! My daughter doesn't like cake so we're having donuts at her 6th birthday party. Now the kids can decorate the donuts themselves!

  2. I'm going to use "Donut Design" for the kids at my daycare to create a "Donut for Dad" Father's Day gift. Different dads like different things, but a decorated donut should go over well with every dad!!!