Southern Sweets Showdown Round 1: #9 Apple Stack Cake vs. #8 Coconut Cake


Coconut Cakes

Image by crd! via Flickr

Round One of the Southern Sweets Showdown rolls on with match-ups between the eight and nine seeds.

Next up, from the Cakes, Puddings & Ice Cream Region, we have the 8-seed Coconut Cake squaring up against the 9-seed Apple Stack Cake.

Coconut Cakes is a ubiquitous treat at Southern gatherings, whether it be in its traditional form at a potluck supper or colored an unholy pink and shaped like a bunny for Easter. I don’t know what it is about Coconut, but something about its rich, tropical flavor speaks to the Southern soul. Maybe adding a little coconut to an otherwise traditional recipe makes us feel like we’re dabbling in the exotic.

Apple stack cake

Image via Wikipedia

For this RSM, the Apple Stack Cake is a bit of a mystery. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, and these cakes seem to be more of an Appalachian tradition. According to this story out of Knoxville, the cakes were a traditional gift at mountain weddings. Guests would each bring a layer, and the hostess would add the dried-apple filling between. The more popular the bride, the taller the cake. They say it tastes a bit like biscuits and apple butter, and the cakes can be very heavy. There’s no part of that description a Real Southern Man doesn’t like.

To choose between these two heavyweight contenders, head over to our Facebook page and decide who is more worthy to move on to the first round. Or simply take the poll below:


  1. The He-Said, She-Said of the Southern Sweets Showdown | Real Southern Men - December 21, 2011

    […] Butter is fine. Tastes good on a biscuit. Makes a great filling for an Apple Stack Cake. And for the longest time, I thought it was a failed attempt at making peanut butter with apples. […]

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