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.
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.