These Dip-Dyed Mini Doughnuts Are Guaranteed to Brighten Your Day

Your kids will love this adorable DIY.

Borrow a dip-dye technique from the art and fashion worlds and let kids unleash their creativity with these easy marbled minis. Try pink and orange for Valentine's Day, shades of green for St. Patrick's Day, or full-on rainbow for Holi, the Hindu festival of colors.

Dip-Dyed Marbled Mini Doughnuts

All you need:

  • 14 or 15 miniature glazed cake doughnuts (such as Hostess)
  • 1 cup Creamy Vanilla Frosting (recipe, below) or purchased creamy vanilla frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Coarse sparkling sugar and food-safe luster dust

All you do:

  1. Microwave frosting in a microwave-safe bowl at 70 percent power, stirring every 30 seconds until it is glazing consistency, 1 to 1½ minutes. (Do not overheat.)
  2. Transfer about 2 tablespoons warmed frosting to a ramekin. Tint with 1 to 2 drops desired food coloring. Repeat with additional frosting in separate ramekins for additional colors, if desired, reserving some white frosting in the bowl.
  3. Drizzle 2 teaspoons each of 1 or 2 colored frostings into the white frosting in a circular pattern. Dip 1 doughnut into frosting. Lift straight up and allow excess to drip off. Set, frosting side up, on a wire rack over wax paper or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining doughnuts, adding more colored frosting to the white frosting as needed and taking care not to stir the frosting.
  4. Sprinkle frosted doughnuts with sparkling sugar and luster dust.
mini doughnuts hand dipped in white frosting swirled with yellow, pink, and orange food coloring
Brie Passano

Creamy Vanilla Frosting

Makes 1¾ cups


  • ½ cup softened butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1½ tablespoons milk


  1. Beat butter with salt and vanilla extract
  2. Beat in 1 cup powdered sugar
  3. Beat in milk
  4. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar
mini doughnuts hand dipped in white frosting swirled with yellow, blue, and green food coloring
Brie Passano


This article originally appeared in the February/March 2021 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.

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