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.