It was the dessert that launched a thousand copycats. When Dominique Ansel first launched his now trademarked creation in his New York bakery back in 2013, the world collectively lost its mind. Today the doughnut/croissant hybrid can be found in every corner of the Earth, and chefs everywhere have been inspired to get to work on their own Frankenpastries. Here we take a look at the best cronut knock-offs on offer across London, and let you in on a particularly exciting foodie development in the process. No spoilers.
Claiming to be the ‘world’s first artisan baked doughnut/croissant doughnut brand’, Dum Dum Donutterie have been making headlines recently thanks to The Crone — an ice-cream-cone-doughnut mashup causing serious pangs in the nation’s collective stomach. They may be being upstaged right now, but the plain old Dum Dum (aka cronut) is still a crowd-drawer. Flavours include Crême Brûlée, Almond Cream & Pistachio and The Zebra, which contains layers of plain and chocolate croissant dough filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with chocolate ganache. Dum Dum Doughnuts also have the distinction of having created the world’s most expensive cronut: The Luxury Zebra, which costs a cool £1500.
Kooky Bakes are an award-winning small-batch bakery, bringing the taste of authentic American baked goods to British shores. Founder Scott, from Colorado originally and Hackney more recently, defines his cakes and bakes by a commitment to big, fun flavours, and fresh British and fair-trade ingredients. Kooky Bakes’ produce are stocked at a range of independent coffee shops around town, at some seriously upscale stores like Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges, and they can also be found at the weekly Brockley Market and the Kerb collective’s events. Their cronuts go by the name of the ‘dosant’, and come in varieties like Strawberries and Cream, Maple Bacon or Raspberry White Chocolate.
Lewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT, +44 2030 868 350
Owned by former fashion designer Walid Al Damirji and Joel Bernstein, the previous head of concept at Liberty, Chocomaya is a true sweet-tooth’s sanctuary. Half artisan bakery in one room, half chocolatier in the other, there’s plenty more to fill your cravings with here besides cronuts, but Chocomaya’s are pretty special. Named ‘cocodoughs’, they are decorated in bright colours and adorned with edible flowers or other pretty bits and bobs, and are basically as ornate as you would expect from the fashion-minded partners.
12 Connaught Street, London W2 2AF, +44 20 7706 4214