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Drakes’s Cakes: A Taste of Nostalgia

Updated on July 8, 2011
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Among my favourite treats are Drake’s Cakes. Drake’s cakes are snack cakes sold in New York and other North Eastern States. After brief expansion, they failed to catch on in other areas of the country. That is why I always remember to pick up a few packs to bring home with me every time I go back to New York. FYI, they freeze great! Some people even enjoy them straight from the freezer.

Founded by Newman E. Drake in Brooklyn in 1888 with a single pound cake he sold by the slice, Drakes’s cakes now come in many different types. I wanted to create this hub to offer a brief introduction and description of each flavor.

Devil Dogs

A Devil Dog is a sandwich consisting of two unfrosted Devils Food cakes with a white creamy filling. They are shaped like hotdogs, hence the name. They are also available in a reduced fat version. That means I can enjoy them more often.

Coffee Cakes

Also available in a lower fat choice, these are pound cakes with a streusel crumb topping. They come wrapped in packages of two.

Yankee Doodles

Yankee Doodles are unfrosted Devils’ Food cupcakes with a creamy center. There is a distinct hole on the top of the cake where the filling went in. These are also packaged in twos. They are similar in taste to the Devil Dogs.

Sunny Doodles

These are a golden cake version of the Yankee Doodle. They are styled and packed similar to the Yankee Doodles.

Ring Dings

These are the favorites of many people I know. A Ring Ding is a frosted chocolate cake with a cream filling. It is similar to the Hostess Ding Dong.

Funny Bones

Funny Bones are frosted chocolate cakes with a unique Peanut Butter filling. I believe it may be one of the few desserts available with a Peanut Butter filling.


Yodels are your basic a classic, frosted chocolate Swiss Roll. They are similar to products by Hostess and Little Debbie.

Fruit Pies

These are fruit pies wrapped in a flaky crust. They come in Apple and Cherry.

Drake’s snack cakes remain a nostalgic treat for people who have moved away from areas where they are regularly sold. There are many companies that ship them worldwide. Florida and service people overseas are popular destinations. They have had some recognition in recent years thanks to celebrities such as Jerry Seinfeld and Rosie O’Donnell.

I think everyone has a favorite snack or food. Maybe it’s a special treat we remember having as a child. Perhaps, it’s a familiar taste from someplace we used to live or a new found taste from somewhere we’ve discovered for the first time. Foods associated with special holidays or occasions often bring back warm and fuzzy feelings. Like I said in the title of this hub, it’s not just the taste of the food, but the taste of nostalgia.


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