Granny’s Syrup Cake

Cakes & Cupcakes, Southern Desserts
This old fashioned syrup cake is easy to make, super simple, and a great comfort food. Granny's recipe is one passed down you'll love making.

This old fashioned syrup cake is easy to make, super simple, and a great comfort food. Granny’s recipe is one passed down you’ll love making.


This cake just sounds Southern!

Syrup is a staple in the south used with pancakes, biscuits, waffles, and oatmeal. My children have even been known to put it in their morning cereal.

It conjures up images of family around the table sharing a meal, their lives, and laughter…making memories.

This particular cake recipe comes from an extended family member known to everyone as “Granny”. She was a wonderful, down home cook that loved to bake and share meals with those she loved. She passed her recipes down to her grandchildren and they to their children.

There is just something special about preparing something inspired by those who have gone before us. It’s like family history in a tasty bite!

If you like southern desserts, try our bread pudding as well.

syrup cake with powdered sugar on top made in cast iron skillet

This syrup cake is a great comfort food

This cake is simple but tasty and makes me think of a warm fire on a cold night. I can see myself wrapping up in a soft blanket sitting in my comfy chair with a sampling of this cake.

It is the picture of contentment and relaxation…characteristics of any true comfort food!

Substitutions for cane syrup

If you don’t have cane syrup on hand, you can choose from other options. Just do your homework so that you use correct amounts of the substituted item, since it may not have the same sugar content or texture.

  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup-When replacing cane sugar in a recipe with maple syrup, take into consideration that maple syrup is a liquid and cane sugar is a solid. Cane sugar is also sweeter than maple syrup.
  • Molasses
  • Corn Syrup
a fork holding a piece of syrup cake with cream on top

Options for decorating the top of the cake

While the beauty of this cake is in its simplicity, you can “dress” it up for a special occasion by adding powdered sugar on top or even a dollop of whipped cream.

You could also decorate with seasonal fruit or edible flowers. Whatever you do, this recipe is a “piece of cake” to prepare and enjoy!

piece of syrup cake with confectioners sugar on top

Ingredients for the syrup cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cane syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • a large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
ingredients for the syrup cake on a wooden table

How to make this cake for yourself!

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl beat together oil, egg, and sugar. Combine until smooth. Next add syrup, buttermilk, flour, soda, and salt.

Mix ingredients together until well blended. Pour into a greased iron skillet and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean! If your oven bakes “hot” you might decrease the cooking time.

Other desserts we love around here:

Syrup Cake

This old fashioned syrup cake is easy to make, super simple, and a great comfort food. Granny's recipe is one passed down you'll love making.
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Rachel Norman

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cane syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together oil, egg, and sugar.
  • Add syrup, buttermilk, flour, soda, and salt.
  • Mix together until well blended.
  • Pour into greased iron skillet and bake for 45 to 55 minutes.

Notes

Note: If your oven cooks “hot”, you might need to decrease cooking time. 

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg

This recipe was first published in Cancer Freeze: Cookin’ For A Cure. Printed with permission.

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