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14 Vintage Cake Recipes That Grandma Would Love

Take a trip back in time with these retro cake recipes.

Updated December 10, 2018
Vintage Cake Recipes

Sometimes (okay, most of the time) Grandma knows best. And we definitely want her advice when it comes to dessert!

These amazing vintage cake recipes will take you on a trip down memory lane.

From simple and sweet strawberry shortcake, to rich and decadent German chocolate cake, these desserts will "wow" just about everyone.

You might think that vintage cake recipes are all made from scratch, but we're happy to say that's not the case. Grandma knew the value of a quick dessert, and many of these cakes are made using cake mix and other short cuts. But don't worry, we've also featured some cake recipes that are made from scratch. After all, we love spending a cozy afternoon in the kitchen baking up a storm.

No matter what type of vintage dessert you prefer, we're sure you'll find something to love in this list. Enjoy!

Vintage Oatmeal Cake

Light, fluffy, and smothered in gooey icing, this Vintage Oatmeal Cake begs for a cup of coffee and a cozy afternon chat. This old fashioned cake reminds us that desserts don't need chocolate to taste completely indulgent. And that calories don't count when you eat dessert at Grandma's house.

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Vintage Oatmeal Cake

1940s Lazy Daisy Cake

Take a trip down memory lane with this sweet lazy daisy cake! This no-fuss, all-flavor dessert reminds us of something that Grandma used to make. The texture of the cake is delicate, and it perfectly complements the crackly sugar coconut topping of this classic dessert.

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1940s Lazy Daisy Cake

Southern Vintage Pecan Cake

Your search for the perfect elegant vintage cake recipe ends here. We can't quite believe how pretty this cake looks, but we do know that it's not quite too pretty to eat. Of course, that's because the cake tastes so delicious. Layers of sweet yellow cake mingle with chopped pecans and a blanket of sugary white frosting. This cake will disappear fast.

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Southern Vintage Pecan Cake

Magic Tomato Soup Cupcakes

The younger generation might not know how versatile ingredients like tomato soup can really be. Well, it plays a staring role in this retro cupcake recipe. And the results are delicious! Sweet and spiced flavors abound in these cupcakes, and the dollop of gooey marshmallow frosting certainly doesn't hurt either.

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Magic Tomato Soup Cupcakes

Easy Strawberry Shortcake

This classic strawberry shortcake recipe proves that sometimes simple recipes are the best. Sweet, crisp shortcake sandwiches a cloud of whipped topping. Juicy strawberries provide the perfect blend of sweet-and-tart fruity flavor, and the whole combination becomes a tradition. Try our version today!

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Classic Tandy Cake

Peanut butter lovers will go crazy for this vintage cake recipe. Classic vanilla cake gets dressed up with layers of sweet peanut butter and dark chocolate frosting. Pair with a glass of cold milk or piping hot tea, and just assume that everyone will want a second serving.

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Classic Tandy Cake

Grandma's Magic Cake Recipe

Do you believe in magic? You will after you bake this vintage magic cake recipe! We call this recipe magic cake because of how the layers miraculously separate during baking. Creamy custard, light fluffy cake, and a crisp topping all magically appear out of one cake batter! Make this fun cake recipe this week and see for yourself.

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Grandma's Magic Cake Recipe

Jumpin' Jimmy Coffee Cake

This one is for all the people who wish that coffee cake actually had coffee in it. This energizing dessert bursts with espresso and chocolate flavor, and a luscious coffee glaze adds the finishing touch. We recommend serving this vintage coffee cake with cup of (you guessed it) coffee, but it would also taste swell with a glass of ice cold milk.

Jumpin' Jimmy Coffee Cake

Shirley Temple Poke Cake

This twist on 7-Up pound cake has us so excited that we might start tap dancing. This yummy pound cake recipe gains extra sweet cherry flavor, and a luxurious cherry glaze. The whole thing is reminiscent of the classic Shirley Temple beverage, and we've never been happier to have a drink transformed into a cake recipe (although this hot chocolate cake is pretty delicious).

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Shirley Temple Poke Cake

German Chocolate Cake

Did you know that German chocolate cake isn't actually German? German refers to Sam German, a man who invented a type of sweet baking chocolate that was eventually used in the first ever German chocolate cake recipe.

We'll let you in on another little secret. The trivia is fun, but it's not as fun as chowing down on a big slice of this amazing chocolate cake.

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German Chocolate Cake

Mary Todd Lincoln Cake

This elegant cake recipe is made completely from scratch, so you can impress all of your friends and family with your baking skills. Light and fluffy, the finished cake practically melts in your mouth. Complete with rich flavors of almond and vanilla, this cake is a true vintage classic.

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Mary Todd Lincoln Cake

Mom's Triple Layer Carrot Cake

Grandma might be everyone's favorite baker, but Mom definitely knows a thing or two. This classic carrot cake brims with sweet fruit and nut flavor, and it is slathered with a layer of homemade cream cheese frosting. This is one cake recipe that we'll definitely be saving to our recipe box.

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Mom's Triple Layer Carrot Cake

Lady Baltimore Cake

This elegant vintage cake exudes Southern Charm. Lady Baltimore cake is a fluffy white cake that's filled with brandy-soaked dried fruit. Piled high with sweet frosting, this classic cake deserves a place at your next party!

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Lady Baltimore Cake

Butter Pecan Cake

Sweet, buttery, and slathered with creamy frosting, this Butter Pecan Cake is one dessert that never goes out of style! Fluffy yellow cake gets loads of flavor from chopped pecans and buttercream frosting. Serve with a cup of coffee, and your friends will "ooh" and "aah" over this delicious snack.

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Butter Pecan Cake

What's your favorite vintage cake recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

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