Little Foodies: Yay! Donuts

For now, Yay! Donuts is one of those “if you know, you know” types of foodie discoveries. You might have seen them this summer at the Fishers Farmers Market at the Nickel Plate District AMP. Or you might have run across their donut stand at a local event like I did. (I had the pleasure of tasting their donuts at Conner Prairie’s A Merry Prairie Christmas.) But wherever you come across Yay! Donuts’ mini donuts, just know that you’re in for a treat.

Dreamed up by Filipino home baker Esleen Dacanay, with friends Rica Castro and Deanna Bautista, Yay! Donuts are reminiscent of the kind of donuts that one might find in the Philippines. The mini, round, golden orbs are fried to perfection, then glazed or dusted with powdered sugar. You’ll also find mini donuts topped with a variety of different flavors, such as cookies and cream, strawberry jam or pumpkin spice, but they also offer more traditionally Asian flavors like ube and mango. Each donut is a perfect bite of deliciousness.

If you’re lucky, you might catch Yay! Donuts when they’re serving their bao buns: pillowy soft steamed buns filled with savory ingredients like beef bulgogi, Filipino pork adobo or marinated mushrooms, topped with pickled veggies. You might have trouble deciding which tasty creation to eat first!

To find out where Yay! Donuts will be popping up next around Indy, follow them on social media:

Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe is the editor of Indy's Child and Southwest Ohio Parent magazines. She has a BA in Journalism from California State University Northridge, and has been involved in the print and digital publishing world for most of her life. Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole traded the city and sun for corn and creeks, and now lives in central Indiana with her husband, two sons and Collie. Her latest book for children, “All About Me! Art Journal” was published in 2022 by Walter Foster Jr. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her family, enjoying good food and drink, volunteering at her children’s schools and around her community, and practicing yoga.

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