Black-Eyed Susan for #SundaySupper

Black-eyed Susan slice
Black-Eyed Susan is one of my favorite flowers, It turns out, its also one of my favorite cakes.
This cake was my Mom’s go-to cake. Its chocolate and orange flavor combination was always a hit. Now keep in mind, Black-Eyed Susan Cake, also known as Brown-Eyed Susan Cake was popular 40 years ago. Cakes back then tended to be drier than today’s offerings. If you are looking for a moist, fudge-like cake I can get you the recipe here .

Today the day is all about Mom!

A Mother can be your best friend, strict teacher and loving parent, all rolled into one. This is how it was for me. My Mom was my greatest supporter and protector. At times she may have overdone the protecting part. Thanks Mom! Love and miss ya!

For our Mother’s Day Sunday Supper we’re showcasing Mom; her cooking, favorite dinners, stories, tips and techniques. Thank you Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake for hosting this awesome event!

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Black-Eyed Susan whole cake

Whimsical watercolor Black-Eyed Susans!

Black-Eyed Susan Cake unfrosted

Black-Eyed Susan Cake
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Cook time
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base batter
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1¾ cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  1. Grease and flour 2 8-inch cake pans
  2. Cream together, butter and sugar. Add eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt
  4. Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk until both are incorporated.
  5. Divide batter into 2 bowls.
  6. Add 1½ squares melted chocolate, ⅛ teaspoon baking soda, 1 Tablespoon milk
  7. Add 2 Tablespoons orange juice, 1 Tablespoon orange zest and 1 teaspoon orange extract
  8. Alternate dropping spoonfuls of chocolate and orange batter into prepared pans as evenly as possible. Lightly tap pan on the counter to level. This will keep the flavors from blending.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until cake tests done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Frost and decorate as desired.

Enjoy all these great Mother’s Day Tribute recipes from the Sunday Supper Group!
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65 Responses to Black-Eyed Susan for #SundaySupper

  1. Liz says:

    What a gorgeous cake to honor your sweet mom!!! It just looks like spring…so perfect for the day!
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  2. Manu says:

    What a beautiful cake Cindy! I love the flavour combination: chocolate + orange = to yummmmmm!
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  10. ADORE your cake, especially the way you decorated it. Just lovely.
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  12. Your cake is so gorgeous!! Perfect for Mother’s Day! Speaking of, Happy Mother’s Day to you!!
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  19. Nichole C says:

    What a sweet post (and recipe!) to honor your mom!
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  20. I absolutely love your black eyed Susan cake. It’s stunning and a perfect way to celebrate Spring and Mother’s Day.
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  21. This so pretty! I love it!!! Happy Mother’s Day!
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  24. Shannon R says:

    What a cool cake. I’ve never heard of a black eyed Susan cake, looks awesome though.
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  26. Bea says:

    This sounds like the perfect cake anytime of year :)
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  27. I’ve never heard of a black-eyed Susan cake before, but I have eaten marble cake which is like this with the white and dark batters. Very yummy! Yours is very pretty with the flower decorations.
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  28. Soni says:

    Gorgeous looking cake and I love the color! So spring, so pretty!! Happy Mother’s Day Cindy :)
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  30. Tara says:

    This looks so delicious Cindy, I love it. I need to make cakes more often!!

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  33. Sarah says:

    How neat! This is definitely something my mom would love
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  34. MealDiva says:

    Just beautiful and perfect for a fun Mother’s Day celebration!
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  35. Shaina says:

    What a pretty cake! This is perfect for spring, and I’m sure every mother would love it!
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  36. oh my goodness. . gorgeous gorgeous cake! I love it!! Happy Mother’s Day!
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  37. What a gorgeous cake! Perfect for Mother’s Day!
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  39. Cathy says:

    Oh my goodness — the icing painting of the black eye susans is just wonderful
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  41. This cake is beautiful and it sounds delicious! I wonder if my mom would like to split it with me…

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  44. Cindy, this looks so delicious. What a beautiful dessert for Sunday Supper. Pinned/shared.
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  45. Michelle says:

    Cindy, this is a beautiful cake, and it is even better that the flavor matches the decorations. I love the chocolate orange combination!
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