We had been to Cakeboy Donuts, at Plant 4 Bowden, well over a year ago, before they had really taken off on social media. I’d heard about them from a friend of a friend – one of those friends who seem to know about the latest craze or phase before anyone else. She had told us that this little donut shop sold vegan donuts, an idea which seemed unique, so heading along one night we got some of Cakeboy’s to try.
The donuts looked great, the team seemed lovely and enthusiastic, but unfortunately, the donuts were a real disappointment. My husband and I put it down to us not being used to such exclusive, vegan donuts. And thinking that it would be unfair to rate them beside non-vegan donuts, I decided not to review them for the blog. However, I then started talking to some other bakeries. Turns out a lot of bakeries have vegan donuts – Bakery on O’Connell for one, and there are many more. This got me thinking; what in a donut would make it un-vegan? Perhaps it’s the use of eggs, but not all donut recipes call for eggs. Or perhaps it’s the use of dairy in the icing, but most icings seem to be just icing sugar and flavouring. So actually, a vegan donut isn’t the most difficult thing to come across.
Knowing this, the playing field had been levelled. We went a couple times to Plant 4 Bowden, to try out the donuts again, but every time they were sold out. Their Instagram-able nature, combined with the vegan factor, seemed to have elevated this little bakery into the realms of popularity.
Eventually one Friday evening, I managed to find them with full shelves of donuts, having beat the dinner and dessert time rush. With a plethora of donuts to choose from I chose the most appealing and interesting one: the rose and pistachio flavoured donut. One thing I have to credit to Cakeboy’s is their unique, delicious sounding and looking choices. However, as with the previous donut from there, it was a disappointment – and an expensive one at that.