Can You Name These Classic Southern Desserts?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

Can You Name These Classic Southern Desserts?
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Leave room for dessert! Just the sight of these rich, sweet treats is enough to make anyone's mouth water!

Southern dishes run the gamut from simple and homey to over-the-top and fanciful. Many of the dishes can be traced back to the early European settlers, but there are those which are completely Southern creations. What they all have in common, however, are ingredients which can be found in abundance in the region - berries, nuts and citrus, for example.

Pecans, whether whole or chopped, make an appearance in many Southern desserts. Apart from being included in the batter, they are,more often than not also used to generously adorn the top of the completed dish. There is a swoon-worthy selection of pecan desserts among the delectable offerings in this quiz. Get cracking and see which ones you can identify!

If you are from Dixieland or just love the unmistakable flair of Southern cooking, then you are probably familiar with many of these scrumptious desserts. To ace this quiz, however, you have to know their names as well as your taste buds know their flavors. Check out the quiz and see how you do!

chocolate chip cookies What are these all-time favorite treats called?
lemon cookies
sweet potato pie
chocolate chip cookies
The chocolate chip cookie was invented in New England - Whitman, Massachusetts (1938), to be exact. It has become a Southern favorite over the years with special twists, such as baked pecans, added to give the cookies a more local flair.
blackberry cobbler

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red velvet cake What is the name of this “smooth” layer cake?
carrot cake
red velvet cake
Red velvet cakes most often (and traditionally) get their red color from food coloring, but beets can also be used to give the cake its namesake color and a little extra body. Love of the red velvet cake has spawned variations such as red velvet pancakes, cupcakes, cookies and ice cream.
Coca-Cola cake
pralines

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coconut layer cake Can you name this dish with many levels?
tarte à la bouillie
coconut layer cake
Southern cuisine contains a variety of layered dessert treats. Among them is the coconut layer cake, which is typically made with coconut in the cake, the filling, and the frosting. Some recipes go a step further by topping the frosting with coconut flakes.
snow cone
strawberry shortcake

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lemon icebox pie Which traditionally no-bake classic Southern dessert is shown here?
pecan tassies
German apple cake
lemon icebox pie
The lemon icebox pie is one of the easiest (and tastiest) Southern desserts to make. The crust is typically made out of graham crackers, but store-bought crust works just as well for some home cooks. The flavor and consistency of the lemon icebox pie is similar to that of the Key lime pie.
bread pudding

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banana pudding Which classic Southern dessert is shown in this photo?
banana pudding
Banana pudding did not become a part of Southern cuisine until the latter half the 1800s. That’s when bananas became readily available and affordable in the region, thanks to large imports from the Caribbean.
pecan cobbler
chocolate pudding
blackberry ice cream

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peach ice cream Can you name the frozen treat shown in this photo?
chocolate pudding
chocolate cake
strawberry shortcake
peach ice cream
Both South Carolina and Georgia are among the top peach-producing states in the US. Peach ice cream is a longtime Southern favorite especially on hot summer days. The treat is popular all over the country, as well, with National Peach Ice Cream Day being celebrated on July 17 each year.

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pecan sandies Do you know what these tasty nut cookies are called?
chess pie
pecan sandies
The name sandie refers to a wide variety of sugar or shortbread cookies which can be plain, flavored or contain different nuts such as almonds and cashews. Pecan is such a popular addition, however, that these melt-in-your-mouth cookies usually get called pecan sandies all the time!
lemon meringue pie
key lime pie

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blackberry ice cream What is the name of the frozen treat shown here?
German apple cake
blackberry ice cream
Fresh blackberries (or any fruit, for that matter) make a good base for delicious homemade ice cream. Many ice cream recipes have a very short ingredients list, and there are plenty of no-churn methods which take all of the hassle out of ice cream making.
fried hand pies
sweet potato pie

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tarte à la bouillie What is the name of this classic Cajun dessert?
tarte à la bouillie
The tarte à la bouillie first appears in Louisiana as a Cajun dessert. It is said to have been created as a way to make use of excess eggs and milk.
Lane cake
coconut layer cake
pound cake

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pecan pie Can you name this nut-filled Southern dessert?
peach ice cream
Hello Dolly bars
red velvet cake
pecan pie
The pecan pie is regarded as one of the genuinely Southern dessert creations. With an abundance of pecans in the region, the pecan pie is traditionally made with pecans added to the filling, as well as decorating the top of the pie. The pecan pie is often served as dessert at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

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carrot cake Can you identify this dessert made with a crunchy orange vegetable?
carrot cake
Carrot cake is quite often prepared as a decadent layered cake with frosting between the layers and around the entire cake. Apart from freshly grated carrots, other add-ins include pineapple, chopped almonds, various spices and of course, chopped pecans!
peach cobbler
divinity
banana pudding

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bread pudding Which dessert made with leftovers is shown here?
bread pudding
Bread pudding is, by no means, a creation of the Southern states. It is, however, one of the favorite desserts throughout the region. Bread pudding is believed to have originated in 11th century Europe, out of the practical need to make use of stale bread.
date and nut chews
coffee cake
pecan pie

