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Orange You Glad? The Orange Glazed Cake Donut from Family Donut, Seattle

I like fruit, really I do.

Just not in dessert, where my philosophy is "if you're gonna do it, do it". I don't like the creeping suspicion that my sweet treat might be a little healthy. 

However, when it's in glaze form on a cake donut, as in the case of the Orange Donut at Family Donuts, a greasy spoon of a donut shop if there ever was one, I find it acceptable.

First off, it's a cake donut, which means that it's delightfully oily and decidedly not low-fat. Believe it or not, the citrus flavor permeating the fried dough is actually kind of nice--it cuts through the flavor of "fry" which can sometimes be lacking in dimension. The orange flavor is in the cake donut but also the glaze, which is applied liberally.

To put it mathematically? Crisp citrus orange flavor + hefty round of fried dough = TOTAL YUM.

Family Donut Shop, 2100 N. Northgate Way, Seattle.

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July 28 | Unregistered CommenterJolie Joe

You seriously make me so hungry every morning. Thank goodness for somebody like me who believes in true yumminess, no low fats about it.

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July 29 | Unregistered Commenterwasai

These sound great; I've loved the orange and vanilla/sugar combination since I was a kid, when orange sherbet/vanilla was my favorite ice cream flavor. BUT more importantly it reminded me that I wanted to be sure you know about Original Bakery, in West Seattle. Have you been there? It is charming, and the doughnuts are fab. We learned of Original Bakery (which appears to have been around forever) at a doughnut taste-off (http://www.wrightangle.com/food/blog/2010/06/28/the-seattle-doughnut-taste-off/) where the Original Bakery cake doughnut left Family Donut in the crumbs.

July 30 | Unregistered CommenterLaurieA-B

Laurie: I have been there but it has been a LONG TIME! I found it by accident when I took the wrong bus to get back to downtown from west seattle but accidentally ended up going even deeper into west seattle. I had a very good cookie as I recall. Hmm, might be time to go back!

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