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The Latest: Doughnuts October 20, 2010

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Desserts are the fastest moving trend in the realm of entertaining.  It may be  their penchant for pretty, their availability in multiple hues (to match your party colours), or their overall general appeal in the tasty treat category, but who really cares?  All that really matters is that desserts are delicious and most guests’ eyes pop out of their heads when they are greeted with a fabulous dessert spread.   Yum!

One of the latest trends for parties is the economical – everyday with coffee – doughnut.  It’s surprising, I know, but doughnuts and doughnut towers are popping up in place of birthday cakes and even wedding cakes.  If you’re creating a tower of doughnuts *drool* it’s best to place a small cupcake wrapper or a small piece of wax or parchment paper between each doughnut.  After all, you don’t want the icing to end up on the bottom of another doughnut.  That would be a treat-related tragedy.

Check out this centrepiece idea from Martha Stewart – love it!

Pretty Doughnut Display

Fancy doughnut stores seem to be popping up all over the U.S., but this isn’t the case here in Canada.  Our best option is the local Tim Horton’s, whose offerings are undeniably tasty, but not necessarily the most visually appealing.  I recommend the Vanilla Dip (with multi-coloured sprinkles) and the Chocolate Dip as the most attractive doughnuts, and there are often special “featured” doughnuts available as well.  Currently, Tim Horton’s has a flower-shaped Strawberry Bloom doughnut on offer, and these would make a huge, bright pink impact on a little girl’s birthday dessert display.

Strawberry Bloom - Special Edition

I was recently asked for a recommendation on the latest trend in birthday cakes, and I suggested a tower of doughnuts, placed on a cake stand, topped with sparklers.  Not only were the guests excited by the cake alternative, the other patrons in the restaurant (it was a dinner party) were wowed as well.  And the restaurant staff seemed really excited to bring the newfangled concoction out to the dining area.  It’s always fun to try something new in the way of desserts.

Homemade Doughnuts

If you’re more adventurous and would like to craft your own doughnuts, there is a great recipe for cappuccino doughnuts at Country Living here, and for the creamy icing here.  These look fabulous (pictured above).

I prefer to go the less time consuming route and buy the plain cake or glazed doughnuts, and then add my own icing and sprinkles in various colours.  Much easier.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Of course, our beloved Martha has taken the trend one step further and gone the route of miniaturizing the already single serving cake.  So cute.

Mini Lovelies

Can anyone recommend any good doughnut shops in Canada?  If so, please send a link or some photos!

Photos Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings, Tim Hortons, Country Living, Martha Stewart Living and Food Librarian.

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