Taste test: For years, I've lamented the tragic discontinuation of the Drake's Coffee Cake Jr., forcing me to seek substitutes that never quite compared. The closest was the Drake's by Hostess Coffee Cake (not Jr. and therefore Sr.), which kept most aspects of the recipe, including being round, but was considerably bigger. So I was pretty thrilled to spot this one from Hostess (which is no longer the same company as Drake's), offering two small cakes, much like Coffee Cake Jr., with the major obvious difference being that the cakes were squares instead of circles.
I unwrapped the cakes and tried the first one at room temperature. There were other differences beyond the shape, as the cinnamon sugar was just spread out fairly evenly all over the top, rather than being organized into a whole lot of nodules. There was also a thin cinnamon sugar layer within the cake (which I'd never noticed before in any other kinds). The taste was pretty good without heating, a nice soft cake of with plenty of cinnamon sugar. But the real test here was how much better it would become with a short visit to the microwave oven, so that's where the second one went.
The heated-up cake was a definite improvement over the first, adding a new level of deliciousness to the cinnamon sugar by melting it a bit. It didn't bring it up to the incredibly high standard set by Coffee Cake Jr., nor to the slightly lower standard of Coffee Cake Sr., but if you're going to eat this, I would definitely recommend heating it. Try about 25 seconds in the microwave, then make sure to let it cool a bit to avoid burning your tongue.
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Smell test: Very nice sweet cinnamon smell.
From the package: “Serving size 2 Cakes (82g) Calories per serving 340”
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Company: Hostess Brands, LLC
Categories for this snack:
- All Hostess (43 snacks)
- Snack Cakes (202 snacks)
- Cinnamon Snacks (161 snacks)
- Coffee Snacks (38 snacks)
This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Star Market (formerly Shaws, and Star Market again before that), Porter Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Review published .
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