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Traditional Southern Desserts: Top 10 Recipes

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Updated May 05, 2017
Four-Layer Pecan Pie

Few places compare to the South when it comes to dessert. From their decadent, cream-filled cakes to their sweet as-can-be pies, there's no end to all of the dessert goodness that comes from the South. While there are lots of great options to choose from, we did the hard work of putting together a list of what we consider to be the top 10 Southern desserts. Now it's up to you to decide which of these mouthwatering sweets is going to be your favorite classic Southern dessert!

The Ultimate Hummingbird Cake

If you've never tried baking a Southern-style Hummingbird Cake, are you ever in for a double treat when you make our version of The Ultimate Hummingbird Cake. Our Test Kitchen has created a decadent, creamy filling to sandwich between our special recipe for a moist and golden cake.

Velvety Red Velvet Cake

If you could fall in love with a cake, it would definitely be this rich and moist Velvety Red Velvet Cake. This old-fashioned, Southern red velvet cake recipe is beautiful to look at, but most importantly, delicious till the very last crumb. Doesn't that sound a lot like love?

Old-Fashioned Southern Chocolate Cake

One forkful of this Old-Fashioned Southern Chocolate Cake recipe, and you'll be transported to a breezy porch on a Southern plantation! Sit back, relax, and chow down on the best chocolate cake ever.

Coconut Layer Cake

Your gang will go "coconuts" over our sweet and moist Coconut Layer Cake. This is a favorite white cake recipe around our Test Kitchen, and whether for a holiday or anytime you want to impress, this one is a hit-maker!

Banana Pudding Cake

Calling all banana fans! Get ready for an easy dessert that doesn't require a lot of ingredients and isn't lacking in flavor. Our Banana Pudding Cake is a super moist banana cake recipe and will have you floating on cloud 9 after one bite!

Easy Sweet Potato Pie

You can almost smell this Sweet Potato Pie recipe baking in the oven...before you've even started! Its rich, creamy center has the perfect amount of sweetness without overpowering the sweet potato filling. This is a traditional Southern dessert at its best.

Four Layer Pecan Pie

Our Four-Layer Pecan Pie recipe is layered with creamy filling, crunchy pecans, and a flaky refrigerated pie crust that truly make this a delectable dessert. Top it with a scoop of your favorite ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup for a dessert you'll want to eat over and over again.

Lemon Meringue Pie

An all-time favorite, our Lemon Meringue Pie recipe tastes like a sweet and tangy slice of heaven. You'll love the yummy meringue topping! This is one traditional Southern dessert that no one's going to pass on.

EDR Polka Dot Peach Pie

There's nothing quite like the taste of fresh peaches, and with our diabetic-friendly recipe, you'll be able to indulge every once and a while. So enjoy the sweet taste of summer guilt-free! If you haven't got fresh peaches, don't worry. We've got the answer for that, too!

Pecan Tassies

Pecan tassies are a true Southern classic. After all, with pecans being abundant in the South, it makes perfect sense to add them to practically everything. The cream cheese in the dough makes these extra rich.

What do you think? Would you make any changes to our list of Top 10 Traditional Southern Desserts or did you like our selection. Let us know in the comments, below!

Got to have dinner before you can get to dessert? Check out our collection of Sensational Southern Casserole Recipes!

Nothing pairs better with Southen dessert recipes than a scoop of homemade ice cream!

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