It may be the most sensible food-as-cup yet

By Rebecca Firkser
Updated February 13, 2018
coffee cup doughnut
Credit: Photo by @kenilworthbakery via Instagram

A lot of head-scratching vessels have been used as coffee cups this year. Now, the coffee cup doughnut is here to join the ranks of the avocado latte, the carrot cappuccino, and the apple cup (with its pineapple slice coaster, of course). The coffee cup doughnut was launched by Kenilworth Bakery in Australia. The treat costs $8 AUS (roughly $6 USD). There’s also a hot chocolate-filled doughnut option.

Kenilworth Bakery’s doughnut, created by barista Fernando Santi, is a hollowed-out cinnamon-dusted doughnut. The hole is lined with Nutella, and then filled with a shot of espresso, steamed milk, and a blot of foam.

“Our new barista is out of this world,” owner Jenna Sanders told the Sunshine Coast Daily. Sanders said Santi worked closely with her baking team for about a week to test the coffee cup doughnut idea, and that she’s thrilled with the final result.

Kenilworth Bakery generated some attention earlier this October with their massive one kilogram doughnut—that’s over two pounds of dough and filling.

Unlike the coffee-filled produce we saw earlier this year, all of which were met with mixed reactions, the doughnut coffee cup has been received very well, likely because the combination actually makes sense. While the idea of sipping a coffee from a scooped avocado sounds like a breakfast journalist’s fever dream, filling a doughnut with coffee or hot chocolate seems just as normal as dunking the pastry in the drink.

If you can’t get to Australia to sample Kenilworth Bakery’s creation, it probably wouldn’t be too difficult to MacGyver your own version of the coffee cup doughnut. Just grab a filled doughnut from your favorite bakery (jelly would probably be less messy than cream), hollow out the filled bit, add a smear of Nutella if you’d like, the pour in a shot of espresso. Just don’t blame me if things get leaky.