Slideshow: Behind the Scenes: Back Door Donuts in Martha's Vineyard

Icing bath
Icing bath
Warning: the following photos may make you hungry.
A not-so-secret back door
A not-so-secret back door
The lines are proof enough that this back door isn't much of a secret any more.
Made from scratch
Made from scratch
Every doughnut you get is freshly made that evening—from flour to frosting.
Cake doughnuts
Cake doughnuts
Happily bobbing in the fryer
Cake doughnuts
Cake doughnuts
Freshly frosted chocolate cake doughnuts
Yeast doughnuts
Yeast doughnuts
Fresh out of the fryer!
Toppings
Toppings
Some get sprinkles!
Toppings
Toppings
Some get butternut crunch...
And fillings!
And fillings!
And some get Boston-cream-filled.
Flippin' doughnuts all night long
Flippin' doughnuts all night long
At its birth, Back Door Donuts was a way to snag a freshly fried doughnut while the bakery was making the next morning's batch. Now it's become so popular that they don't start on tomorrow's confections until after the back door closes at 1 am. So yes, these guys are quite literally frying doughnuts all night long.
Apple fritters
Apple fritters
The soon-to-be-fried apple fritter dough. Take note of the giant chunks of apple throughout and the generous swirls of cinnamon.
Apple fritters
Apple fritters
Fry, fritters! Fry!
Get 'em while they're hot!
Get 'em while they're hot!