With Labor Day behind us and fall ahead of us my mind is thinking about fall fashions, maybe a new pair of fall boots (hum, cowboy and something high-style with a kick-ass heel?), fall dinners at home, college football, holiday celebrations and all my friends and family that have fall birthdays. So one of the newest cookbooks The Southern Cake Book by our friends at Southern Living gets my approval at the most perfect time.
The Southern Cake Book features over 150 recipes for every type of cake from sheet cakes and cupcakes to decadent cheesecakes and the even more elaborate layer cakes that would make any Southerner proud to prepare. Now you might remember that I grew up around some of the best Southern cooks so while I thumbed through this cookbook I felt like I was going down memory lane. As I turned each page I’m looking for my favorites and they are all there: the classic Southern Pound Cake from Heaven; the quintessential Celebration Hummingbird Cake brimming with bananas, pineapple, and pecans, first printed in Southern Living in 1978 and still its most-requested recipe of all time; Mama Dip’s Carrot Cake from North Carolina’s own Mildred “Mama Dip” Council; the Peanut-Cola Cake — we Southerners just call it “Coke-Cola” cake (that’s versus the correct way of pronouncing it as Coca-Cola cake) but I’m sure the publishers didn’t want any trouble with copyright infringement — along with the tangy Lemon Coconut Cake, Key Lime Icebox Cake and a rich three-layer Birthday Cake frosted with luscious milk chocolate frosting and sprinkles.
Southern Living The Southern Cake Book, published by Oxmoor House and edited by Allison E. Cox. S.R.P. $22.95 makes it a must for any Southern kitchen but also the perfect hostess and holiday gift. Consider wrapping the cookbook with a beautiful antique silver cake server for a uniquely special gift.
P.S. And in case you didn’t know (Duh), Coca-Cola and Coke are registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company.