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shoofly pie What is the molasses-based dessert shown here called?
shoofly pie
The shoofly pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch original which, according to some sources, dates back to the colonial era. Its unusual name is often attributed to bakers having to shoo away the flies which were drawn to the sticky, sweet molasses it contained.
lemon cookies
blackberry cobbler
buttermilk pie

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Chocolate Cake Can you name this delightfully decadent dessert?
red velvet cake
buttermilk pie
Hello Dolly bars
chocolate cake
When it’s time for dessert, there is a wide range of scrumptious chocolate cakes to choose from. Popular ones include red velvet cake, Devil’s food cake and black forest cake but many families have their own prized chocolate cake recipe to whip up whenever the occasion arises.

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lemon cookies Can you identify these citrus-flavored treats?
lemon icebox pie
divinity
shoofly pie
lemon cookies
Lemon flavor is common among many of the traditional desserts in the Southern states. Lemon cookies are often prepared with both freshly squeezed lemon juice and freshly grated lemon zest.

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sweet potato pie What is the name of this classic Southern dessert?
pecan sandies
chocolate chip cookies
sweet potato pie
The sweet potato pie is often noted as being a creation of African-American slaves. In fact, Abby Fisher, a former slave, is credited with the very first published sweet potato pie recipe.
Coca-Cola cake

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Pecan tassies What are these small, cup-shaped desserts called?
pecan tassies
Pecan tassies are often likened to miniature pecan pies and are believed to have originated New Orleans. The name “tassie” ultimately comes from the French word “tasse” which means cup. Pecan tassies are popular during the Christmas season.
pecan cobbler
Mississippi mud brownies
coconut layer cake

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fried hand pies Do you know what these crusty and filled treats are called?
red velvet cake
chocolate chip cookies
fried hand pies
Fried pies, hand pies or fried hand pies are typically stuffed with sweet fruity fillings such as lemon, blueberry and cherry. They are easy to prepare and are often used as additions to a picnic basket.
preacher’s cake

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Mississippi mud brownies Can you identify the gooey treats shown here?
fried hand pies
coffee cake
lemon cookies
Mississippi mud brownies
While it is not clear when Mississippi mud brownies were actually invented, what is certain is that they are loaded with chocolate and gooey marshmallows – hence the “mud” in the name. The same is true for the equally popular Mississippi mud cake and Mississippi mud pie.

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key lime pie Can you name this pie which originated in Florida?
strawberry shortcake
Key lime pie
The Key lime pie gets its name from limes grown on the Florida Keys, where the recipe was created. The limes are also responsible for the pie’s tartness, which is balanced out by the recipe’s condensed milk. It is the egg yolks, however, which give the Key lime pie its characteristic pale yellow color.
Mississippi mud brownies
blackberry cobbler

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hummingbird cake Do you know this dessert’s “fowl” name?
lane cake
hummingbird cake
The hummingbird cake originated in Jamaica. It bears the name of that country’s national bird and includes both bananas and pineapples, which are abundant in that island country. The recipe was first published in the US in 1978 when a North Carolina resident submitted it to Southern Living magazine.
shoofly pie
pralines

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coffee cake Do you what this dessert named for a brewed drink is called?
peach ice cream
pecan sandies
coffee cake
Coffee cake may be an all-time favorite in the Southern states but the original recipe is said to come from Germany. It is called coffee cake whether or not it is flavored with coffee, since the coffee cake is meant to be served with coffee, either way.
red velvet cake

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Coca-Cola cake Do you know the name of this soda-inspired creation?
banana pudding
Coca-Cola cake
The first published recipe for the Coca-Cola cake can be found in a 1952 newspaper article from Charleston, West Virginia. This sweet and gooey cake’s ingredients list contains both marshmallows and chocolate and as a result it is often called a Coca-Cola chocolate cake or a chocolate Cola cake.
shoofly pie
bananas foster

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pecan cobbler Which nutty dessert treat is shown in this image?
Hello Dolly bars
hummingbird cake
German apple cake
pecan cobbler
The popularity of pecan-based dishes in the Southern states may be due to the fact that pecans grow naturally and plentifully in the Southern states. In fact, Georgia, New Mexico and Texas rank highest in the US in terms of pecan production.

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strawberry shortcake Can you identify this dessert named for the red fruit it contains?
buttermilk pie
banana pudding
lemon icebox pie
strawberry shortcake
Strawberries and shortcake have been a part of European cuisine for centuries, with the strawberry shortcake coming along some time in the 1500s. The classic Southern strawberry shortcake is formed on a pie crust.

