“Donut” you want to make one?

posted on November 17, 2011 by  |  posted under Birthdays, Halloween, Valentine's Day  |  16 Comments

donut tree

The gals at “One Charming Party” are sharing a super “sweet” idea that will be the talk of your next party! A Donut Tree! Whatever the occasion (think Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Birthdays…) this delicious centerpiece will wow your guests and keep them coming back for more. Let’s learn how to make one!donut tree

Supplies: 24″ styrofoam cone, 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, basting brush, 45-50 donuts, toothpicks.

Directions: 1. Melt a 12 ounce package of chocolate chips in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds. Once the chocolate is all melted, apply the melted chocolate to the styrofoam cone. It’s easiest to use a basting brush.

2. Once the whole cone is covered in chocolate, carefully smooth the chocolate with your fingers (make sure your fingers are clean). If you have freezer space, store the chocolate covered cone in your freezer until you are ready to attach the donuts.

3. Starting at the bottom, use 2 toothpicks per donut to securely attach each donut to the cone. Work your way up the cone until the whole cone is covered in donuts and your donut tree is complete. You’ll need about 45 donuts, depending on their size. Secure any donuts that need a little extra support with additional toothpicks.

donut tree

Just imagine the different color combination possibilities! Red and green doughnuts for Christmas, pastels for Easter, reds and pinks for Valentine’s day…whatever! This is the perfect centerpiece for birthdays, grad parties, even weddings. Thanks so much for sharing how to make this, and please pop by “One Charming Party” for even more fun party time inspiration! We sure love them!

Tutorial & styling: One Charming Party (www.onecharmingparty.com)

Photography: Nicole Hill Gerulat for One Charming Party (www.nicolephoto.com)

    1. November 17th, 2011 at 10:12 am
      Missy says:
      too cute...I need to throw a party so I can have an excuse to make one!
    2. November 17th, 2011 at 3:01 pm
      Denise says:
      Is there a reason the cone needs to be covered in chocolate? Seems like a waste of chocolate :) Could you cover it with thick icing?
    3. November 22nd, 2011 at 12:17 pm
      Debbie says:
      I am throwing a Winter Wonderland birthday party for my daughter in early December. Blue & White, snowflakes, the whole bit. How perfect will this be with the white powered donuts!!!!!! Instead of a cake. You have just made my day!! Thanks!!!!!!
    4. November 22nd, 2011 at 9:23 pm
      Sanny says:
      Love this too! Only our family is big on pan dulce. So I might try it with conchas. :)
    5. November 23rd, 2011 at 1:48 am
      AndreaR says:
      Oh yum! I can see doing this with donut holes! Thanks for sharing.
    6. November 23rd, 2011 at 2:41 pm
      vedette says:
      Seriously??? This could be the cutest thing I have ever seen!! Totally stealing this for my 15 year olds winter white party... since she didnt want a cake.. we're doing this... with powered donuts!!! Yahooo
    7. November 23rd, 2011 at 3:55 pm
      Cassie says:
      I made one for my daughters Halloween party and the girls loved it! It was so easy to make!
    8. November 28th, 2011 at 11:05 am
      Stephanie says:
      i want to try and make homemade donuts for the holiday season, this would be such a fun way to display them!
    9. November 28th, 2011 at 1:23 pm
      Megan says:
      I'd have a party just so I could make one of these, how cute!
    10. November 29th, 2011 at 8:41 am
      Theresa Sea says:
      Neat idea! This would be cute at a wedding. Yum.
    11. November 29th, 2011 at 8:55 am
      Susan Tutt says:
      This would make an adorable Christmas Tree!!
    12. November 29th, 2011 at 10:14 am
      Cassi D says:
      I had a doughnut "cake" at my wedding. So this would be extra special for any holiday! Thanks for the great idea.
    13. November 29th, 2011 at 2:23 pm
      evanthia says:
      They look sooo yummy!I think I would be standing next to it so that I could have one every time I finish the other one! :-)
    14. November 29th, 2011 at 2:25 pm
      evanthia says:
      (I don't know if I had to mention it but the previous comment of mine was one of the steps for twinery giveaway)
    15. December 5th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
      Krista Porter says:
      That's so cool. What a fun party idea!
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