Monday, November 5, 2018

Cake Recipe Roundup

A collection of cake recipes from Deep South Dish blog!

If you make these or any of my recipes, I'd love to see your results! Just snap a photo and hashtag it #DeepSouthDish on social media or tag me @deepsouthdish on Instagram!


Typically southern food blogs and recipe books will provide you with lots of dessert recipes. Sometimes more sweets than anything else and even cookbooks dedicated solely to them. We do love our sweets in the south!

Personally, I am not a huge sweets person. Oh, don't get me wrong! I love something sweet on occasion as much as the next person, but you may have noticed there is a lot more savory than there is sweet in the pages of this blog.

I love a good cobbler, homemade brownies, and banana pudding, but my number one dessert has always been cake. Okay, maybe those brownies first, because those are the best ever brownies we've been making in my family for years, but then cake after those brownies. While I absolutely use cake mixes occasionally too, I prefer to make them homemade, as I find store-bought cakes and pies, and box mixes to often be heavily sweet for my taste, and I can control the sugar in a scratch recipe.

Although I do have a few layer cakes I've done over the years, I'm really not a very good baker, so the cakes I make most often are simple pan cakes, bundt cakes, or smaller, snack-sized versions, rather than tall, multi-layered cakes. I'm not a big fan of super sweet icings on any cake either, and the truth is, I usually scrape it off! I know. Kind of cake blasphemy isn't it, but most frostings are just overly sweet to me.

Of course, it always depends on how you slice them, but generally speaking you'll get about 9 nice squares from an 8 or 9 inch square cake dish, 8 big slices from a single layer 8 or 9-inch round, and about 12 from a double layer. A bundt cake or a 9 x 13 inch pan will also yield about 12 slices.

Here are some of my favorite cake recipes. Just click a photo or a link to check out the recipes!

A dense, lightly sweetened cake, perfect for sugar sweetened strawberries and whipped cream.
A dense, lightly sweetened cake, perfect for sugar-sweetened, syrupy strawberries and whipped cream.

Cream Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Caramel Poke Cake
Southern Caramel Cake
Homemade Coconut Sheet Cake with Divinity Icing
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting
Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Apple Dapple Cake

Apple Dapple is a well loved heritage cake made with apples and pecans, and glazed with a crunchy brown sugar maple topping.

Mandarin Orange Pig Pickin' Cake
Apple Dapple Cake with Maple Glaze
Lazy Daisy Cake
Peach Crumb Cake
Strawberry Cake with Coconut and Pecan
Mama's Red Velvet Cake

A classic, homemade German chocolate cake, except instead of spreading the traditional coconut pecan frosting all over the cake, I've added a new twist of chocolate ganache.

German Chocolate Cake
Fresh Citrus, Not Better Than Sex Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Wash Day Cake - Gooey Butter Cake with Coconut
Old Fashioned Coffee Cake
Homemade from scratch Sour Cream Coffeecake

Rich and decadent, dense and fudge-like, Mississippi Mud Cake is made with cocoa, topped with marshmallows, a buttery cocoa icing and salted, toasted pecans.

Mississippi Mud Cake
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Apple Upside Down Cornmeal Cake
Buttermilk Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

My Mama's fresh apple cake, made from fresh apples, raisins, nuts, cinnamon, cloves and coffee, drizzled here with a whiskey sauce.

Mama's Fresh Apple Cake with Whiskey Sauce
Strawberry Angel Cake
Basic 1-2-3-4 Yellow Cake with Old Fashioned Boiled Peanut Butter Icing
Almond Joy Cake
Butterfinger Cake (Holy Cow Cake)
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Caramel Poke Cake

In my mind a perfect pound cake like Grandma's, is moist, tender, light, fluffy, creamy, and buttery, all at the same time. Shown here with my skillet peaches.

Grandma Mac's Perfect Southern Pound Cake
Basic 1-2-3-4 Yellow Birthday Cake with Chocolate Icing
Yellow Butter Cake with Pineapple Filling and Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Banana Maple Bundt Cake with Walnut Praline Swirl

Homemade from scratch Sour Cream Coffeecake, a dense and rich, great tasting cake that is at its peak flavor when served the next day, once the sugars and flavors have settled a bit. Make it ahead whenever you can!

Cake Frostings and Icings are here.

Cake Fillings are here.


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  1. Like you, I'm not big on sweets. I do like them from time to time, but I'm definitely more of a "sliver" than "slice" kinda girl. And if I have the choice between leftovers from dinner vs. something sweet for a snack, I'm usually going to choose leftovers!

    My husband is the opposite and eats enough sweets for the both of us, and then some. Thanks for sharing these recipes! I see so many recipes I should make for him this holiday season!

  2. We're a lot alike Linda! Even when I was pregnant with my son, my cravings weren't for odd things, they wanted meat & three meals!! My hubby is the sweets eater around here. He tries to convince himself that's not true but then he comes home from running an errand to the grocery store on his way home with Cokes, Little Debbie snacks & mini doughnuts!

  3. I don't know how many years ago that I found you and subscribed, but am always thrilled to read your words. I grew up on the Alabama/Florida border 60 years ago (and was/am very familiar with the Biloxi area of that time...) and ended up living thousands of miles away. But your comments, the brands you name, the mentality, the flavors, bring lots of happy, warm memories of the gracious, good cooks and foods of that era. I'm sooo very glad you reference and allude to those. May God bless y'all!

  4. Happy Belated Thanksgiving! We made your classic corn casserole. It went fast. Thanks ever so much for it.

    Know what you mean about sweets. I loved sweets. But after a year of forced (by health) low carb diet, they no longer appeal. I allow myself a single bite of my favorites if they are fresh homemade, but no longer crave more. Still, our families demand them! And these recipes are great!


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