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{Donut Party} Simple Kid’s Birthday Party Idea

A donut theme is a fun and simple idea for a kid’s birthday party.  This how to makes creating a tiered donut birthday cake easy!

Donut Birthday Cake- What a fun and simple theme for a kid's birthday party!

I know I have mentioned it before, but I have really tried to simplify when it comes to birthday parties for my kids.  I sometimes try and fail, but this year I cracked the code for a simple but still pretty stinkin’ cute party for my daughter.  Thanks to some inspiration from a sweet friend, we had a Donut themed party.

We started with a Donut invitation I designed that read “Donut You Want to Play?”  This was the perfect lead in to having the party at our party at a local park. {Download your free donut birthday party invitation here} Since my daughter’s birthday is smack in the middle of summer and we happen to live in Las Vegas where it is triple digits at this time of year the donut theme worked perfectly.  We were able to have the party early in the day, serve breakfast {donuts of course!} Let the kids play and get some energy out and then after an hour or two everyone was able to get on with all the other activities they had going on that day.

Customizable Donut Birthday Party Invitation - Free Download at

We kept the menu simple and served donuts and watermelon with a selection of milk, chocolate milk, orange juice, water and juice boxes to choose from.  The star of the show though was the donut cake!  I thought this was one of the best parts of the party because instead of having to have a cute cake in addition to all the other party details I was managing, I just stacked up the donuts and made them into the cake too!

Everyone loved it, and my special 2 year old birthday girl was even able to help!  I think she just might have eaten more donuts than anyone and she enjoyed EVERY bite!!

Even kids can help make a donut birthday cake!  Love this birthday party idea!

To make a tiered donut cake is simple.  To make a cake that is 4 layers high as mine was you will need 3 dozen plus 10 more donuts.  Note:  If the size of your donuts is different than mine, you might find yourself needing more or less to create the same sized cake.  I ordered 10 dozen for the whole party but as a warning, we had LOTS left over!

Donut Birthday Cake- What a fun and simple theme for a kid's birthday party!

The cake is big, so I needed a large and sturdy base for it.  I was able to figure out a super inexpensive solution by grabbing a large white box at Costco and cutting the bottom off to use as my base.  I then used paper tape I got on the craft aisle at Target to finish the edges and add some decorative touches.

Make the first layer by placing 9 donuts in a circle and three in the middle.  I used the pretty sprinkle donuts on the outside of the circle and used glazed on the inside where they wouldn’t be seen.  Stack another layer using the same amount of donuts directly on top of this layer but placing the donuts a bit offset so that each donut sits on 2 donuts underneath (the donut sits on half of one and half of the other.)  This makes it a bit sturdier.

DIY Donut Cake for a Donut Themed Birthday Party! So Easy!

Create the second layer of your donut cake by using 6 donuts to create the circle and one in the middle.  The circle that is created will be smaller than the first layer of the cake and make sure that it is centered evenly in the middle of the first layer or your cake will end up to be a bit crooked at the end.  Make a second layer on top of this just as you did on the bottom of the cake. I used different colors of frosted donuts to make the cake a little more fun, but you could do what ever you want.

For the third layer, you will use three donuts centered in the middle of the layer below and then stack three more directly on top of these.  I found that this layer wasn’t quite big enough to offset the donuts and it was sturdier stacked right on top for this size.

Lastly top your cake with two donuts on top of each other, again right in the middle of the layer below.  We put the candles for the birthday girl right in the top donut and it was perfect!

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  1. says

    Your donut cake idea is too cute! We love donuts and this would be fun for my daughters upcoming birthday. Thanks for the inspiration! I”m now following on Pinterest too :)

    • says

      Thanks Heather! I so appreciate it! We loved the donut cake and I’m sure your little ones will too! You will have to share pics on our Facebook Page if you make one!

    • says

      Hi Donna, you can use the buttons at the top of the post to print out the post. The instructions should be right in the text! Let me know if you need any more details.

  2. Marisa says

    Approximately how big was the cardboard base you used? I’m planning on making this for my daughter’s party on Saturday but can’t visualize how big of a base I need! Thank you!


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