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"Polished In A Pinch:" Easy Fancy Donuts

Posted by Libbie Summers on Thu, Jun 1, '17

I make homemade yeast donuts once a year. It’s a big production that I subject my family to with much pomp and circumstance leading up to the big day –donut Sunday! But, for donut cravings that don’t LAND on donut Sunday, I make these fast and easy Fancy Donuts!

With a fancy donut, the art is not in the making, but in the decorating. This is how an ombré of matcha colored glaze and edible decorations take a store bought cake donut from boredom to stardom!

-Libbie Summers

Tray of Fancy Donuts

Fancy Donuts
makes 12

Flower Fancy Donuts


What you need:

12 store bought plain cake donuts
3 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Matcha powder
Edible petals/flowers (violas, lilac, blueberry, carnation, nasturtium, marigold, bachelor button, chive)*

White sugar pearls
Chocolate dipped pretzels
Edible Gold (if you want to be super fancy)

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Donuts


What to do:

Make the glaze: Add the powdered sugar to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in the milk and extract until smooth. Divide the glaze between 3 bowls. Leave 1/3 of the glaze white. Mix in just enough matcha powder to the second bowl to make a pale green glaze. Mix in enough matcha powder to the third bowl to make a darker green glaze. Cover the pale green and dark green glazes with plastic wrap (pushing against the glaze to keep from crusting over).

Dip and decorate the donuts: Working with one color of glaze at a time (white first) dip 4 of the donuts into the glaze and rest on a drying rack. Working while the glaze is still wet, decorate each donut with the flowers*, sprinkles, chocolate dipped pretzels and edible gold. Repeat the process with the remaining two colors of glaze.

*Go sparingly on the edible flowers…a little flower petal goes a long way!

Gold Fancy Donuts


Are you going to try this recipe for Easy Fancy Donuts on National Donut Day June 2nd? Share your donut pictures with us on social media using #arecipeforreallife!



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