There are many perks to being a Hollywood celebrity: fame, fortune, and most importantly, a Christmas gift from Tom Cruise. At the beginning of every holiday season, Cruise is known to send many of his friends and co-stars a white chocolate coconut bundt cake from Doan's Bakery in Woodland Hills, California.
For the past decade, Tom Cruise has bought hundreds of these cakes, wrapped them in festive packaging, and sent them all over to spread holiday cheer. He even ships the cakes via his private jet to friends living outside the U.S.
The lineup of stars who are gifted a Cruise Cake includes Jimmy Fallon, Angela Bassett, John Hamm, and Kirsten Dunst. Dunst even said in a 2016 interview with Graham Norton (who also receives it every year) that it's one of the best cakes she's ever had.
Karen Doan first created the cake when she opened Doan's Bakery in 1984. The family-owned and -operated bakery describes the Cruise Cake as a coconut bundt cake with chunks of white chocolate, covered in a layer of cream cheese frosting and a mountain of shredded coconut.
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While Cruise has certainly made the cake famous, he wasn't the first actor to fall in love with it. One of its first celebrity fans was Diane Keaton, who introduced the cake to Cruise when she was filming the 2008 movie Mad Money with his then-wife Katie Holmes.
Team Delish may not be famous actors (yet), but we wanted to see what all the hype was about, so we had a Cruise Cake sent to office.
The verdict? Jimmy Fallon wasn't kidding when he called the cake "unbelievable." The cake was incredibly moist while still light and fluffy. The rich, creamy frosting was just sweet enough. We found the coconut flavor to be pretty mild, which was a relief to some of the coconut-skeptics on the team.
For us, the best thing about the cake were the chunks of white chocolate mixed into the batter. They added a nice crunch to an otherwise soft cake. In the words of one of our editors, "This cake makes me want to jump on a couch."
The cake was a huge hit with Team Delish. If you want to try it for yourself, you can order one from Goldbelly straight to your door.
Gabby Romero is a writer based in New York. As Delish’s Editorial Assistant, she writes stories about the latest food trends and is also the human at the other end of email@example.com.
She loves eating spicy food, reading cookbooks, and adding a mountain of Parmesan to any dish she can.