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Taste the Rainbow

Isn’t there something about foods that are either mini or rainbow-fied that instantly makes them all the more adorable/tasty/appealing? If you answered yes to this question, then today is your day. Imagine a world that is full of both mini {and} rainbow-colored foods. Kids would eat everything on their plate; Adults would scream with glee! It would be sheer mini-colored bliss…

Maybe this is why I have been giggling all morning. Mini donuts that are also in rainbow formation? {giggling} Can they get any cuter? The perfectly bright and colorful food to kickstart my 2 weeks celebration into St. Patrick’s Day {The rainbow is loud and proud!}

Besides, they are donuts…which, I mean, do they really need any other selling point than that? I didn’t think so either. THEY’RE DONUTS!

Rainbow Donuts Recipe

Gluten, egg, and dairy free

Makes 12 donuts

  • Get ingredients list here {omit toppings list and use only the donut batter}

You will also need:

Food coloring:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple

For Icing:

  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs hemp milk (or other non dairy milk)
  • dash of vanilla extract
  1. Add all ingredients together and stir until thick and smooth. If too thick, add little by little milk. If too runny, add more sugar until thick enough to not run down donut when setting.

Assembling donut batter:

  1. Follow instructions from recipe, except divide dough into 6 bowls {you should have approx 1/3 c. of batter in each bowl–will be enough to make 2 donuts per color}. Add 1 color per each bowl and mix until well combined.
  2. Place each color in a separate Ziploc baggie. Cut out one corner and pipe batter into mini pan. Everything else is the same with the directions as given.

Happy 1st day of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day over here at Fork and Beans. Let the festivities begin…

92 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh yes! great. I’ll try w/o the gum it’s so expensive! I’ll let you know how it goes!

    March 14, 2012
    • Aw bummer the donuts turns out super dry and crumbly the batter was runny after I mixed everything. I tried to add flour to thicken but maybe the xantham gum was necessary. Also the bottom halves of the donuts turned brown How did you get yours to stay all the same color!?

      March 14, 2012
      • Rats!!!! Oh the power of xanthan… However, youdo always want more of a runny batter than regular wheat flour batters–that is what will keep it moist while baking. Sometimes when it’s crumbly like that is a good indicator that there is too much flour. GF baking is such an annoying thing at times–learn curves galore! And about the browning on the bottom, it might be your pan, is what it sounds like.
        Sorry Karina that it was a fail. Welcome to the frustration club, however 🙂 This has been my life for the past 8 months… xo!

        March 15, 2012
  2. Hi Cara! I’m gonna try these today. I don’t have a mini donut pan they are a little bigger so I hope it works! One question in the recipe it says substitute regular flour for xantham gum. I can’t afford the xantham gum haha! Which flour exactly do you mean to substitute? Brown rice, sorghum or actual real flour? Thanks!

    March 14, 2012
    • Karina!! Ohmygosh, your pasta is sitting here staring at me as I write this, by the way. Am I horrible or what at sending things??? Eek.
      For the recipe ingredients, what I mean is if you are not gluten free, you don’t have to use the flours, starches or xanthan gum that I listed–just use wheat flour. You can totally try it without the gum, just keep your fingers crossed 🙂 Does that help with your question?

      March 14, 2012
  3. These look amazing and so yummy! Definitely going to make 😉

    March 14, 2012
    • Hooray, Imelda! How can you not when you have a rainbow of donuts staring at you, begging to be made? 🙂 xo

      March 14, 2012
  4. I have a mini doughnut pan. You have a recipe. Nothing can stop me now!

    March 13, 2012
    • haha. The Universe has spoken 🙂

      March 13, 2012
  5. Inspiring and adorable !

    March 8, 2012
  6. Oh I will taste the rainbow and then some with these donuts. Just look how good they look. Yup.. I’m in love 🙂

    March 7, 2012
  7. Ugh, those are so effin cute!!!!!

