5 Cake Recipes You Need To Make

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These 5 cake recipes you need to make are so old I had to substitute the “oleo” or “margarine” with butter. Oh, yummy butter makes all the difference in these moist dense cake recipes made from scratch. These recipes have been around for over 50 years, at least. I can hardly wait to share them with you. Today, I made one of my old family cake recipes called “Texas Sheet Cake,” and I shared that recipe here: Linda’s Texas/Utah Chocolate Sheet Cake. Enjoy!

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I want to share my cake recipes that can be totally made from scratch with items you have in your pantry. Just think, you will never buy another cake mix at the store again, you can make any cake from scratch, I promise.

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I have to laugh because I was teaching a class once, and a young woman mentioned she makes homemade cakes from scratch using only a cake box from a grocery store with eggs, water, and oil. I had to laugh, but was concerned that someone would really think that “from scratch” meant using a packaged cake mix!

WAIT, today we are talking about making cakes from pantry ingredients. They are so moist, you will never go back to a box cake, except for my sour cream, pudding chocolate cake which does use a cake mix. I better share that one right now: Linda’s Chocolate Bestie, plus I share my mom’s secret for moist cakes. Just a quick reminder, I only buy bread flour, not cake flour for any of these recipes.

Cake Recipes

1. Fruit Cocktail Cake

Fruit Cocktail Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cake
Ingredients
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine the ingredients above and add the following and beat well:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can fruit cocktail (15-ounces DO NOT DRAIN)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9-inch by 9-inch pan, pour batter into the greased pan and sprinkle with:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. While cake is baking boil the following together:
  • 1/2 cup one cube or one stick of butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 small can condensed milk
  • After boiling for 3 minutes pour over the cake when it is done.
Instructions
  1. Best when served warm.

2. Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cake
Ingredients
Mix all together. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the mixture above into the 9-inch by 9-inch pan.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups rhubarb (raw cut up)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine the following ingredients (it will be a little crumbly) and spread evenly on top of the cake:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

3. Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 well-beaten eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups pumpkin
Instructions
  1. Combine oil, pumpkin, sugar, and eggs, beat well. Beat in dry ingredients, fold in nuts. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Pour batter into pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until done.

4. Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
Glaze: (boil for one minute)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Cream sugar, butter, eggs and beat well. Add milk and butter flavoring, then the dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake in a greased tube pan for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Prepare glaze above and drizzle over the cake while warm.

5. Cherry Cake

Cherry Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cake
Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 can dark cherries (pitted, chopped and drained)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup milk or 1/4 cup cherry juice and 1/4 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Cream the sugar and butter with eggs and beat well. Add the remaining dry ingredients and the liquid alternately. Add the cherries and nuts. Mix thoroughly and pour into the greased pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Our family has always liked cakes. As they were growing up the girls asked me to make a cake every time we had a special event, or just because they taste so good. Note the cakes above have so many different flavors that you should be able to satisfy all your family members, neighbors and guests when it’s time to enjoy a great dessert. If you want to know if you’re prepared to make a cake from scratch, just check off the various ingredients listed for each of the cakes and see how your pantry inventory stacks up. If short some items, add them to your next grocery list, you’ll be happy you did.

Just think, every Sunday you can make one of these and you can even make one after a disaster because hopefully, you have a way to bake a 9-inch by 13-inch cake in a Sun Oven or a Camp Chef Stove/Oven Combo or even a Dutch Oven or a Tube Pan

Thanks again for being prepared to cook cake recipes from scratch in your home and outside if we have a disaster in our neighborhoods. Life is good if we are prepared with a pantry ready to cook from scratch. May God bless you and your family.

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10 thoughts on “5 Cake Recipes You Need To Make

  • April 10, 2018 at 7:09 am
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    Do you drain the fruit cocktail?

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    • April 10, 2018 at 10:38 am
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      Hi Bonnie, no you do not drain the fruit cocktail, thank you, I better fix that. Linda

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  • April 10, 2018 at 7:21 am
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    I love a chocolate cake. Do you have a recipe for a moist rich chocolate cake.
    Thanks
    Patricia Dolan

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  • April 10, 2018 at 7:48 am
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    I don’t have bread flour, can I use regular flour in the recipes?

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    • April 10, 2018 at 10:41 am
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      Hi Janet, any white flour will work, I put bread flour because that’s what I use. I make bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls for the entire neighborhood, I thought I better say what flour I use. In the olden days, we didn’t have “bread flour”. I do not buy cake flour. Thanks for the comment, Linda

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