It's easy to glaze over at talk of doughnuts being the new bacon, the new cupcake, the new hype-driven fill-in-the-blank whatever. So when I heard about Firecakes, a shop remarkably similar in conception to Doughnut Vault, just a few blocks away, I rolled my eyes. I must be in a minority, though, for on my first visit I found myself in a line not much shorter than the long ones at its predecessor. Faced with slim pickin's, I went ahead and grabbed what I could, which turned out to be a rich Valhrona-chocolate glazed, an intensely coconutty coconut cream, an unassuming apple fritter winning in its freshness and crunch, and the piece de resistance, a raised doughnut filled with subtle butterscotch cream. Now, alas, I'm a convert thankful that, in a welcome departure from Doughnut Vault’s blueprint, Firecakes takes plastic.
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