    March 6, 2012
    • Why, thank you me lucky charming! <–you like what I just did there? I'm so proud 🙂 ha

      March 6, 2012
  8. Nina #

    So cute, so colourful, I went and finally ordered a doughnut pan from eBay (Amazon doesn’t like international purchasers, for almost all things interesting). BUT, not sure I can wait for the pan to arrive and will have to make them using my mini ‘toasted sandwich’ style doughnut press.
    This weekend is a long weekend for us. Canberra Day holiday on Monday, my **uttered in hushed tones** 40th on Tuesday. Think I need to make some treats. 🙂
    Thank you for more inspiration.

    March 6, 2012
    • *shouting* FORTIETH??? Girl, you should not be shy about that–you not only look AMAZING but you need to be celebrated!! Here’s to wishing you a beautiful ushering in of your birthday.

      March 6, 2012
  9. You never seize to amaze me. Kudos to you . 🙂

    March 6, 2012
    • You are waaaaaay too kind…but I thank you dearly! Donuts to you 🙂

      March 6, 2012
  10. I absolutely love love love these!!!! How fun!!!! I totally agree that food is so much more fun when it’s mini size PLUS rainbow colored and with sprinkles!!! Another one of the zillion reasons why you are amazing 🙂

    March 5, 2012
    • It’s the utter trifecta, isn’t it? I mean, this could be like the atom bomb on enemy territory. The bad guys come to attack and BAM, rainbow donuts. Transfixes everyone into a daze of awe and then we throw a net over them and win. Hooray. I should win a Nobel Prize for this idea 🙂

      March 6, 2012
  11. Ah!! These are adorable!! It would make me so happy all day to have a breakfast that fun 🙂

    March 5, 2012
    • Gives new meaning to playing with your food, doesn’t it? xo

      March 6, 2012
  12. Sissy #

    Just another thing you will be making when you are here, Kookie. I have the pan though. No worries. 🙂

    March 5, 2012
    • Oh good because I was beginning to worry 🙂

      March 5, 2012
  13. Lou #

    Too cute!!! With an ADHD partner and an 18 month old I may have to stick to the natural colouring options me thinks…. bouncing off walls? Yip, you bet (the 35 year old more so than the 18 month old…. seriously it’s like I have 2 kids)

    March 5, 2012
    • Well now you have donuts to bribe them to stay on the ground, right? 🙂 xo!

      March 5, 2012
  14. Lizzie #

    Completely adorable and delightful as usual. You got the colors so very perfect. Love!!! Now I’m sitting here thinking, “what else can I make and color in rainbow colors? all must be rainbow!!”

    March 5, 2012
    • Lizzie, you and me both! We have rainbow fever, me thinks. I was told that I am taking it too far when I tried to make a rainbow in my water bottle…

      March 5, 2012
  15. You don’t mind if I sing the whole score to “Finian’s Rainbow” here on your blog today do you?
    LOOK,LOOK,LOOK TO THE RAAAAAAAINBOW. These are very very pretty!

    March 5, 2012
    • I mind only because I cannot audibly hear you sing it!

      March 5, 2012
  16. i am mesmerized by those colors.. esp the dark blueeeeee.. i dont now how u r going to out do these blissfully pretty bites.. but i am sure u will..super cool start for st paddys! i need some more color in my food!
    i love that logo too.. who can i bribe to get me some fun new logo!

    March 5, 2012
    • Aw, thanks Richa. You can actually pay me for a new logo 🙂 haha. I actually did it through Picnik.com this weekend. It didn’t take too long seeing that there is not much I can add to it, but it didn’t needed a pick-me-up.

      The colors ARE pretty incredible, huh? What is it about rainbow colors that are just so much fun?? Speaking of food, making your Aloo Gobi right now!

      March 5, 2012
      • hmm.. picnik work on the next weekend then..
        cool.. let me know how the aloo gobi works out!

        March 5, 2012
        • It’s fabulous, Richa!!! I needed my Indian fix–it had been awhile since I stuffed my face with good food 🙂 Thanks for an awesome recipe. xo

          March 5, 2012
  17. Ooh yay, time for St Paddy’s treats! You are so right about mini baked goods being so adorable…and cover them in colourful sprinkles and their cuteness factor goes off the scales!

