Who needs a cake when you have a DOUGHNUT BIRTHDAY TOWER?! Yes, you have to scream it at least one time.
I’ve told you twice now about a bubble-themed birthday party I did recently. All the foods were bubble shaped, aka spherical, and the cake did not get a pass! I thought I would have some fun with this party and serve doughnut holes for dessert instead of cake or cupcakes.
There is a fancy French dessert which often shows up at weddings called a croquembouche. It is a tower of cream puffs held together with freshly spun caramel. How amazing does that sound? Well, this Doughnut Birthday Tower is sort of like the distant, not-so-fancy, cousin. It may not be a fancy French dessert, but it sure is fun to build and makes a stunning centerpiece for a more casual affair like a children’s birthday party. I used all glazed doughnut holes here, but you could use any flavor or color to match your theme. I think it would look great with multiple colors stacked up together.
When I first tried to make this doughnut birthday tower, I attempted to pile all the doughnut holes on top of one another and seal them with frosting. What I ended up with was a pitiful little mess of a pile. A tasty, tasty mess, but an unattractive mess none the less. Next, I tried inverting a glass flower vase and “glueing” the the doughnut holes to that with hot caramel. Another mess.
By this time I wasn’t having much fun and I was feeling queasy from all the mistakes I ate! I took a break to go shopping. I had other items to procure for this party so I went grocery shopping, then party supply shopping, and finally craft store shopping. As I strolled the aisles buying too much pretty ribbon that may never get used, I came across the floral section and these tall foam cones. They come in sizes from 6 inches tall to about 2 feet tall. Score!
I broke open my toothpick stash and got to poking doughnut holes onto toothpicks that I gently poked into the foam. After I built about half of this tower, I got to thinking about what it might look like once everyone started eating it. I didn’t want a holey white cone leftover as the centerpiece to my colorful party. I carefully removed all the doughnuts and used up my leftover paper bubbles to cover the entire cone. This way, once the doughnut birthday tower begins to be eaten, it will still be a colorful centerpiece to match the party theme. I have since covered these cones in tissue and craft paper with ease. Craft paper is a bit more difficult to poke the toothpicks through, but I think it’s worth the extra effort as it holds up much better than thinner papers.
Take a peek into your local doughnut shop well before your party to make sure their doughnut holes are nice and round. While you’re there, see about setting up a special order to ensure you have enough doughnut holes for your birthday tower. You can use plain glazed like you see here, or a combination of any flavor and color doughnut holes you can find! Once you’ve finished building the tower, you can add cupcake toppers and candles to match your theme and make this Doughnut Birthday Tower feel more like a birthday cake. For the rest of the Bubble-Themed Party details, check out my post on Weelicious.
- white foam cone, any size
- colored paper to match your party theme
- doughnut holes (2-6 dozen depending on size of cone)
- Leave the plastic wrapping on the foam cone, or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
- Use colored or patterned tissue, craft or wrapping paper in the party theme colors to wrap the entire cone. Place the covered cone on a cake plate or serving platter.
- Push toothpicks into the cone about 1/4 inch from the bottom, and about 1/2 inch apart. Place a doughnut hole on each toothpick.
- Repeat until the cone is covered in doughnut holes, and place the final doughnut hole on top of the cone.
- Decorate the Doughnut Birthday Tower with flags, cupcake toppers, or candles.