Recipe: Doughnut flatlay

Recipe: Doughnut flatlay

Just when you thought you couldn't love doughnuts any more, along comes Caroline Khoo and her iced temptations.

Doughnut flatlay recipe

MAKES 12 - 14


1 batch basic doughnuts

100g good quality dark chocolate 


  • 125g softened, unsalted butter
  • 500g soft icing mixture, sifted 
  • 50ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
  • Food colouring (optional)


  1.  Make the buttercream by adding all ingredients to a bowl and beating until light and fluffy.
  2. Add 1 small drop of red food colouring.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a microwave in 10-second blasts until completely smooth and melted.
  4. Alternatively, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and sit it over a small saucepan of simmering water; don't let the water touch the base of the bowl. Melt the chocolate until smoot, stirring gently.  
  5. To decorate, dip a fork into the hot melted chocolate and wave it back and forth over each doughnut to create a beautiful free-flowing drizzle of melted chocolate. 
  6. Allow to cool completely before adding the buttercream. Put it in a piping bag and, holding it on a 65-degree angle, pipe swirls on the sides of the doughnuts. Rotate the piping bag in an anticlockwise direction three times per doughnut. 

This recipes features in I'm Just Here for Dessert by Caroline Khoo (£17.99, Murdoch Books), Photography by Caroline Khoo.


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