Ann Reardon

3D Donut Cake


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To celebrate the launch of my new merch I have made a 3D standing up donut cake with donut flavored frosting. This week has been a bit of a stressful one for me, filled with many specialist doctors appointments. Our paeditrician was concerned about a valve in my sons heart. Thankfully an echocardiogram today showed that the valve is in fact working properly and that his heart is healthy. As a mum everything takes a backseat when your kids are sick, as a result I am only now sitting down to write this recipe post and I haven’t even filmed this week. I’m not quite sure how I’ll fix that problem but I am just so happy to be worrying about that rather than if my son can play basketball and run around without danger. Perspective is a wonderful thing.

If you happen to want to make a 3d standing up donut cake you will need:

Vanilla cake baked in three trays:
675g (23.81 ounces) margarine
675g (23.81 ounces) sugar
15 eggs
675g (23.81 ounces) flour
12 tsp baking powder
3 tsp gelatin (optional but makes for a softer cake by acting as an emulsifier)

Beat together the margarine and sugar until pale. Add in the eggs and beat to combine. Add in the flour, baking powder and gelatin and whisk on low speed until just combined. Split evenly into three trays and spread out.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden then leave to cool.

Donut frosting: (between the layers)
600ml cream
4 cinnamon donuts
extra cinnamon to taste
4 tablespoons icing sugar
Simmer the creme and donuts together for a few minutes then remove from eh heat. Break up the donut into the cream until you have small pieces then leave to chill in the fridge. Once chilled whip with the icing sugar until it is smooth and fluffy.

Vanilla buttercream (around the outside of the cake)
240g (8.47 ounces) or 1 cup butter or margarine
630g (22.22 ounces) or 5 cups or icing sugar
vanilla essence

Beat all ingredients together until light and fluffy.

50g (1.76 ounces) black
45g (1.59 ounces) red
30g (1.06 ounces) yellow fondant
30g (1.06 ounces) blue fondant
500g (17.64 ounces) tan donut colored fondant

Other supplies
donut cake template

base board preferably mdf or other wood so it has weight to stabilize the cake
2 custom shaped cake boards (see template)
central threaded rod and 2 nuts
plastic cake supports hollow

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25 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 4

    Hi Ann

    We add no flavour to the cake? or add vanilla as desired ? Says vanilla cake with no vanilla on the ingredients.

  2. Rating: 5

    Hello Ann&family, sending y’all lotsa awesome possum vibes from wa state, u.s.!
    I adore your videos and am so inspired by you, thank you for being so bright and encouraging!❤

  3. Rating: 4

    Hi Ann, big fan.
    I’ve been binge watching all of your videos and attempting to make many of your delicious treats my self.
    I was just curious as to how much vanilla is needed for the actual cake part of the recipe.
    I can see that you use some in the video but can’t find it listed anywhere how much to use or if it’s been left out because it’s optional?

  4. Rating: 4.5

    Love your cakes and dessert! Please, Is the flour self raising or plain?

    • Hi Tammy, Ann uses plain flour.

  5. Hi! What temperature is the cake baked at? 180C?

    • Hi Celia, Use a moderate oven unless otherwise indicated. This is about 160C for fan forced ovens , 180C for non fan forced ovens.

  6. anyone know what temp to cook it at

    • Hi Nick, Ann uses a moderate oven unless otherwise indicated.

  7. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann
    Can you please tell me what size tins you used for the donut cake.

    • Hi Pat, Ann used trays 10 inch by 15inch.

  8. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann
    Can you please tell me what size tins you used for the cakes.
    I have bought the templets and wondered what the spare 3/4 oval shape was for as I have watched the tutorial but not sure where it fits in.
    I have just made your converse shoe which was so easy to follow and look forward to doing the donut cake.

    • Hi Pat, The trays were 10 by 15 inch baking trays. I am not sure what you are referring to with the template piece. Perhaps it is the layer that was pieced together with offcutts.

  9. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann! This looks so amazing! Kids really love this cake and it was fun preparing something with creativity for them. This was my first try so the cake was not soft. Will surely try it again! Thanks for the recipe Ann.

    • Thats great to hear Celine!

  10. Rating: 4.5

    Hi Dear Ann, you are amazing and your yummy cakes are superb !!! kindly share cake decorations without fondant please if possible

  11. Rating: 5

    How To Cook That, Can you do an Cow Cake? That would be really cool! BTW, Ann, you are an amazing person and I show your videos to my Cooking Club at school! We have made a successful converse shoe cake and your sugar bowls! WE presented them to the principal and he loved them! He subscribed to your channel! LOL!

    • That is great to hear Jacob!

  12. Rating: 4.5

    Subscribed and clicked Notifications! Great job on the cake!

  13. Rating: 5

    Hope your little boy is ok and not too stressed out from all the doctors visits xx

    • Rating: 5


  14. Rating: 5

    Done! Hello Ann reardon I have been watching your channel a lot lately and I really want you to make a Justin bieber cake I liked subscribed and turned notifications on

  15. Rating: 5

    Where can i find the templates for the donut cake please? Its not on the 3D donut cake page with the recipe?

    • Thanks for letting me know that it wasn’t showing up Courtney , all fixed. See under ‘other supplies’

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