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Vintage Illustration of a Housemaid Holding an Old Fashioned Dessert CakeYou Can Make Amazing Homemade Cakes From Scratch
(Source: Adapted from a c.1900 Illustration)

Grandma's easy cake recipes make the most delicious dessert cakes you can imagine. Old fashioned cakes chock full of moist flavor and goodness. If you've grown tired of eating the common store-bought variety, you're in for a real treat.

It's unlikely you've tasted anything as good as these homemade cakes lately. And, the good news is you can make them yourself from scratch thanks to these proven recipes and baking tips.

Maid Serving a Homemade Cake

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Also check out the International and Holidays categories in the Menu for additional homemade cake recipes.

Bake Dessert Cakes Like Grandma's

These dessert cakes are just what you've always dreamed of making and more — full of old fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. No cake mixes. No processed, cardboard taste. These cakes are the real deal — the same cakes my Grandma made!

You must try them and see for yourself how good they are!

Mom would often choose one of Grandma's favorite cake recipes and make a delicious cake for our supper-time treat. As a young boy, I stood beside our old kitchen stove as she carefully opened the oven door and inserted a wire cake tester into the cake to see whether it had finished baking.

Mouthwatering aroma flooded the large farm kitchen making it almost impossible to wait until mealtime. Her cakes were amazing. They were simply busting with homemade flavor.

Imagine. You can bake a cake like Grandma's that will delight your loved ones. They are easy to make from scratch. The fact is most will take only a few minutes longer to make than those made from a mix, yet the results taste so much better. Absolutely delicious!

Choose one of the vintage flavors and enjoy the unbeatable aroma of a freshly baked dessert cake. And be sure to check out the cake icing recipes found on this page too. Kids of all ages love the rich mouthwatering icing!

The History of Cakes

Slice of Orange Cream CakeTempting Slice of Orange Cream Cake c.1920s
(Source: Adapted by Don Bell)

Did you know that simple cakes were baked in the Early Ages shortly after the discovery of flour? However, these first cakes didn't resemble the fancy varieties we enjoy today; they were more like breads.

The words "bread" and "cake" were often used interchangeably in Medieval England, but confectionery cakes were thought of as flour-based sweet foods or sweetmeats, similar to what we now call fruit breads.

In essence, these flour-based sweetmeats were simply breads sweetened with sugar or honey and filled with combinations of preserved fruit, nuts, seeds, and spices. They were sometimes decorated with comfit candies or simply glazed over with sugar and white of egg.

It was around the 1650s that cakes similar to today's first appeared. Round cake molds and baking pans became quite popular, as did thick layers of sugar icing for decoration. Two centuries later, by the 1850s, Victorian cooks were using baking powder and finely refined flours.

Victorian cakes are unbeatable for their rich, light-as-a-feather texture and delicious good taste. The same goes for 20th century dessert cakes. You can't go wrong with the easy cake recipes from these eras. You can find them on this site exactly as they were written by some of the finest cooks. Enjoy.

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