If anything was worth recreating, it was this alone.
The giant donut in my favorite place (Simpson's Land) at Universal Studios is so good, it's been my profile picture on instagram for the last couple of years. It's absolutely gigantic, probably serves 2-4 and actually not that hard to make!
Here's my tiktok if you wanna peep the process
I've made donuts a lot over the years for my son and his friends so this is my go-to super fluffy yeast donut recipe:
2 quarts of vegetable oil (for frying)
1 cup of whole milk (warmed to 90-100 degrees)
2 1/2 teaspoons (one package) active dry yeast
(1 stick/ 8TBSP) butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out the dough
Pour the warm milk and yeast into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer (with dough hook attachment)
Let bloom for about 5 minutes. Add melted butter, eggs, sugar and salt and mix to combine. Gradually add flour by the cupfuls. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of flour at a time if dough is too sticky to handle. It should pull away from the sides but you definitely don't want to add too much or they will be dense.
Coat a large mixing bowl with oil. Place dough in bowl to rise in a warm place for about an hour. it should double in size.
Cut dough into thirds (if you want huge donuts like this) and roll into a ball. Stick your finger down the center of the ball and twirl around to make a hole. If desired, you can use a very small circular biscuit cutter or narrow glass to cut a hole and have donut holes.
Place shaped donuts on parchment covered baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap while you heat the oil.
Using a large pot or dutch oven affix a candy thermometer. Heat vegetable oil until it reaches 350 degrees.
Use a large spatula to handle shaped donut and carefully lower it into the frying oil. Temperature of oil will drop a bit but just watch it to make sure it rebounds.
When donut begins to brown, flip on the other side and let fry for about 2 minutes per side. Repeat on other side. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temp of the dough. It should be at least 150 degrees on the inside before you pull it.
Remove donut from oil and place on a cooling wrap with a paper towel under it do drain.
2 Cups of chocolate chips
3-4 TBSP heavy cream
For the fudge glaze, melt chocolate chips and heavy cream together (don't add after, it will seize) for 45 seconds in microwave safe bowl. Stir chocolate and microwave for another 15 seconds. Stir to melt remaining pieces. Chocolate should be smooth and glossy.
Pour over donut and smooth out with a spatula. Add big sprinkles of course:)