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Monday
Feb202012

Sweet Surprise: Delicious Pumpkin Cake from a Rest Stop in Council Bluffs, IA

Pumpkin Cake, Council Bluffs

I'm going to file this one under "unexpected deliciousness": pumpkin cake from a Sapp Brothers Travel Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

I found myself in this rest area for the typical reasons: to refuel the vehicle and to use the facilities while road-tripping.

But I spied something unexpected while I was about to exit the building: a display of cakes and cookies, which said that they were homemade. Say what? 

There was Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake, and a variety of cookies.

Oh, and Pumpkin cake. Yeah, let's try a piece of that. Well, actually, three: the box came with three thick wedges, each about the size of a butterscotch Krimpet, for $2.99.

Pumpkin Cake, Council Bluffs

And guess what? This cake was genuinely good. Not just good-for-something-purchased-at-a-gas-station, but actually good. The cake was moist and nicely spiced, and the frosting was generous, and very sweet and rich.

Much better than picking up a big gulp and corn nuts on the road, in my humble (and sweet) opinion.

Seek some sweetness for yourself: you can get this cake at Sapp Brothers, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Reader Comments (2)

Iowa Power! I went to school at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. Fond memories of making many "bakery runs" to the Danish Maid Bakery after the bar closed. We'd knock on the back door of the bakery and get to buy treats fresh from the oven.
February 20 | Unregistered CommenterJameson Fink
I love that you use TastyKake treats as a size reference. No one in Michigan knows what they are!
February 21 | Unregistered CommenterPam

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