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Visiting Dawn of the Donut! Spokane Horror Scene Eats

Zombie Food By October 5, 2013 No Comments

I was born in, partially grew up in and went to highschool in Spokane, Washington, a city notorious for family values, meth, and nothing at all for young people to do, – at least that’s the way it used to be. I recently went back for a 4 days visit and found that Spokane has changed enormously, even in the last 4 years since I was there. We found coffee shops all over the place, natural food stores were easy to find, music venues downtown were allowed to stay open and now, designer donuts!

When I heard about Dawn of the Donut online somewhere I had to look twice at the location. How could Spokane of all places produce something as cool as what Portland my former city,  has had for years? Portland’s VooDoo Doughnut has been a national sensation in the past ( I even saw an article in Southwest Airlines Magazine once) but hasn’t really grown much past their second location that opened before I moved away in 2009. There’s no doubt that Dawn of the Donut is  inspired by their west coast doppelganger (they even had little voodoo men shaped donuts as well)  but don’t let that convince you that they’re not unique or special in their own Spokane style way.

Ghost Pepper Donuts!

Carrie Burns In Hell – Ghost Pepper Donuts!

We showed up at Dawn of the Donut around 11am on a Saturday and found the place quite busy. We were still able to walk right up to the counter and make our huge order without holding anyone up. I had called ahead just in case they didn’t have 2 dozen donuts, 6 of them needing to be ghost pepper, but they said they had more than enough stock of everything. Unfortunately they close at 1pm, something I desperately hope they change because we showed up the day before to try some out and while we were parked, 4 more people pulled in hoping they were open as well. They could definitely make money being open later (VooDoo is open 24hrs for late night drinkers and early morning risers) though they don’t have a central locations like them. I don’t consider Donuts a breakfast food myself, unless I really want a stomach ache, so I’m more likely to eat them for desert or at completely random times.

Dawn of the Donut has great signage outside, no one could possibly miss them if they tried. When we walked inside we could tell the place was well on its way to being bad-ass in decor as well as food. We were greeted by a zombie Donut when we walked in the door and while we waited for our dozens, we checked out Lady Mangle-Face in the corner (I just gave her that name) and sneaked in some photos of our order being fulfilled.

As far as taste goes, Dawn of the Donut is phenomenal and nothing beats their names! They are huge fans of all my favorite horror movies!  I don’t eat too many sweets in general but that entire day, the only thing I ate was The Reanimator – A Redbull Frosting Donut and the Carrie Burns In Hell – A bright red donut with Ghost Pepper flakes.

We got the Carrie Burns In Hell donuts so that a few of us could have a spicy food challenge but no one seemed interested when the time came. I was the first to have one of course – and I eat A LOT of spicy food and ghost pepper is my favorite and has been for the last couple years (I even tried to grow my own plant). We use the flakes in about half our meals and I put Renfro’s Ghost Pepper Salsa on the other half, and everything has jalapenos in it (everything). So we’re a bit jaded on hot things. The Carrie Burns in Hell was was a little spicy, but not what I was expecting. I even gave my friend’s dad a taste. He’s from Kentucky and Texas and was unphased, as he also eats a lot of spicy food. He had the second donut, then my best friend, then my best friend’s sister’s husband and so one til there was only one left and no tears in sight. I think they are appropriately spicy for the average dare devil but for the every day hot sauce abuser, ask for extra flakes (maybe they should just put the flakes in the frosting).

The kids seemed to love the cereal covered ones, the Coco – Apocalypse and Fido (yep, that Fido!) donuts, and several of the adults liked the Maple Bacon ones. I’m vegetarian so I’ve never tried them myself but they always seemed really popular and possible what made Voodoo Doughnut famous.  I wanted to get some of the vegan options but I knew I wouldn’t eat enough of them to justify it and I really had to try a Ghost Pepper one!

