Caramel cake is a Southern comfort, and it's a no-brainer to see why: tender yellow cake is smothered with caramel. This recipe preserves the basic elements of the cake but includes a few twists to balance the sweetness and add nuance to the standard vanilla flavor.
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With a name like Mississippi Mud Cake, there's no doubt that this dessert deserves to be included in Southern Living: Classic Southern Desserts.. It uses simple ingredients to create a densely chocolate sheet cake lightened by marshmallows.
Browned butter and toasted pecans add a deep, rich and nutty flavor to these sandy shortbread cookies.
Pour yourself a tall cup of coffee or tea and sit down to enjoy browned-butter pecan shortbread from Southern Living: Classic Southern Desserts. Minimal effort stands between you and crumbly, sweet, nutty delight.
Lane Cake: now there's a tall southern belle of a layer cake. It's filled with coconut, chopped fruit and nuts, and a generous serving of whiskey or brandy, and topped off with a snowy range of fluffy frosting.
Lane Cake: now there's a tall southern belle of a layer cake, filled with coconut, chopped fruit and nuts and a generous serving of whiskey or brandy, and topped off with a snowy range of fluffy frosting. Cutting into this cake is particularly enjoyable: the white frosting gives way to a creamy-colored cake, with a slightly more yellow-toned custard, flecked with a confetti of nuts and fruits contained therein.
Since appearing in Southern Living magazine in February 1978, Hummingbird Cake has become the magazine's most requested recipe of all time. While this beloved Southern classic is chock full o' goodies like bananas, pineapple, and pecans, it's not a fussy to prepare, making it a favorite for picnics and barbecues.
Since appearing in Southern Living magazine in February 1978 as the recipe of a Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina, Hummingbird Cake has become the magazine's most requested recipe of all time. While this beloved Southern classic is chock full o' goodies like bananas, pineapple, and pecans, it's not a fussy to prepare, making it a favorite for picnics and barbecues.
With Memorial Day weekend upon us and barbecue season getting into full swing, it seems an ideal time to try out a Southern picnic classic: Pig Pickin' Cake.
The traditional recipe for Pig Pickin' Cake calls for boxed yellow cake mix, mandarin oranges, instant vanilla pudding, crushed pineapple, and Cool Whip. This version makes the cake and the whipped cream from scratch for a super moist and slighty less pre-fab version.
This cake is moist and rich, with a thick layer of chocolate icing. It's delicious at room temperature, but it's even better eaten warm—as soon as it cools a bit in the pan, ice it and serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
This Southern classic is similar to pumpkin pie. Buttermilk adds a slight tang.
If you've got a super, ooey, gooey, sticky sweet tooth, then this classic pie from the South is for you.
This is a great, basic recipe for Chess Pie, the gooey, sweet Southern classic. The filling is a rich custard that's sweeter than most, balanced just slightly with the addition of white vinegar. A small amount of flour and cornmeal create a very thin, crispy caramelized crust over the top.
This past summer, I took a two week road trip through the deep South. One thing I learned was that my Yankee thinking had been all wrong about cornbread. I'd been classifying it as a table bread, as something that I'd put in a small communal basket next to the salt and pepper shakers as I would say, slices of baguette or ciabatta. Now it's not that cornbread is never served in this way, but in most places it's considered a side like collard greens or baked beans.
This is as rich as pie gets. The creamy, sweet caramel custard is festively spiked with bourbon, and cut with toasted pecans and just enough dark chocolate to cut its sweetness. The addition of bourbon and chocolate transform a garden variety pecan pie into something more complex and special. Don't forget to add the salt—it's an important touch that helps highlight and balance the sweet flavors.
For the next two weeks we're heading down South to bake our way through Sweet Auburn Desserts, a Southern-accented collection of recipes from Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Bread Company. For a little background on Sweet Auburn, we sat down with pastry chef-owner Sonya Jones, who is preserving sweet traditions with Sweet Potato Cheesecakes, Coconut Cream Pies, Apple Roly-Polys, and more.