Let’s Make Cat Donuts

Please excuse yet another break in my ten year story (actually I checked and saw my part two never posted! I’ll have that up tomorrow) but I made these cat donuts for crafternoon and wanted to share! I’ve seen cat donuts like this that you can buy in Japan, and have wanted to make them for so long. I searched for instructions but couldn’t find anything…so I thought I’d experiment and hope for the best. After a few bumps, they worked out really well and were pretty easy to do.

Here are the basic supplies…
peanut butter melts When I was thinking about what kind of frosting could work for these donuts I knew I wanted something that would coat the top in a nice thick layer. Then the chocolate melts came to mind and I thought they would work great. When I got to the store and saw they had a peanut butter flavor, it was the perfect color and flavor. You could also do chocolate, or pastel cats.
whole almonds If you make these for some one with a nut allergy you will obviously need to sub the peanut butter melts with another flavor, and the almonds for something else like the melts cut into a triangle shape? I haven’t had a chance to experiment with this part but I’d love to hear if you have any other ideas that would work. ETA–Seanna Lea commented that candy corn might work for the ears and I think that’s a great idea! I’m going to give it a try next time I make them.
plain cake donuts I went with plain cake donuts because they are nice and dense
1. First you want to melt your candy melts into a deep small dish. Follow the instructions on the melts. I found that two bags coated about 20 donuts.
2. Dip an almond into the candy melts and press into the donut, for the ears. Stick these into the freezer for a few seconds to harden the almond in place. At first I had tried just pushing the almond into the donut, but lost a couple of ears this way when I turned over and dipped the donuts. It’s worth the extra step to secure them in place.
3. Once the almonds are secure dip donuts down into the peanut butter melts, then turn back over and let sit on parchment paper until the coating is dry. This actually went pretty smoothly and easily. Just make sure you bowl is deep enough to easily dip the donuts with almonds sticking out of them.
4. Once they are completely dry you can use various icing to raw faces on your cats. You could use candy eyes, or just pipe little faces on. I used premixed/precolored frostings for these.

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39 Responses to Let’s Make Cat Donuts

  1. Julie says:

    Good grief those are cute.

  2. Amanda says:

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve been wanting to make cute animal donuts for ages and hadn’t tried to play around with it yet.

  3. These are adorable! I hope you don’t mind if I add this to my Pinterest.

  4. Persephone says:

    I feel weird because I don’t like peanut butter, but I’d make these with chocolate.

  5. Kerri says:

    I’ve seen these on tumblr and I think they are adorable. I may try my hand at these in the next week or so. Thanks for sharing. ^_^

  6. Helen says:

    These are amazing! such an amazing idea and so cute

  7. mollie says:

    I nearly spit my coffee when I saw these! I’ve LOVED the pics I’ve seen of Japanese cat donuts (I even included one in my Donut Shop embroidery pattern!), but now I can make them! Thank you sooooo much! You’re really too awesome.

  8. Sarah H says:

    This is so rad! I’m going to try pastel kitties!

  9. Cait says:

    !! I can’t even express how much I love these. I’ve been waiting for the tutorial since I saw it on your instagram. Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. Seanna Lea says:

    These are really cute.

    I wonder if candy corn would work well enough to make ears. Most of the candy corn I’ve seen isn’t as big as an almond.

  11. Julie H. says:

    I am so bookmarking this! What a super cute idea and not complicated either.

    I’m wondering if a third almond on the back end would work for a tail?

  12. Suzanne says:

    Light chocolate or maple would be a good alternative for those of us who are allergic to peanut butter.

  13. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks Julie they were fun to make!

  14. Heidi Kenney says:

    amanda, youre so welcome! I thought I’d share in case anyone else had been trying to come up with ways to coat them :)

  15. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks Jessica, I dont mind :)

  16. Heidi Kenney says:

    Persephone, its not weird to not like peanut butter :) I think chocolate cats would be quite tasty!

  17. Heidi Kenney says:

    Kerri, yay! I’d love to see!

  18. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks helen, now if only I could get over to Japan to buy a few there :) :)

  19. Heidi Kenney says:

    Mollie, I know-they just make me want to get to japan even sooner! :)

  20. Heidi Kenney says:

    Sarah, cant wait to see them!!

  21. Heidi Kenney says:

    Cait, aw im so glad you like them!

  22. Heidi Kenney says:

    Seanna, thats a great idea! I think candy corn might work pretty well actually! I’ll have to try that

  23. Heidi Kenney says:

    Julie, yeah they are really pretty easy! I thought licorice for whiskers but that could work for a tail too, the thin rope kind

  24. Heidi Kenney says:

    Suzanne, those are great ideas, and I love maple! I wonder if the melts dont come in maple-how hard it would be to flavor them with a maple flavoring. Ive never tried added flavored oils to them so im not sure if they would separate. Something to try for sure! But the melts do come in chocolate and vanilla, so those would be great too. If you can’t eat almonds someone suggested candy corn and I think that might work real well!

  25. BloodyHell says:

    It’s so cute!

  26. Rachel says:

    Those are awesome. I love cake donuts.


  27. jane b says:

    i just absolutely ADORE these and am totally going to try to make them! when i saw the color i thought they were maple :)

  28. Heidi Kenney says:

    Jane, I wish I could find maple melts, I love maple on donuts. I am thinking you might be able to flavor the vanilla melts with maple-ive just not tried flavoring the plain ones yet.

  29. Heidi Kenney says:

    Rachel, me too! I actually like the plain ones the best!

  30. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks bloodyhell :)

  31. tamami says:

    floresta(フロレスタ) http://www.nature-doughnuts.jp/menu/animal.htm
    I don’t speak english.sorry!

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  35. Dunna says:

    I love cats!!! these donuts cats love me!!! Your post I share it on my page http://artcreatiu.com/?p=2586 :)

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