DIY Donut Tray

DIY Donut Tray | Revamperate DIY Donut Tray | RevamperateI feel like it’s been ages since I shared a DIY project here, so it’s about time I get back into the swing of things and share a new project. And what better time to do that than for National Donut Day tomorrow! 

Donut Day is my favorite of all the food holidays, so when I started brainstorming what to make for this beloved holiday, I landed on something that I hoped would be useful. After all, I am 100% out of space in my apartment, so I can only justify useful DIYs these days. That’s how this DIY donut tray was born!

Naturally, I will also be eating donuts this Friday, despite reminding myself I’m supposed to be “eating healthy.” I’ll make an exception, just this once…

Anyway, here’s how to make your own painted donut tray from a piece of wood and pretty drawer hardware! 

DIY Donut Tray | RevamperateTime: 30 minutes + dry time


  • Round wood, approx. 10 inch diameter 
  • 2 drawer handles with screws
  • Tan/light brown paint
  • Light pink paint
  • Other paint colors 
  • Variety of paintbrush sizes
  • Clear spray paint sealant 
  • Pencil
  • Drill (not required, but recommended)

First, sand the wood down if needed. I purchased mine at Michaels, so it was already smooth, but it’s actually made to be a clock, so I filled in the hole with a little putty. Using any round object as a stencil, draw a circle in the middle of the wood to show the hole in the middle of the donut. My hole measured about 3 inches. 

Next, paint the entire piece of wood (top and sides, minus the hole in the middle) a tan or light brown color. Let dry.

With the light pink paint, paint on the “frosting” about 1 inch from the edge of the wood in squiggles or waves. Leave about an inch between the donut hole and the “frosting.” If needed, use the pencil to sketch your design before painting. 

DIY Donut Tray | Revamperate DIY Donut Tray | RevamperateOnce dry, use a small paint brush to make small lines in various colors around the “frosting.” These are the sprinkles. Play around with the different angles of the lines so that they all do not face the same direction.

Spray the entire piece with a clear spray paint to seal the paint. This is recommended so that the paint does not chip off the wood. It also gives it a shine, but it’s not required.

Once completely dry, you will need to screw in the handles. About one inch from the edge, choose where you would like the first handle to go and mark the holes with a pencil. Each hole should be about an inch from the edge. Before drilling, use a ruler to measure where the opposite handle should go so that the handles are as even as possible. Mark the holes of the second handle. Lastly, drill the handles into the wood until secure. 

*Alternatively, you can use a heavy duty glue like E6000 to glue the handles but be warned it is less reliable. 

Now you have a completed donut tray for entertaining, holding donuts or drinks! In my case margaritas, which I thoroughly enjoyed drinking when they were done being used as props…

Happy National Donut Day! 


Chocolate Mocha Chip Donuts

Chocolate Mocha Chip Donuts | Revamperate Chocolate Mocha Chip Donuts | RevamperateI’ll take all the chocolate, please! That’s how it feels with these donuts. 

I’m a pretty huge fan of donuts, and while I admit that baked donuts are not the same as good ‘ol fried ones, these are pretty delicious. I dubbed them chocolate mocha chip donuts because they are rich chocolate cake cupcakes with espresso powder and mini chocolate chips. Then they’re topped an espresso chocolate glaze, which really brings out 
the coffee flavor. Next to your morning cup of coffee, one of these will wake you UP and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. 

Donuts are surprisingly easy to make when you bake them in a donut pan, so nothing has to stop you from whipping up a batch of these extra chocolatey espresso donuts. 

Chocolate Mocha Chip Donuts | RevamperateFor the donuts (makes about 8 donuts):

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 tbsp melted butter, cooled
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (or ground coffee)
  • ⅓ cup milk (whole milk recommended) 
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 6-cavity doughnut pan with cooking spray and set aside. 

In a small saucepan on the stove, heat the milk on low heat until it begins to sizzle. Remove from heat and sir in the espresso powder or ground coffee, stirring until dissolved. Set aside to cool. 

