Donuts have always been a weakness of mine. I’m not even picky about how fancy they are – I’ll happily eat a supermarket donut filled with mock cream if the need arises. In saying that, there is a special place in my heart for designer donuts. If I see them on the menu, I can’t say no. It’s certainly not ideal from a health perspective, but I try not to beat myself up too much about it.
Based on my enduring love and respect for all donuts, I wanted to share the top five I’ve eaten lately. I could lie and pretend that these are the “top 5 donuts in Auckland” – but I’m just one woman with one set of tastebuds, so I don’t consider myself qualified to make such calls. Instead, let me say that these five donuts are all donuts that I highly recommend. Enjoy.
Salted caramel cream donut from Bluebells Cakery
Yeah. Karla and her crew just went and took my favourite childhood treat and put salted caramel on it. NBD. These are ridiculous, go and get one from Bluebells lovely Eden Terrace cafe on the weekend. You won’t regret it. (Okay, you may regret it, but if you do, you should shut that kind of thinking down – it’s worse for your health than the donut).
Custard and raspberry donut from Little & Friday
It was almost too obvious, but it couldn’t be ignored. This is the first donut that ever made me emotional, and by that I mean I shed actual tears of joy after eating it, with my face covered in icing sugar. It wasn’t pretty, it was beautiful. I also love the peanut butter chocolate donut, if you spot one of those, nab it quick.
Donut Day Brioche Donut from Fort Greene
Every Wednesday at Fort Greene, Liam and Andrea make homemade brioche donuts alongside all their other ridiculously wonderful, labour-intensive homemade delights. Wednesday is donut day. They make a plate of these simple, gorgeous rings of joy and they sell out so quickly that you have to go in the morning, early, before you even feel like a donut, if you want to get one. Do that. These are extra special with a long black.
Rose Jelly Donuts at Little Jimmy
I know these beauties might be controversial because not everyone likes food that tastes like flowers, but I do and I’m in control here, so just ignore me if you’re one of those people. These crispy little donuts are filled with two of my favourite things – jelly and rose. I like things that taste like rose because I used to think Narnia was real. These donuts are what you’d eat in Narnia if Aslan was a foodie. I’m sure of it.
Donuts with pandan custard from Kiss Kiss
These are Thai donuts, I believe they’re called Pa Thong Ko, and they have an almost savoury flavour. The custard they’re served with is green from pandan leaves and looks a little like acrylic paint. It’s all so exciting! The only stressful thing about these particular donuts, for me, was that I was sharing them with four other people and I am not good at sharing donuts. It should also be noted that the sticky rice with coconut and mango, also pictured, was also excellent, but not a donut.