Valentine’s Day Donut Cake

Valentine's Day Donut Cake

In honor of last year’s super OTT Valentine’s Day Sugar Heart Cake, which looks like a Care Bear threw up, I made a just as ridiculous Valentine’s Day cake for this year. Instead of an all pink cake I went for a super fudge cake.

Valentine's Day Donut Cake

This time instead of putting frosting in between each layer I filled it with Entenmann’s donut holes. The boxes were buy one get one free at the grocery store so why not? It looks pretty darn cute I think.

I’m such a girly girl that this cake ticks all of the boxes for me. Alex has started to do a little bit of baking with minimal supervision from me and I’d be pretty tickled if he came with a cake for me on Valentine’s Day. Though about hours after I made and photographed this cake he tried to unwrap it to cut a slice and knocked the whole thing over!

I managed to keep my cool (more or less).

Valentine's Day Donut Cake

The frosting on this cake is super rich and on top of that the donuts are really tooth achingly sweet so one small slice is definitely enough. The cake is only two seven inch layers.

The cake recipe is a very soft chocolate sheet cake so if you choose to make layers they will be very delicate. An alternative idea would be to bake in a 9×9 inch or heart shaped pan and line the border with donut holes cut in half.

Valentine's Day Donut Cake

Valentine’s Day Donut Cake

Valentine’s Day Donut Cake



1 cup AP flour

1 cup granulated sugar

pinch of salt

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 stick unsalted butter

2 tbs cocoa powder

1/2 cup boiling water

8 chocolate donut holes


1 stick unsalted butter

2 tbs cocoa powder

3 tbs milk

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

red and pink sprinkles, for decorating


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease two 7 inch cake tins. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar and salt. In a small bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg, vanilla and baking soda.
  2. In a medium microwave safe bowl melt the stick of butter on a low heat on 30 second bursts. Once melted stir in the cocoa powder, then boiling water.
  3. Stir the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture. Once combined stir in buttermilk mixture until incorporated. Split the batter between the two pans and bake for 20 minutes (I had a little batter left over).
  4. Remove from the oven and let the cake layers cool. Level the layers if necessary (I chose not to as they were very delicate).
  5. Place a layer on a plate and place the donut holes around the sides and one in the middle (use a little bit of the frosting as glue if necessary). Place the other cake layer on top.
  6. Make the frosting. In a large microwave safe bowl melt the stick of butter on at 30 seconds burst on low heat until melted. Stir in the cocoa powder, vanilla, milk and icing sugar (add 1 more cup of powdered sugar if you want a thicker icing).
  7. Spread over the top of the cake (and optionally the sides). Decorate with red and pink sprinkles right after frosting.

adapted from Recipe Girl

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  1. Love donut holes! Such a cool creative idea. :-)

  2. What a super idea to use donut holes! This cake must be upper delicious, I just love the way you think out of the box 😀
    take care,

  3. Do you think I can spell some short words at the top of that donut? I’m planning to send this as a gift. I love giving sweet homemade stuffs so this blog of yours can help me create personalized sweet stuffs. Looking forward for more of your posts!

    • I don’t think you could write anything on top of the donut hole except maybe an initial. You could fit something very short on top of the cake. If you made one 9×9 cake you could definitely fit a few words.


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