In one bowl, whisk together the flour, sifted cocoa, baking soda and salt and set aside. In the bowl of your mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, mix the melted butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla until well-combined. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the milk and coffee mixture until the batter is completely mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips.

The batter will be thick. I recommend pouring all the batter into a large ziplock bag and cutting the corner tip to pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. The donut should have a cake-like consistency. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before turning over onto a cooling rack. 

Chocolate Mocha Chip Donuts | RevamperateFor the glaze:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3-4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder or ground coffee
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup 

In a small saucepan, heat the butter, heavy cream, corn syrup and vanilla until the butter has melted and the cream begins to sizzle. Turn heat down to low and stir in the espresso powder and chocolate until melted. Stir in the powdered sugar until completely combined and dissolved into the glaze. 

Dip the tops of the cooled donuts into the warm glaze and immediately sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or sprinkles and let cool completely. It hardens quickly, so if it gets too thick to dip the donuts, whisk again on the stove for 30 seconds to thin it out. Let sit until they’re hardened and then bite ’em, stack ’em, store ’em and enjoy one alongside your morning coffee. You won’t regret it!

DIY Clay Donut Earrings

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Today is a very special day, and not just because it’s Friday. It’s National Donut Day! Being that donuts are one of the best foods ever invented, this is a holiday worth celebrating. You can probably find me waiting in line for hours just for a free donut today (except, sadly, I have to work). In my opinion, every day should be donut day. Anyone else?

Since I can’t spend all day eating donuts, I’m sharing how to make donuts (kind of). I’m sharing how to make clay donut earrings, which are cute, but unfortunately you can’t eat them…sorry to spoil that for ya!

These are super easy to make and I only wrote the time as 20 minutes because you have to wait out some baking and dry time for several layers of paint. Anyone can make these, and the supplies are very inexpensive, so they make really great gifts for the donut lovers in your life.

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Time: 25 minutes + baking time 


  • Polymer clay
  • Cup or rolling pin
  • Straw
  • 1-inch circle cutter (I used a piping tip)
  • Brown paint
  • Pink paint
  • Multiple colors of paint (for the sprinkles!)
  • Fine tip paint brushes
  • E6000 glue
  • Stud earring hardware (2 pins, 2 backs)
  • Clear spray paint (optional)

First thing, preheat the oven to about 275 degrees (or whatever the package of clay says). I’ve attempted this in my toaster oven, and I must admit it’s not the same thing. Even if it’s crazy hot outside, you still need to use the oven. Roll out a small amount clay with a cup or rolling pin until it is about 1/8 inch thick (use your best judgment).

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Then cut two 1-inch circles out of the clay. Use what you have! I actually used a small piping tip to cut mine to the size I wanted. I wouldn’t recommend using larger than an inch or you will have some pretty big earrings, and any smaller would make them very difficult to make. Use a straw to create the center hole, poking it as close to the center as you can. Bake the circles for about ten minutes or until the clay is hard to the touch.

Let it cool and paint each with a coat of brown paint, making sure to get inside of the donut hole too. Let dry and paint a second coat. Then squiggle some light pink paint around it to make the frosting, let dry and paint a second coat. Lastly, use a really fine tip paint brush to create different colored sprinkles (I used five different colors). Let them dry completely, and I’d suggest spraying the painted clay with a clear coat of spray paint to seal them.

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Get excited! Donut earrings are something to be excited about!

Finally, use E6000 glue (I find that it works great for jewelry making) to secure the earring stud to the back of the clay donut. Part of the reason you want the 1-inch donut is so that the earring stud isn’t visible from the front (since there’s obviously a hole in the middle). Give the glue time to dry, and your clay donut earrings are ready to wear! Wear them around or give them away as a cute homemade gift. Happy crafting!

Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts with Vanilla Icing

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For my coworkers birthday, I said I would make him cake (as I do for everyone in my department), and he said chocolate was his favorite. So I thought, what should I make with chocolate? I mean, there are so many things to do with chocolate cupcakes. That’s the beauty of chocolate. Anyway, I thought I would try something a little different this time. Instead of making good ol’ cupcakes, I decided to go or donuts…made with cake! Now they not only taste like cake, they actually ARE cake.

