Most Southern occasions are marked by some type of cake. Whether you're attending a graduation party, birthday celebration, baby shower, family reunion, church potluck, or funeral – chances are that you'll find at least one classic Southern recipe gracing the dessert table. We are smitten with moist, buttery pound cakes, tiered, flavorful German Chocolate Cakes, light and fluffy Angel Food Cakes, the stately banana-pineapple Hummingbird Cake, and anything that remotely resembles a tangy Lemon Bar Cheesecake. So, it's no wonder that when different cakes began trending throughout history, Southerners jumped on the bandwagon and perfected the recipes. We've covered seventy years of the most popular cakes around, starting with Betty Crocker's Orange Chiffon Cake in 1948. Skipping ahead a few cakes to 1960, the Lane Cake was widely popularized around the country with Harper Lee's famous novel To Kill A Mockingbird. In 1972, as a nod to the catchy refrain in Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” (sock-it-to-me, sock-it-to-me, sock-it-to-me), a classic sour cream coffee cake garnered the moniker. The original recipe was based on a Duncan Hines cake mix—and was even printed on the box for years after becoming so popular.

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