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Christmas Cakes – Red Velvet, Coconut or Chocolate

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.

chocolate pound cake

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.

Page 1

red velvet cake 1

Page 2

red velvet cake 2

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.

coconut cake

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.

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  1. Mama made the best red velvet cake. I do not like the ones that are prepared with the cream cheese icing. To me, that is not a “real” Red Velvet Cake. And you are so right, Granny’s coconut cakes were so moist. I will always remember both of these delicious cakes and how much Mama and Granny enjoyed making them.

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