Fast Food Review: Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Glazed Cake Donut

Remember back in June when I admitted my fear of ordering any donut at Dunkin Donuts other than my all-time favorite Bavarian Kreme? Well, it has taken me the better part of two months, but I finally manned up at dove off the deep end the other morning. The pool was chocolaty and cheap, and there was nothing artisan about it. Long story short, I’d say the results were mixed.

Dear Donut: Why do you look like a bagel?

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that when I’m in a rush and on the road I’m not looking for a healthy or well balanced breakfast. Actually, I think it’s moments like this which provide us with the greatest excuse to eat pure, unadulterated crap. That being the case, and the fact that I refuse to buy a breakfast sandwich I can make at home, I often opt for the sweeter and deep fried spectrum of the breakfast market.

The usual...Heck, the only...

The problem has been opportunity cost.The Bavarian Kreme donut, mind you, is just too darn tasty. With that puffy pillow of powdered sugar and yeasty, fried doughnut exterior, the thing yields to an amazingly sweet and cheaply pleasuring cream composed of palm oil and corn syrup. Outside of an order of McDonald’s fries it may just be the best thing a single dollar bill can buy you. But there are times, I admit, where I’m tempted to test the waters, and when ordering my requisite in addition to my coffee the other morning, I found myself blurting out an inexplicable “Chocolate Glazed.”

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The Chocolate Glazed donut is your standard cake donut with cocoa processed with alkali mixed in. This being the case it’s not the richest chocolate donut out there, but does have a strong cocoa flavor and a stunningly sweet taste. Texturally it was inconsistent though. The glaze didn’t seem to extend into all of the nooks and crannies of the donut, while it had hardened to a point where some had chipped off. I enjoy my glaze on the solid side — but at the same time I want to be able to get my money’s worth. The inside of the donut wasn’t as moist as I would have liked, and it had a dried-out mouthfeel. The interior was somewhat dense, although again, the cocoa flavor was pronounced a very sweet. I finish my donut contented, but left with the feeling that it had been sitting around in the shop for far too long. And this wasn’t a late-night sugar run, mind you, but a 8:30 AM breakfast purchase.

What the heck? That

I feel like I would have loved this donut had this particular Dunkin not screwed it up.Unfortunately, screwing donuts (and coffee, for that matter) up seems to be a familiar case of inconsistency with Dunkin locations outside the hotbeds of the Northeast, where regional chains sometimes fail to live up to the brand’s standards. Case in point, the other day when I went into a Dunkin in my area and was told they had “run out” of small cups for their 99 cent iced coffee special. Considering the advertising blitz that Dunkin has made with this promotion I was not expecting to spend $1.99 on a medium iced coffee, and find little inconsistencies like that to test my resolve to frequent the chain. If you have a solid Dunkin franchise in your area I recommend this donut for it’s good cocoa flavor and sweet taste, but be warned: if you’ve experienced donut inconsistency in the past at your local Dunkin, than you might just want to hit up the local bakery.

Where, praytell, have all the good donuts gone?

Pros: Strong cocoa flavor. Only 99 cents. Not a belly buster at 280 calories. Good for dunking.

Cons: Glaze doesn't cover bottom side of the donut. Dried out on the inside. Lacks 'true' cake donut mouthfeel. Good source of saturated fat.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 8.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.00/10
Price: .99 cents

Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10

More Info: DunkinDonuts.com
Nutrition Facts:
Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Glazed Cake Donut
Calories: 280
Calories From Fat: 140
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Trans Fat: 0 g (Fried in shortening containing PHO)
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 400 mg
Total Carbs: 33 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 16 g
Protein: 3 g

22 comments on “Fast Food Review: Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Glazed Cake Donut

  1. I’m a big donut guy, but that chocolate donut looks disgusting.

    If you are looking for something a little different than your Bavarian Kreme (which looks good, by the way), try the Boston Creme donut. It’s similar to a Bavarian but comes in a yeast type donut with a chocolate glaze. I’m drooling just thinking about one right now. Oh mama…

  2. Adam says:

    Haha yea I actually do get the Boston Kreme from time to time. Things are pretty good microwaved. MMMM. Donuts…

  3. Tyler M says:

    I hate cake doughnuts, they just seem too dry to me. I prefer Krispy Kreme though over Dunkin Donuts, especially if its a glazed doughnut. Krispy Kreme puts the who thing in glaze, Dunkin however only glazes the top half of it.

  4. Jessica Leigh says:

    I’ve eaten this and it wasn’t good. I love the Boston Kreme donut, it’s the best one they have! I thought the chocolate cake donut I had was way too dry.

  5. J.B. says:

    Oh god that looks good.
    Going to get a donut right now.

  6. Tanya says:

    I gotta say I heart Dunkin Donuts even though I probably shouldn’t – and the chocolate frosted donut is my fave. I don’t like the cake donuts. And since I lived in the south for many years, aka Krispy Kreme country – I still prefer Dunkin D to Krispy Kreme!

