5 ways to decorate doughnuts

It’s national doughnut week, so here are 5 ways to decorate shop-bought doughnuts!

Written by Gabrielle Meredith-Elsworth

Happy National Doughnut week! Of course, you already knew that as you’ve been up all night, slaving over a hot stove to bake your own deliciously fluffy doughnuts ready for your little darlings to decorate, right? Riiight.

If you’re mad enough to attempt a home-made batch of doughnuts, we salute you. But, if a trip to the supermarket tops your domestic goals, here’s all the tasty fun made with shop-bought doughnuts. They’re sure to achieve some peace and quiet, if only when they’re being eaten!

All the icing can be made from icing sugar – but if it is truly minimal effort you’re after, buy coloured icing in the baking section of the supermarket.

1) Birthday cake: the classic pink doughnut.

What you’ll need: icing sugar, milk, pink food colouring, sprinkles

What to do:

1. Help your little one mix 172g of icing sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk and 1 drop of pink food colouring together.
2. Spread icing over the doughnut.
3. Get your child to cover the doughnut in sprinkles. Leave to set before eating!

2) Banana bear: a fruity friend.

What you’ll need: Peanut butter OR 172g icing sugar, 3tbsp milk and 1 drop brown food colouring, plus banana and blueberries

What to do:

1. Slice up some bananas.
2. If you’re using icing, help your little one mix 172g of icing sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk and 1 drop of brown food colouring together. If you’re using peanut butter skip to step 2.
3. Spread peanut butter or brown icing over the doughnut.
4. Ask your child to put two banana slices above the doughnut hole to make ears, then one below the doughnut. Add a blueberry to this banana slice to make a nose, and a blueberry either side of the nose for two eyes. Cute!

3) Cool croc: doughnuts to be snapped up!

What you’ll need: icing sugar, milk, green food colouring, mini white marshmallows, chocolate chips

What to do:

1. Cut some mini marshmallows in to triangles. Don’t cut all of them as you will need normal shapes too.
2. Help your little one mix 172g of icing sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk and 1 drop of green food colouring together.
3. Cut a slice into one side of the doughnut and spread green icing all over, including inside the cut.
4. Get your child to stick the marshmallow triangles inside the cut to make teeth.
5. Ask your child to also stick two un-cut marshmallows on top of the doughnut, with a chocolate chip on top of each marshmallow to make eyes.

4) Monster: scarily tasty!

What you’ll need: orange and green tube icing (or icing sugar, milk, and orange and green food colouring), mini white marshmallows, chocolate chips

What to do:

1. If you’re using tube icing, skip to step 2. If not, help your little one mix 172g of icing sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk and 1 drop of orange food colouring together. Repeat with the green food colouring to make green icing.
2. Drizzle icing over the doughnuts, the messier the better!
3. Then ask your child to stick two mini marshmallows on each doughnut with a bit of icing, as well as two chocolate chips for eyes. Leave to set. Roarsome!

5) Funny face: easy masterpieces.

What you’ll need: icing sugar, milk, any colour of food colouring, teeth and lip sweets, sweets

What to do:

1. Separate the teeth, lips and sweets in to different pots.
2. Help your little one mix 172g of icing sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk and one drop of food colouring together.
3. Spread the icing over the top of the doughnuts.
4. Now your child can make their own faces with the skittles for eyes, the lips and the teeth.

If you try any of our ideas, make sure to upload your little artists’ work to Instagram and tag us @5minutefun!

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