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    Updated on Aug 9, 2019. Posted on Jul 26, 2016

    How Many Of These Regional Desserts Have You Tried?

    From Mississippi mudcake, to Texas tornado, to shoofly pie.

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    1. St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

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    What it is: A Midwestern favorite that can be traced back to the 1930s — when a baker in St. Louis supposedly botched the amount of butter in a coffee cake that he was making.

    Pictured above: Recipe here.

    2. Hummingbird Cake

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    What it is: Some describe it as what would happen if "banana bread and carrot cake had a baby together." Southern Living published a how-to for hummingbird cake in the '70s, and since then, it's become the most requested recipe in the magazine's history.

    Pictured above: Recipe here.

    3. Mississippi Mud Cake

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    What it is: A rich chocolate cake that borrows its name from the banks of the Mississippi River. This one is topped with melted marshmallows — and you can also find versions of it in pie form.

    Pictured above:: Recipe here.

    4. Texas Tornado Cake

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    What it is: Also known as a do-nothing cake, it's a cross between a poke cake and a dump cake — or a (pineapple) cake that basically makes itself.

    Pictured above: Recipe here.

    5. Boston Cream Pie

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    What it is: Thick pastry cream sandwiched between two layers of yellow cake, and covered with chocolate. The reason why it's called pie, instead of cake? Back in the day, says Yankee Magazine: the "pie and cake tins [used to bake these] were often interchangeable — as were the words themselves."

    Pictured above: Recipe here (using boxed mix); from-scratch version here.

    6. Shoofly Pie

    What it is: The signature dessert of the Pennsylvania Dutch or Amish, it's a simple (yet oddly addictive) mixture of molasses, sugar, flour, and butter. One of my favorites? Alton Brown's version.

    Pictured above: Recipe here.

    7. New England Apple Cider Cake

    What it is: Granny Smiths packed into a buttery cake, then topped with cider glaze. This version is just one of dozens of New England-style desserts tied to the fruit — from apple cider donuts, to the old-fashioned apple pandowdy.

    Pictured above: Recipe here.

    8. Texas Sheet Cake

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    What it is: A dense, chocolate-on-chocolate sheet cake that's (*roughly) the size of Texas. You might also see vanilla or peanut butter versions, or ones with caramel and pecans drizzled on top.

    Pictured above: Recipe here.

    9. Alabama Lane Cake

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    What it is: A bourbon-spiked sponge cake slathered with a filling of pecans, raisins, and coconut. The boozy dessert also has literary ties, popping up several times in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.

    Pictured above: Recipe here.

    10. Mincemeat (or Fruit Mince) Pie

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    What it is: A textured pie filling — with roots in the U.K. — that's the perfect mix of sweet and tart. A fruit mixture (like fresh berries, apples, and cherries) simmers in brown sugar, holiday spices, lemon zest, and a splash of rum. Then it's cooled and poured into a flaky, crisp crust. (Find a gluten-free version here.)

    Pictured above: Recipe here.

    11. Flapper Pie

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    What it is: Sometimes also known as Canadian Prairie Pie, this has a graham cracker crust, creamy custard base, and meringue topping.

    Pictured above: Recipe here.

    12. Derby Pie

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    What it is: The original is a half-century-old Kentucky classic that's basically a pecan pie that swaps the pecans for walnuts — then adds plenty of chocolate. Other versions keep the pecans and spike 'em with bourbon.

    Pictured above:: Recipe here.

    What's your favorite reigonal or specialty cake or pie? Tell us in the comments below!