RE: Fried cakes
You would probably really enjoy the old-fashioned doughnuts, if you ever get out that way, at Wall Drugs in South Dakota. Trust me, if you're anywhere in the state, you'll find this place.
Nothing fancy, just hot, fried doughnuts from a recipe I'm sure dates back to at least WWII. Plain or dredged in cinnamon sugar while hot and moist. Ridiculously low prices. Absolutely fresh and hot.
Great coffee. Fascinating store.