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  • Tara Crutchfield

Baking Donuts Plus

In an unassuming strip mall off Highway 17 in Winter Haven is a magical little donut shop with a frosting pink sign beckoning passersby to indulge in fresh donuts. It’s the kind of place where they know their regulars’ names, which says a lot because of how many patrons they have. Once you’ve tried a warm donut from Baking Donuts Plus, you can’t just go back to the other guys. 


Whether you’re a blueberry babe or a breakfast croissant coinsurer, this Winter Haven bake shop has just what you’re craving – homemade, fresh daily donuts, sandwiches, coffee, bubble tea, bubble coffee, and more – at prices you can’t beat. I’m talking a donut, breakfast sandwich, and coffee for under five bucks. They’re open from 5 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. 


Started in November 2017 by Andy Seng and his wife Rany, Baking Donuts Plus is a favorite at the Haven office. Instead of birthday cake, we go for an assortment of fresh, fluffy donuts – it makes the special day so much sweeter. They offer a wide selection of baked goods from familiar faves like Boston cream, glazed, and jelly-filled donuts to cinnamon rolls, Oreo-topped, and Fruit Loop donuts. 


“This is what I like to do, and I’m thankful to all the customers that helped me come this far and look forward to expanding,” said Seng. “The mission was to bake the best that I could and make all the customers like [my donuts] and hopefully everything can be a success.”


All of the menu items are family recipes made with love. And, if you don’t see something you like, Baking Donuts Plus can hook you up. Think of a crazy topping, and they can do it. From the best-selling bacon donut to Fruity Pebbles topped vanilla donuts, “Whatever the customer wants on their donut, we’ll make it for them,” Seng said. Some opt for an office pick-me-up in the drive-thru or pull up a chair in their modest digs among the saccharine aroma of freshly baked goodies. 


Another patron favorite is the croissant sandwich. Baking Donuts Plus has a full menu of breakfast sammies like sausage, egg, and cheese, the bacon, egg, and cheese, and even tuna for lunch. “A lot of people will come here and try it and go, ‘Oh wow!’” the owner said of their breakfast croissant. 

To ensure the freshest donuts, Andy and Rany get to the shop at midnight each night to begin baking for the next day. “It’s a lot of hard work, not easy work,” Seng said. “We make it with love. We put our heart into it.”



Seng hopes to expand Baking Donuts Plus by opening a shop in another town. Folks from as far as Orlando and Sebring have begged him to open near them, but the idea is still half-baked at the moment. “It takes time,” he said of expanding. 


Sprinkle some happiness on your day at Baking Donuts Plus. There’s a ‘hole’ lot to love! 

 

Photography by Amy Sexson


Baking Donuts Plus 

913 6th St NW, Winter Haven


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