Donut Toppings Bar

A donut toppings bar is perfect for brunch party ideas at home where guests can make their own gourmet style donuts. You’ll love it for weekend entertaining, for birthdays, baby or bridal showers, or a back-to-school breakfast celebration. Guests of all ages will enjoy this easy food buffet that’s fun and interactive.  

glazed donuts stacked on white cake stand surrounded by toppings in bowls, on table with brick wall background.

Doughnuts and Toppings Ideas

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love donuts, and with a toppings bar you can take them to the next level!

A donut bar is a fantastic dessert table for a brunch party, a ladies luncheon, or a baby or bridal shower. And what’s really awesome is that donuts are fantastic for dessert OR breakfast!

There’s a flavor for everyone and it all starts with convenient items from the grocery store, and bakery section.

party table set up with glazed donuts stacked on white cake stand surrounded by toppings, on table with brick wall background.

Set up a Donut Party

Get your ingredients at the grocery store and stop by the bakery department to pick up plenty of glazed, or cake donuts.

Next, gather up some small bowls or jars to hold the toppings, and provide small spoons or knives as needed.

Display the donuts on a cake pedestal so they are easy to grab. Stack them like a tower for greater impact.

Finally, grab a bouquet or two of flowers to help decorate your table.

overhead view of menu on clipboard surrounded by donuts and toppings, on wood table.

What Goes on a Donut Bar

You and your guests can re-create the vibe of a gourmet donut shop right at home with an array of wet and dry ingredients. Here are my favorites.

party table set up with glazed donuts stacked on white cake stand surrounded by toppings, on table with brick wall background.

Donuts

  • Simple glazed donuts – I’m from the south so I’m partial to Krispy Kreme brand, but you can choose your favorite.
  • Plain cake donuts

Spreads

  • White icing (cream cheese or vanilla flavor)
  • Chocolate icing
  • Marshmallow cream
  • Raspberry jelly or jam
dry toppings in small bowls on 2-tiered white cake stand.
dry toppings for donuts

Dry Toppings

  • Crushed Oreos
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Flaked coconut
  • Chopped pecans lightly toasted
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped crispy bacon
three glass jars holding different wet ingredients for donut toppings.
drizzle toppings for donuts

Drizzles

  • Salted caramel
  • Chocolate fudge sauce
  • Maple syrup

Let your guests know how to proceed. It’s 3 simple steps, and the sky is the limit when it comes to creativity and having it your way!

  1. First add a smear of frosting, marshmallow cream, or jelly.
  2. Next, sprinkle with dry toppings.
  3. Finally, drizzle with a syrup or sauce.
six donuts on wood table, all topped with different toppings with text descriptions saying fruit pie, maple bacon, peanut butter and chocolate, death by chocolate, oreos and caramel, and smores.

Favorite Flavor Combinations

Let your taste be your guide when building your donut masterpiece. Here are some flavor combos to get you started.

  • Fruit pie. strawberry jam + pecans + coconut
  • Maple & bacon. vanilla frosting + bacon + maple syrup drizzle
  • Peanut butter & chocolate. chocolate frosting + peanut butter chips
  • Death by chocolate. chocolate frosting + chocolate sprinkles + chocolate chips
  • Oreos & salted caramel. marshmallow cream + Oreos + caramel drizzle
  • S’mores. marshmallow cream + graham crackers + chocolate drizzle
  • Peanut butter & jelly. strawberry jam + peanut butter chips
  • Strawberries & cream. vanilla icing + strawberry jam
mini white bakery boxes with donuts inside.

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I love giving food party favors for any celebration, and incorporating them as part of the festivities saves time and money for the hostess.

Provide mini bakery boxes to place a donut in for later. Use small squares of parchment paper to keep hands clean while handling.

More Brunch Party Ideas

It’s as easy as that to create a fun, interactive and delicious donut toppings bar at home. I guarantee your guests will be dazzled by your hosting skills.

If you want to add some color for a special holiday check out this colorful homemade donut glaze.

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6 donuts all topped with different toppings, overhead view.

Donut Toppings

Yield: 12 donuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Add donut toppings to glazed or cake donuts with these spread, dry sprinkles, and drizzles for the perfect custom donut for brunch or dessert.

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 6 Plain glazed donuts
  • 6 Plain cake donuts

Spreadable Toppings

  • White icing (cream cheese or vanilla flavor)
  • Chocolate icing
  • Marshmallow cream
  • Raspberry jelly or jam

Dry Toppings

  • Crushed Oreos
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Flaked coconut
  • Chopped pecans lightly toasted
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped crispy bacon

Drizzles

  • Salted caramel
  • Chocolate fudge sauce
  • Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Add a layer from the spreadable toppings.
  2. Sprinkle with dry toppings.
  3. Top with a drizzle topping.

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7 Comments

  1. This is such an excellent idea for a food bar setup. For some reason my brain always thought of doughnuts as pre-decorated, but you’re right, there’s no reason you can’t spruce it up to be exactly what you want. Such a fun idea!

    1. Yes, so many delicious combos you can make. If you try it Chrystina, I guarantee it will be a hit! 😀

    1. Yes! Great treat for back-to-school too. I mean, when is it not a good time for donuts, right! 😀

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