Review: Birthday Cake donut has tons of fun inside, lacks balloons

It’s really tough to be hard on a donut called the “Birthday Cake donut.” This is part of a greater marketing plan by Tim Hortons in celebrating its 50th year in business. We previously informed you that this gem would hit restaurants on May 17th — the actual day the company started — and customers will be given one for free.

The Birthday Cake donut is similar to what was recently released in the United States with the Birthday Cake Timbit. There are a few differences, mainly that the Timbit has sprinkles on the outside and the donut omits this from its ingredients. Let’s bite into this monumental donut.

The Birthday Cake donut is similar in looks to the Old Fashioned, but is a specialty creation and one that is only offered for a limited time. This cake donut is circular in shape and has a glaze on top, both standard with donuts these days, but the real kicker is when one looks closely at this festive delight as it’s laced with rainbow sprinkles (green, yellow, red and blue).

The overall weight is light (77 grams) and airy so you won’t feel like falling asleep when you come down from the jolt of sugar. I’d say this can be eaten with 4 to 5 bites. It tastes delicious and not overpowering with sweetness. One would think with the plethora of sprinkles and glaze you’d be hit in the face by a sugar attack — similar how an annoying clown keeps honking his horn in your face — but the Birthday Cake is subtle and inviting. There is just the right amount of entertainment on the outside and inside that makes you want to go back and eat another. The only thing that it’s really missing is a balloon to ring home it’s name.

As for the health of this donut on your body. Well, a bran muffin is healthier but the Birthday Cake tastes better. Included in this donut is 280 calories, 11 grams of fat, 15mg of cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, 42 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of protein. So not the healthiest choice, nor is that double chocolate cake at cousin Barry’s birthday.

Below are the complete ingredients of the Birthday Cake Donut:

Ingredients: Donut: Enriched wheat flour, water, shortening [palm oil, modified palm oil, (with tbhq as preservative)], sugar, soybean flour, vegetable oil [canola oil and/or soybean oil (with tbhq as preservative)], rainbow sprinkles [sugar, corn syrup, corn cereal, corn starch, partially hydrogenated palm oil, natural flavour, colour (red no 40, yellow no 6, blue no 1, yellow no 5)], leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, calcium phosphate monobasic), dried egg yolk [sodium aluminum silicate (free flow agent)], skim milk powder, dextrose, corn flour, whey powder (milk), artificial flavour, salt, modified corn starch, potato flour, emulsifiers [propylene glycol mono and diesters of fatty acids, mono and diglycerides, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, calcium silicate (anti-caking agent),citric acid (preservative), soya lecithin].

Donut Glaze: Sugar, water, guar gum, modified potato starch, potassium sorbate (as a preservative), citric acid (pH control) agar, xanthan gum.

Get the candles ready! Birthday Cake Donut. That just sounds awesome. Biting into this is like a party in your mouth -- thankfully no scary clowns and just sweet goodness. Lots of colour and flavour that the entire family will enjoy.

About Ian Hardy

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I'm obsessed with Tim Hortons. It runs through my veins and I've probably spent enough money downing Steeped Tea's that I could have purchased my own franchise.