  7. J.E. says:

    This donut is underappreciated if not eaten while dunking. The donuts sucks up so much milk/coffee/whatever with each dunk, it’s terrific.

  8. Mike says:

    Mm.. If I had to pick a donut for breakfast I’d probably get a plain ole cake donut (maybe?) with a bit of powdered sugar and some milk. I like the texture of cake donuts. Unfortunately, all the Dunkin Donuts here have been turned into: Insurance Buildings, Sushi Shops, and other donut places. So we just have local bakers and Krispy Kreme here, and that’s alright. And I have to say, that chocolate donut looked quite dry.

  9. Hunter says:

    My favorite doughnuts are carmel frosted long johns. They remind me of my childhood, every Sunday watching Ren and Stimpy enjoying three of these tasty pastrys.

  10. Fran says:

    I never liked cake donuts but I loooove yeast ones especially with fillings such as custard, whipped cream, chocolate custard and even fruit jams. I’m not really into chocolate covered or maple too much just because they’re too sweet but I’d definitely go for a nice sugar coated plain one. Considering I was raised eating European pastries from the pasticceria, the closest I can ever get to them is definitely the yeast doughnut (yeah, I used both spellings!). I can’t really eat more than one but if I had to pick one I’d definitely go with a Krispy Kreme lemon filled sugar coated doughnut. Another doughnut I did enjoy was Mister Doughnuts in Japan, but then again, I always ended up buying their spicy ground beef ramen instead… so I guess that kind of defeated the purpose. But it was delicious!

  11. Adam says:

    Regarding KK…Do you guys get them at actual KK stores, or out of the grocery shelves or the convenience store shelves? I only know of one actual KK location (SLC Airport) and usually donโ€™t hit up convenience stores for breakfast. But Iโ€™m thinking I need to go to a real bakery now and try out a real donut.

    • Colin says:

      Figure out a way to time your trip to a real KK bakery for when they have the “Hot Donuts” sign on. You’ll be happy you did.

  12. Rachel says:

    A real KK donut, fresh from the line, is like heaven. All the KK’s around us closed which is for the best … I can’t afford to buy a new plus sized wardrobe. This is way off topic, but in my strategic management class we did a case study on the rise and fall of Krispy Kreme. They expanded too fast for their own good and built too many stores too close together. Also many experts feel putting KK donuts in gas stations and convenient stores cheapened the quality of the brand, as people were buying donuts that were several hours old and equating KK with that lesser quality. Okay, that’s all for now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Pasquinel says:

    Love donuts. A simple glazed yeast round ring will always be my favorite. We don’t have any DDs in SoCal. There used to be quite a few KKs but those died out and the only big franchise now is Yum Yum/Winchell’s which isn’t very good. Luckily, there are a ton of great mom & pop donut shops here.

  14. drpep says:

    A hundred years ago, when Dunkin Donuts was only about donuts, this was my favorite one. Not the same today.

    • Adam says:

      GREAT POINT. I walk into Dunkin these days and it’s become Dunkin “breakfast sandwich” or Dunkin “Coolita.” The joys of a simple donut are lost on this country’s youth…

    • Raiders757 says:

      That’s hilarious. I used Dunkin, and Wendy’s, as an example of this very same thing last night. I was telling my wife that it’s best to just stick with what you do best, and not bend to current trends. It seems a lot of places have gone down hill over the years due to this. I brought it up right after a Dunkin commercial. Nobody sticks to their guns anymore.

  15. Raiders757 says:

    Nothing beats Bavarian “Kreme”, or Boston “Kreme”. Not even jelly filled “nuts”. Thing is, sometimes a well made plain “nut” can be a rare treat. The same goes with a chocolate “nut”. I”m talking no glaze as well. If you mess a glazed version of these up, something is wrong. Somebody should be fired.

  16. HaloEleven says:

    Sucks that you got a bad one. There aren’t any DD’s near me, so whenever I’m near one, the Chocolate Glazed is my flavor of choice!

  17. I like both what you like and chocolate glazed. But lately they’ve been inconsistent at best, having maybe one good one out of every 4 tries. With Chocolate Glazed the key now for me is to order Munchkins. Less chance to screw them up and more glaze per donut.

  18. Allokago says:

    Wow, when my local chain ran out of medium-sized ice coffee cups they gave us large iced coffees and only charged us for the mediums. It was awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve never had the whole chocolate glazed, but I LOVE the donutholes of the same kind.

  19. Robert says:

    I had one of these the other day and encountered the same issue. The guy at the Ithaca, NY store said that they get their donuts each morning from a central factory in Syracuse…makes buying donuts late at night for the next morning a losing proposition. Try Tim Hortons, far better and far fresher. Sour Cream Glazed is the way to go.