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Drake’s cakes also making a return

NEW YORK — Twinkies aren’t the only cakes getting ready for a comeback — so are Drake’s cakes, which include Devil Dogs, Funny Bones, and Yodels.

After Hostess Brands Inc. went out of business last year, the company sold off its brands to a variety of buyers. Many of the most famous cakes — such as Twinkies, CupCakes, and Donettes — were purchased by a pair of investment firms that say they plan to have them back on shelves by July 15.

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Drake’s cakes were snapped up by longtime Hostess rival McKee Foods, which makes Little Debbie snacks. McKee said in an e-mail Monday that Drake’s cakes should be back by ‘‘late summer/early fall.’’

It did not say which products it will roll out first or whether all Drake’s cakes would eventually return.

McKee Foods has gone head-to-head with Hostess on a variety of products. But McKee says it isn’t necessarily phasing out products that seem similar to each other. ‘‘Similar is just that — similar, not the same,’’ McKee spokesman Mike Gloekler wrote in an e-mail.

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