Rainbow Donuts

Last Updated on February 27, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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These rainbow donuts are a fun fruity twist on the classic donut we all love. Quick and easy to assemble, these colorful treats will have your kids smiling bigger with every bite! 

Donut Rainbows

What kid doesn’t love eating colorful food? In our house, my kids get so excited when they have foods that are a variety of colors. You can imagine their joy when I made these rainbow donuts for them! Sweet and fruity, these easy-to-prepare treats are perfect for so many occasions! Make them for your kid’s school class for their birthday. Or use them to celebrate at a St. Patrick’s Day themed party! No matter why you make them, these are sure to be a hit with all kids!

One of the best parts about this recipe is how versatile it is! Instead of store-bought donuts, make these air fryer donuts and turn them into rainbows! You’ll be surprised at how easy this recipe is even with homemade donuts! Looking for some different flavor combinations? These apple cider donuts or thin mint donut base would be the perfect match for a variety of toppings. There is no limit to how many different flavors you can come up with!

Rainbow Donuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Rest Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • Fruity Pebbles cereal
  • Plain donuts
  • White frosting
  • Shredded Coconut

The Following Tools Will Be Helpful When Making These!

Pinch Bowls

Glass Liquid Measuring Cup

Parchment Paper

Cooling Rack

How to Make Rainbow Donuts

  • Separate the colors of the Fruity Pebbles into small bowls.
  • Empty the white icing into a glass measuring cup and heat for 35-40 seconds until melted.
  • Place a piece of parchment on a baking tray.
  • Lay a cooling rack on top of the parchment paper.
  • Cut the donuts in half.
  • With each half on the cooling rack, pour melted icing over each donut.
  • Add cereal in rainbow order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) and then add shredded coconut to the ends. This a great place to let the kids be creative and decorate their own donuts!
  • Allow them to set for 30-40 minutes at room temperature before moving and enjoying! Definitely the hardest part!

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • For best results, pour icing over only one or two donuts at a time. This gives you enough time to add the cereal and coconut to the donuts before the icing starts to harden.
  • If you know you are going to need to move the donuts before they are ready, set the icing station on top of a large baking sheet for easy transport.
  • You may need to add more icing to the ends of the donuts to get the coconut to stick.
  • For faster donuts, simply sprinkle the unseparated cereal over the top of the freshly-iced donuts. They won’t look exactly like rainbows this way, but they will be finished faster and still be beautiful!

Storage

Donuts can be stored at room temperature and should stay good for up to two days. To keep for a longer time, donuts can be placed in an airtight container in the fridge where they should stay good for up to a week.

Can I use homemade donuts?

Any donuts will work great, as long as they are the classic shape (round, with a hole in the middle). Be sure to check out these air fryer donuts for incredibly easy donuts that are ready in just 5 minutes!

Can I use a variety of flavors?

Yes! While not always as exciting to look at, any combination of donut, icing, and cereal flavors would work. Try using Cocoa Pebbles instead of Fruity Pebbles for a chocolate twist on this fun treat. Or crush up some Reese’s Puffs and top some chocolate donuts for an incredible chocolate and peanut butter combination you are sure to love! 

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Yield: 12

Rainbow Donuts

Rainbow Donuts

These rainbow donuts are a fun fruity twist on classic donuts. Quick and easy to assemble, these colorful treats will have your kids smiling bigger with every bite!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • Fruity Pebbles cereal
  • Plain donuts
  • White frosting
  • Shredded Coconut

Instructions

    1. Separate the colors of the Fruity Pebbles into small bowls.
    2. Empty the white icing into a glass measuring cup and heat for 35-40 seconds until melted.
    3. Lay down a sheet of parchment paper.
    4. Lay a cooling rack on top of the parchment paper.
    5. Cut the donuts in half.
    6. With each half on the cooling rack, pour melted icing over each donut.
    7. Add cereal in rainbow order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) and then add shredded coconut to the ends.
    8. Allow to set for 30-40 minutes at room temperature before moving.

Notes

  • For best results, pour icing over only one or two donuts at a time. This gives you enough time to add the cereal and coconut to the donuts before the icing starts to harden.
  • If you know you are going to need to move the donuts before they are ready, set the icing station on top of a large baking sheet for easy transport.
  • You may need to add more icing to the ends of the donuts to get the coconut to stick.
  • For faster donuts, simply sprinkle the unseparated cereal over the top of the freshly-iced donuts. They won’t look exactly like rainbows this way, but they will be finished faster and still be beautiful!

9 thoughts on “Rainbow Donuts”

  1. Wow! This looks really cute. Very timely since my daughter is planning a rainbow-themed party. Will love to include this as part of the activities where they can decorate their own rainbow donuts. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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