Bakery business Project D has made what it describes as the UK’s biggest-ever doughnut, measuring 1.4 metres in diameter.
The monster doughnut weighed as much as a baby calf and was filled with raspberry jam and chocolate and topped with vanilla cream, chocolate icing, chocolate fudge brownies, raspberries, golden Dairy Milk chunks and swirls of caramel cream. It contained 169,342 calories, the same as around 740 Mars Bars, according to the Derby-based bakery.
The one-off titanic treat was created as a surprise 40th birthday cake for Nottingham mother-of-two Rebecca Brough. Her husband had the idea for the giant doughnut after ordering 1,000 standard-sized doughnuts from Project D to help celebrate the anniversary of his serviced office-space business Cubo Work.
“It was absolutely incredible. I couldn’t believe the size of it when they brought it in,” said Rebecca. “The doughnut was so big that they had to fully open the double doors at the Cubo office in Derby just to get it inside the room.
“It was the best birthday cake ever, and it’s fantastic to think my birthday has probably become part of a UK record.”
She added that none of the doughnut was wasted.
“It was shared with everyone at the Cubo office and was scoffed in record time. I also saved a piece for each of my children, and they loved it!”
Project D operations director Max Poynton said the firm’s bakery and design teams had ‘come up trumps’ with the monster doughnut cake.
“As far as we can find out, it’s the UK’s biggest doughnut by a long way,’ he added.
Founded by former school friends Poynton, Matt Bond and Jacob Watts in 2018, Project D has collaborated with brands including Amazon, Brewdog, Sainsbury’s and Coca-Cola.
It employs around 120 staff and produces more than 50,000 doughnuts a week at its bakery in Derby.