Frannie Franks understands how to make a coffee cake

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Frannie Franks pocket size cakes pack big taste.
  • Frannie Franks' pocket-size cakes pack big taste.
The words "coffee cake" are too elastic. They're as likely to end up on the side of a cellophane-wrapped, desiccated crumb cake as they are to be used. We'd be in good hands - albeit, slightly cinnamon-dusted hands - if all coffee cakes were to follow the lead of Frannie Franks. The 16-month-old cake maker out of Independence, Missouri, understands how to make a proper coffee cake.

In stark contrast to its ill-conceived brethren, the cake is not mono-textured. A rush of cinnamon in the soft buttery top gives way to a crunchy under layer that is lady-in-a-commercial-relaxing-in-a-bathtub moist. Frannie Franks' cakes (original and pumpkin) are available at the Roasterie Cafe (in Brookside, Leawood and the West Side), the City Market on Sundays (from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and the Hy-Vee bakery department in Liberty. For those with a gluten allergy, Frannie Franks also makes gluten-free coffee cakes.

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