Upstate New York is not exactly a culinary mecca but in humble towns both large and small, there are gems to be found. The King’s Bakery at Double K Farms in Cambridge, NY is one of them.
Every Sunday and Monday morning, the King’s sell donuts from a cart in the driveway of their charming home on Main St. in Cambridge, NY. They sell their donuts for as long as they can push the cart down the driveway, pretty much as long as there is not snow on the ground.
I’ve never particularly cared for donuts but that’s likely because I grew up with Dunkin Donuts. The King’s donuts are nothing like the donuts that I knew growing up. The King’s make their donuts in the kitchen of their farmhouse. James King, often assisted by his mother Sally, produces donuts, fritters, pies and danish of such extraordinary character that we frequently make the 45 minute drive from Saratoga Springs to pick up a box of their prized treats, often waiting in lines 10 or 15 deep and 10 or 15 minutes long. They are worth every moment spent waiting.
When you get to the front of the line, you are greeted by James’ wife, the lovely Jana King. She will patiently explain the offerings to you and box up your selections. I am always pleased by the reasonable prices for these hand made delights. I never manage to leave without a dozen.
My favorite donut the King’s make is the Bismark.
The Bismark is an almost impossibly light puff of fried dough that is sprinkled with the finest of superfine sugar, cut in half and filled with a cream that is something between a whipped cream and a Swiss meringue frosting. I’m dying to know what it’s made out of but in the mean time, I am content to eat far too many. Happily.
If you visit the donut cart, you can contact them on Facebook to be sure they’re open or call them at 518-677-3530. They’ll even have your order ready for you as we found out this weekend when I wanted to be sure I’d get my precious Bismarks.
King’s Donuts at Double K Farm
108 West Main Street
Cambridge, NY 12816
And in case you are wondering, no, you will not find a better donut anywhere upstate NY from Albany to Lake George…at least.