1. Start by making the details for each princess accessory by creating royal icing. For Belle’s rose, I used a premade sugar rose.
2. Add powdered sugar, meringue powder, vanilla extract, and water into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Start mixing on low until incorporated and then beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form (around 5 minutes).
3. Separate the royal icing into smaller bowls and dye each different colors (red, white, purple, pink, yellow, and gray).
4. Fill each colored icing into piping bags fitted with tips. Snip a small corner off. Next, pipe the Princess details onto a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. You can also use toothpicks to draw on the smaller details of each accessory. For Rapunzel, use the yellow icing and for Ariel teal icing is available for after you frost the donuts. The icing should be made thicker by adding more sugar into the mixture until stiff.
5. Now it’s time to make the donuts! Preheat the oven to
6. Spray the donut pans with nonstick cooking spray or coat with melted butter. Then, set aside.
7. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Then, in a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
8. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until no flour clumps remain and all ingredients are combined. Try not to over mix the batter!
9. Pipe the batter into the donut cavities using a piping bag, filling 3/4 of the way. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
10. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan before inverting them onto a wire rack. Tip: To help remove donuts from the pan, use a toothpick to loosen the sides.
11. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream. If the icing is too thick add additional cream, about 1 teaspoon at a time, until the desired consistency has been reached.
12. Divide the icing into 5 smaller bowls and dye them accordingly to the Princess color schemes.
13. Dip the donuts into the icing on one side, lift, and let excess icing drip off. Place into refrigerator to set for about 10 minutes.
14. For Rapunzel’s hair, add the yellow icing from earlier into a piping bag (fitted with a #18 tip if you have it).
15. For Ariel, pipe scales using the same method above but with dark teal icing (and a #2 tip if available). Set both aside and let them dry for about 1 hour.
16. Carefully remove the Disney Princess royal icing pieces you made earlier from the parchment paper and attach to the sides of the donuts using a small amount of white icing. Add some sanding sugar to the Cinderella donut for some extra sparkle!
17. Carefully stack each donut on top of one another to form a donut tower. Enjoy!