Zootopia Donut Cake

With the hype surrounding the movie Zootopia, I wanted to make a cake that honored the Disney film. Today I’ll be teaching you how to make your very own Zootopia Donut Cake featuring Judy the Rabbit! Because Zootopia themed desserts have been so highly demanded, I’ve also made another Zootopia Cookie Pops that you can check out right here.

There are a couple of recipes you’ll need to help you create this recipe. First and foremost, my chocolate cake recipe, which you can find right here. You’ll also want an electric blue buttercream frosting. You can find that recipe here and just add some food dye! Finally, what would this recipe be without a giant cookie donut on top? You can find my sugar cookie recipe here.


  1. Sprinkle flour onto your bench. With a rolling pin, roll out your chilled sugar cookie dough so that it’s thick. Knead if needed. Then, place a piece of plastic wrap over your cookie dough.  Use a medium sized bowl and press down into the cookie dough to form a large circle. Use the rounded side of your circle cutter to create another smaller circle in the center. Use a knife to clean up any edges. This will be your donut cookie.

    bowl dough zootopia

  2. Slide an offset spatula under the donut cookie and transfer it to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place two popsicle sticks through the bottom section of the cookie.  Transfer to a moderate oven (175°C/350°F) for ten minutes. It’s done when the edges begin to turn brown. Remove from the oven. Let the cookie stand on the baking sheet for another 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

    stick donut zootopia 
  3. Transfer your melted dark chocolates/dark candy melts into a snap seal bag. Cut off the corner tip with a pair of scissors. Trace a wavy line along the outside edge. Make another wavy outline around the center circle. Fill in the outlines completely. You should still be able to see some brown from the cookie so that it looks like a donut. Place your cookie back on the cooling rack and tap the cooling rack on your bench to level off the chocolate. With your colorful sprinkles, sprinkle around the outside edge of the cookie, and around the center hole as well. Let it set at room temperature.

    donut cookie zootopia 
  4. Once set, fill a snap seal bag with melted pink candy melts. Cut a fine tip with a pair of scissors. You will be writing “The Big,” on the top half of your cookie, and “Donut,” on the bottom half. Start with the letter “N” in donut at the bottom center, and work your way out. On the top half of the donut, start with the last letter of your first word, and first letter of your last word (so E and B in “THE BIG”) and work your way outside from those letters.

    pink donut zootopia
  5. Use a serrated edge knife or cake leveler to level off the top of your cakes.  Smear a bit of electric blue buttercream frosting onto a cake board. Place leveled cake on the cake board, and add a thin layer of buttercream frosting to the top layer of cake. Then, add your next cake layer and frost the rest of the cake with a thin layer of buttercream frosting. Transfer to the fridge for 15 minutes to set.

    frosting zootopia cake 
  6. To make a white chocolate ganache, pour heavy whipping cream over your white chocolate. Microwave for 30 second intervals and stir in between until it’s completely melted and perfectly smooth. Add electric orange food coloring to the ganache.

    ganache zootopia cake 
  7. Take your cake out of the fridge, and add another layer of buttercream frosting. Place a generous amount of sprinkles to the base of the cake and around the bottom edge. Pat them down onto the bottom of the cake, and discard any extra sprinkles.  Transfer to the fridge for 15 minutes.

    sprinkles zootopis 
  8. Take your cake out of the fridge. Pour your bright orange ganache directly onto the top of the cake. Do not use all of it, but use a generous amount. With an offset spatula, spread the ganache over the top of the cake towards the edges. Then let the ganache drip off the side of the cake. Give the cake board a few small taps to level off. Transfer to the fridge for 15 minutes.  

    ganache drip zootopia 
  9. Wrap the Judy figurine’s feet in plastic wrap. Take your cake out of the fridge. Decide where you would like to place Judy on the edge of the cake. Then, take a circle cutter and press down onto the side of the cake.  Use a knife to help remove the circle cutter cleanly. Smear frosting into the newly made hole, and tuck Judy right into the edge of the cake.

    circle cutter zootopia 
  10. Frost over the area where Judy is now placed. Also, add frosting towards the front. Place remaining orange ganache in a snap seal bag and fix some of those drips that were cut out.

    frosting back zootopia 
  11. Position your large donut into the center of the cake, and so that the popsicle sticks are no longer showing. Place Judy’s hands onto the large donut. You may add a bit of your melted dark chocolate/dark candy melts onto Judy’s hand so that it may stick to the back of the donut.

    final zootopia

Delicious! So which are you going to eat first? The cookie donut or the cake? 🍩

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