Melbourne's doughnut craze is one food trend we're thankful for. From the classic hot jam doughnuts to the loaded numbers with rainbow toppings, we've come a long way from the simple hot pockets of sweetness that come in piping hot paper bags. Peruse our drool-worthy list of doughnuts and try not to crave one.
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For dipped-to-order doughnuts in a mind-bending array of flavours, get your sugar fix at Doughboys Doughnuts's hide out at The Mercat. Knockout seasonal combos include banana and butterscotch, peanut butter and jam, and peach compote with shortbread crumble. In summer, snatch up doughnut ice cream sandwiches sporting scoops of Gelato Messina. You can also score Doughboys' goods at cafes around town, including Top Paddock, The Kettle Black, Smith Street Alimentari and now at their stand-alone shop on Bourke St.
Raph Rashid – the man who brought us roving burgers and tacos also know how to dip a damn great doughnut. The pretty in pink iced vovo-like glazed doughnuts are cute enough to eat, while the passionfruit curd filled numbers have long been the crowd favourite. Oh, and did we mention they make their own sprinkles? Now that's dedication. Nibble on these sweet treats with their house-brewed filter coffees.
The first thing you'll notice about Donut Shop's doughnuts is how big they are compared to other doughies in town (not that size is any indication of quality). But try one of the cinnamon sugar numbers and you'll find that the doughnuts are soft and light (note the air pockets in each bite) and the cinnamon distribution even (very important). Moving on to the glazed and filled doughnuts, you'll find interesting flavour combos like the Pina Colada Brûlée with grilled pineapple and maraschino cherry, the Skittle-like Blueberry and Lime, and the Coffee Hazelnut Crunch.
And then there are the plump doughnuts at Yarraville bakery Cobb Lane, here stuffed with fillings like espresso custard and walnuts or raspberry and lychee jam with a light, fragrant rose custard. Also try the stellar examples at Tivoli Road Bakery in South Yarra with velvety fillings of salted caramel or vanilla custard.
Morgan Hipworth, Melbourne's Doughnut Prince, is still in his teens but his loaded doughnuts already has a big following in Melbourne. The high school student launched Bistro Morgan as a week-long doughnut pop-up in mid-2016 where he sold 10,000 doughnuts over eight days. Following the success of the pop-up, Bistro Morgan has set up permanent residence at the Windsor location. In addition to crowd favourites like the Golden Gaytime, salted caramel and popcorn and white chocolate and raspberry flavours there will be weekly experimental doughnuts and matching milkshakes.
It’s all about big glazed doughnuts at this tiny hole-in-the-wall, spelled and made the American way, with coffee on the side. Expect a double-whammy of flavour, with cream-filled centres riffing off the sticky glaze. Try these combos on for size: coconut and lemon meringue; Earl Grey and rose; or peanut butter and chocolate (only available on Fridays).
Brisbane doughnut shop Doughnut Time has been brewing up a sugar-coated storm since their first outlet in Fortitude Valley opened and they swept across the eastern coast throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne in 2015. Catch the pop-ups at Topshop Emporium and at Topshop on Chapel Street or head to the Fitzroy or CBD stores.