Faux Food Creations



  • All doughnuts – air-dry clay/ Model Magic
  • Additional supplies for each doughnut are listed below.

Step 1: Shaping the doughnuts

Round filled doughnut

On a flat work surface use Model Magic to make a fist sized ball. Gently pat the ball down on both sides to get a thick disk shape. Lightly roll the disk on its side to smooth out the sides a bit. When you are happy with the shape of your doughnut, use the end of a paintbrush or your finger to create a small hole in the side replicating the spot where the jelly or custard is piped into the doughnut. Set doughnut aside to dry.

Regular iced doughnut

On a flat work surface use Model Magic to make a fist sized ball. Gently pat the ball down on both sides to get a thick disk shape. Lightly roll the disk on its side to smooth out the sides a bit. When you are happy with the shape of your doughnut use a small cutter to make the hole (I used a large icing tip but you can use anything to get the desired size). Smooth out the hole to make it neat. When you are happy with the shape, set aside to dry.

Mini doughnut

On a flat work surface use Model Magic to form a 2 inch ball (approximately). Gently pat the ball  just a bit – forming something similar to a thick hamburger patty. You will want to leave this one a little thicker than the other doughnuts. Use your pinky to form a hole and smooth out the edges. Set doughnut aside to dry.

Long John

On a flat work surface use Model Magic to make a fist sized ball. Gently pat the ball down while pulling it into an oblong shape. You may wish to roll the model magic just a bit to smooth the sides then continue pressing into the desired shape. Round the edges slightly to resemble a long John. Set aside to dry.

Step 2: Painting the doughnuts

Colors needed:
  • Round filled, long john, and regular iced – cream and tan
  • Powedered sugar: cream
  • Chocolate: dark brown

For the base coat on all doughnuts (except for the mini chocolate doughnut) mix together matte Mod Podge with a small amount of cream acrylic paint  – I used vanilla ice cream. Paint dry doughnuts all over using a stipple technique to avoid brush strokes and give it a realistic texture. Set aside to dry.

For the mini chocolate doughnut mix together matte Mod Podge with brown paint and use the same stippling technique to paint the entire doughnut. Set aside to dry.

Create Faux “Fry Lines” on your doughnuts (except for the mini powdered sugar and chocolate doughnuts).

Real doughnuts have fry “fry lines” that are created when the doughnut is dropped into the oil and then flipped and cooked on the other side. This creates a line around the middle of the doughnut that is not as dark as the rest. To give the doughnut their golden brown fried color mix up a light tan paint.

Once you have the desired color, take a small brush and go around the outside of the doughnut creating “fry lines”. You will paint two lines one on the upper part of the doughnut and one around the lower half. I recommend watering down the paint a little to create a subtle line to resemble a real fry line. Your lines do not have to be perfectly straight and you want to leave a gap where the lighter part of the doughnut still shows through creating a faux “fry line”. Then paint the rest of top and bottom the golden brown color. Set aside to dry

Repeat the fry line process for all doughnuts except the mini doughnuts.

Step 3: Decorating the doughnuts

Pink iced doughnut

  • White caulk
  • Glossy Mod Podge
  • Pink acrylic paint
  • Faux sprinkles (tutorial here)
  • Popcicle stick

To create the icing mix with some white caulking, gloss mod podge, and pink acrylic paint (I added a bit of red and a drop of blue to get the color I wanted). Ice the top of the doughnut using a popsicle stick. While the icing is still wet add your faux sprinkles (how to make faux sprinkles shown in another tutorial) and let dry. 

Sugar coated doughnut

  • Matte Mod Podge
  • White decorative sand
  • Clear caulk
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Popsicle stick

Generously coat one side of the doughnut in matte mod podge. Dip doughnut into a container filled with white decorative sand and wiggle it a bit so the sand can attach to the doughnut. Let dry then repeat on the other side of the doughnut. Remember to leave the center “fry line” bare and let dry.

For the chocolate filling, mix together clear caulking with some dark brown acrylic paint. Make sure to use clear caulking for this process to achieve a realistic chocolate color. Use a small paintbrush or popsicle stick to place some of the chocolate filing into the hole you created earlier on the side of your doughnut. Let dry.

Iced Long John

  • Clear caulk
  • Popsicle stick
  • Acrylic paint – dark brown, cream, and yellow

Mix clear caulking and brown paint to create the icing for your long John doughnut. Use a popsicle sick to spread a generous amount of icing on your doughnut. 

For the long John filing you can use either white or clear caulk and mix with a bit of cream paint (I added a drop of yellow to create a custard color). Then take some of the filling and place it into the hole you created earlier in the end of your long John. Let dry.

Mini chocolate doughnut

  • Clear caulk
  • Dark brown acrylic paint
  • Popsicle stick
  • Optional: hair dryer

Paint entire doughnut with a base layer of burnt umber brown paint. Create a mixture of clear caulking and burnt umber brown paint. I used a blow dryer occasionally as I was icing the doughnut to give it a poured over look rather than a spread iced look. Build up the layers of the icing to get the desired look (I used two or three layers on my doughnut). Let dry.

Powdered sugar mini doughnut

  • Baby powder
  • Corn starch
  • Mod Podge

Mix together equal parts baby powder and corn starch to create your powdered sugar. Coat a small section of your doughnut with mod podge then dip that part of the doughnut into the baby powder mixture. Continue that process over the entire doughnut. Let dry.

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