I’m going to tell you right now that every donut you’ve ever had in your life was terrible. I know this because Five Daughters Bakery in Nashville, Tennessee has 100 layer donuts. These are the best donuts in Nashville. 100 layers of ooey gooey, buttery sweet, thick and luscious donuts that vanish with a glance. Donuts that make you forget anything else in the world exists outside that pastel pink and turquoise brick building with picturesque picnic benches out front.
Five Daughters Bakery
The Best Donuts in Nashville
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A 100 layer donut is a donut and a croissant, colloquially known as a cronut. But these aren’t ordinary cronuts. These aren’t simply deep fried croissants. They are termed hybrids that are made through a process that takes over three days. Once the 100 layer donuts have undergone this intense conversion, they are rolled in sugar, dipped in chocolate or frosting or fruit or any other number of delicacies, and then filled with cream, curd, custard or jam.
That’s not all Five Daughters Bakery offers. They also offer vegan donuts, paleo donuts, caramelized cake butter donuts, filled, stuffed and decadent donuts, and cupcakes and cookies. Basically, every donut you could ever want.
During my excursion to this little slice of heaven I ordered the Salted Caramel and the Lemon. We were headed to Edley’s BBQ for lunch so we ordered these to go. They came in a perfectly fitted plastic container that kept them safe until their special moment came.
My only regret is waiting so long to eat them.
The Salted Caramel Donut was almost savory. The donut itself is indeed 100 layers, thick, soft, chewy, doughy pockets of butter and sugar and dough that create endless gratification.
Every nibble opens up a new pocket of flavor with an accompanying sensory experience that flowed all the way down to the pit of my stomach. The salted caramel glaze draped over the top of the donut and dribbled down the sides lending a bit of sweetness to every bite.
The Lemon Donut at Five Daughters Bakery is just as brilliant. It is topped with a lemon buttercream frosting and a flat gingerbread cookie which I discarded most of. Instead reveling in the pure unadulterated zest that is compacted in this little round concoction.
The inside is brimming full with a smooth and tart lemon curd that oozes all over your hands and mouth. I couldn’t resist licking every last morsel until I cried that it was done.
These donuts put all other donuts to shame. These are the best donuts in Nashville, bar none. These are the best donuts I’ve ever had anywhere in the world.
I didn’t even know Five Daughters existed until my friend insisted we stop here. She recently moved back to the South after growing up in Atlanta, and we met in Nashville for a weekend reunion. Since moving back she’d heard about Five Daughters Bakery non-stop.
You might imagine with a name like Five Daughters Bakery, there must be five daughters working behind the scenes. You’d be right, more or less. The Meek Parents started the bakery to support their family and remain close together, but the girls are a little young right now to be kneading 100’s of layers of donuts daily.
I love this idea! My family also has five daughters, and we all love to bake. The thought of coming to work with my five sisters sounds too good to be true. But Five Daughters Bakery already has the best donuts in Nashville. We’d have to make old fashioned southern pecan logs instead.
If you weren’t convinced at ooey gooey, at buttery sweet, or at thick and luscious, perhaps the fact that Five Daughters Bakery makes everything by scratch with no chemical preservatives, no genetically modified organisms, no hydrogenated oils, no soy, and no artificial colors or flavors will entice you.
The best donuts in Nashville are organic, made with grass fed butter, and fried in grape seed oil. Five Daughters Bakery flavors change daily based on what is local, in season, or available fresh.
► For Kids: If all this sweetness wasn’t enough, Five Daughters Bakery even has a fenced in playground for little ones to eat and play while enjoying the best donuts in Nashville. This is a pricey place to buy donuts for little ones, especially if their favorite part is simply licking off the frosting like our little Eclair, but if you can keep them distracted by the playground, enjoy every bite to yourself.
Five Daughters Bakery also caters, allows pre-orders and serves these delectable creations at weddings. Hurry though, because when they are sold out for the day, you’re out of luck.