Just in time for the warmer months, Dunkin’ rolled out a summer menu with some tasty treats, including the Cake Batter Signature Latte that fans have been wanting for years. Dunkin’ knew their devoted customers had been using secret menu hacks to MacGyver a cake-flavored coffee for a while, and now they won’t have to. The Cake Batter Signature Latte — available hot or iced — is officially on the menu for a limited time.
The drink starts with a cake batter-flavored syrup, which tastes like sweet, vanilla frosting, and includes espresso and your choice of milk. The iced latte is served over ice and topped with whipped cream, mocha sauce, and sprinkles. The hot version is simpler and may not include the toppings, but we’re sure you could ask for them if you want the full experience.
I snagged both a hot version and an iced version of the new latte, and both are equally tasty. The hot version is cozy and sweet, but not overly so. Mine didn’t come with any of the toppings, which is how I’d prefer it anyway. The cake batter flavor really comes through, though, without being overly saccharine the way that traditional cake batter tends to be.
It was the same with the iced version, though that one had all the fixings. Like the hot latte, the iced Cake Batter Signature Latte is creamy and not too sweet. The flavor is subtle and may even change a bit if you try different milks. Dunkin’ offers dairy alternatives like almond milk, oat milk, and coconut milk, and I think those might pair really nicely with the vanilla flavor in this drink. The almond milk would add some nuttiness, and the coconut milk would certainly make the flavor fuller and richer.
My latte didn’t have the mocha sauce on top, but I think that might be for the best. Because the cake batter flavor is so subtle, I worry the mocha might have overwhelmed it. For me, the sauce doesn’t feel necessary. The sprinkles, however, are nonnegotiable. I always need sprinkles in my life, and they feel fitting in this dessert-inspired drink.
Dunkin’s Cake Batter Signature Latte actually might appeal to quite a few people, simply because it isn’t too sweet. Overly sugary drinks can be polarizing, and that’s not a concern here. Though you can add more sweetener if you’d like, as it comes, it’s just sweet enough. And don’t worry — you can still taste the coffee just fine. There’s a pretty good balance between the flavoring, the milk, and the espresso, and nothing gets lost.
As with any limited menu item, it’ll be gone before you know it, so if you’re intrigued by Dunkin’s new drink, I suggest you try it sooner rather than later so you don’t miss out.
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