While I'm all about a healthy breakfast (spinach smoothies are my jam!), there's no denying the appeal of that good ol' classic... the DONUT! I mean- breakfast, lunch or after-dinner, there's not really a bad time for a donut.
When my friend Lindsay of Sprinkles For Breakfast and I started talking about some fun ideas to work together, donuts with pizzazz was one of the first things that came to mind. She had perfected an amazing baked donut recipe (donut worry, they're even better than fried! ;)) and I was just dying for an excuse to break out the Froot Loops and boom! Problem solved.
Besides being A) colorful and B) tasty (do you need any other reasons?), these donuts are also super easy to create and would make a fun birthday treat or surprise (cupcakes are so 2014). Because we all want to create gifts that are photo-worthy, right? Haha.
Here's how you can do it!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Donuts! Check out Lindsay's recipe here.
- Breakfast cereals of your choosing
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Baking rack or large tray
- Bowls to mix the various frosting colors, and a spoon to stir
1) HEAD TO LINDSAY'S BLOG TO GET THE DONUT RECIPE! You can find it here. It's simple, tasty, and uses ingredients easily found in your home (or with a quick jaunt to the store).
2) MAKE SOME COLORFUL FROSTING! You can whip up some of your own with powdered sugar, milk, and food coloring. Just start with half a cup of powdered sugar in a bowl, add a little milk and a few drops of vanilla extract, and whip. If it's too thick, add a little more milk and try again. Once you get the consistency you want (like a thick soup, not too runny, but easily stir-able), add a couple drops of your desired color. (If you're impatient, you can always use the tubs of pre-made frosting, sold in the baking aisle. Just microwave first to get the frosting more liquid and ready for dipping.)
3) DIP THEM. Ok, I admit I had no idea how to do this. I thought one needed fancy tools to get that smooth, even frosting look. Turns out, all you have to do it hold it upside down and dip the top half right in the frosting bowl. Then, in one smooth move, pull it out and set it to firm up on a plate or baking rack (frosting side UP). You can get a good visual of this on Lindsay's post. Make sure you pull it firmly out of the frosting too, or it can break in half (yeah, I did that).
4) And for the fun part... DECORATE THEM! I used a mix of 5 or 6 breakfast cereals (priority given to color, of course) and then evenly sprinkled them on the frosting while it was still setting (you don't want it too dry or the toppings won't stick).
And to help make your photos POP... Some STYLING TIPS!
- Plan Your Colors Ahead. Think of the color combos you want to create with the frosting and cereals you've chosen, while mixing the frosting colors. Sometimes monochromatic is fun or you can focus on combos with a lot of contrast (my fave) like blue + yellow, or green + pink. Also, keep in mind any props you'll be using. Have a vintage purple plate to style with? Yellow and pink are both great colors with purple.
- Size Matters. When styling the photos, try to space the donuts so the large toppings and small toppings are intermixed (i.e. having a topping-free donut next to a corn-pops-covered one). Having a balance of sizes will help create a more visually balanced photo.
- Add A Few Props For Flair! I admit, we didn't even really use the gold spoons while making these... but aren't they fun to look at?
- Pay Attention To The Details! If the toppings look sparse on one side of a donut and full on the other, balance it out. If there are too many crumbs in the middle, sweep them away. If the shadow of one prop is covering something else, adjust the angle. It's all of these little details that help give your photo a clean, crisp feel!
Once the frosting is firm, the toppings are on AND you've snapped all of the beautiful photos you want... enjoy!!! And of course, make sure to share your creations on Instagram and tag @sprinklesforbreakfast and @violettinder. We'd love to see what you come up with!