If you’ve never seen a blog this long about a Donut place, no one will be surprised, but given how long I’ve known Spokane and how much I love designer Donuts (way better than designer cupcakes), I was so glad I had time to visit Dawn of the Donut during my short time in town! I recommend anyone who happens to be in or near Spokane to make the drive!

Check out their facebook page, especially if you live in Spokane!

Gloomy Day in Spokane

Gloomy Day in Spokane

Lady Mangle-Face

Lady Mangle-Face

Our order being made!

Our order being made!


Dexter’s Very Own Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavor

Zombie Food By July 27, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Dexter's Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

It’s not zombies but it’s still awesome. I love how it integrates Key Lime, something from early in the series, to the overall plot of the show. A true fan favorite it would be!

Unfortunately it’s also fake.

Part of a spoof project by Boston-based graphic designer Jon Defreest, this and other fake Ben & Jerry’s flavors were based on pop culture characters as a joke.

Two of my other favorite “Nerd Worthy” fantasy flavors are “Boba Fett’s Carbonite Crunch” with chocolate Han Solos. and “Dwight Schrute’s, Beet it!” with beet chunks.

boba fett ice cream

Dwight Schrute's Beet Ice Cream

See more made up, but should be real, flavors here:


Food for Thought: Brains

Zombie Food By February 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I made my first British style Christmas Cake this winter – 2 months of soaking mostly dried fruit in brandy and lots and lots of patience. When it was finally time to prep it for eating, the day before Christmas, we cut it in half (because it was fairly huge) and covered one side with apricot jam, stacking the other side on top. Then came the rolling of the ‘tough as fingernails’ marzipan into a sheet which we vaguely laid over the top of the cake. Lastly, we spent hours of looking for the perfect vegan Royal Icing recipe. We never really got the icing right but nevertheless the cake was amazing and took us another month to finish – mostly due to its uncontrollable sweetness.

The best thing about the cake was probably that we never had to refrigerate it once yet it was always soft and fresh tasting (for dried fruit), and sweet as a sponge cake in a Boston molasses flood. We just covered it with some tinfoil and stored it in a cupboard. Because you traditionally make the things in winter, there’s less chance of attracting bugs as well.

Effort on the Christmas cake was high and these brain foods are no different. We all know that most good things take work, and the chase is only half the battle – preparing a good brain is an art.

Zombie Marzipan Cupcakes

Zombie Marzipan Cupcakes

Zombie Girl Cake – Holding BRAIN!

Mini Brain Bites

brain candy

and last but not least, something you probably can’t make, but can buy and serve up after dinner to creep out your family.
Gummy Brains

Get it here for $9.99

Remember to eat a balanced Zombie diet to keep from eating your loved ones as long as zombily possible.


Cupcakes of Horror! Tasty, Tasty, Horror!

Zombie Food By February 9, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Cupcakes of Horror


  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla rice milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or margarine, warmed until liquid
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract (or rum)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 12 cup muffin pans or line with 18 paper baking cups.
  2. Measure the apple cider vinegar into a 2 cup measuring cup. Fill with rice milk to make 1 1/2 cups. Let stand until curdled, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the rice milk/vinegar mixture, coconut oil (or margarine) and vanilla (or rum). Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly. I usually leave them with about 1/4 inch of space from the top of the paper. They will rise. If you want them poofier, fill to the top of the paper and expect some runover.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed (or stick a toothpick in them – if it comes out relatively clean, they are done – with wet batter on it, put them back in for a couple) Total time should be 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack.Decorate con gusto! I’m cheap so I colored my own white frosting with food coloring then cut corners in ziplock bags filled with each color and used that for the lines and details.

Vegan Decorating Frosting of Doom


  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups confectioners/powdered’ sugar
  • 5 tablespoons rice/soy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Beat the shortening and confectioners’ sugar together until the shortening has been incorporated, and the mixture is clumpy. Pour in the milk and vanilla extract; beat until smooth.