23 Vintage Cakes from the South That Grandma Used to Make

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Cake, cake, we love cake! But the fact is, we just don’t make cake the way we used to. Or at least, the way your Southern grandmother used to (or your friend’s!).s

If you grew up in the south, you probably know what we mean: The classic, delicious cakes you’ve come to enjoy for any occasion (or even just a random Tuesday night). They’re typically abundant, moist, and by no means healthy (the richer, the better, right?)

Look no further—we’ve found the best-tasting vintage cakes from the south that is sure to have any old-timer smacking their lips. Oh, who are we kidding? Youngsters will be drooling too—these look delicious!

  1.  Tennessee Jam Bundt Cake

    tenn jam bundt cake

    A classic Southen cake, but with a jammy twist.

  2. Texas Sheet Cake With Fudge Icing 

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    Ask your Texan friends about this one, and we’re sure they’ll smack their lips. Rich, chocolatey, and so delicious.

  3.  Spicy Applesauce Cake

    spicy applesauce

    Applesauce on the inside and chocolate chips, walnuts, and raisins on the outside make this cake a crunchy, sweet delight. (The spice comes from cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves!)

  4. Lemon and Chocolate Doberge Cake

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    Originating in New Orleans, doberge cakes contain upwards of 6-9 layers of goodness (aka vanilla sponge cake with a custard or other creamy filling).

  5.  Lemon Cheese Layer Cake

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    Cake and lemon curd have never been friendlier.

  6.  Lemon Orange Chiffon Cake

    lemon orange chiffon

    A perfect dainty sweet treat to serve at your ladies’ tea.

  7.  Mississippi Mud Cake

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    It may have the word “mud” in the title, but the main ingredients are marshmallows, pecans and, you guessed it: chocolate.

  8.  Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    pineapple upside down

    A classic that truly never goes out of style.

  9. Lazy Daisy Cake 

    lazy daisy

    Coconut fans are going to love this one.

  10.  Lady Baltimore Cake

    lady baltimore

    A white cake filled with fruit and nuts, topped with meringue frosting. Mmmm.

  11.  Hummingbird Cake

    hummingbird

    Pineapple. Bananas. Pecans. Need we say more?

  12.  Glazed Spiced Rum Pound Cake

    glazed spice rum pound

    Yes, there’s rum in both the cake AND the glaze.

  13.  Gingerbread Cake With Lemon Sauce

    gingerbread with lemon sauce

    You might not think ginger and lemon is a good match, but trust.

  14.  German Black Forest Cake

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    It may have originated in Germany, but your Southern grandma definitely licks her fingers making this one. (How can we blame her, the filling contains cherry brandy!)

  15.  Coca Cola Cake

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    Coke is so not just to drink with pizza. Trust the Southerners.

  16. Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

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    Don’t let the mayo weird you out—it just makes it denser and creamier than your typical ingredients!

  17.  Chocolate Bavarian Torte

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    It’s fluffy, creamy, sweet, and has a lot of layers. What could be better?

  18.  Gingerbread Cake With Lemon Sauce

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    Spice from the cake and zest from the lemon. The best of both worlds!

  19.  Caramel Cake

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    Sour cream, butter, and sugar make this a sweet, creamy delight, perfect for any occasion.

  20.  Butter Pecan Layer Cake

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    Who else is drooling at the picture?

  21. Blackberry Jam Cake

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    A spice cake with berry jam? Sign us up.

  22. Apple Stack Cake

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    Stacks on stacks of apple goodness.

  23.  7UP Pound Cake

    7UP pound cake

    Yes, it contains 7UP, and no, Sprite won’t do.

Have you ever had any of these classic Southern cakes? Which are you going to whip up first?