Make It – Abstract Art Donuts

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Mother’s day is this Sunday and for some reason, in my mind, Mother’s day is synonymous with donuts. My family loooves to get donuts on birthdays and holidays. This year, why not celebrate mom by painting her a plate of these colorful, abstract art donuts?!

Aren’t they beautiful? I’m sure any mom will love them! But these aren’t just great for Mother’s Day. They would be perfect at any party, brunch, or bridal shower. Just customize them to the color scheme of your party/event, and you’ll have a dessert everyone will remember. And possibly get into fist-fights over when they run out:)

While slightly time-consuming, the process of making your own donuts is pretty simple. Follow along for the tutorial.

The Supplies:

  • Regular glazed donuts from your favorite donut shop
  • Powdered sugar
  • Food safe paint brush (you want to use a new one that hasn’t been used with paint before)
  • Food colors
  • Plate for mixing colors


You’ll begin by putting the powdered sugar in a bowl and adding just a bit of water. Mix until the icing forms. You’ll want the icing to be the consistency of paint. Not too thick, but not too thin. Go ahead and add more powdered sugar or water until you have the correct paint-like consistency.

Next, you’ll spread small dollops of the icing “paint” to a plate.  Add a tiny amount of food color to each icing dollop and mix to achieve your paint palette.

You’ll really only need a small little pin dot amount of food color to achieve a nice pastel color like the ones I made above.

Now that you have your donuts and icing “paint”, go ahead and start adding the icing to the donuts with the paint brush in random patterns. I found it helpful to add one color to all the donuts in several places before switching to another color. Keep working one color at a time until you have most of the donut covered. Then, go back and fill in any gaps with other colors as you see fit.

There’s no real method to the painting, which is the fun part. Just swirl on the icing “paint” any way you think looks sweet (pun intended). In the end, these are delicious donuts and will be gobbled up, so I doubt anyone will wring their hands over any design decisions.

I love how the icing dripped off the side of some of my donuts for an even more abstract look. I imagine Picasso would have created something similar if he were a baker (Picasso-nuts?).

I hope I’ve inspired you to make your mom a Mother’s Day breakfast treat she won’t forget! If you do try your hand at these abstract art donuts, please let me know by tagging them with #mykailochic on social media! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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  1. Annie @ mommajeans

    May 14th, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Love your photos!

  2. Monica Maynard

    June 6th, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Love it! They look delicious and so artistic at the same time! Very talented thanks Kara.

  3. Jeanine H

    January 15th, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Kara, these are terrific! Pinned & we have proudly cheated: had some Krispy Kreme leftovers & so I'm letting the kids decorate this way! Thank you so much! Again you've rocked colours with this scheme



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