Floral Donuts with Blood Orange & Lemon Ginger Glaze

Floral Doughnuts with Blood Orange and Lemon Ginger Icing @themerrythoughtFloral Donuts with Blood Orange & Lemon Ginger Glaze @themerrythought
When I found out that Marx Foods was doing a challenge with edible flowers, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a chance to play with my food!  We’ve done a few recipes using edible flowers, some mocktails and there was my mom’s amazing Flower Power Herb Dog for our hot dog topping post; so I was excited to try out a new recipe using edible flowers.
Floral Donuts with Blood Orange and Lemon Ginger Glaze @themerrythought
As I started thinking about what would be fun to try with edible flowers, donuts were one of the first things that came to mind.  (No surprise there with my love for donuts!) Caitlin had mentioned a while back that I should try making blood orange donuts sometime, so I thought this would be the perfect time to try out a blood orange glaze. And the lemon ginger combination sounded delicious so I thought I should give that a try too. I loved both glazes, probably the blood orange won as my favorite though!  And I decided to keep things really easy and just bought plain donuts to glaze.  (Soo easy, I don’t know why I’ve never done that before!)  If you’d like to try making your own donuts though, we have a recipe for Baked Doughnuts that’s pretty easy and delicious.
Floral Donuts with Blood Orange and Lemon Ginger Glaze @themerrythought
I think these donuts would be perfect for a spring bridal or baby shower – or even a spring brunch! Or maybe you could surprise mom with these on Mother’s Day morning! Just be sure your flowers are edible and organic.  (I tried petals before using them to be sure I would like how the flavor tasted with what I was making, so you can do that if you’re not sure how they would pair with your recipe).
Floral Donuts with Blood Orange and Lemon Ginger Glaze @themerrythought
Floral Donuts

Donuts (store bought or homemade)
Glaze (see recipes below)
Edible Flowers*

Dip the top half of the donuts into the glaze. While the glaze is still wet, place edible flowers on. Let the glaze set; enjoy!

*Our edible flowers were provided by Marx Foods as part of the Edible Flowers Food Photography Challenge they’re hosting. Besides for online, you might also be able to find edible flowers in the produce section of some grocery stores or check at a local farmers’ market. You can also grow your own, which is what my mom does and what we used for the Flower Power Herb Dog. Just be sure that the flowers you use are organic (meaning they have not been sprayed with any kind of pesticides)!
Floral Donuts with Blood Orange and Lemon Ginger Glaze @themerrythought
Blood Orange Glaze

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed blood orange juice

Whisk together the sugar and juice until combined. You’ll want the glaze to be on the thicker side (add more sugar if needed).
Floral Donuts with Blood Orange and Lemon Ginger Glaze @themerrythought
Lemon Ginger Glaze

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2-1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger*

Whisk together the sugar, lemon juice and grated ginger.  Make sure the glaze is thick, add more sugar if needed.

*Add to taste, I kept mine on the lighter side because I like just a hint of ginger flavor, add as much as you like.
Floral Donuts with Blood Orange & Lemon Ginger Glaze @themerrythought
Floral Donuts with Blood Orange and Lemon Ginger Glaze @themerrythought
Floral Donuts with Blood Orange and Lemon Ginger Glaze @themerrythought
So what do you think? Would you be willing to try out flowers in your food?

I had so much fun making these edible flower donuts that I couldn’t resist trying one more recipe out with the flowers I had left – you can find the recipe for Floral Goat Cheese with Dill and Cracked Pepper here.


Edible flowers provided by Marx Foods. All ideas, thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

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  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 5:36 pm

    June Burns - What a lovely way to decorate doughnuts! Almost too pretty to eat 🙂 I imagine they’d work well at a brunch!ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 7:05 pm

    paige - these are so beautiful! I’ve seen edible flowers before, but never new what to do with them..thanks for the inpsiration

  • Monday, May 4, 2015 - 1:17 am

    Belindq - Wow this is beautiful! What a creative way to add colour and pattern to donut without using food colouring. My favourite is the donut with small orange flowers.


  • Monday, May 4, 2015 - 9:19 am

    Kristen - Oh these are so pretty!! Maybe I missed this, but could you share where you purchased your edible flowers?ReplyCancel

    • Monday, May 4, 2015 - 9:49 am

      Manda - Thanks Kristen, I had so much fun “playing” with these flowers! I updated the post, my flowers were from Marx Foods (marxfoods.com), and I shared a few other places you might be able to find them. Sorry for the confusion! I may have written this post while sick with a fever! 🙁 (Yes, I’m still sick, ugh!)ReplyCancel

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 - 3:11 am

    Thalia @ butter and brioche - Hands down the most beautiful donuts I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 - 8:44 am

    Justine - These are gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:13 pm

    WhitBit's Indian Kitchen - These are so beautiful! Our local farmer’s network had edible flowers recently, and I decorated a cake with them. http://www.whitbitskitchen.com/2015/03/14/french-vanilla-chai-cake-with-cinnamon-buttercream-frosting/ReplyCancel

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 - 3:37 pm

    mytummyhasahappy - I don’t think these even classify as food. They need to be categorized under art. Not only are the donuts stunning, but the photos of them are positively gorgeous as well! Thank you so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 4:25 pm

    Eden Passante - These are beautiful! Love using edible flowers!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 1:40 pm

    Eden Passante - These donuts are almost too pretty to eat! Edible flowers are always my go-to for toppings. So charming!ReplyCancel