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Give your guests the creeps with these donuts disguised as cockroaches! But they won't be creeped out for long once guests dig their teeth into the mouthwatering chocolate glaze, soft and chewy caramel shell, and into the deliciously oozing vanilla bean Boston cream. And if you're expecting cockroaches would have some crunch, these donuts do not disappoint -- the antennae and legs are all made from thin, crispy fried strips of donut dough.

I'll show you how fun and straightforward they are to make.

I've entered this into the Halloween Contest for the Food Category. Your vote is surely appreciated!


Step 1: Ingredients & Supplies

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The doughnut, chocolate glaze, and cream filling have been adapted from Genius Kitchen.

Doughnut Ingredients

1/4 cup warm water
2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or 1 packet)

1 cup milk

1/4 cup butter

2-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1 egg

For Frying

Frying sieve


Chopstick (or something for flipping)
Large pot with 2" canola oil

Boston Cream Filling Ingredients

1 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup corn starch

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Chocolate Glaze Ingredients

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup confectioner's sugar

4 tablespoons hot water

Caramel Ridges

Soft caramels (I used Werther's Soft Caramels)

Black food color

Food color paintbrush

Paint palette

Other Supplies

Plastic wrap

Rolling pin

Pizza cutter

Oval cookie cutter

Piping bag with piping tip

WUVIE4 months ago
Oh, my gosh, I just found this Instructable. If I had seen it during the contest, I would DEFINITELY have voted for you. Amazing. Disgusting, but utterly amazing. I'd eat one!
paperplateandplane (author)  WUVIE4 months ago
Haha. Thanks! I'm a Halloween baby, so I have to live up to the holiday!
Arbormakes4 months ago

You deserve that first prize!
paperplateandplane (author)  Arbormakes4 months ago
Thank you!! This is still my fave Instructable! It is one I ALMOST gave up on, just moments before I started doing the details, I felt defeated. But I stayed the course and forced myself to stare at a ton of pictures of roaches, then I just food colored the details away reminding myself it was no different than painting on paper.
You did a great job of making them!
Fantastic. The creamy center makes them even more realistic.
MargaretL5510 months ago
OMG...these look!!!!!

No. Just...NO. That's just a little tooo realistic!!! LOL

I love it! I wonder if you could put some kind of candy glaze on the carapace to give it additional crunchiness?

miminanner12 months ago

AWESOME! I'm going to make these for our annual Haunted High School Fundraiser volunteers! Just one question. How many does a recipe make? I'm sure the boys will eat them up...not so sure about the girls...LOL

Anna-Grace1 year ago
These are just creepy, but they look soooo cool! Love it!

SO well worth first prize in the Halloween contest! Congrats!!

Thank you so much!

misterxp1 year ago

These are woderful. Look just like the ones I find in my kitchen!! Thanks for sharing!

paperplateandplane (author)  misterxp1 year ago

Thank you! I hope the ones in your kitchen aren't this big! haha.

Big? You can ride on their backs they are so big!
paperplateandplane (author)  misterxp1 year ago


4DIYers1 year ago

Wow does that ever look realistic, amazing work!

paperplateandplane (author)  4DIYers1 year ago

Thank you!

Sparkle44 1 year ago

good for pranking people if they were smaller but great job

paperplateandplane (author)  Sparkle44 1 year ago

Thank you!

Perfect for Halloween party

Hope you try it out!

meswanson1 year ago
Such a well done instructable. Great detail and fine results. Thank you.
paperplateandplane (author)  meswanson1 year ago

Thank you!

Very, very creative!!!

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absolutely marvelous! well designed, well written. top notch instructable.! eek and yum in equal amounts. perfect!

Thank you, thank you!!

Cayotica1 year ago

the photos alone makes my stomach turn. What a nice trick to play on my mother except she’s already too close to the grave. Now if it was spiders and my brother BAM!

paperplateandplane (author)  Cayotica1 year ago

Oh no! XD

Oh heck no, gives me the heebie jeebies just looking at the pictures! LOL. But this is perfect for Halloween or anytime you want to do something unusual. If you live in a state with palmetto bugs you'll understand that these look too close to reality, lol. I'm sure they taste wonderful!

For Halloween. April Fools. Revenge. :)

oh yeah, way to close to home for us southerners, American southerners that is.

Somewhere, in some remote country with exotic cuisine is probably thinking "Bah, the real thing tastes better if you cook it right" ;)

LOL! I bet!!! And my aunt was just recently telling me she's eaten deep fried locusts.

who hasn’t eaten locust and spiders and worms and rotten shark and the list goes on and on.

paperplateandplane (author)  Cayotica1 year ago

Right! Who hasn't! XD

booboobear1 year ago

A million points for creativity!! A bajillion points if these taste good! Plan to make them soon. Very well done instructable. I Voted for you.

paperplateandplane (author)  booboobear1 year ago

Thank you so much for your kind compliments and your vote!

Great Instructable! I voted, BTW. But I'm still not sure I'd eat one...

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