Recipes from Southern Cakes

Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott

Taste the chocolatey goodness of Mississippi Mud or marvel at the extravagant elegance of the Lady Baltimore and there will be no doubt that Southerners know how to bake a cake. Here are 65 recipes for some of the most delicious ever. Jam cakes and jelly rolls; humble pear bread and peanut cake; whole chapters on both chocolate and coconut cakeseach moist and delicious forkful represents the spirit of the South. A Baking 101 section offers the cake basics, some finishing touches (that means frosting and lots of it!), and the how-to’s of storing each lovely concoction so that the last slice tastes as fresh and delightful as the first.

A glass cake stand topped with several slices of Cornelia Walker Bailey's pear bread.

Pear Bread

Quick bread. Tea cake. Spice bread. Whatever you call it, this recipe has pedigree–and you don’t need to know its geneology to know this. One taste tells all.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 11
A frosted brown sugar pound cake on a white plate on a cloth-covered picnic table.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

A dense, sweet, rich, buttery pound cake becomes even more indulgent, if you dare, with a heavy-handed drizzle of caramel glaze.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 8
A slice of oatmeal cake an a fork on a blue and white plate with a folded napkin underneath.

Oatmeal Cake

Yup, you’re allowed to eat this cake for breakfast. See, there’s wholesome oatmeal beneath all that coconut and butter.

  • 50 M
  • 1 H, 50 M
  • 5