Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Breakfast Treat Isn't Always a Treat; Heating in Microwave versus Oven Seems to Make Difference with Mrs. Smith's Coffee Cake

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Breakfast Treat Isn't Always a Treat; Heating in Microwave versus Oven Seems to Make Difference with Mrs. Smith's Coffee Cake

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

Week-day breakfasts at our house usually consist of cereal and bagels, but on the weekends we like to splurge on sweet rolls, coffee cake or eggs.

Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel have been doing a little splurging of their own with Mrs. Smith's frozen Cinnabon Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake.

You might expect a coffee cake from Mrs. Smith's to be a special treat, but not everyone on the panel liked it. Those who heated it in the oven seemed to have better results than those who used the microwave.

One serving, 1/8 of the coffee cake, contains 270 calories, 17 grams fat, 240 milligrams sodium, 10 grams sugars and 5 milligrams cholesterol.

Homemaker Margaret Batchelder warmed her coffee cake in the microwave and said, "The top was dry and flaky, and the bottom had an uncooked consistency."

She describes the pastry, which she says is better eaten warm, as having plenty of nice-size pecans and a lot of cinnamon but not a strong cinnamon flavor.

"It doesn't do justice to either Cinnabon or coffee cake," she said, "and it's trying to be both. It has enough icing for a coffee cake but not enough yummy icing for a Cinnabon."

Retiree Russ Carlisle also heated the coffee cake in the microwave and said, "The texture is too pasty. It stuck to the roof of my mouth like peanut butter."

He also thinks the price of the coffee cake, which he describes as having a small amount of cinnamon and too much icing, is too high.

"It's too sweet," said Carlisle. "The frosting is overdone."

Healthcare lobbyist Scott Lara said his microwave-heated pastry had a good texture and the right amount of cinnamon, nuts and sweetness.

"You don't want something too sweet," he said. "There is enough icing for me; I don't want a ton."

However, Lara doesn't think the coffee cake is anything special. "It's nothing to write home about," he said. …

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