Deerfield Elementary third-graders made pretty convincing arguments about why their doughnut creations should be brought to life.
The public has now weighed in. The top dozen vote recipients will soon be available for a limited time from Infusions Bakery in Lawrence.
Blueberry is a main feature of several of the designs, ranging from the “blue oasis donut” — which promises to “make you discover a new you” with its blue frosting down to its blueberry jelly core — to the “chocolate chocolate chocolate blue berry,” which has “a hint of blueberry, just enough for you to taste.” (Its primary emphasis, as the name implies, is on the chocolate.)
Even the “Oreo blast!!!” design features blueberry sprinkles.
The project started out as a fun and creative way for Laura Amlung’s third-graders to get some practice writing persuasive essays; then the teacher thought about how cool it would be for the kids to get to see their creations come to fruition. Bradlea Padgett, founder of Infusions Bakery, joined up with Amlung to make it happen.
The remaining Deerfield dozen — as spelled and punctuated by their creators — are chocolate blue berry, Munchere’s donut, pumpkin frosted donut, blueberry donut with chocolate sprinkles + vanilla and chocolate frosting, bacon apple pie donut, vanilla drizzle rainbow berry, the cinnamon pumpkin donut, donut drizzle, and last but not least, chocolate strawberry, whose creator writes, “In conclusion this donut will change your bakery forever.”
With overwhelming community support, Infusions has received “exponentially” more pre-orders than expected. The timeline has slowed down a bit so the bakery’s inventory can catch up to the demand.
The Deerfield dozen are available for $20 per variety pack, and all proceeds will go to the school. To place a preorder — which the bakery highly encourages — send Infusions a Facebook message with your name, phone number, email address and quantity by 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27.
You can also include the name of the student you want to credit with your order. That’s for another contest: “We will keep track of how many boxes are sold by each child – and the winning student will get to design their very own cupcake to be featured in our Bakery for the month of April!” Infusions writes. That applies to all the students who participated — not just those selected in the top 12.
Pickups of preorders will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4.
A limited supply of doughnuts will be available for sale Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, at the bakery, which is in Stanley James Smokehouse at 1500 E. 23rd St.