DIY- Mini Candy Donuts!

There's not much in the world that's better than a donut. And there's not much in the world that's not made better in mini-size. So, it follows that mini-donuts are the BEST. THING. EVER.

As you may have seen on Instagram, my friend Rachel (@linesacross) and I have a weekly hashtag project named #thecandyrainbow. Each week, we come up with a new theme (vacation, the color pink, favorite food) and create images made totally of candy... it's been so fun! (p.s. you should totally tag all your candy pics with #thecandyrainbow) This past week, I was messing around with some lifesavers, when the idea struck me- mini candy donuts!! And let me tell you, they turned out even cuter than I imagined!

I envision these as cupcake toppers, or even covering a cake! Can you imagine a funfetti cake, covered in white frosting, and then a layer of tiny neon donuts all over that? It makes me want to go celebrate right this second!! They're really easy to make, they just take a few hours or so, to allow the layer of candy paint to dry before you decorate them. Ready?

Here's what you'll need:

  • Candy paint or colored chocolate to dip in (they sell this at most craft & party stores)
  • Lifesavers (I used white because it's what I had on hand, but you probably prefer fruit over mint, so any lifesaver flavor will work!
  • Tube of frosting (any color, just make sure it has a thin nozzle)
  • Sprinkles!!

1) To start, take all of the lifesavers you'll be using and set them out on a plate. Once you get going, your hands get pretty messy so it's easier to have the candy all ready to go.

2) If you're using candy paint, pick them up one at a time to paint and then gently set aside to dry. I had to use a couple coats per lifesaver, so allow yourself time to paint them all. If you're using colored chocolate, melt the squares into a bowl (low heat) and then dip each lifesaver in the bowl, one at a time. Make sure it's fully covered, and then set it aside to dry.

3) Now for the FUN PART! Once the candy is dry, it's time to decorate. I used decorating icing and gave each lifesaver a thin layer- enough to hold on to some sprinkles, but not so much it would slide off. Once your icing is on, go to town on those sprinkles!!!

4) That's it! Now you can use them to decorate a cake or just sit right down and eat them all yourself. :)

I would love to see what you come up with- share your pics with me on social media, with the hashtag #thecandyrainbow!

Xx Natasha