Donut Bread Pudding with Buttery Rum Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
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Donut Bread Pudding with a Buttery Rum Sauce: repurpose stale leftover donuts into a soft homemade bread pudding with a warm sweet rum sauce to drizzle on top!

If you are looking for the most epic bread pudding, you have to make bread pudding with donuts. 

Specifically, Krispy Kreme donuts! Oh man, it’s so tender and amazingly delicious.

Once you add that buttery rum sauce on top, you will want to literally lick your plate!

So the next time you have leftover donuts, make sure and save them to make this Donut Bread Pudding! 

Leftover krispy kreme donuts in a box.

Leftover Donuts

To be successful with this Donut French Toast, you want to make sure you use stale donuts. 

If you use fresh donuts, they will fall apart when you try to soak them and griddle them. 

Secondly, you do not want to use donuts with thick frostings or cake style donuts. 

You want to use a yeast style donut that has a standard clear glaze on it. 

Rum Sauce in a pot with a whisk.

Buttery Rum Sauce

This Buttery Rum Sauce is one of the most epic sweet sauces I have ever made in my life. 

It’s amazing on top of just about anything, I will even make it to serve on top of ice cream! 

It has shown up in a few recipes here on my site, including Almond Amaretto Pound Cake and Walnut Rum Cake.

It is incredibly simple to make and stores well in the refrigerator, just reheat it slowly to serve it later! 

You can even heat it in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time you microwave it. 

A bite being taken out of donut bread pudding.

I hope you save your leftover stale donuts in the future to make this Donut Bread Pudding with Buttery Rum Sauce!

It’s epically delicious and easy to make. I promise you won’t regret it!

Oh, and the next time you have more leftover donuts, you should also try this amazing Donut French Toast!! 

Donut Bread Pudding on a white plate with a spoon and Rum Sauce being poured over it
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Donut Bread Pudding with Buttery Rum Sauce

Donut Bread Pudding with a Buttery Rum Sauce: repurpose stale leftover donuts into a soft homemade bread pudding with a warm sweet rum sauce to drizzle on top!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes


  • 1 can, 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest, optional
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 stale glazed donuts, torn into large chunks
  • ½ cup golden raisins

Buttery Rum Sauce

  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons rum, I like to use Spiced Rum


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Generously butter a glass 8×8-inch baking dish. Prepare a water bath by finding a deep, heat-proof dish that will comfortably fit your baking dish inside of it, with an inch or two of space around all sides. Place the baking dish in the larger pan, and fill the larger pan with water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the glass baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, eggs, orange zest, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Fold in donuts and raisins and let soak for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the bread pudding mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly tapped (the pudding should be puffy but firm).
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool so that it solidifies before serving. I like to serve it still slightly warm.
  • While the bread pudding is cooling, make the rum sauce. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until smooth. Add the cream and rum and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Serve bread pudding warm drizzled with buttery rum sauce.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 596kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 390mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 46g


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  1. Christine Fenlon

    Thinking if making for my fancy Christmas dinner. Can I make this the day before and heat it up on Christmas? I’m going to cut it in circles and plate it like you did. Would you recommend ice cream or a whipped cream to go with it? Thinking salted caramel ice cream….

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      You can make it ahead and reheat it, or you can prepare it a day ahead and then bake it the day of. And I think it would be amazing with some salted caramel ice cream!

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Yes! In a water bath in the oven! So you put the bread pudding in a pan. Then put that pan into another pan with water around it!

  2. Tina | My Life as a Mrs

    oh. em. gee. This looks INSANE (in the best way possible)… and i have NO IDEA HOW YOU DO IT GIRL!!!!!

  3. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    I just had one baby and barely got to take a shower. You are definitely a trooper with two and being all by yourself. I’ll send the wine. :)

  4. Natalie | Paper & Birch

    Wow, you’re right – you definitely deserve an award! Posting while rocking a fussy baby – that’s dedication!

  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Giiiiiirl, this are flipping amazing! Definitely a great way to stuff more donuts in your body. Also, loving that sauce!

  6. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    God bless leggings. They are a postpartum moms BFF. Also I can’t believe you’re already blogging!!! Go mom go!

  7. Brienne

    I flew with my baby alone when she was just 3 months, and trust me, you will imagine far worse than could ever actually happen! Plus, most people tend to soften around adorable newborns! Congratulations on the girls and I love all of your recipes!! xo

  8. Sues

    I’m seriously impressed! My sister’s twins just turned 3.5 months and I know how ridiculously busy she is. I think she would flip out if her husband went away for 4 days! I can’t even believe you’re back to cooking and blogging, but I love it :) These look amazing!

  9. Heidi

    This sounds wonderful. I am a big bread pudding fan. Your photo shows the bread pudding in a round shape. Did you use a ramekin to bake them (the recipe says 8 x 8 pan? Or did you cut the shape out for serving?
    Thank you. I love everything that is individual and would like to serve it this way.

    Enjoy your beautiful babies.

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      I just cut out a piece that way for photos, however you could definitely bake it in individual ramekin sizes! Just watch your cooking time so it doesn’t dry out! :)

  10. Cookbook+Queen

    Oh girl, I don’t even know how you do it. I remember how I was that first year with Lucy…everything was in such a haze. I can’t imagine with twins. Consider the fact that you’re still alive enough of an accomplishment.

    This donut bread pudding? It’s two of my favorite things in the world combined. I want it for breakfast!!

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      I think all Moms should win an award for making it the first month…and the award should come with a very large gift. I can’t wait till they start sleeping as well as Miss Lucy! Her bed head photos are my favorite!


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