What is better than

a homemade chocolate cake?

The smell warms up the kitchen as

I wait for it to bake.


There’s Lemon Cake and Yellow Cake

and Angel Food Cake, too,

Apple Cake and Walnut Cake,

Or cakes made with berries, blue,


There’s Spice Cake and there’s Fruitcake

(At least a hundred different kinds),

Banana Cake or Pumpkin Cake,

Both favorite ones of mine.


And up-side-down cake, fun to make,

Pineapple is the best,

There’s Cherry Cake and Cracker Cake,

They all will pass the test!


There’s Marble Cake and Devil’s food,

Red Velvet Cake and Prune,

Cakes you’ll want to take out and eat

the batter with a spoon;


There’s Wacky Cake and Mayonnaise Cake

And War Cake, so I’ve heard,

There even is a special cake

Named for a Hummingbird!


There’s Coconut Cake and Rhubarb Cake,

Cakes made with buttermilk,

Cakes you make with applesauce,

and frostings light as silk,


There’s Coffee Cake and Ice Box Cake

And Cheese Cake rich and creamy,

There’s Bundt Cake and there’s Whiskey Cake,

And Egg Nog Cake that’s dreamy!


There’s Orange Cake and there’s Sponge cake

There’s Praline Cake and Streusel,

(With a perfect crumb crust,

You’ll find is really crucial!)


There’s Wine Cakes and there’s beer cakes,

And there’s cakes you make with rum,

There’s cakes you make for company,

Or cakes you make for fun.


There’s Wedding cake and Groom Cake,

And cakes made with lots of honey,

There’s Red Beet cake and there’s Pork Cake,

Ingredients you will find are funny!


There’s Almond cake and fudge Cake

And cake made with persimmons,

Dried Apple Cake and BEAN cake

but all of them are winners!


There’s Blitz Torte and there’s Dobos Torte,

the kind my Grandma baked,

There’s Lane cake and there’s Jam Cake

and a Kraut cake fun to make!


There’s Orange Slice cake and Poppy Seed,

And Poor Man’s Cake and Pound,

but when my mama baked my birthday cake,

it was the best around!


Sandra Lee Smith

Originally posted June 3, 2010

Updated September 2,  2018




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