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Saturday
Nov172012

CakeSpy Undercover: Whoo's Donuts, Santa Fe NM

Vanilla Cake Donut, Whoos Donuts

Doughnuts, donuts. Whatever you want to call them, I go nuts for these holey treats. Since I'm writing about Whoo's Donuts in Santa Fe, NM, today, though, I'll stick with "donuts" for this post (if you want to explore the subject more, look here).

I mean, seriously. Aside from the fact that they are delicious, their very name is one of my favorite words to pun with. Some of my favorites:

If at first you donut succeed, fry, fry again.

Dead men donut bite.

Donut stop thinking about tomorrow.

Damned if you do and damned if you donut.

Donut have a cow!

Donut Stop Believin'.

and one of my faves...

Donut Soup!

(the donuts pictured in that last one are not from Whoo's, but are rather part of my donut soup recipe)

So. This is all to say, I am a lover of donuts, and as such, donut doubt my authority on telling you where to get a good one.

Donuts Coins

And if you want a delicious holey treat in Santa Fe, donut delay in getting yourself to Whoo's Donuts! Owned by the same folks as The ChocolateSmith next door, this is a fancy-ish donut shop where the donuts are more expensive than, say, Dunkin' varieties, but you definitely get what you pay for. All organic, they prominently feature the classics (yeast and cake, cream-filled); here is an example of how you can get two Vanilla Cake donuts and form a figure-eight of delicious...

Vanilla Cake Doughnuts

And to start with the classics, they have a very good donut baseline. Especially, in this Spy's opinion, on the cake donut front. The crispy edge that they somehow attain is absolutely fantasic, lightly crunchy and giving way to a soft, cakey interior. If you get a bit of that crispy edge in every bite, you're feeling like a holey roller. 

And their delectable donuts also dress up nicely for creative, tricked-out treats. Some that I have sampled are the choco-toffee variety, sprinkled with hunks of buttery toffee atop a rich chocolate glazed chocolate donut (yes! yes!):

Chocolate Toffee Donut, Whoos Donuts

I have also tried the Cherry coconut donut, which is sublime. The cherry flavoring adds a little zest to the doughnut, and the fat flakes of toasty coconut on top add a pleasant crunch and a pleasing richness. 

Whoo's Donuts

But my favorite treat from Whoo's so far has been the Lemon Pistachio White Chocolate donut. Something about the sweetness of the white chocolate with a hint of lemon zest, complemented by the salty pistachio bits just makes me wish this was a donut I could curl up in and live inside for a while. It is just so good.

Whoo's Donuts Whoo's Donuts

They also have donut holes ("Why-Nots") Whoo's Donuts

and filled donuts (Key Lime! Caramel-filled!) and the requisite bacon variety. But next on my list to try is the Blue Corn donuts!

Whoo's Donuts

So, basically what I am telling you is run, donut walk, to Whoo's Donuts. And drop in to The ChocolateSmith next door for something like this:

Chocolate Smith

Whoo's Donuts, 851-B Cerrillos Drive, Santa Fe NM; online here.

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Reader Comments (5)

Oh my goodness. I'm sorely tempted to visit Santa Fe - one of the meccas of spirituality - for donuts!!!
November 18 | Unregistered CommenterThe Ninja Baker
OMG!!! They take cake doughnuts to a whole new level; that Toffee-Chocolate Glaze has me salivating! On my list, when I go through New Mexico:-D
November 18 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
First off - I'm not usually a donut person, but that first picture with the fried crags of crispy crust kinda drew me in... and then, the lemon pistachio donut happened, and I started to wonder why I wasn't making my way to NM this very second.

And then came the jalapenos and lavender and blue corn, and um.... thanks for the heads up on this place!
I have never tried Whoo 's donuts but I have had their Chocolate from the Chocolatesmith and it is to die for. I am sure that their donuts have that same great New Mexican flavor. I know the next time I am in Santa Fe I plan to stop in and grab myself a dozen or 2.
January 10 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda
I'm counting down the days until we spend September in Santa Fe - nothing beats the Wine and Chile fiesta the last weekend of September for a food-spectacular. My favorites are all at the Chocolate Maven - with the chocolate croissants as big as your HEAD!
March 8 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

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