Rainbow Donuts

Breakfast · Holidays · March 1, 2013

Rainbow Donuts!! So cute, easy and perfect for St. Patrick's Day!! { lilluna.com }

Hi everyone! I’m Dorothy, from Crazy for Crust. I started blogging because I looooooved crust and pie…and then I realized I loved cookies too. And brownies. And ice cream. And donuts! Pretty much…I’m addicted to sugar. So I bake a ton and then I share it…with a slice of my life.

I’m SO excited to be here today at Lil’ Luna! I’m kind of in love with all of Kristyn’s wonderfulness over here – her dinner recipes are filling up my Pinterest boards fast! When she asked if I could guest post at the beginning of March, my mind went into overdrive. There are just So. Many. Holidays! in March. There’s Easter, and Pi Day (yes, pi…I’m a total math nerd), and St. Patrick’s Day, which is also Rainbow Day. So many choices!

But really…there was no choice. You see…I’m slightly addicted to rainbows. Something about the cascade of color…it makes me smile. Last year my daughter had a rainbow themed birthday party and I went a little rainbow crazy. As soon as Valentine’s Day is over I start thinking in ROYGBP (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). I pretty much have a goal to make every treat imaginable into a rainbow.


Let’s start with breakfast, mmmkay?

Rainbow Donuts!! So cute, easy and perfect for St. Patrick's Day!! { lilluna.com }

Baked donuts are one of my favorite things ever because they are super easy. And, unlike cookies or cupcakes, the recipes only make a few. And they freeze well! A win on all counts.

I made these Rainbow Donuts in my mini donut pan, because yes, I am that person who has all-the-donut-pans. Mini, regular, twist; my cabinets are cluttered with donut pans. You can use a mini donut pan or a regular sized donut pan for this recipe. The only difference is the size and number it makes. Using a mini donut pan you’ll get about 14, a regular pan will yield approximately 5 or 6. You can tell I overfilled my pans a little because mine look more like little helmets than donuts…but that’s okay. They all taste the same!

This is one of my favorite donut recipes because they yield a fluffy and soft cake that is not dry at all. I used coconut milk in my recipe because I was out of regular, but you could use skim or fat-free milk or even almond milk. Once you have your batter all mixed, just divide it into 6 small bowls and dye each bowl a different color of the rainbow.

I find that, rainbows or not, using a ziploc bag to fill a donut pan is a must. The little cavities in the pan are too hard to get a spoon into. So, once your batter is ready, place each color in a baggie and snip off one corner. Pipe a little of each color into each section of the pan and bake. The donuts will be delightfully tie dyed in beautiful rainbow colors.

And, because they are baked donuts, you can afford a little more calories by dipping them in glaze, am I right? I used a simple powdered sugar glaze, again with the coconut milk (but sub whatever you have!) so that the rainbow would show through. These donuts are delightfully sweet and delicious. They’ll make a great St. Patrick’s Day breakfast!

Rainbow Donuts!! So cute, easy and perfect for St. Patrick's Day!! { lilluna.com }

And, because they are mini and baked…I can eat six. Right?

Rainbow Baked Donuts
by Crazy for Crust (Donut recipe from Shugary Sweets)

For the Donuts:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup milk (I used coconut, but you can use regular low/fat-free)
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Food coloring, in rainbow colors
Donut pan (mini or regular)

For the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons coconut or regular milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Stir all donut ingredients (except food coloring) in a large bowl until well blended.
  3. Divide batter equally into 6 small bowls. Dye each bowl a different color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple) using food coloring. Transfer each color to a separate sandwich sized baggie.
  4. Starting with the red batter, snip the corner off the baggie. Place a bit of batter in each donut cavity (about 1/8 teaspoon). Repeat with all colors in each donut cavity. Repeat with remaining colors, making a tie-dye style batter in the pan. (Batter makes about 15 mini donuts, so you will have some batter left in your baggies after the pan is full, and you will repeat this process once the first batch of donuts is removed from the pan.)
  5. Bake 7-9 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes in pan and then carefully remove from the pan to a cooling rack. Repeat step 4 to finish off the batter left in your baggies.
  6. Once donuts are cool, make the glaze. Whisk all glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Dip the donuts in the glaze and place on a cooling rack to set. There will be enough glaze to dip a second time, if you wish. Let dry before stacking or eating.

{The donut recipe was slightly adapted from Shugary Sweets}

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Thank you again Kristyn for having me!

Come on over to Crazy for Crust and visit me sometime.

I’ll talk your ear off and ply you with sugar. Promise!


Thanks Dorothy!! They not only look delish, but are so cute!

For more St. Patrick’s Day desserts be sure to check out:

Frozen Grasshopper Squares. So easy and has oreos, chocolate, and mint ice cream! YUMMY! { lilluna.com }

Frozen Grasshopper Squares

Mint M&M Oreo Cookies that taste JUST like Thin Mints!! { lilluna.com } Oreos and mint m&m's, two delicious flavors!!

Mint M&M Oreo Cookies

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

Thank you so much for having me! 🙂


Yummy!!! I love rainbows too. These will be so fun to make. Thanks for the recipe and idea 🙂

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