Zootopia's 'The Big Donut'

Zootopia's 'The Big Donut' recipe from Nerdy Nummies

Dare to dream big with this 9 inch chocolate ganache-glazed donut made from scratch! Save the day by serving up The Big Donut to mammals all around!

Makes one 9 inch donut


Things you'll need

  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Royal icing
  • Vegan sprinkles
  • Bench flour
  • Large bowl
  • 9 inch cake ring
  • Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Large measuring cup
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Pastry brush
  • Drying rack
  • Large frying pot
  • Candy thermometer
  • Pan Spray
  • 2 cups chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

Let's get started!

  1. In a small bowl, combine warm milk, yeast and sugar and allow to sit for 10 minutes to activate.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and then mix in egg yolks, butter and almond extract.
  3. Mix in half of flour and then add salt. Add the other half of the flour and then knead for a few minutes.
  4. Place dough into a greased bowl and allow it to sit until it has doubled in size.
  5. Place rested dough onto a floured surface and form it into a large circle.
  6. Use a large cake ring to cut the dough to a circle. Use a smaller cookie cutter to hollow out the center and then cover with a towel to proof.
  7. Heat oil to 350ºF. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  8. When the donut has set for about 10 to 15 minutes, place it into the hot oil.
  9. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes on one side, when the donut is golden around the edge, flip the donut and fry another 1 to 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from oil and place onto a paper towel-lined cookie sheet to drain.
  11. Move donut to a clean cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove the donut from the oven and cool completely before decorating.
  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces and place into medium bowl.
  2. Heat Cream in a small pot and bring to a scald.
  3. Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate and then add corn syrup.
  4. Allow the mixture to set for 3 minutes and then stir to melt the chocolate until smooth and shiny.
  5. Place donut onto a cookie sheet with a drying rack and pour the ganache over the donut immediately. Refrigerate before decorating.

Time to decorate!

  1. Carefully place rainbow jimmies onto the donut and then use white royal icing to pipe “The Big Donut” on top.
  2. TaDa! This larger than life donut will roll right through Zootopia and into your mouth!
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In the movie Zootopia, Officer Judy Hopps saves Fru Fru from 'The Big Donut' by catching it right before it reaches her.

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