The nation’s bakers have been busy raising dough for charity The Children’s Trust in aid of National Doughnut Week (11-18 May).
Established in 1991 by Christopher Freeman of Dunn’s Bakery, more than 100 businesses across the country are taking part to raise money for the charity, which helps children with brain injuries. A portion from each doughnut sold is donated to the charity, with last year’s event raising £33,679.
From traditional fare to boozy treats, and even Eurovision-themed delights, the nation’s bakers have been busy creating something for doughnut lovers everywhere.
Here are some of our favourites:
Eurovision Song Contest range – Dunn’s Bakery, London
The bakery that started it all is helping customers celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest, and National Doughnut Week, in style with a selection of doughnuts. They are glazed and finished with edible toppers depicting hearts with European flags in them. Also available are strawberry cheesecake and tiramisu-inspired doughnuts.
Chocolate orange doughnuts – China Blue, Devon
The ceramic studio, shop and café have been serving up chocolate orange and meringue shard doughnuts this week. The chocolate orange ones come with lashings of chocolate crème, topped with orange zest and Terry’s Chocvolate Orange slices. The meringue variant, meanwhile, is dipped in chocolate and topped with fresh raspberries and a chocolate shard.
Irn Bru doughnut – Breadalbane, Scotland
Embracing National Doughnut Week and its Scottish heritage, the Aberfeldy-based business has created an Irn Bru treat (right) especially for the occasion. It features the iconic blue and orange colours associated with the soft drink and joins the range alongside a raspberry Nutella, strawberries & cream and Aberfeldy tablet doughnuts (left).
Lambrini doughnut – Planet Doughnut, Shrewsbury
Planet Doughnut has embraced its bubbly side with a Lambrini doughnut. It features Lambrini-infused frosting and filling, an edible gold shimmer and an edible doughnut tiara. It is also offering up classics such as the Jammy Dodger and Biscoff doughnuts.
Heavy Metal – The Marble Kitchen, Plymouth
Based at No Whey! Vegan Market in Plymouth, The Marble Kitchen is celebrating with its signature vegan doughnut called Heavy Metal. It’s comprised of a vanilla dough and a black glitter glaze adorned with a chocolate skull and gold lustre dust.
Lemon meringue doughnuts – Locke’s Stories, Jersey
Locke’s Stories is donating 50p from every doughnut sold to The Children’s Trust this National Doughnut Week. The elegant doughnut range includes a lemon meringue one (right), complete with toasted meringue and crystallised lemon slice, a mocha & Amaretto doughnut as well as a vegan rhubarb & ginger offering that is topped with a slice of rhubarb and edible flowers (left).
Cornish ice cream doughnut – Personal Ice, West Yorkshire
Drawing inspiration from the seaside treat, Personal Ice has created a Cornish Ice Cream doughnut (left). It is topped with ice cream buttercream, a flake and strawberry jam. Other doughnuts available include lemon meringue (right), chocolate pretzel and cookies & cream.
Passionfruit doughnut – The Curious Kitchen, Devon
The Curious Kitchen has extended its weekend doughnut offer for the entire week with different flavours each day. The passionfruit doughnut, complete with glaze and half a passionfruit on top, is one of the ones on offer. Also available are ones topped with Kinder Buenos and Jammy Dodgers.
Smarties doughnut – Stanhill Farm, Kent
Toppings are the name of the game at Stanhill Farm with fudge pieces, Smarties, honeycomb bits and marshmallows among the items sprinkled on top of its glazed doughnuts. Oreo and lemon sherbet doughnuts are also available with 100% of the profits donated to charity.
Fruit doughnuts – The Steamhouse, Leamington Spa
Classic but simple is what The Steamhouse is going for, as it draws inspiration from the nation’s favourite desserts, treats and fruit. The menu includes raspberry, cherry and honeycomb doughnuts as well as indulgent chocolate and even a Jaffa Cake variant.