When I was growing up in the South I realized how important it was to be able to bake a cake. My Mother would come home from work quite often and be extremely excited about a new cake recipe. I bake a cake every year at Christmas. Actually, that isn’t true, I bake two cakes every Christmas. A must have at our house is my Mother’s chocolate pound cake with chocolate icing. It is a given when my daughter and her family come to visit. When they lived in Africa, I baked this cake, packed it up and shipped it to them. So I guess you could say this chocolate cake recipe has almost been around the world. I found the clipping below in a newspaper and confirmed with my Mother it was the recipe she used. If you love chocolate, this would be a great choice and the icing is super easy to make.
After making the chocolate pound cake, I have to make a choice between red velvet cake or coconut cake. This year I was really leaning towards a coconut cake; however; as our family is coming to visit I think the red velvet cake is the best choice. The red velvet color just says Christmas to me. I am sharing the red velvet cake recipe from a card I picked up in the grocery store when we were first married 45 years ago. There is a side one and side two to the card and I do not use cream cheese icing as so many people do today but prefer this icing recipe on my red velvet cake.
Below I am sharing my Granny’s recipe for coconut cake and it is definitely one of my very favorites. I will not be making it this year but it was a hard choice for me to decide whether to make it or the red velvet cake. It is always super moist and so delicious. I still hear people comment on the coconut cake that was such an important part of their family’s Southern Christmas. This isn’t the most spectacular looking cake as I prefer it without the seven minute frosting. However, it is the best and stirs great memories of my Granny and my Southern heritage.
I hope you will be able to start a tradition with your family using one of these truly Southern cake recipes. Thanks for stopping by.