Easy Donut Croquembouche

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A few weeks ago my sister and I were trying to come up with easy cute ideas for my nieces birthday.  In our research, I found donut croquembouche, topiary, whatever you want to call it. I thought it would be perfect to do one with a Halloween theme. If you’ve ever made a croquembouche before, they’re pretty time intensive. I remember in school we learned about them and made pate choux (the wet dough for the balls which is the same as eclairs).

I really wanted something that is quick to make and cute to bring to our friends Halloween party. This concept could be adapted to any theme- the options are really endless. All you need are donut holes, about 40-50, toothpicks cut in half, a foam cone (about 12 in), optional: sprinkles, white melting chocolate, colored gel, and cupcake toppers.

If you want perfectly round donuts, I would opt for the store bought kind at the grocery store. I know they’re not local and freshly made but they are perfectly round. I made the mistake of going to a local shop (which has the best donuts, in my opinion) but they had odd shaped holes. I asked and the sweet lady behind the counter said that I could special order them with enough notice. So keep that in mind if you make one of these.

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Easy Donut Croqembouche
Prep Time 45 minutes
Servings
40 1 per person
Ingredients
Prep Time 45 minutes
Servings
40 1 per person
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. First, you will need to cut all of your toothpicks in half. Once they're done, stick the pointy side into the foam cone with a little sticking out. The donut then needs to be pushed into the side that is sticking out. Next, place another toothpick in so that the next donut is very close to the next. You don't want any gaps here. Once you have the hang of it, repeat.
  2. If you want to add a stripe of donuts that have white chocolate and sprinkles, remove the donuts you want to enhance.
  3. Melt a handful of the white chocolate according to the packaged directions. Add a few drops of gel coloring to get the color you want. Working quickly, dip the donut into the white chocolate, shake it to remove excess and pour sprinkles over it. Repeat with the rest of the donuts you want to enhance.
  4. Once they are dry, put them back onto the foam cone sticking them into the toothpicks. Ta da! Enjoy 🙂
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