Homemade Fried Doughnuts with Rainbow Pudding Filling

Dive into a world of color and flavor with these homemade fried doughnuts, filled with delightful rainbow pudding. These treats are perfect for brightening up any gathering or adding a splash of fun to your weekend baking adventures.


  • For the Dough:
    • Active Dry Yeast: 2 tbsp
    • Warm Water: ½ cup
    • Granulated Sugar: 1 tsp (for yeast) + ¼ cup (for dough)
    • All-Purpose Flour: 2 ½ cups
    • Large Eggs: 2
    • Unsalted Butter: 2 tbsp (room temperature)
    • Salt: 2 tsp
    • Canola Oil: for frying
  • For the Filling:
    • Vanilla Pudding: 2 ½ cups
    • Rainbow Food Coloring
  • For the Glaze:
    • Confectioner’s Sugar: 1 ½ cups
    • Whipping Cream: ½ cup
    • Rainbow Sprinkles: for decoration


  1. Prepare the Yeast Mixture:
    • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and 1 tsp sugar in warm water. Let sit until frothy, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Make the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, ¼ cup sugar, eggs, butter, and salt. Add the yeast mixture and mix until a soft dough forms.
    • Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
    • Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Prepare the Filling:
    • Divide the vanilla pudding into separate bowls and color each with different rainbow food colorings. Mix well.
  4. Form the Doughnuts:
    • Roll out the risen dough to about ½ inch thickness. Cut with a doughnut cutter, or use large and small round cutters for shaping.
    • Allow cut doughnuts to rise again for 30 minutes.
  5. Fry the Doughnuts:
    • Heat canola oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C).
    • Fry the doughnuts until golden on each side, about 2 minutes per side.
    • Remove and drain on paper towels.
  6. Fill the Doughnuts:
    • Once cooled, use a piping bag with a narrow tip to inject each doughnut with the rainbow-colored vanilla pudding.
  7. Prepare the Glaze:
    • Mix confectioner’s sugar and whipping cream until smooth.
    • Dip the top of each filled doughnut into the glaze, then sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles.
  8. Serve:
    • Allow the glaze to set before serving. Enjoy your festive and flavorful doughnuts!

Preparation Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: About 2 hours 15 minutes


  • Ensure the oil temperature does not drop too much when frying to keep the doughnuts from absorbing too much oil.
  • For an even more festive look, use a variety of sprinkle shapes and colors.
  • Store any leftover doughnuts in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

These vibrant doughnuts are sure to be a hit, combining the joy of rainbow colors with the irresistible taste of classic fried doughnuts. Perfect for special occasions or whenever you need a cheerful treat!

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