20 Classic Southern Cake Recipes

By: Emma Vander Woude, Editor, FaveSouthernRecipes.com

Sometimes, the ultimate comfort food isn't a savory dish but a simple, honest-to-goodness cake. Classic Southern cakes can take you back in time; they can make you remember fun times from your past, from baking with Grandma to blowing out the candles on your favorite birthday cake. This collection of 20 Classic Southern Cake Recipes will take you back in time. All of these old-fashioned recipes have stood the test of time, so don’t worry: they likely taste just as good as you remember.

For a taste of the South, try these delicious Southern cake recipes. These timeless recipes have been perfected over many years, so you can be sure these are the best of the best. Featuring hummingbird cake recipes, caramel cake recipes, and Kentucky butter cake, these easy cake recipes are simple and fun to make. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you will appreciate the classic taste of these delicious cakes. And don’t worry—you’ll appreciate them even more if you do have a sweet tooth!

Hummingbird Cake Recipes

Old-Fashioned Recipe for Hummingbird Cake

If you grew up in the South, then there's no doubt that you know what hummingbird cake is. For those that didn’t, hummingbird cake is a moist spice cake, sometimes referred to as carrot cake’s lesser-known cousin. Instead of carrots, however, this easy Southern recipe is stuffed with bananas and pineapple. In fact, you should probably just go make it now so that you can understand the deliciousness that is hummingbird cake.

Southern Caramel Cake Recipes

Caramel cakes can take a lot of patience, but they are well worth the time and effort in the end. This delicious Southern dessert is a classic for a reason:  because it’s so unbelievably good! If you’ve never had a genuine Southern caramel cake, then you don’t know what you’re missing.

More Southern Cake Recipes

Louisiana Crunch Cake

Last but not least, check out the best of the rest! All of these delicious Southern cake recipes are absolute classics, so much so that a trip to the South would not be complete without trying at least one of these cakes—if not all of them! These cakes are also fairly easy to make, meaning you don’t have to be a master baker to enjoy these delicious desserts.

What's your favorite classic cake? Tell us in the comments below!

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The Real Deal Southern Caramel Cake Recipe has me drooling. It is completely from scratch, including the caramel icing. I cant wait to try it. The Kentucky Butter cake looks amazing. I have never had one before, I will be trying this recipe for sure! The caramel pound cake uses Werthers caramels. I am gaining weight just looking at these yummy recipes!

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