Skip To Content
    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.

    Ellie Sunakawa / BuzzFeed

    1. St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!