Food of the Seventies, Appollo Cake

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It was a chocolate roll cake that had rolls of chocolate & delicious white cream filling. It was a large cake approximately 5 inches tall and 6 inches wide. It was made to be cut into individual slices that would serve 4-6 people. It was distributed in the Boston area in the 70s. Some bakeries still make chocolate roll cakes but none can compare to the packaged one. For those of you who have never had an Appollo Cake think Devil Dogs or Ring Dings but an extreme & Ultimate Devil Dog. It was delicious and my favorite. They also made them in an individual 2 pack - 2 round chocolate cakes that were indented at the top and filled with the pure white creamy topping and sprinkled with chocolate jimmy sprinkles. Does anybody know the manufacturer? I live in California now but I would die for one now.
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John in Boston - September 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Sweet Jesus......I think about this cake all the time and no one from outside Boston or below a certain age has heard of it...googled and nothing.....came across this page by accident. Back in the 70's my mom used to get Appollo Cake (scooter pies) all the time (it was cheap for 6 kids) from our local A&P; I can remember WALKING back from the store with her carrying groceries....Appollo Cake, gallon cartons of milk, tonic in glass bottles.....
Bill in Hanover - June 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Let me join the club! Every once in a while my brother and I reminisce on this subject. As kids we'd fight to get the last piece of the famous Apollo Cake. It was “low rent”, but a glass of milk and a scoop of vanilla ice cream accompanying the cake was the best desert I could ask for. Still looking for it. I guess it suffered the same fate of the infamous “Hydrox Cookie”, which I despised.
Sandy in Somerville - January 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to go there all the time as a kid. Wish I could find the receipe for the Chocolate Roll Cake. Sooooooooooo Goooooooooooood...
gary Miller - November 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I started to work at Apollo Cakes when I was 14. People always would say you will get sick of them. NO WAY.....I used to eat the Jelly Roll and the Chocolate roll all day long while I worked. And the goodness......It used to cost a dime and you would get a lunch bag full of messed up brownies. That and a 5 cent carton of milk was pure bliss.
John from South Boston - December 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I have been looking for this type of cake for the last couple of years. We used to purchase this cake at the local corner store back in the 60's and 70's. I keep looking but can't seem to find anything like it.
Ken from Roxbury - September 21, 2011 - Report this comment
My favorite cake was the Apollo that I used to get from my aunts restaurant on Mass. Ave (near the meat markets). I can't find them anywhere anymore! It was also my wifes favorite who's from Dorchester.
Tom in Dorchester - September 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Apollo cakes also made the individual block of frosted marble cake. And the two round cakes they called Big Twins?
Ellen from Dorchester - September 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been looking for the recipe to duplicate the chocolate roll cake. It is referred to 'the family cake' by my family. With 12 kids, we didn't get desserts from bakeries. We used to run to the corner store on Dorchester Ave for this one. Try as I might, I have not been able to get my cakes to taste the same and Big Twins were great too.
Nancy in California - October 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Yes!!! I have been talking about Apollo Cake now for years! I have looked EVERYWHERE and no one sells it anymore. I honestly didn't expect to find it in California because I haven't been able to find a lot of things here that I could back east. Things such as Devil Dogs, Ring Dings, Coffee Time coffee flavored syrup (hubby's fav!), just to name a few. Oh, and haddock, the fish. when I mention haddock to anyone here, they don't know what the heck I'm talking about...even restaurants have never heard of haddock! You would think I lived on another planet. :-( John in Boston --- We share the same memories. When I was younger, I can remember going to the neighborhood corner store and buying cigarettes, milk, bread, TONIC, in GLASS bottles, Drakes 3-in-a-package cupcakes and Apollo Cake and "cuffing" it, which means to run a bill. To my knowledge, that's unheard of today. I miss those days. :-( some things were just...better.
Mike from Charlestown - January 29, 2012 - Report this comment
The individual 2-pack chocolate cakes with the delicious white cream in the middle and topped with jimmies were called " big twins". Best in the world. Taste will never be duplicated. If you got 'em realy fresh it was like a spiritual experience!
Patty from Hillsboro,NH - April 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Oh Boy, I have a sweet tooth like no other. Apollo cakes were divine, especially the chocolate with the cream in the middle with a light coating of sugar on the outside. A special treat. Has anyone ever heard of Birds Nest they were the size of Apollos but in a white box similar to Entenmenns. They were a white small round cake like the apollo, but had raspberry or lemon filling in the middle with the top surrounded with white frosting. Mmmmmm so good. Nothing tastes like it did back in the 60's. I believe all the artificial ingredients they use today have destroyed the foods and is causing cancer. Too many people are dying from Cancer. Let's go back to the old fashion ways. The world will be a better place.
