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Gumdrop Crinkle Cakes

These gumdrop crinkle cakes are a memory from childhood and make an ideal lunchbox treat or after school snack.

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Gumdrop Crinkle Cakes

Originally published August 2012.

I’ve had a couple of requests in recent months for a lunchbox favourite from my childhood here in Newfoundland, crinkle cakes. These little loaf shaped snack cakes are still made in some bakeries here in Newfoundland.

As far as I know, take their name from the scalloped-edge paper liners similar to muffin tin liners, traditionally found on the bakery made varieties.  A moist tender little pound cake of sorts, these little cakes came in raisin, cherry, and Spouse’s favourite, gumdrop. 

Gumdrop Crinkle Cakes wide shot photo of cakes cooking on a wire rack on blue checkered tablecloth

Fresh from the oven

As we wind our way to the start-up of the school year, I decided to experiment with a couple of recipes to try and replicate these delicious little lunchbox snack cakes.

A recipe for crinkle cakes is just about  impossible to find, so I decided to tweak one of my favourite pound cake recipes and they turned out perfectly. The secret is to use half cake flour and real dairy butter.

I think, the addition of a little lemon extract really makes them perfect. The three I ate certainly did bring back memories for me. 

I always get questions about the gumdrops for this recipe. Here in Canada, these are carried by Bulk Barn, but I have been told sometimes only seasonally.

Baking gumdrops in a clear glass bowl with additional gumdrops strewn around it.

Baking gums. Firmer gumdrops made specifically for baking.

If you can’t find them try cutting up larger gumdrops instead. Very soft gumdrops are not suitable though. Be sure to use the firmest ones you can find. 

Crinkle Cakes Collage showing the 4 different varieties.
Try our other crinkle cakes recipes too by clicking the links below:

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Gumdrop Crinkle Cakes close up image of a single cake
Yield: 8 crinkle cakes

Gumdrop Crinkle Cakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These gumdrop crinkle cakes are a memory from childhood and make an ideal lunchbox treat or after school snack.


  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pure lemon extract
  • 1 ½ cups cake flour, or pastry flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup evaporated milk, straight from the can, lukewarm
  • 1 cup baking gumdrops


  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until well blended.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until light and fluffy.
  3. Blend in the vanilla and lemon extracts.
  4. Sift together the flour and baking powder.
  5. Fold dry ingredients into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Fold in the baking gumdrops.
  7. Bake in greased and floured mini loaf pans or in paper lined muffin tins. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Muffin sized cakes will take only about 15 to 20 minutes. Watch them carefully and test them early so they don't over bake. Mini loaf pans vary in size so your baking time may be slightly different; trust the toothpick test to get them perfect.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 crinkle cake

Amount Per Serving Calories 463Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 91mgSodium 196mgCarbohydrates 66gFiber 1gSugar 42gProtein 5g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Mary Jo Matthews

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Would these work in muffin tins? I don't have the mini cake tins, how long would I bake them for?

Lynn Parsons

Saturday 11th of December 2021

Depending on the size of your muffin tin,I would check after 15 minutes using a toothpick. If your tin is large it will probably take 20 minutes.

Cynthia Ryan

Friday 12th of July 2019

Baking gumdrops work much better than jujubes. They are smaller, and I still cut them in half and coat them with part of the flour mixture before adding to the batter! They come out awesome and don’t sink. Great recipie Barry. Thanks, my husband loves his gumdrops.


Saturday 29th of December 2018

Looking forward to trying this great sounding recipe but I don’t know where to buy “baking gumdrops”. I live in the US so please help me with this. Is there a specific namebrand? Thank you so much.


Wednesday 25th of September 2019

Great Value brand jujubes from Walmart work great. I cut them in thirds. Good Luck!

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 6th of January 2019

I get them at the bulk store, no specific brand. They are smaller and slightly more dense than regular gumdrops.

Katherine Preece

Sunday 14th of October 2018

Can u use all purpose flour

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 25th of October 2018

The texture will not be as soft but you can try.


Friday 27th of October 2017

Hi, Can you soak your gumdrops in a little milk...Will that keep them from going to the bottom?

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