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Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a big cupcake fan – all that icing and cutesy sweetness – but have you noticed that donuts are popping up everywhere these days as the new go-to dessert?
I’ve been thinking on this post for a while, but decided what better time to put it out there than right before our Booksmart Tulsa: Flour Bakery + Cafe event. There are some fantastic looking recipes in Joanne Chang’s cookbook for eclairs, donuts and the like… (however, I will point out that her bakery also makes cupcakes).
A quick browse through a few wedding blogs and you’ll notice donuts are the new “unexpected” dessert food for receptions and showers – whether as a tableside snack, in place of a cake, or as a late night party treat.
They can be used as hot coffee or cocktail toppers…
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I am personally in love with the donut trucks that have shown up in a few towns. Carpe Donut, in Charlottesville, VA travels to weddings, events, concerts, etc. to serve up organic and delicious looking snacks to locals. Can someone please get on board for this in Tulsa? Seriously.
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You can even incorporate your love of donuts into your home decor…
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All this donut talk prompted me to visit two of my favorite donut shops last week. The Donut Whole in Wichita, KS is a fun little indie joint open 24 hours, serving inventive flavors such as (pictured below): Fruity Pebbles, Pistachio, Peach Cobbler, Cherry Chocolate, Rice Krispie Treat, Caramel Sea Salt, Red Velvet and S’mores. The flavors change daily and seasonally, so stop in if you happen to be in Wichita.
And here in Tulsa, everyone’s favorite spot is OK Country Donut Shoppe, where you can pick up yummy iced treats in almost any shape imaginable. See what’s in the case (here was my pick from Friday) or special order your favorite shapes, spell out Happy Birthday or even a name. Let’s see…think I could eat V-E-S-P-A-S-I-A-N? Probably, considering two of us did a pretty good job taking down what’s shown below, no kids in sight.
And finally, if you’re a cupcake purist or just can’t make up your mind – you could always try something like this…happy snacking!
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