Yup, these donuts are real baked chocolate cake donuts made from boxed cake mix (my favorite invention ever).

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Baked chocolate cake donuts ingredients (makes 24-28 donuts):

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix (I used Betty Crocker triple chocolate mix)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Mix your boxed cake mix according to the instructions on the box, and move the batter to a large ziplock bag. Spray a donut pan with cooking oil and cut the corner off of the bag to distribute the batter between the donut cavities until they are 2/3 full. Bake on 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the donuts cool while you make the frosting. I call it frosting because it’s thicker than a glaze, but ultimately it tastes very similar. I just preferred the frosting-like consistency since I was going for a real cake-like taste. As a compromise, let’s call it icing! The nice thing is it hardens after sitting for a while unlike standard frosting.

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Vanilla icing ingredients:

  • 6 tbs butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbs milk (or heavy cream)
  • Food coloring/sprinkles (optional)

In a bowl, whisk together the melted butter, powdered sugar and vanilla with a whisk. Then add the milk a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency, and whisk until the frosting is smooth. Tint with food coloring if you desire. Mine accidentally came out looking like Tiffany’s themed cupcakes (sorry Herb!). To prevent the frosting from hardening too early, warm it in the microwave in 8-10 second intervals and whisk it as needed.

Hold the cooled donuts by the sides and dip the tops into the warm frosting. Tilt to the side to let excess icing to drip off, and leave the donuts on a cooling rack to drip. After the icing starts to harden, dip the donuts a second time for good measure. Top with sprinkles if you desire and let the frosting harden completely.

Stack them on top of each other to make a donut cake or serve alongside a glass milk, and enjoy!

Valentine’s Day: Sweetheart Baked Vanilla Donuts

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I’m not nearly as excited for Valentine’s Day as I am about the day after. Want to know why?! Ok, I’ll tell you…Andrew and I are going to Disneyland!

The day after Valentine’s Day is our two-year anniversary of meeting each other, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate, and his friend who works at Disneyland is willing to let us in for free. Seriously, I’m stoked. Considering Disneyland is only about 30 minutes away, it’s crazy that we never get to go (because it’s incredibly expensive). Anyway, that’s my weekend and I can’t wait. I am literally going to feel like a child at Disneyland, hopefully with a really obnoxious princess backpack and Mini Mouse ears.

Ok, we can move on to the treats now. Baked vanilla donuts with sweetheart candies on them to be exact! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these adorable and very easy cake donuts, topped with colorful candy. I’m new to donut-making, but they’re pretty easy and delicious, and I highly recommend giving them a shot.

Sweetheart Baked Vanilla Donuts | Revamperate
Donuts (makes 8-10 donuts):

  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Vanilla glaze:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sweetheart candies (for garnish)

First, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, sour cream and egg until smooth. Beat in the melted butter and vanilla, and slowly mix in the dry ingredients until it is just barely combined with a little bit of white still visible.

Spray a donut pan with cooking spray (I use this one for 6 donuts) and dispense the batter into the mold using a large plastic bag with the corner cut off (basically a piping bag). Using a large ziplock bag let’s you dispense the batter easier into such a thin space. Fill the donut mold about 2/3 fill and bake on 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes until the edges begin to brown slightly.

Let the donuts cool and begin making the glaze. In a small saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla on low-medium heat and slowly whisk in the powdered sugar until it reaches the desired sweetness and the sugar has melted into the milk.

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Dip the cooled baked vanilla donuts into the glaze and let them drip on a cooling rack over some wax paper or foil. Once the tops have hardened a bit, dip them a second time for good measure. Press the sweetheart candies on top of the wet glaze and let set. Donuts are best while they’re fresh, so eat them as soon as you can! I brought them to work the morning after I made them, and they were still really good but fresh is always best. Serve them up for any occasion and everyone will love them and they’re baked vanilla goodness! They’re baked so they must be healthy, right?

Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day! I’m looking forward to a really exciting weekend because, unfortunately, I have to work on Monday despite the holiday. Disneyland, here we come!