    March 5, 2012
    • I am knee-deep in green foods currently…I need more rainbows now. And minified options, you are right. Oh, and covered in sprinkles. Goodness, it looks like I need more food coloring and sprinkles 🙂

      March 5, 2012
  18. So much fun- they remind me of fruit loops! I love your theme weeks, I cannot wait to see what is at the end of the rainbow- sorry that was really corny 😉

    Mmmm I am also really loving the icing and jimmies ontop- I would be happy eating just the tops of these donuts!

    March 5, 2012
    • Fruit Loops, yes! hehe. I love how your brain works, Heather. And that joke was even better {I am the queen of corn} 🙂

      March 5, 2012
  19. forget the $20 rent, THESE can be your rent. vocal lessons included.

    ‘taste the rainbow’ made me smile, and these made me squeal. I want I want I want!!

    March 5, 2012
    • Car gives vocal lessons too???

      March 5, 2012
      • I can if that means free room and board 🙂 I cannot guarantee you it will be helpful and/or good however…

        March 5, 2012
    • SWEET! Free room and board, now we are talking! When are we moving?

      March 5, 2012
  20. You MADE those?! I’m in awe…

    March 5, 2012
    • I made them with my two hands, August, yup! Thank you for that comment. You are giving me a big ego right now 🙂

      March 5, 2012
  21. That is SO cool and they are so pretty! You are one clever fork, Cara. I love this post 🙂

    March 5, 2012
    • Nick, you are being so nice to me! *shifty eyes* Not that I’m complaining or anything… hehe

      March 5, 2012
  22. Me: Look at those rainbow colored donuts!
    Boy2: Dey look like cereal!
    Me: Yeah, but they’re donuts!
    Boy2: Dere DONUTS?!
    Me: Yeah, rainbow colored donuts!
    Boy2: How dey get colored?
    Me: She put food coloring in them.
    Boy2: Look! Dey have frosting and sprinkles!
    Me: Yep.
    Boy2: You have to make one.
    Me: I don’t have a pan.
    Boy2: Well you just buy dem (donuts).
    Me: But they don’t come colored.
    Boy2: Well you just buy one and make dem colored!
    Me: I don’t think it works like that.
    Boy2: Den you have to make one.

    You know where this conversation is going? Another pan in my cupboard…

    March 5, 2012
    • I am laughing so hard right now!!! I knew where that conversation was going the moment began and all I can say is… YOU’RE WELCOME! 🙂 haha

      March 5, 2012
      • Now, we’re discussing which superheros are real. Apparently, Boy1 told him that when “all de kids grow up” superheros would be real! Try explaining to a 4 year old that Superman can’t be real, but Iron Man could when his answer is, “But (Boy1) TOLD me!” This is going to be a long day.

        March 5, 2012
        • Laurel #

          Give it up now Brooke, Boy 1 will always carry more weight than mom. Boy 2 will NEVER believe YOU over Boy 1. Cut your losses, now while you still have some dignity left. 😀

          March 5, 2012
          • I suppose it is cheaper to buy a donut pan than a certain red repulsor powered suit…

            March 5, 2012
            • Laurel #

              True, and at least Boy 2 has handy access to his favorite super hero should the need arise. I’d rethink the red though, it attracts mad bulls. Maybe purple?

              March 5, 2012
            • I guess it always depends on where you are buying them…

              March 5, 2012
  23. Laurel #

    I woke up to rainbows this morning. Not only that, they’re edible, with sprinkles! Now I know what’s in the Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold. I can’t wait to see what else you associate with St. Patrick’s day. Somehow, I don’t think it’ll be Colcannon, nor Corned Beef and Cabbage come to that. I have a sneaking suspicion you have shamrock shaped cooking toys lurking in your demesne, which I’m sure are endless.

    March 5, 2012
    • You and your big words impress me 🙂 hehe. And Beef was totally on the to-make list but seeing that you guessed it, I will have to change it…rats!

      March 5, 2012
      • Laurel #

        Ah c’mon those are just Princess Fork’s lands and holdings. Speaking of which, I pinned this 20 minutes ago and it’s already been repinned 13 times! Oh, and please don’t change a thing for me, you’re perfect on your own. xo

        March 5, 2012
        • So are you saying you want me to still do the beef recipe? HA

          March 5, 2012
          • Laurel #

            Yes and make sure it’s soy free as well as beef free please.

