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Sweet Southern Comfort Desserts

If you love Southern desserts you definitely loved Banana Pudding desserts. These are sure to make you crazed with Banana love. Oh there are just not enough bananas and hours to love this up!

Which ones will you create?  Click photos for recipes.



Luscious Chocolate Velvet Cake With Coconut-Pecan Frosting

Can I tell you that this luscious, delicious, “give-me-more” of this yummy cake is on our best Christmas dessert list?  Absolutely a must for your holidays. 

Chocolate Velvet Cake With Coconut-Pecan Frosting

Yield: Makes 12 servings

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (16-ounce) package light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1 cup hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract



– Melt semisweet chocolate morsels in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 30-second intervals until melted (about 1 1/2 minutes total time). Stir until smooth. – Beat butter and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer, beating about 5 minutes or until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add melted chocolate, beating just until blended. – Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to chocolate mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Gradually add 1 cup hot water in a slow, steady stream, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in vanilla. Use immediately, following directions for desired cake.

Note: The addition of hot water at the end of this recipe makes for an exceptionally moist cake.

Coconut-Pecan Frosting Ingredients

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 sticks butter
3 cups flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups pecans Instructions

Using a whisk, mix egg yolks, milk and vanilla in a large saucepan over medium heat until well blended. Add in butter and sugar and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until it turns golden brown and thickens. Stir constantly Remove from heat; add in coconut and pecans, mix thoroughly.  Set aside to cool.  Fill Cake.  Embellish plate with favorite Christmas candies or fruits.

Recipe courtesy of Southern Living from their Holiday Cakes and Southern Living Magazine DECEMBER 2003

Yummy Tropical Banana Cupcakes

Tropical Banana Cupcakes

These are really yum and very much like my Southern Pineapple Banana Cake.   Whether you call them “tropical” or “hummingbird” cakes…they are delish and refreshing.  Macadamia nuts give them the tropical touch.  Enjoy!

Yield: Makes 1 dozen
Prep time:28 Minutes
Bake:20 Minutes
Cool:20 Minutes
Total:1 Hour, 8 Minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup toasted macadamia nuts or pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 large bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cups)
Cream Cheese Frosting
2/3 cup large coconut flakes, toasted


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper baking cups.

2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Whisk eggs with butter and orange zest in a separate large bowl. Stir in pineapple and bananas. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring until well blended.

3. Pour batter evenly into prepared cups. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes, and then place on wire rack to cool completely.

4. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting over cupcakes. Sprinkle evenly with coconut flakes.

Note: These cupcakes will have a richer flavor if you toast the nuts before baking. Spread them in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan, and bake at 350° for 5 to 8 minutes. Check frequently, because they burn easily.

Credits:  Recipe courtesy of Coastal Living Magazine, March 2012.

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