The Portland Creme, the "Rose City's" official doughnut
It’s official. Portland has its very own city doughnut – the Portland Creme, officially recognized via unanimous resolution of Portland’s City Council.
Our pals down at Voodoo Doughnut, a Voodoo-themed doughnut shop known for its crazy concoctions, created the idea behind Portland Creme. I say “idea,” because the Portland Creme is basically a Boston Cream doughnut with a couple of tiny tweaks: the Portland Creme has two frosting “eyes” and a rather precocious tongue of cream that protrudes from the side of the doughnut. The eyes and tongue give the pasty a whole lot of sassy personality, which, in my book, feels very Portland.
Voodoo owners Tres Shannon and Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson came up with the Portland Creme as a tongue-in-cheek challenger to the Boston varietal. They figured that since Portland had beaten Boston in the 1845 coin toss that decided Portland’s name, it was high time the two cities battled it out in the pastry arena, as well. (Portland’s original founders hailed from Portland, Maine, and Boston, Mass. Each was adamant about naming the new city for his respective hometown. They settled the argument by flipping a coin.)
Even though I’m not a big cream-doughnut fan (give me Voodoo’s Maple Bacon Bar any day), I love that the city has adopted the Portland Creme as its official doughnut. It’s fun, it’s weird and, as my nine-year-old nephew would say, “it’s sweet!”