Dolly’s donut is a delightful birthday cake

  • By Sue Ade
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 5:52pm
  • LifeFood

There are ten annual U.S. federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. Sadly, January 19, Dolly Parton’s birthday, is not one of them. So to the Tennessee-born woman, who gave us some of the most memorable songs on the planet, such as 1974’s “I Will Always Love You” and 1980’s “9 to 5” to name just two, here’s one fabulous holiday-worthy recipe for “Dolly’s Doughnut” – a cake as beautiful, fun and delightful as the singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian herself.

Created by the bestselling authors of the “Baked” series of cookbooks, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, “Dolly’s Doughnut” takes into account Dolly’s love of coconut desserts and the color pink. As a whimsical alternative to a traditional birthday cake, the “ultramoist” light coconut Bundt, stuffed with dark chocolate fudge-like filling and topped with pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles reminiscent of a doughnut, is as fun-packed as a day in Dollywood.

Like the other cakes I’ve highlighted from “Baked Occasions: Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays, and Informal Celebrations,” including “Baked Ultimate Birthday Cake – Very Vanilla Sprinkle Cake” (April 1, 2015) and “Dad’s Black Cocoa Bundt with Butter Whiskey Glaze” (June 17, 2015), “Dolly’s Doughnut” is yet another stunner from the founders of Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Baked Bakery. (If you’ve missed those recipes and would like to have them, write me at And, if you are more of a coconut fan than a lover of chocolate, the ribbon of chocolate in the center of the cake may be omitted for a “straight-up (and quite tasty) coconut-y Bundt.”

Whether you are celebrating Dolly’s birthday, someone else’s birthday, or even your own, “Dolly’s Doughnut,” as well as any of the other cakes offered in “Baked Occasions,” will help make the event even sweeter. For further information about “Baked Occasions,” or any of the “Baked” series cookbooks, including where they may be purchased, visit


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