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Hi Bold Bakers!

Working as a professional chef I have learned a few tricks along the way. A very important lesson is that there is always a solution for every problem. Don’t have a rolling pin? Use a wine bottle! But what do you do if you don’t have a donut pan? Make your own Donut Pan, that’s what!

Recently I wanted to make baked donuts but I didn’t have a donut tin. This wasn’t going to deter me. I looked around my kitchen and I had a light bulb moment!  All I needed to make a donut pan were things I already had to hand, yay!

As a rule I don’t buy kitchen equipment that only has one use. I live in a small house in Santa Monica that has what you would call a “comfy” kitchen, which means tiny. Limited cupboard space means that I can only hang on to kitchen tools that I use on a regular basis.

I don’t have space to store a donut tin that I might use a handful of times. Also why spend the money on a donut tin if you don’t have to? One thing I did have to hand was a cupcake tin–it’s one of my kitchen essentials. So I thought, what if I could make my own? Being savvy and fiscally aware I came up with a great solution.

Make Your Own Donut Pan

Ever want to make donuts but don’t have a donut pan? No problem!

All you need is a cupcake pan and some regular old tin foil!

Cut the foil into a 4 x4 square and bend gently around your middle finger.

Remove your finger and press the shape you’re left with into the muffin tin.

The results: You’re left with a perfect donut hole shaped tin that yields you round baked donuts. Check out my Chocolate Cake Donuts and see for yourself how well this tray works. 

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  1. Miki on December 19, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Oooh, thanks this is great!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 19, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you, please do give it a try!

  2. Chuck on August 26, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Having watched the show “Nailed It”, I would say the DIY donut tin would be right at home on the show. Every single donut stuck and ended up throwing most of them away. Did manage to get a few broken pieces out of the batch. Will definitely invest in a donut tin if I ever decide to try it again.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 27, 2018 at 3:25 am

      Hi Chuck,
      oh dear! I am really sorry this did not work well for you. I hate when ingredients are wasted.
      This works for me, and I am really sorry it did not work out for you. I hope you will try again, this recipe will work in a cupcake pan too,
      Gemma 🙂

    • Miki on December 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      And having watched the show ‘Nailed It’ you would know that they also often forget to use a non-stick agent LOL. So you’re right, you’re perfect for it.

  3. Chinwendu on July 15, 2018 at 1:00 am

    That’s such a great idea Gemma, but I don’t even have a muffin tin! ???? What should I do? Should I buy a muffin tin that I’m probably only going to use once or twice, or should I buy a doughnut tin that I’m only going to use once or twice???

    • Gemma Stafford on July 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm


      it’s up to you, regardless you will need one or the other. To be honest, you will get more use out of a cupcake tin.


  4. Patricia Williams on May 16, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I sent a carrot cake photo did you get it

    • Gemma Stafford on May 17, 2018 at 3:47 am

      Hi Patricia,

      I just got it there now. I posted it below the recipe.

      Thanks so much for the picture. You cake turned out amazing!!! and beautifully decorated.


  5. Eesha Telang on September 9, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Hey!!! Gemma ur simply gr8….I love ur recipes…and all of us at home n’joy too…

    • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2017 at 5:35 am

      Thank you, that is very kind,
      Gemma 🙂

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    • Gemma Stafford on April 4, 2017 at 1:58 am

      Please email Kevin directly for a response to this inquiry, he looks after all of the business things. I do write my own blog though!
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