Stephen - March 01, 2013 - Report this comment
Wow me and my brothers always talked about Apollo cakes our Mom Barbara would take us to A/p in Roslindale , she also could bake and make the same from scratch , a lost art Nowadays . Does anyone Remember Zarex????????
Deb in the Evil Empire (NY) - March 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Big Twins were my all time faves. Use to scoop out some of the cream using potatoe chips, then eat one cupcake, repeat with the other. Reside in evil Empire State of NY and still a Sox fan. Those kind of memories define real Bostonians, no matter where they go! GO Red Sox!!!
Lisa - July 10, 2013 - Report this comment
I grew up in NY but Mum has a recipe for a dark choclate cake with the filling from Drake's devil dogs (right from someone who worked for them!) and I wonder if its close..She's make it in a jelly roll pan and slice it..
Maria - December 26, 2013 - Report this comment
My aunt used to send me to the corner drugstore right up the street from her (in Medford, MA) to purchase this cake, which would forever be the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten!! Nothing compares to it, and if we can't locate something similar, I would love to at least have the recipe.
DAN SHEA - March 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I am from mission hill Roxbury mass. I am laughing out loud because I thought I was the only one dreaming about Big Twins. They were 2 in a pack. Chocolate cakes, round, and filled with a whip type of cream. I would somehow get enough cash to visit "Connies" coffee shop or whatever the name directly across from OLPH Basicillca Church on Tremont Street. THEY DISAPPEARED OF THE MAAAAAARRRRKKKETTTT.... LOL
mary from charlestown - August 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I so miss Big Twins, swiss roll cake. Didnt they also have a spice cake. My father loved that one.
Steve - January 09, 2015 - Report this comment
Big Twins were my all time favorite growing up in the '70s. Used to by them and a Pepsi at the corner store (Mike's) on Norfolk Ave. They were the ultimate - wish i could find them somewhere... what happened to them?
j ferrante - May 02, 2015 - Report this comment
The appollo cake was second to none. It was the best cake filled with marshmallow vanilla flavored creme. I used to eat half of one myself with a glass of milk. They also had open top cupcakes filled with the same creme. Delicious.
Mike - May 10, 2015 - Report this comment
Oh boy do I remember the Big Twins and the Swiss chocolate roll!. I grew up in Fields Corner,Dorchester.We use to get them at Nicky's at the corner of Leroy Street and Ditson Street.They had penny candy, sour pickles all the the good stuff many years ago.Good memories , Great times
John - May 21, 2015 - Report this comment
Looking for a picture of a package of them
Steve - May 14, 2016 - Report this comment
I'm from Salem Mass and actually would eat a Big Twin and then run a track meet (220 and 440). They were great. Like everyone else here I thought that nobody else remembered them. Running home to watch Dark Shadows after school and Big Twins. Fond memories.
john l - July 15, 2016 - Report this comment
used to buy them at teds at M & 6th street they were unbelievable the sugar on the bottom made them taste so good...
Pat - July 18, 2016 - Report this comment
Oh the Appollo cake was the best,I used to go down to F & 5 th st Jims variety to get it for my father along with an RC cola, second best was the Big Twins I would pay top dollar for either one of these products.
Roy - August 06, 2016 - Report this comment
The "Big Twins" were the best. I wish somebody today made them. The closest thing I can find are Steve's Snack Bakery Whoopie Pies sold at Market Basket stores. I also loved the Appolo chocolate rolls too.
PAUL - November 28, 2016 - Report this comment
"Big Twins" were always my favorite, better then anything that Hostess, Drakes or anyone else made. The original ones had chocolate jimmies on top of the cream filling. At some point the 60's, early 70's the jimmies were eliminated as cost savings. Still miss Big Twins and many of the other Apollo products to this day. Spice cake, chocolate cream roll and others.
Tony C. - December 10, 2016 - Report this comment
Reading these posts I still can remember my Big Twins. I think they were a dime back in the day. I sold newspapers at Nepco meat packing company and would later cross the street to buy my cakes. Good times in the 1960's. Bring them back!!!!!!
Charlene W from CP Point - February 08, 2017 - Report this comment
Big Twins were the best littlest chocolate cakes with the crème filling ever sold in the 70s. What happened? Can or will they ever come back?
Mary Lou Pomponio - March 03, 2017 - Report this comment
Lived in Charlestown with my grandparents and mom when my dad was overseas in the 60s. Bought Big Twins and sometimes swept the floors to earn them at the store on Sullivan up from High Street. Mr. Bill was so nice to me and knew how much my Cousin Carol and I loved them. That first bite into that cream cloud with Jimmies Yummmmmm! We were talking about them and found out the plant was in Summerville Mass but closed late 60's early 70's from using Our Boston Townie page from Facebook. Would be great if they could do a limited try again for this delicious twin treat!
Ann Hilton - March 23, 2017 - Report this comment
Didn't they also make a Maple Walnut cake?

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