Name: Dough Baby Bakery
Location: 511 State St, Madison, WI 53703
Ambience: Hipster, cute
Best Dish: Dough Babies
Specialty donuts have gained quite the following — with Hurts Donuts opening up in Middleton, the classic offerings of Greenbush back on Regent, and now Dough Baby Bakery on State Street, Madison’s donut market is pretty saturated. But Dough Baby Bakery stands out from the rest, and not just because they use locally grown, mostly organic ingredients.
Dough Baby has a constantly changing menu. They adjust for the season and although they have some stand-bys (like their chocolate cake donuts), the fact that you can pick up something unique every time you go is a huge plus. Their attention to ingredients comes through — the raspberry frosted donut I had just after they opened tasted like actual raspberry, not just vague flavor syrup. While their traditional donuts are delicious, Dough Baby really shines with its stuffed donuts. Their apple pie stuffed donut had apple slices coated in cinnamon sugar. The apples maintained their bite, adding tartness that cut through the sweetness, and the flavor diffused throughout the donut. Also fantastic was their pancake batter filled donut. I expected it to become soggy and overly sweet, but the donut held up and the batter was just the right amount of sweetness.
My personal favorite donut is one they have every day — their dough babies, or little donut holes coated in cinnamon sugar. They’re light and the perfect complement to a cup of coffee. At around $2.25 a donut, they are a little on the expensive side but it is definitely worth it for the quality.