doughnut tree birthday cake • A Subtle Revelry

doughnut tree birthday cake

A part of my reasoning for embarking on the 30×30 challenge is to give myself a chance to learn about what I love and hate when it comes to planning parties. It is working…

I am finding although I kind-of hate the process of cooking and menu planning. I absolutely adore coming up with totally impractical but fun design accompaniments. My perfect party would have all the food catered except a few random, not really useful, but lovely little dishes like… pinwheel lollipops, custom parchment wrapped muffins, etched sippy cups, or a lifesaver flower field. Since this is becoming quite the party theme for me, I am going to begin sharing them with you as I create…

One of my favorites so far has been the totally impractical but delicious,

White Pearled Doughnut Hole Tree-

The tree was a beautiful centerpiece that came together so easily. I was inspired by this gorgeous wedding cake. Plus, white doughnut holes just seemed a perfect stand-in for pearls…

Make a Doughnut hole tree yourself-

You will need 4 boxes of doughnut holes, 1 pack of toothpicks and 1 fifteen inch foam floral cone.

  • First poke all of your doughnut holes with a toothpick pushed half way through the hole.
  • Then begin poking toothpicks onto your floral cone one by one.
  • Start at the bottom of your tree and begin making lines of doughnuts up the tree. At the end you can fill in any extra spaces by using half doughnut holes to fill in any left gaps.

We accented ours with a mixture of candied & paper pinwheels. This tree would also be amazing in chocolate!


  1. chelsea

    12 May

    I did a tree exactly like this the same way you made yours but with chocolate covered strawberries for my wedding. It turned out very pretty. I like yours alot too!

  2. Vicky

    12 May

    Chelsea that sounds heavenly, I’d love to see a picture someday:)

  3. Robin

    13 May

    Clever! I’ve done trees with candy but never donut holes! Perfect for a brunch!

  4. jill

    13 May

    Oh my! You are a girl after my own heart! i never met a donut i didn’t like.
    i’m going to have link to you from our facebook page, that’s all there is to it! (
    found you today through tatertots and jello. LOVE your sense of style and “think outside the box” attitude! i’ll be coming back soon!
    if you get a moment, we’d love it if you’d stop by our family’s art journal:
    keep up the great work!

  5. jaime

    13 May

    I just found your site and let me just tell you I am in love! I was a professional party planner before I had kids and started staying home. My favorite thing to do is plan themed parties with coordinating invitations, food, decorations and party favors.

    Oh and i love me some crafts. I just spent my kids entire 2 hour nap on your site looking at all the DIY. You are so sweet to share your secrets.

    So glad I found you!

  6. Holly L

    15 May

    I am completely loving your place. Your tag line describes me perfectly. I was a wedding planner in L.A. for 0 years and then I had to move. I adore party planning and creative ideas…a donut tree is definitely a creative idea. I must read more about the 30 x 30.

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