The way society is heading these days, I desperately need a little comforting. These desserts remind me of simpler times. I realize that things were just as crazy when I was growing up, but I was a kid. Mother and Dad were my world. They got to do all the worrying. My job was playing and going to school. Food has long been known to invoke memories of days gone by just like these recipes do for me.
01 of 06
Back in the day, there wasn't woman worth her salt that couldn't make the perfect pound cake. Pound cakes are named for the amount of ingredients that are put into the recipe, a pound of this and a pound of that.
Lil's Pound Cake
Brown Sugar Pound Cake
Dump Pound Cake
Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
Spicy Pumpkin Pound Cake
02 of 06
On many a night we would have JELL-O with whipped cream on it. Sometimes the gelatin would have fruit cocktail or a sliced banana in it. Of course those were just the basic recipes.Gelatin was used in tons of different recipes.
Royal Crown Jewel Pie, pictured
Swimming Pool Cake
03 of 06
I've been watching The Astronaut Wives Club, which takes place during the height of the space program. President Lyndon B. Johnson was the man responsible for NASA moving to Houston. The show has done a good job of showing what life was like back in the 60's. This cake would been exactly what they would have served at one of their parties.
Lady Bird Johnson's Famous Lemon Cake
04 of 06
This is one of those cakes that definitely would have been served back in the day. Invite a few friends over, perk up some coffee and serve a slice of this cake. Mother was always hosting coffee kaffeeklatsches at our house.
Sock-It-To-Me CakeContinue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06
They just don't make holiday cakes like they used to back in the day. My mother, a life-long Southerner, wanted all things Southern. Lane Cake was the ultimate in Christmas cakes in the south. I don't know of anyone these days that make such a cake. Southern Lane Cake
06 of 06
I'm probably the only one who frosts their caramel cake with whipped cream. Everyone else is satisfied with just the homemade caramel. Either way Caramel Cake is very satisfying.
Caramel Cake Frosted with Whipped Cream