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Ace in the Hole: A Sweet Breakfast Trompe-l'œil

Bagel with cream cheese...or is it?
The bad news: this is not a deliciously chock-full of carbohydrates bagel with cream cheese.

The good news: it's even better. It's a delicious doughnut filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with poppyseeds so as to resemble a deliciously chock-full of carbohydrates bagel with cream cheese.

Now, a variety of reasons for making these could be presented to you, but really, why bother? When breakfast treats collide this sweetly, the awesome speaks for itself.

Want to make some for your own breakfast table? Oh, it's easy, and they're so much fun to serve. Here's what you need to do.
Top Pot Doughnut
Breakfast "Bagels" Made From Doughnuts and Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Plain cake doughnuts (as many as you'd like); we picked up ours at Top Pot Doughnuts.
  • Vanilla or cream cheese frosting (about the same amount you'd use to top a cupcake for each doughnut; if you need a recipe, try this one or this one)
  • Poppyseeds (or sesame seeds would work too)
  • Butter (about a teaspoon-ful per doughnut)

  1. Slice doughnut in half (for some reason it seems to work easiest if you apply the poppyseeds after slicing)
  2. In a small microwave-safe dish, melt about 1 teaspoon-ful of butter per doughnut you'll be making by putting it in the microwave for about 10 seconds. 
  3. Lightly brush the top side with about a teaspoon of melted butter (oh, get over it--they're already fried, anyway)
  4. Immediately sprinkle poppyseeds on top of the buttered side (this will ensure that they stick) and put this half to the side for a moment.
  5. Apply a generous dollop of room-temperature frosting to the bottom (sans seed) half of the doughnut. It is important that the frosting be room temperature because if it is chilled, when you try to spread it you may break the doughnut apart. Gently spread.
  6. Put the poppyseed-laden piece on top.
  7. Enjoy (coffee works nicely at this point, too).
Bagel and Cream Cheese


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Reader Comments (24)

You are crazy! Wowee - looks real!

June 15 | Unregistered CommenterjustJENN

You will be the sweet, joyous death of me! OMG! Freakin' GENIUS! From crush to love in one fell swoop!

June 15 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Beefy

Really look delicious, I'm going to have to try this at home.
Thanks for sharing.

June 15 | Unregistered CommenterJust Breathe

so silly! love it. I posted a link (of course) on my edible crafts column (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com) thanks for sharing!

June 15 | Unregistered CommenterChic Cookies

That looks so amazingly bagel-like. Impressive!

June 15 | Unregistered CommenterStef

justJENN: they're crazy...delicious!

Uncle Beefy: Well we're part of a mutual admiration society. :-) xo!

Just breathe: it's so easy, have fun!

Chic cookies: You are always too kind!! You're welcome, glad you enjoyed!

Stef: I know, we lucked out with a good batch of doughnuts for the project!

June 15 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

This is hysterical and so great! I'll bet the faux-bagels and cream cheese are so much better than the real ones!

June 15 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

It's like two of the best breakfast foods from NYC in one sacrilicious meal!

June 15 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

MMMMmmm That looks reeeeally good! I'm going to have to give that a try! Thanks for sharing!

June 16 | Unregistered CommenterKaye

Mmm, yet another delicious way to throw the diet train off its tracks in the morning!

Haha that is completely amazing. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

June 16 | Unregistered CommenterTeanna

These are awesome! Such a cute idea for a little breakfast party. I wish all my friends weren't so darn healthy!!


Ah man! I was doing so well avoiding Top Pot until just right now :)

Oh wow this look beyond delicious.....

June 16 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

That's a fun way to trick people into thinking that you're eating a normal breakfast but actually indulge in crazy delicious donuts!

I'd love to see you make donuts look like something even healthier like a granola bar....can you do it?

June 16 | Unregistered Commenterdanamccauley

so adorable!

June 16 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

Is this a sin lol? Can you DO this? I must try!!

Looks delicious Jesse! I love it when you post low cal breakfasts LOL!! I'd take a doughnut over a bagel anyday!

Thanks everyone! Glad you like the subversive faux bagels!

Laura--I think I read somewhere that a bagel with cream cheese has more calories than a doughnut. Well, finally I have changed that I think!! ;-)

June 17 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

Do you do blog designs or can I hire you to do graphic work for my blog? You are amazing! Please email me at Katie@smartypanties.com

June 18 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

wow - talk about SINFUL. these are the very definition of the word. love it!!

okay so next time you are in new york I'm going to make you schedule time to hang out with me and do fun/ridiculous/amazing things with food. what's your hourly rate?

MMMMMMM!!!! Better than a bagel!!!!! I can't resume my diet when I look at your delicious blog all the time!

June 19 | Unregistered Commentercakewardrobe
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