Rainbow Ring Doughnuts Recipe

I love a colourful kitchen project and if you have a little time to get baking these Rainbow Ring Doughnuts are great fun and totally delicious too!

Now that Bam Bam is off on his school adventures, he misses on out joining mummy in the kitchen. He loves a little baking project and these doughnuts are great for the kids to join in with on a rainy baking day.

picture showing the multicoloured dough with rainbow sprinkles and food colouring

I am not trying to tempt fate with “rainy days” since this summer seems to be extra long this year. But as the dark evenings creep in, there’s no denying winter is on it’s way.

photo showing a ring dough cut out with all the colourful layers

So, with these multi-coloured doughnuts we can keep a bit of colour in our lives. Brightening up a dull day, creating food that makes us smile.

photo showing the multicoloured glaze with the doughnuts on a drying rack

These doughnuts actually tempt me into making all my food multi-coloured. But, I shall try and resist the urge. I may get some strange looks from the kids when I serve them up a plate of rainbow wedges or similar….It would be kinda fun though!

photo showing the sprinkles in a bowl with the finished doughnuts behind

These glazed doughnuts don’t skimp on taste either! They are so yummy! They don’t stay fresh for long. But, I am sure you will probably eaten them all before the time you would notice.

Ideally, you need to use a ring doughnut cutter. However, don’t worry if you don’t have one. Just use round cookie cutters (one big, one small) instead, to create the shape.

photo showing the finished doughnuts drying and setting on the rack

When you have cut the doughnuts out, you don’t need to waste the excess. Just roll it back up and roll it out again and you’ll have a swirly rainbow pattern inside instead. Just be aware that if you overmix your dough the colours will end up blending together and won’t look good, so only do this once.

photo showing the multicoloured dough being cut out using the remnants

A little tip,  don’t let the oil get too hot. Otherwise, the doughnuts will darken too quickly and won’t cook through so keep the oil at an even temperature. To test it, drop a little piece of bread into it and wait for it to brown. When this has happened the oil is ready so turn the heat down at this point to keep it around the right temperature.

doughnuts stacked up with the top one cut in half

So, go enjoy some rainbow coloured fun in the kitchen with the kids.

rainbow ring doughnuts recipe

Iced Rainbow Ring Doughnuts

Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 8


For the Doughnuts

  • 450 g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 55 g Butter
  • 7 g Yeast
  • 25 g Caster Sugar
  • 180 ml Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 4-5 Different Food Colours
  • Oil For Frying

For the Glaze

  • 260 g Icing Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Sprinkles for Decoration


  • Heat the milk until it's luke warm and add the sugar, stir until dissolved.
  • Add the yeast to the milk and stir in, allow to sit for 20 minutes until foamy.
  • In a separate bowl mix the flour with the salt and cinnamon.
  • Add the milk, butter and egg to the flour and mix until it forms a dough.
  • Knead the dough for 10 minutes until it becomes stretchy and elastic.
  • Place the dough into a clean, greased bowl and cover. Leave somewhere warm for an hour until it has doubled in size.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and divide into 4 or 5 (depending on how many colours you'd like to use).
  • Apply a few drops of the desired colour food colouring to each section of dough and knead in, knocking all the air out as you go.
  • Once coloured, cover each section in a bowl to stop it drying out.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll each piece of dough on thinly and place on top of each other, then roll it together to bind the layers.
  • Using a ring doughnut cutter, cut out the doughnuts and place on a lined, greased baking tray with space between each one to allow them to expand.
  • Place the tray inside a plastic bag and leave for another hour.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry each doughnut for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden.
  • Remove from the oil and drain the excess oil.
  • Leave the doughnuts to cool.
  • Once the doughnuts have cooled you can make the glaze.
  • Mix the icing sugar with the vanilla and water and add the desired food colouring (optional).
  • Pour the glaze over the doughnuts and dip them into the multi-coloured sprinkles.
  • Leave to set before serving.

Want more colourful kitchen projects?

If you’re looking for some more colourful, fun kitchen projects. Check out these Party Rings now.

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