Best Doughnuts in Sacramento

Chocolate frosted. Glazed old-fashioned. Powdered jelly. Maple iced. Just naming doughnut flavors triggers thoughts of warm, comforting, yeasty smells. Doughnuts are well-known as “one of the best comfort foods around,” according to the Perishables Group, a food consulting firm. The executive chef for Dunkin’ Donuts says a doughnut “puts you in a calm place, if even for a short time.” Clearly, the humble doughnut warrants further attention, and I made it my mission to discover the best doughnut shops in Sacramento. Sacramento has many doughnut shops, so I needed to narrow the field. I explored multiple websites for their “best doughnut” listings and I consulted friends and family. From these sources, I identified the best of the best for my firsthand research. For the survey, I enlisted the expert help of Brian and Alice Bunch, who were in the doughnut business for 40 years, including many years in their own Bay Area store, World’s Fare Doughnuts. If anyone knows a good doughnut, it’s them. I asked for their advice on the type of doughnut I should sample to get the best shop-to-shop comparison. Brian said raised glazed are the best choice because they take the most technique to make. Raised doughnuts must be kneaded and allowed to rise before cooking, similar to bread-making.  In contrast, cake doughnuts are made from a batter mix and poured […]

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Sugar and Spice: A dessert aficionado’s fantasy.

The economy is finally showing signs of dragging itself out of the quicksand.  This slow but steady comeback has sparked some pleasant surprises throughout downtown over the last few months. Like a chain reaction, specialty businesses are popping up in some rather unexpected places, encouraging more to follow suit, as rents are becoming more affordable and creative spaces more available. Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts, 1201 F St., is a valuable oxygen source to the span of 12th from D through H streets. For the last six months, that area had stretches of blocks with no tenants as “for lease” signs littered the windows. Now, change has come. I pass by that location every night on my way home from the shop (I manage Endless Autobody, a new auto body shop on the corner of 12th and Sproule), and I have been watching the little corner shop’s evolution from a papered-up mystery spot to a beautifully decorated, upscale but intimate “dessert-ery” where ladies dressed in white chef’s coats work late into the evenings behind glass windows. "One day," I would say to myself each night I passed. One day I would go in and end the mystery. As it happened, it was a beautiful, sunny Saturday. I’d been out at Harlow’s the evening before, shooting Tommy Castro and his band, and I still had my camera […]

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Ginger Hahn shares cupcake secrets

Ginger Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates may be best known as the area’s chocolate connoisseur but if her cupcake classes are any indication, she may need to add a wing to her popular Midtown shop. I stumbled upon Hahn’s class thanks to an article in a (not to be named) Sacramento paper several weeks ago. My mom was planning a visit to Sacramento, and as anyone with family outside the area can attest, Old Sacramento loses its luster after multiple visits. I wanted to show my mom the Midtown I’m proud of. A cupcake making class in the L Street Lofts Penthouse seemed like the best way to show off our city’s great views and culinary treats. After a sold out chocolate making class several weeks ago, Hahn decided to open two cupcake lessons on Saturday to accommodate demand. I attended the two hour afternoon class, which covered four cakes and four frosting demonstrations. The class started with instructions on how to bake Doughnut, Spiced Pumpkin and Chocolate Cupcakes. Once the cakes were baking, she demonstrated how to make Vanilla American Butter Cream, Espresso Orange Cream, Peppermint Swiss Butter Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting. Hahn may be young, but she certainly knows how to teach. She kept a steady pace throughout the class, answering questions with ease, cracking a few jokes (and plenty of eggs) while moving […]

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Best Doughnuts in Sacramento

Chocolate frosted. Glazed old-fashioned. Powdered jelly. Maple iced. Just naming doughnut flavors triggers thoughts of warm, comforting, yeasty smells. Doughnuts are well-known as “one of the best comfort foods around,” according to the Perishables Group, a food consulting firm. The executive chef for Dunkin’ Donuts says a doughnut “puts you in a calm place, if even for a short time.” Clearly, the humble doughnut warrants further attention, and I made it my mission to discover the best doughnut shops in Sacramento. Sacramento has many doughnut shops, so I needed to narrow the field. I explored multiple websites for their “best doughnut” listings and I consulted friends and family. From these sources, I identified the best of the best for my firsthand research. For the survey, I enlisted the expert help of Brian and Alice Bunch, who were in the doughnut business for 40 years, including many years in their own Bay Area store, World’s Fare Doughnuts. If anyone knows a good doughnut, it’s them. I asked for their advice on the type of doughnut I should sample to get the best shop-to-shop comparison. Brian said raised glazed are the best choice because they take the most technique to make. Raised doughnuts must be kneaded and allowed to rise before cooking, similar to bread-making.  In contrast, cake doughnuts are made from a batter mix and poured […]

continue reading

Sugar and Spice: A dessert aficionado’s fantasy.

The economy is finally showing signs of dragging itself out of the quicksand.  This slow but steady comeback has sparked some pleasant surprises throughout downtown over the last few months. Like a chain reaction, specialty businesses are popping up in some rather unexpected places, encouraging more to follow suit, as rents are becoming more affordable and creative spaces more available. Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts, 1201 F St., is a valuable oxygen source to the span of 12th from D through H streets. For the last six months, that area had stretches of blocks with no tenants as “for lease” signs littered the windows. Now, change has come. I pass by that location every night on my way home from the shop (I manage Endless Autobody, a new auto body shop on the corner of 12th and Sproule), and I have been watching the little corner shop’s evolution from a papered-up mystery spot to a beautifully decorated, upscale but intimate “dessert-ery” where ladies dressed in white chef’s coats work late into the evenings behind glass windows. "One day," I would say to myself each night I passed. One day I would go in and end the mystery. As it happened, it was a beautiful, sunny Saturday. I’d been out at Harlow’s the evening before, shooting Tommy Castro and his band, and I still had my camera […]

continue reading

Ginger Hahn shares cupcake secrets

Ginger Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates may be best known as the area’s chocolate connoisseur but if her cupcake classes are any indication, she may need to add a wing to her popular Midtown shop. I stumbled upon Hahn’s class thanks to an article in a (not to be named) Sacramento paper several weeks ago. My mom was planning a visit to Sacramento, and as anyone with family outside the area can attest, Old Sacramento loses its luster after multiple visits. I wanted to show my mom the Midtown I’m proud of. A cupcake making class in the L Street Lofts Penthouse seemed like the best way to show off our city’s great views and culinary treats. After a sold out chocolate making class several weeks ago, Hahn decided to open two cupcake lessons on Saturday to accommodate demand. I attended the two hour afternoon class, which covered four cakes and four frosting demonstrations. The class started with instructions on how to bake Doughnut, Spiced Pumpkin and Chocolate Cupcakes. Once the cakes were baking, she demonstrated how to make Vanilla American Butter Cream, Espresso Orange Cream, Peppermint Swiss Butter Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting. Hahn may be young, but she certainly knows how to teach. She kept a steady pace throughout the class, answering questions with ease, cracking a few jokes (and plenty of eggs) while moving […]

continue reading