Believe it or not, Nation Doughnut Week is real, and it is an event that is now in it’s 26th year. This sweet treat inspired week was launched in 1991 by independent baker, Christopher Freeman in order to raise money for The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.
Getting involved is the easy (and most fun) part. Simply purchase a delicious doughnut from a participating baker to raise money for The Children’s Trust. Last year over £22k was raised for the charity, with the help of 394 bakers, cafes and shops.
To prepare for you for the excitement, here are five crazy doughnut trends this year, baking inspiration a plenty.
Unicorn food is taking the nation by storm, with glitter, sprinkles and all things fantastical. These cute mythical doughnuts from Caperucita Cupcakes are fabulous – find them on Instagram @caperucitacupcakes.
2017 is proving a popular year for infusions – particularly cocktails, but also that savoury herbs and sweet things go hand in hand. These orange glazed doughnuts with sugared rosemary from Lau Sunday Cooks prove that entirely. For more information visit www.lausundaycooks.com.
COOKIE DOUGH INDULGENCE
Doughnuts topped with fresh cookie dough are the ultimate foodporn dream. Produce On Parade have turned that dream into a reality. For the recipe (and full series of foodporn photos) visit www.produceonparade.com.
The big trend from 2016, has turned to food as a way to continue to grow. Here, this is how bakers can turn doughnuts into different shapes such as animals or other foods. These fruity doughnuts are great fun!
You can’t be good all of the time, so when it comes to being naughty go all out with a freakshake (i.e. a milk shake on sugar steroids) – the ultimate in sweet indulgence, with doughnuts being a perfect topper. Why not create your own freakshake this National Doughnut Week using doughnuts from a participating baker. This example for Lakeland is a strawberry milkshake, with strawberry sauce, mini marshmallows, Prosecco gummy bears, squirty cream, waffle fingers, freeze-dried strawberries and iced strawberry doughnut. For more ideas follow #freakshake.
For competitions, inspiration and delicious doughnuts follow National Doughnut Week on Facebook, @doughnutweek on Twitter and @nationaldoughnutweek on Instagram with #NationalDoughnutWeek or visit the website www.nationaldoughnutweek.org.
To find out more about the good work that the The Children’s Trust do with the money you raise, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk.