16 Really Unique and Fun Donut Toppings
There’s just something about a donut that can make everything right in the world even if just for a moment. These popular delights come prepared in a variety of ways from iced to glazed with the traditional hole in the middle to whole and filled with custard or fruit and are easily obtainable from bakeries, grocery stores, local and chain-operated specialty donut shops, and they can even be made quite easily at home.
But sometimes, even if you love something as much as we love donuts, they can get boring and repetitive after a while. To keep that from happening, we recommend trying out new and interesting toppings for your donuts, whether you like them with the hole or you like to fill them. So if you’re in a donut rut, come along with us as we go beyond the sprinkles to check out our picks for 16 really unique and fun donut toppings!
Baked S’mores Donuts
Check here for the full recipe for the Baked S’mores Donuts; once you’ve made the donuts according to the recipe, you’ll make your chocolate glaze, dip the tops of the donuts into the chocolate glaze, then sprinkle graham cracker crumbs and mini marshmallows on top to give you the whole s’mores experience with this campfire worthy donut masterpiece.
Ice Cream Sundae Donut
Rethink your ice cream sundaes and donuts and put the two together for a fun match made in dessert heaven! A simple glazed, cake, or just about any flavor donut you prefer makes a good base, then you just add ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, cherries, and whatever else you like on your perfect sundae!
The Biscuits and Jam Donut
This unique donut starts with a glazed donut base, then you mix raspberry jam and vanilla frosting together, although this could work with strawberry and other berry jams. Dip the top of the glazed donut into your frosting and jam mix, then sprinkle crumbled Biscoff cookies and white chocolate chips on top.
Another fun topping that adds texture, flavor, and even a pop of color to your donut depending on the cereal. For example, a vanilla frosted or cereal milk glazed donut with Lucky Charms marshmallows on top, or perhaps a chocolate frosted donut with Reeses Puffs cereal sprinkled on top? Yum!
Banana Pudding Donut
Banana pudding is a classic dessert that you can take to the next level with donuts! Take your glazed donut and top it with vanilla pudding, banana slices, and crumbled Nilla wafers and take care of your banana pudding and donut cravings all in one flavorful dessert!
Strawberry Shortcake Donut
If you don’t have the cake part to make a Strawberry Shortcake, have no fear because a glazed or plain cake donut makes a great substitute! Just top your donut with whipped cream, strawberries, and glaze, and you’ve got a cool, sweet, fruity dessert that everyone will love.
Want a donut with breakfast? Here’s a fun and interesting way to do it! Top your donut with a fried egg, a piece of bacon, and then drizzle it with some Sriracha sauce, maple syrup, or whatever else sounds good for a truly fun breakfast of champions!
This one is inspired by a popular Girl Scout Cookie, and no doubt this one will be a hit! A glazed or plain donut is dipped top-down into some salted caramel, then toasted coconut is sprinkled on top before hot fudge is drizzled all over the place, creating a rich, decadent donut experience you’ll find hard to resist.
Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Donut
Make your donut into a small cheesecake by spreading your cheesecake mixture on top, then grating on some lemon zest and finishing it off with a handful of fresh blueberries. The lemon zest bursts with bright citrusy flavor, intermingling perfectly with the heavy, sweet cheesecake topping and tangy blueberries with the soft chew of the donut base.
For a fragrant, elegant donut topping that can take donuts from casual to uptown chic, dip rose petals into egg whites, then dip them in super fine sugar and let them dry. Not only do they look pretty and smell wonderful, but they are also edible!
Transport yourself to the carnival or the county fair with this winning combination of a glazed or plain donut, caramel sauce, rainbow sprinkles, and kettle corn. This fun dessert gives you all the smells and tastes of some of the sweetest carnival foods without having to go to the carnival.
Cookies n’ Cream
For a fun take on this classic flavor combo, top your chocolate glazed donut with cream cheese, whipped cream, and crushed Oreos! Between the rich cream cheese, light and fluffy whipped cream, and the cocoa and cream crunch of the Oreos, this donut will have everyone begging for more!
Instead of your traditional cinnamon-sugar glaze, try sprinkling some Red Hots onto your glazed donut. The spicy cinnamon candy and sugary glaze is a great flavor combination and those little red candies just make the donut so much more colorful!
Salted Caramel Bliss
To achieve this deliciousness, top your glazed or plain donut with Dulce de Leche and pretzels and let your mouth experience this decadently rich, sweet and salty combination that is absolutely to-die-for!
Cheesecake lovers, rejoice, because we have another cheesecake donut variation for you! Top your donut with cream cheese whipped cream, then spread blueberry pie filling over that and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs to get a taste of blueberry cheesecake heaven on a donut.
So whether you’re a bona fide donut connoisseur or you haven’t gone beyond your basic chocolate or glazed, we hope that these fun and interesting topping ideas for donuts have inspired you to create some fun, fabulous donuts of your own!