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Heinen’s Daffodil Cake: A Treat for the Ages

Daffo-delicious and beautiful to the eye, its no wonder why our Daffodil Cake has been a customer favorite for decades.

Much like you hold your grandmother’s homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe close to your heart for the memories it evokes, there’s a special, sentimental story behind our Daffodil Cake that makes this sweet treat even sweeter for our bakery and for you!

Heinen's Daffodil Cake

What makes this cake so special? It all started when Cleveland’s favorite Hough Bakery, joined forces with local grocer, Joe Heinen to open a small bakery section in his family-owned grocery store.

In a time when a trip to the bakery and a trip to the grocery store required visits to two different brick and mortar locations, combining the city’s leading grocery store with the city’s leading bakery was futuristic, but as customers began to explore Hough’s baked goods during their usual grocery haul, they were quickly enamored with the convenience, and the Daffodil Cake.

Heinen's Daffodil Cake

Historically, the Daffodil cake was a moist angel food cake frosted with buttercream icing and sprinkled with bits of grated citrus and crushed pineapple. Only available at Easter, this particular treat was a constant fixture for many Clevelanders.

After many years of success, Hough’s sadly went out of business, and with it, went many prized recipes.

Knowing the impact that the Daffodil Cake had on the Cleveland community, our talented team of bakers, led by experienced and decorated Pastry Chef and Heinen’s Central Bakery Manager, Mary Pisanelli-Marin, channeled the delicious fan-favorite flavors and created their own unique confection featuring a light white layer cake brushed with a pineapple simple syrup. It is layered with sweetened whipped cream and frosted with a crushed pineapple-infused buttercream. And, just when you think it can’t get any tastier, the cake is garnished with a crispy rice crunch around the bottom and a signature decorative Daffodil on top.

Heinen's Daffodil Cake

Just in time for Easter, stop in to your local Heinen’s Bakery to try this limited time, fan-favorite springtime treat. Hurry! They’re sure to sell out fast.

By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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