Copycat Lard Lad's Big Pink Doughnut

This Copycat Lard Lad's Big Pink Doughnut is a GIANT fried doughnut drenched in pink glaze and topped with rainbow sprinkles! It's delicious!

Author Allyson


  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg , room temperature
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour , divided
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast

For Frying

  • 6 cups canola or vegetable oil

For the pink glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp milk , add 1 at a time
  • 5 drops pink gel food coloring
  • 1 TBS rainbow sprinkles


  1. Dry Mixture: Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, salt and sugar in medium size bowl. 

  2. Liquid mixture: Combine milk, water and oil in a microwave-safe dish or sauce pan; heat for 2 minutes on high.

  3. Combine dry mixture and liquid mixture in mixing bowl (for a stand mixer), mix with paddle attachment for 4 minutes on medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 minute. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook for 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic. 

  4. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover loosely with damp towel; let rise until dough tests ripe. 

  5. Roll dough out into a large oval, about 1 inch thick. Using something round (I use a glass drinking cup), press into the center of the oval and cut out a hole. Cover oval loosely with damp towel and let rise one more hour.

For frying

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet (at least 12 inches wide to fit the large doughnut), until hot. Add dough very carefully and cook for 2-4 minutes on first side, watching carefully not to burn. Flip over and cook for 2-4 more minutes, until cooked through but not burnt. Remove from skillet and set on a few paper towels to drain off oil. 

For topping

  1. Mix powdered sugar and 1 tsp milk. Add more milk as needed, but you want a THICK glaze. Add food coloring and mix. Spread over the top of the doughnut and then add sprinkles. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Red Star Yeast.