Desserts

Staff Picks

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 27
This Southern gem boasts three incredibly moist layers flavored with canned pineapple and bananas.

Chocolate Delight

Rating: 5 stars 5
Erin Napier shares one of her favorite recipes from her grandmother, Ouida.

Atlantic Beach Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
Some have called this the easiest pie ever. Try your hand at it and see for yourself.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
Our Million Dollar Pound Cake is just that good (really).

Mamie Eisenhower's Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 4
This used to be the go-to recipe for fudge in the 1950s and 60s. Because it took advantage of packaged products from the grocery store, such as chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and a jar of marshmallow cream, this new-fangled fudge was considerably less persnickety than traditional cooked fudge that seems to look for any opportunity to turn grainy.We're told that this fudge was a family favorite of the President and Mrs. Eisenhower, which might or might not be true. It hails from an era when the wives of politicians were often asked to share recipes for family favorites. Sometimes these requests were fulfilled by the wife and other times from a staff assistant. Newspapers across the land printed the fudge attributed to Mrs. Eisenhower shortly after she became First Lady in 1953. The recipe had appeared previously under the name Million Dollar Fudge, but from that point on, this type of fudge was more often called Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge or simply Mamie's Fudge. It became so strongly associated with her that a copy of the recipe appears in the archives of the Eisenhower Presidential Center.By any name, it remains a benchmark for chocolate fudge. It's delicious, creamy, and fool-proof.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies Recipe

Rating: 4 stars 11
Her famous recipe won over the readers of Family Circle magazine back in 2000, and is still talked about—and baked—today.

Egg Custard Pie

Rating: 5 stars 1
This homey, old-fashioned pie deserves a comeback.

Heavenly Key Lime Pie Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 1
This pie is wonderful with fresh or bottled Key lime juice.

Cakey Strawberry Cobbler

Rating: 4 stars 6
Call over the neighbors because it's too good not to share.

Kentucky Bourbon Pie

Rating: 5 stars 5
This pie's combination of chocolate, bourbon, and pecans has earned it a spot as one of the South's most beloved desserts.

Classic Chess Pie

Rating: 5 stars 4
Gooey, buttery, and supremely sweet, the chess pie has been a staple of the Southern dessert table for a couple hundred years.

Southern Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
This old-fashioned Southern dessert deserves a second look.
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Inspiration and Ideas

54 Vintage Cakes from the South That Deserve a Comeback
Some of your favorite confections are older than the heirloom china on which they're served.
Sock It To Me Cake
Rating: 5 stars 2

This classic is scratch-made with simple pantry ingredients.