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lemon meringue pie Do you know the fruity name of the pie shown here?
lemon meringue pie
The lemon meringue pie may be particularly popular in the Southern states, but it also well-loved across the rest of the US. So much so, in fact, that Aug. 15 is celebrated as National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.
chocolate cake
chocolate pudding
lemon icebox pie

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blackberry cobbler Do you know this dessert which also goes by the name pandowdy?
blackberry cobbler
Most cobblers are essentially deep-dish, thick-crust pies with a fruit filling. While the filling can be made of mixed fruits, in the Southern states, cobblers are often single-fruit creations. Recipes for cobblers vary slightly by region, with local names including crow’s nest pudding, bird’s nest pudding, pandowdy, buckles, crisp, croustade, grunt and slump.
sweet potato pie
bread pudding
preacher’s cake

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preachers cake Do you know what this easy-to-whip-up dessert is called?
preacher’s cake
According to folklore, preacher’s cake gets its name from being easy to prepare, which makes it the ideal dessert to whip up for (and impress) unexpected company – like the local preacher. Spices, pineapple and coconut are the most popular flavors added to preacher’s cake.
peach ice cream
chocolate chip cookies
blackberry ice cream

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Lane Cake Which cake known for its high liquor content is shown here?
date and nut chews
Lane cake
Emma Rylander Lane of Clayton, Alabama created this bourbon-laced cake sometime before 1898 and originally named it prize cake after it won her first prize in a Columbus, Georgia county fair. Lane cake gained national attention after it and its high alcohol content were mentioned in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."
lemon meringue pie
bananas foster

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pound cake Which dessert, named for the amount of each ingredient, is this?
Key lime pie
chess pie
bread pudding
pound cake
Flour, butter, sugar and eggs are the four basic ingredients in this cake. This means the added flavors, such as lemon and almond, are what sets one person’s pound cake apart from the rest. A pound cake is traditionally baked in a loaf tin or a Bundt pan.

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bananas foster Can you name this elegant New Orleans creation?
bananas Foster
Bananas Foster may just be one of the most exciting desserts to serve. It contains banana liqueur which can be ignited (flambé-style) just before serving. The bananas Foster dessert is a New Orleans original and is quite popular in that region.
pecan sandies
German apple cake
Lane cake

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chocolate pudding Which cocoa-derived dessert is shown in this image?
peach cobbler
chocolate pudding
Its custard-like consistency makes chocolate pudding a very versatile dessert item. It can be served on its own or used as filling for a variety of dishes. National Chocolate Pudding Day is celebrated annually in the US on June 26.
tarte à la bouillie
lemon meringue pie

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peach cobbler Do you know what this traditional Southern dessert is?
lemon icebox pie
bananas foster
carrot cake
peach cobbler
Early British settlers in the Americas are said to have created the cobbler in what is perhaps a classic case of “Necessity is the mother of invention.” They lacked the right ingredients to make the type of pudding they did back home, and when they made it with the ingredients which were available, the cobbler was born!

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buttermilk pie Can you name this popular Thanksgiving dessert from Texas?
buttermilk pie
It is quite common for people to confuse a buttermilk pie for a chess pie. There are two main differences, however, in their ingredients. The chess pie has cornmeal and the buttermilk pie has buttermilk.
hummingbird cake
coffee cake
lemon cookies

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Date and nut chews Which sticky dessert is shown in this photo?
banana pudding
pound cake
date and nut chews
The “nut” in these chewy chews is often pecan but other nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, can be used as well. Date and nut chews are sometimes simply referred to as date-nut chews.
Coca-Cola cake

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Divinity Which dessert, named for its heavenly taste, is shown in this image?
peach cobbler
preacher’s cake
divinity
The divinity candy is also known as divinity fudge. Thanks to its widespread popularity in the Southern states and the regular practice of adding pecan halves to the recipe, the treat also goes by the name Southern candy.
coconut layer cake

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pralines Which creamy, nutty confection is shown in this image?
pecan cobbler
pecan tassies
Mississippi mud brownies
pralines
The praline was originally created in Europe and made its way to the New World in the 1700s. The Southern version of the praline, with pecans instead of almonds and with cream added to the mix, was concocted in New Orleans after the praline was introduced by the French.

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Chess Pie Do you know the “gamey” name of this pie?
chocolate cake
key lime pie
chess pie
One theory about the origin of the name chess pie is that it comes from the response “It’s just pie” which, in some Southern accents, sounds more like “It’s jes’ pie.” The cornmeal in chess pie’s recipe helps to differentiate it from buttermilk pie.
pound cake

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German apple cake Do you know the name of this fruity cake?
carrot cake
German apple cake
Just as its name suggests, the German apple cake originated in Germany. Southern recipes usually call for the addition of pecans, perhaps because that ingredient is quite common throughout the region.
chess pie
fried hand pies

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Hello Dolly bars Which dessert, also known as seven layer cookies, is shown here?
Hello Dolly bars
Hello Dolly bars, seven layer cookies and magic bars are the names usually used to refer to these Southern treats. They are typically made with a graham cracker base and an assortment of toppings. Popular toppings include shredded coconut, chocolate or butterscotch chips, chopped pecans or walnuts.
date and nut chews
tarte à la bouillie
pecan pie

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