Guide to Donuts in Cary


Cary, NC — This is a sweet guide to donuts in Cary – because why not?

A Great Time to Eat Donuts

I eat donuts very rarely – so, when I do eat them, they’re an indulgence. I thought now would be the perfect time to compile a Guide to Donuts in Cary for several reasons:

  1. I love donuts and wanted an excuse to eat them.
  2. Two new donut shops opened in Cary in the past year.
  3. Fall is the best time of the year to eat donuts (that’s just my opinion).

I’ve found some great donut shops in Cary – whether you like the denser, more cake-like donuts, gourmet donuts (think crème brûlée) or plain old light, flaky glazed donuts (like me), there’s something for everyone. Now, you have an excuse to try all of these. You’re welcome.

Guide to Donuts in Cary

Enjoy this list and let me know if I missed any of your favorites.

Baker’s Dozen Donut Shop
1307 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh
Hours: Open Daily, 6 am-7 pm

Baker’s Dozen is located in the South Hills shopping center on Buck Jones Road. Even though this shop has a Raleigh mailing address, it’s literally seconds from Cary. If you’re like me, you’ve driven past Baker’s Dozen many times without even knowing it.

The sign facing Buck Jones just reads “Donuts.”

Six donuts from Baker's Dozen.

Six donuts from Baker’s Dozen.

Inside, though, Baker’s Dozen is a whimsically-decorated, family-owned donut shop. All the donuts are freshly made in the shop each morning. You’ll find classic favorites like glazed, chocolate glazed, raspberry-filled, cream-filled, old-fashioned and more.

The shop also has blueberry cake donuts and, right now, pumpkin spice donuts. The donuts are deliciously doughy but still lightweight – this is probably my favorite place for donuts in Cary.

The store is bright and colorful with coffee available and plenty of seating. If you are craving donuts at night in Cary, this is the place to go – Baker’s Dozen is open until 7 pm.


Inside Baker’s Dozen.

RISE Biscuits & Donuts
1110 Market Center Drive, Morrisville
Hours: Open Daily 7 am-2 pm

This franchise is the newest place to find donuts in Cary. You’ll see the big, orange sign near the Chapel Hill Road/Cary Parkway intersection in Park West Village.

This is the place to go for funky, “gourmet” donuts – RISE has donut flavors like PB&J, maple bacon, oreo, chocolate chip cookie dough, salted caramel (with Cap’n Crunch cereal) and more. My favorite is the crème brûlée donut – I highly recommend trying it!


Breakfast biscuit, powered donut with chocolate pudding filling and crème brûlée donut.

This is very much a “grab and go” shop, but a few bar stools are available for people who want to eat in. “If there’s a line,” an employee told me, “you can go ahead and grab a cup of coffee while you wait.” This place is popular, but the line moves fast.

If you want some protein to accompany your donut, RISE also has great breakfast biscuits with atypical topping choices like eggplant bacon and pimento cheese with potato cakes as sides.

Duck Donuts
100 Wrenn Drive, Suite 101, Cary
Hours: Sunday-Tuesday 6 am-3 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 6 am-7 pm

We wrote about Duck Donuts when they opened last year near the post office – this shop is unique in that donuts are warm and made-to-order for each customer.

When you order, you choose the glazes and toppings you want on each donut – some glaze options include cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, classic glaze, vanilla or chocolate icing, lemon icing, peanut butter icing, maple icing and strawberry icing.


Mix-and-match your favorite toppings at Duck Donuts.

Topping choices include shredded coconut, chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles, chopped peanuts and bacon. After you create your personalized donut, you can watch the “base donuts” move down the line as staff top them with the combinations you ordred.

You can get breakfast sandwiches, regular coffee and espresso drinks like lattes at Duck Donuts, too. There’s a fair amount of seating in the shop for people who want to eat in.

If you’re a donut fan, you’ll know what I mean when I say that Duck Donuts’ donuts are good but “heavier” than the donuts I talked about above. I could only eat two of them as opposed to the lightweight donuts that practically melt in your mouth (like Krispy Kreme).

Other Great Places for Donuts

  • Dunkin’ Donuts  several locations across Cary and Morrisville
  • Krispy Kreme in Downtown Raleigh – watching them make donuts never gets old

Doughnut or Donut?

According to Grammarist, the dictionary approved spelling for these sweet treats is doughnut. The shorter version, donut, became popular in the late 20th century when Dunkin’ Donuts made popular. Donut is used fairly often though – even by Dunkin’ Donuts competitors (and by every donut shop listed in this story for that matter).

Which spelling do you prefer? What’s your favorite place for donuts?

Comment below and let me know.


Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.

6 replies
  1. Len Nieman
    Len Nieman says:

    Forget the doughnuts (that’s the way it was pounded into me back in elementary school), I make special trips on C-Tran just to get the Apple Fritters and Bear Claws at ‘Bakers Dozen’. Yum!

  2. doc thorne
    doc thorne says:

    The maple cream slathered donuts at Duck Donuts are incredible. Well worth the trip there.

  3. RJ
    RJ says:

    Had never heard of Baker’s Dozen but will have to try it out! For those who don’t mind a quick drive or on the way to the triad or beyond, NC Jelly Donut just off 85/40 in Mebane is incredible – big, flavorful donuts and they will fill them to order as you watch. And under 10 bucks a dozen. Trust me!

  4. steve
    steve says:

    OH, and I forgot..NY Bagels (the place by Walmart across from WakeMed) also makes donuts and they are great.

  5. steve
    steve says:

    Friends don’t let Friends eat Dunkin Donuts (and I’m a northerner who spent 10 yrs in Boston) You are better off going to Lowe’s or Publix’s bakery section.

    For those willing to go beyond Cary, Monuts in Durham by Duke is outstanding.

  6. Shannon
    Shannon says:

    We love Baker’s dozen and Duck (we can walk there – dangerous!). I’ve not yet been to Rise in Cary/Mville, but enjoyed the one in Durham. Now, which one to visit now that I’m craving donuts….

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