REVIEW: Entenmann’s Little Bites Party Cakes

Who doesn’t love a good birthday party?  Better yet who doesn’t love a good birthday cake?  Even BETTER yet who doesn’t love BABIES?  If you aren’t evil and agree with all of those statements, then there may be a new junk food staple you can add to your forbidden cabinet of goodies.  Welcome to your next sweet tooth get together, the baby-sized Entenmann’s Little Bites Party Cakes.  The fun-sized cakes come in pouches of four poppable muffin-shaped cakes and can be found in the fiesta aisle near you.

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The cakes themselves are small and moist with an oily sheen that should be familiar to anyone who has ever had any snack cake made by Entenmann’s, Hostess, or Little Debbie.  The “party cake” tag is essentially Funfetti, or, a lightly flavored vanilla cake decked out with sprinkles and extra sweetness.  The aroma is pure white cake, with that store bought or boxed mix swagger that harkens back to all of my birthday parties from ages three through twelve.  They taste just like an unfrosted cupcake, or non-fruity muffin, with a buttery undertone that balances out the sugar for a pretty pleasant experience.

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Texturally there’s not much going on here.  The sprinkles have fully dissolved in the baking process and don’t add any crunch or grit for an entirely smooth single noted experience.  They’re soft and moist with a gentle chew that would make it easy to pop about fifteen of them without blinking an eye.

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I can’t help but feel that although they are good, the absence of frosting or any type of crunch leaves some room for improvement.  This isn’t the worst of things, seeing as frosting, peanut butter, Nutella, and any other type of spread you may have lying around could easily create four different mini cupcakes with a nice, vanilla cake base.  There is absolutely nothing offensive about these cakes, nor is there anything particularly mind blowing.  They’re a tasty, well executed version of one of the most beloved and whimsical types of cake you can find at roller rinks, bowling alley’s, and mini golf courses on a ten year old’s big day all across our fine country.

Rating: 7.5/10

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RECIPE: Whole Wheat Spicy Gingerbread Muffins

Happy Holidays!!  It’s officially the best time of the year – full of foggy breath, peppermint, egg nog, and GINGERBREAD.  Yes, one of the greatest flavors of the season is the merry marriage of molasses and spice.  These muffins mostly focus on the moist bready aspect of the ginger experience, but one of the best parts of eating a good gingerbread man cookie is the cutting sweetness of the icing on his head, arms, and belly.  I add just a touch of white chocolate to emulate that occasional sweetness that gives a little whimsy to your typical ginger muffin.

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I like to do my baking in small batches, so when I find recipes in books or online I tend to cut them in half, which takes some math and some guessing – expertly reflected here.  I also like my spice-cake recipes pretty aggressive so here’s my take on some whole wheat, “kinda healthy but let’s not act like it’s not a muffin” gingerbread muffins.  Recipe makes six muffins, to make a full batch of 12 just double all the measurements.

What you’ll need:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1/4 maple syrup
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (can substitute all cream or yogurt if preferred)

1 cup white whole wheat flour (or any kind of flour you like)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
A couple cracks fresh black pepper
Turbinado sugar for topping (and/or other coarse sugar)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Melt the coconut oil and whisk with molasses.

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In another bowl whisk egg, maple syrup, sour cream, yogurt, and ginger. Let it come to room temperature or microwave 30-40 seconds. Add the creamy mixture to the molasses and whisk until combined.

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In another smaller bowl add the flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, black pepper, and cinnamon.  Mix them together well and then stir into wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in white chocolate.

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Spoon evenly into muffin tin sprayed with non-cooking spray. Top evenly with turbinado sugar and other sugars if you have them (I used turbinado and red decorating sugar). Top each muffin with a little shake of cinnamon.

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Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the tops are firm to the touch and a fork/toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Stand over the oven and inhale the insanely delicious smelling warm air taking over your kitchen.

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Eat share and enjoy!!!