Appalachian Food

Holy Smoke Cake


Granny is famous for her Holy Smoke Cake…well at least in our family she is. Granny’s been making the cake for as long as I can remember. Everyone is just crazy over it except me. It’s tasty, for sure, it’s just that I’d rather have one of the other desserts that Granny’s known for.

The Deer Hunter thinks I’m crazy for not being over the moon about Holy Smoke Cake because he is. Lucky for him Granny sometimes makes him one for his birthday. As you can see from the photo she did just that this year.


Here’s the recipe Granny uses. She found it in the back of a North Carolina Farm Bureau Magazine.


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    August 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    This has been on my list of must makes since its been posted. I used peanuts, butterscotch pudding & caramel syrup; it’s like a Payday candybar! It’s very similar to a recipe I’ve got “Cherry Berrie’s on a Cloud.’ No nuts in the crust, no pudding, but mix in mini marshmallows instead. Top w/ a mixture of cherry pie filling, sliced strawberries, & peaches.

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    Virginia Malone
    June 22, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    It looks really good. I will have to try it for sure. Thanks Granny!!!

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    Melissa P. (Misplaced Southerner)
    June 19, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I should have known better! Here I am trying to get back to my “fightin’ weight,” and you put this incredible-sounding dessert on here. Then… all your amazing readers put their spins on it. Final straw was my brain popping up with, “Oooo I’ll just bet this would be terrific with banana pudding and sliced bananas!” Sigh

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    June 19, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Oh, my! Definitely pinning this one for future use, hopefully! It looks amazing. I was just thinking how good it would taste with chocolate pudding, too. Thank you so much for sharing! By the way, I included a song by Pap and Paul on my latest Homespun Devotions blog post, in case you’d like to see. 🙂 God bless you all!

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    Jane W Bolden
    June 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I make this using instant chocolate pudding. It’s called Chocolate Delight. So good especially when it’s really, really cold! Keep it in the refrigerator all day if you can before serving.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    June 18, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    My grandmother used to make a similar dessert she called “Five Layer Delight”. She included a chocolate pudding layer along with the butterscotch pudding layer. The two pudding layers, the cream cheese layer, the whipped cream layer, and the cookie crust layer made five layers. It was really, really good. She also sprinkled chopped pecans on the top. We often took this to reunions and homecomings in the summer. It was a little difficult to keep cold but it was so refreshing on a hot summer day.

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    Lee Mears
    June 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Thats sweet of Granny to make Matt’s favorite.. I’ve made this forever too but with chocolate pudding. I never knew the name of it.! This is a great crust because I don’t like graham cracker crust. Cream Cheese makes everything taste better..

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    Bob Jones
    June 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    All I can say is “you lucky Birthday Boy” to get such a treat on your birthday!! And also a very Happy Birthday !! (by the way, I have copied down the recipe as Bob say the pic and said YUM<YUM)

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    Ken Roper
    June 18, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I bet Granny’s Holy Smoke Cake tastes good, although I can’t chew the Pecans anymore. I’d have to put strawberries or something else in the mix. Anything Granny fixes looks so good. …Ken

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    Dee Parks
    June 18, 2018 at 11:48 am

    It looks delicious and since I love butter pecan ice cream I am sure I would love this. I wondered where they got that name until I read TMC’s comment – lol – now that makes sense. I will certainly try that recipe out.

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    June 18, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I think I’ll try this out on ole Adam this weekend!

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    June 18, 2018 at 8:51 am

    It’s just too hot to have the oven on, even for 15 minutes to bake the crust. I do want to try this recipe as soon as we get the 100 plus heat index out of here. Several years ago my boss and his wife owned a restaurant that served a similar cake. They used strawberries and drizzled strawberry jam on top. She sold out of the dessert more than once.

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      June 18, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      I could just sit it out on the hood of my black pickup. It might take a little longer than 15 minutes but I think it would work. I made some beef jerky like that one time and it worked. And no Tipper it wasn’t what you tried.

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    Gayle Larson
    June 18, 2018 at 8:48 am

    After reading the posts on this I have a lot of choices. They all sound great. I am inclined to favor lemon but will try butter pecan.

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    June 18, 2018 at 7:23 am

    I make this using lemon flavored instant pudding and call it Lemon Lush. But got to try the Butter Pecan flavor as sounds so good. Thanks for posting.

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      Eldonna Ashley
      July 24, 2019 at 1:30 am

      Yes, it is great with lemon. That is probably my favorite.

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    June 18, 2018 at 7:00 am

    I’m definitely going to try the recipe! I’ll have to use almonds, since a dear friend of mine is allergic to pecans. Otherwise it sounds delicious. I may try cheesecake pudding mix.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 18, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Tip, I think it’s the cream cheese that makes the Deer Hunter like it so much, well, and the nuts and pudding! I think it’s pretty good too. Granny can make some grand deserts!

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    Eldonna Ashley
    June 18, 2018 at 6:52 am

    I pretty much agree with the Deer Hunter, this is good stuff. We call this Lucky If There Is Any Left, it is a hit at pot luck suppers at church. Other names I have heard it called are Butter Pecan Lush or Butter Pecan Lasagna. That said, The name varies according to the type of pudding used — Lemon Lush, Chocolate Lasagna, etc.
    My favorite flavor is lemon, made with a cooked clear lemon pudding that does not have milk. Homemade butterscotch pudding is also great for this. I have used instant pistachio pudding as well, the nice green color is good around St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas, it also tastes great. Our sons like it when made with instant chocolate pudding. I have seen Oreo cookies used in the crust when chocolate pudding is used. I like the flour crust so I haven’t trued the Oreo crust.

    I bet strawberry pudding would be good and even adding fresh berries on top would work.

    Sadly, I don’t make this much now. With only hubs and me at home it is not good to have this wonderful stuff around, we would just eat it.

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    June 18, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Wow, looking at the ingredients I can see how it got it’s name, Holy Smoke that’s rich.

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