Dessert Doughnuts Are The Trend You Never Knew You Needed 😍

Bobbie Edsor
·5-min read
Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor
Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor

From Delish

With lockdown 3.0 in full-swing and not much of an endpoint in sight, we must find our pleasure in the small things at the moment. Think the whole beans-on-Weetabix fiasco, baked feta pasta, *that* tortilla wrap hack and the new Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough flavours. We might all be separated PHYSICALLY, but we’ve never felt so united by our viral trends and memes as we are right now. What a time to be online.

So, we’ve got a new craze to pitch to you: dessert doughnuts. Yes, doughnuts are already a dessert, but are they? Really? Are they definitely trying hard enough? We think not.

Hear us out: imagine your favourite towering layer dessert, but in doughnut form. All of its components. The caramel and banana of a banoffee pie. The cherries, cream and chocolate of a black forest gateau. The timeless, elegant combination of strawberries and cream tucked inside a Victoria sandwich. Now imagine all of those beautiful things, delicately layered into a glazed ring doughnut. A beautiful image, right? It’s like the glutton’s version of These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things.

There is literally NO way to eat this without getting absolutely covered in cake. But we love it: embrace your inner Bruce! Cake on the face is officially IN for spring/summer 2021. You heard it here first…

Cherry Bakewell Doughnut

We’re total suckers for a Bakewell Tart – the thick icing that clings to the back of your teeth, the smooth frangipane, the glacé cherry-like something in a bakery window in the 1970s.

This doughnut has everything you hope for from one of Mr Kipling’s very own tarts, only with the added bonus that it looks like something straight out of Calendar Girls. What more could you want?

Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor
Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor

You’ll need:

  • Glazed or sugared ring doughnuts

  • Icing sugar

  • Almond essence

  • Glacé cherries, halved

  • Raspberry jam

  • Marzipan

  • Whipped cream

  1. Slice the doughnut horizontally into two equal halves.

  2. Using the back of a teaspoon, compress a small well or channel around the bottom half of the doughnut. This is optional but does help stop your fillings all slipping out!

  3. Mix together a thick icing with your icing sugar and a little water. The thicker, the better when it comes to this full-on Bakewell Tart fantasy! Add a couple of drops of almond essence then cover the outside of the top doughnut half in a thick layer and stud with glacé cherries. Set aside.

  4. Roll the marzipan out into a long rope about 1cm thick. Set aside.

  5. Spread the bottom half of the doughnut with 1-2 tsp of raspberry jam. Coil your marzipan rope round to fit into the compressed channel in the doughnut.

  6. Pipe or spoon over the whipped cream then top with the iced doughnut half. Serve!

Black Forest Gateau Doughnut

We love the ostentatious, ridiculously extravagant black forest gateau. It’s a towering mass of chocolate and cream and so, naturally, lends itself to this entire doughnut dessert concept. True art, if we do say so ourselves.

Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor
Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor

You’ll need:

  • Glazed or sugared ring doughnuts

  • Chocolate ganache

  • Dark chocolate, finely chopped or shaved

  • Frozen cherries, defrosted

  • Whipped cream

  1. Slice the doughnut horizontally into two equal halves.

  2. Stir your chocolate ganache to loosen. If it’s still quite thick, melt it in the microwave at 10 second intervals or stir over a pan of boiling water.

  3. Dip the top half of your doughnut into the loosened ganache then dip straight into the chopped or shaved chocolate.

  4. Spread 1-2tsp more ganache over the bottom half of your doughnut then top with a row of cherries.

  5. Pipe or spoon over the whipped cream then top with the other doughnut half. Serve!

Victoria Sponge Doughnut

A Victoria sandwich is arguably THE most iconic British cake of all time. I mean, jam, cream, named after a monarch – it’s got ALL of the best bits of being British all in one simple, timeless package.

And of course, this doughnut version is no different: transform any old pack of ring doughnuts into something fit for royalty. Alternatively, try swapping out the scones at your next afternoon tea (when we’re allowed those again) for a plate of these bad boys and watch your nan’s eyebrows go through the roof.

Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor
Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor

You’ll need:

  • Glazed or sugared ring doughnuts

  • Raspberry or strawberry jam

  • Strawberries, finely sliced

  • Whipped cream

  1. Slice the doughnut horizontally into two equal halves.

  2. Spread the bottom half with 1-2tsp jam then fan out a layer of sliced strawberries.

  3. Pipe or spoon over the whipped cream then top with the other doughnut half. Serve!

Banoffee Pie Doughnut

We’d like to think that in Keira Knightley’s character in Love Actually saw these in the bakery window instead of the slice of *actual* banoffee pie she took to her hubby’s best mate’s house, she would have got so distracted that she would have forgotten all about her plans for the day and we could have all avoided that painstaking (read: tear-jerking) scene.

Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor
Photo credit: Bobbie Edsor

You’ll need:

  • Glazed or sugared ring doughnuts

  • Dulce de leche or salted caramel

  • Banana, finely sliced

  • Whipped cream

  1. Slice the doughnut horizontally into two equal halves.

  2. Stir the dulce de leche to loosen. If it’s still quite thick, pop it in the microwave at 10 second intervals or stir over a pan of boiling water until it’s spooning consistency.

  3. Spread the bottom half of the doughnut with 1-2tsp dulce de leche and top with a sliced banana.

  4. Pipe or spoon over the whipped cream then top with the other doughnut half. Serve!

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