One of our favorite scenes in Disney’s classic animated film, Sleeping Beauty is when the fairies attempt to make a birthday cake for Princess Aurora without using their magic. The cake is anything but perfect as it leans and drips in ways a cake shouldn’t. Family.Disney.com recreated this special cake by using donuts! Check out the fun recipe below and get the whole family involved. Happy baking!
Sleeping Beauty Donut Cake
Ingredients (serves 8):
- Donuts (store-bought or homemade)
- White candy melts
- 2 Cups powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 Tbsps milk
- Dash of vanilla extract
- Cutting board
- Blue and yellow gel food coloring
- Piping bags
- Kitchen scissors
- Vanilla frosting
- Long pretzels or bread sticks
- Dark chocolate, melted
- Pastry brush
- Pink candles
Helpful Tip: All cutting and stove use should be done by an adult.
1. Use your choice of plain store-bought or homemade donuts. If using homemade, ensure the donuts are completely cool before decorating. I used 8 homemade baked cake donuts in total.
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2. Melt the white chocolate. Dip the donuts in, and let them set completely on a wire rack.
3. To make the glaze, combine sugar, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. Add in blue gel food coloring until incorporated, then transfer into a piping bag. Snip a corner off. Then, pipe drips onto the donuts, smoothing the glaze out with a toothpick where needed. For the donut that is going on top, cover it completely with blue glaze.
4. Use frosting or melted chocolate to secure the first donut onto the cake board or cutting board. Carefully stack the donuts.
5. Combine yellow gel food coloring with vanilla frosting to create the yellow frosting. Add to a sturdy piping bag. Then, pipe on the yellow details on the top tier. You can use a dowel in the middle of the donut stack to hold them up if you wish, but my stack of 8 was completely fine without.
6. To make the broomstick, use a long breadstick or pretzel stick and apply a layer of melted chocolate with a brush. When set, dip 1 end in melted chocolate and stick into a marshmallow on an angle so it’s leaning towards the donut tower. Stack another marshmallow underneath, attaching them together with melted chocolate.
7. “Glue” the base of the marshmallow to the other side of the cake board with melted chocolate and wedge the “broomstick” between the top 2 donuts.
8. Combine more yellow gel food coloring with vanilla frosting to create a darker yellow frosting. Using this frosting, pipe long strands of icing onto the marshmallows to imitate the straw of the broom. Finish it off with a ring of piped dark chocolate approximately 3/4 of the way up.
9. Pipe small dollops of regular yellow frosting where the candles will go, then stick pink candles directly on top.