As much as I love to bake, I was considering getting Scottery a cake from a local bakery for his birthday -- amid cleaning the house to make way for 25 of our closest family and friends, and cooking dinner for all 25 of them, and keeping everything else in life in check, making a cake and the icing and dirtying up all those dishes was the last thing I wanted to do. And I felt a little bad, because out of all of the hoopla, the cake to me is the most personal and heartfelt. Enter the brightest lightbulb I've ever had: what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a glorious, drool-just-thinking-about pyramid of funfetti doughnuts, piled high and adorned with colorful flaming candles?? No buttering and flouring of pans. No cutting the crowns. No crumb coats or icing or offset spatulas. Now let's be serious -- doughnuts are no piece of cake to make (haha, pun totally intended), and logic would point me to moseying over to the nearest Krispy Kreme and buying some hot-and-now, but once the idea hit me, there was no turning around. Let my house be dirty. Who cares about dinner? I was going to make these doughnuts and that was that.
Without a recipe, I went to one of my favorite weird-stuff sources -- Google Image! I found the recipe for these on the Badger Kitchen blog by following the links through a picture that reminded me of one of Roscoe's old toys...a Simpsons Doughnut. As a doughnut novice, these seemed pretty easy to make and tasted great, although they didn't turn out looking like the original photos, who would know since they're all piled up in a birthday doughnut tower? And as daunting as the task sounded, they were finished early on the morning of the party, leaving plenty of time for me to clean and cook dinner. As a bonus, the house smelled like doughnuts all day.