            March 5, 2012
  24. Alright, that is just way too cute! Love them!

    March 5, 2012
    • See? Everything IS cuter when it’s minified and rainbowfied 🙂 Thanks Jeanine. xoxo!

      March 5, 2012
  25. I love how moist and delicious your donuts look!! Oh man! I’m so excited to see what other wonderful creations you will create to honor St. Paddy’s Day. *My boy* (my first love, my brother) his birthday is 3/17. There was a time it was special but that was a lifetime ago.

    March 5, 2012
    • Is your brother younger than you, Meg?
      The donuts DO look moist, don’t they? Aaaaaah, the glistening of the rainbow 🙂

      March 5, 2012
      • He’s my older brother. We were adopted together. The last donuts you made I could taste them and they were delicious, these taste more delicious and very probably because they are fun to look at, too!!!

        March 5, 2012
        • They make me giddy just looking at them, myself 🙂

          March 5, 2012
  26. So pretty!!!!

    March 5, 2012
    • Thank you, Kelly! Which reminds me, you still have a prize to claim missy…

      March 5, 2012
      • I know. I know. Let’s do the Amazon thing. : )

        March 6, 2012
        • YAY! Amazon, it is! Seems to be the popular choice 🙂

          March 6, 2012
          • THANK YOU, Dahling. I got my Amazon gift card notice. Haven’t gotten my leprechaun slippers and costume yet, though. : ) You are the BEST, BEST, BEST. BIG XOXO (don’t be alarmed by all the shouting, I am simply giving my exclamation key a rest. Ha. ha. Ha.)

            March 11, 2012
            • Now use the card to buy yourself some tap shoes and a hat 🙂 Thank YOU earning that prize!!! xo

              March 11, 2012
  27. You are making me realize that I not only NEED a donut pan but I NEED a mini donut pan. Stat. Need.

    These are awesome!

    March 5, 2012
    • These are a baker’s prerequisite 🙂 Yes, go buy them NOW 🙂

      March 5, 2012
  28. i LOVE the pictures of the donuts frosted with the rainbow sprinkles on top! you’re right- they are so adorable and brighten my day 😉 i can’t wait to see what else is up your sleeve for st patty’s day!

    March 5, 2012
    • ps- i LOVE the new header!

      March 5, 2012
      • See, this just proves that you are a better person than I. You immediately notice the changes {which is more than I can say for myself} Thank you, Caitlin!!

        March 5, 2012
        • aww! i’m just a stickler for details. i notice everything. even to a fault. i’m no better than you..you’re amazing ❤

          March 5, 2012
          • No, no, I think you proved the fact that indeed YOU are the amazing one 🙂 haha. Listen to us, fighting over who is better… xo!

            March 5, 2012
        • What happened to the old font? Is it in Glocamora?

          March 5, 2012
          • I haven’t touched the font, oh no! Did it change??

            March 5, 2012
  29. So sweet! They are beautiful. Also, is it my imagination or did you update your logo/blog look?

    March 5, 2012
    • Yes! What a good eye. I changed the header of the blog and added a logo thingee up there. Thanks for noticing! xo

      March 5, 2012
  30. Those look gorgeous! I think you are right about the rainbow thing… I think you are the pot of gold at the end! (Thanks for all the tasty, gorgeous recipes!)

    March 5, 2012
    • I think the only thing that resembles a pot of gold on me is the fact that I am so pasty white, that I *do* happen to sparkle brightly 🙂 haha. Thanks for this beautiful comment! xo

      March 5, 2012
  31. Ahh these remind me of that toy all little kids have with the rainbow donuts you are supposed to put in order from largest to smallest on the stand. Know what I’m talking about? lol. So cute!

    March 5, 2012
    • That just made me laugh, Gabby. Yes, they totally do, don’t they?!! Too bad I couldn’t get them as different sizes…then it would have been official. xo

      March 5, 2012
    • Yes, I remember those ,i used to try to eat those. a couple of years ago.

      March 5, 2012
      • Was this in prision, GiGi? 🙂

        March 5, 2012
        • well pre prison…i was left back in kindergarden 25 times

          March 5, 2012

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