Rainbow Donuts – these fun donuts are made using fruity pebbles, white chocolate and shredded coconut!
Did you see this picture I posted on instagram about a week ago? If you haven’t, take a look at the picture below..
I captioned it, “This seemed like a good idea an hour ago. #help”.
It really did seem like a good idea when I was brainstorming recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. Some how my brain must have forgotten that fruity pebbles come in one large jumbled box of colorfulness, not neatly pre-sorted by color.
But, I learned a few things while separating fruity pebbles.
First, there is a serious shortage of purple and blue fruity pebbles.
Second, fruity pebbles are suppose to be pebbles, not fruity clumps. I encountered a lot of clumps that I had to carefully pull apart color by color.
Third, fruity pebbles make ridiculously cute rainbows, especially rainbows on donuts :)
I may be a bad food blogger because I am sharing a recipe that is quite ridiculous and time consuming. Between you and me, I don’t actually expect you to make this one. I know! Why would I share something so cute but so ridiculous? Well let’s reintroduce ourselves.. Hi I’m Beth and I like making over the top recipes.
If you do make these super adorable rainbow donuts, you need to send me a picture because you totally deserve an award. I’ll even write you a letter and tell you how awesome you are. :)
We have another recipe in store that uses fruity pebbles, but I promise you won’t have to sort them by color :)
Yield: 6 donuts
Total Time: 2 hours
- 1 cup flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
- 4 rectangles of vanilla candiquik
- 1 tbsp vegetable shortening
- Fruity pebbles, sorted by color (you don’t need to sort the entire box)
- Shredded coconut, small amount
- Paint brush, new – never used before
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray, use a paper towel to lightly spread/remove excess spray.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In another bowl combine the milk, egg, vanilla, and oil until well blended. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix just until combined.
- Transfer the batter to a large piping bag or use a ziploc bag with one corner cut off. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each donut hole about 2/3 full.
- Bake the donuts for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the donuts sit in the pan for 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool.
- Remove the donuts from the donut pan and place them on a wire rack to cool.
FOR THE BASE ICING OF THE DONUTS
- Melt the vanilla candiquik with the vegetable shortening in a microwave safe bowl. I like to place the candiquik and vegetable shortening in a small saucepan over low heat and melt the chocolate that way. You could microwave the candiquik and vegetable shortening on 50% power for 2 minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds, until melted.
- For dipping the donuts, it’s easiest to transfer the melted chocolate to a small shallow dish, but large enough to fit a donut in. While hanging onto the edges of the donut, dip each donut into the chocolate and pause for a few seconds while the donut is upside down to allow to excess to fall off. Allow the donuts to cool on a cooling rack completely before adding the fruity pebbles.
- Keep the chocolate warm during this process. The melted chocolate will act as ‘glue’ to hold the fruity pebbles on. Beginning with the red fruity pebbles, paint on a small amount of white chocolate then stick the red pebbles on. Continue this process until all of the red pebbles are on. Repeat with the rest of the colors – orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
- Once the rainbow is finished, paint on some white chocolate underneath both ends of the rainbow and add the shredded coconut.
- Enjoy and store the extras in an air tight container.