The Picnic Cake

When we are planning desserts for a picnic with family or friends, someone always ask who is bringing The Picnic Cake. The Picnic Cake has been around since I can remember, ( that is a very long time). We all love making this cake because it is so versatile, it can go in the back of the boat for a day long fishing trip or it can sit on a nice dessert table for a patriotic celebration.  This cake can be anything you want it to be, its just one of those great classics that our family and friends love.

The Picnic Cake

The Picnic Cake
Miz Helen's Kitchen
2 cups all- purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup butter
1 cup water
In a medium mixing bowl mix together the eggs and sour cream until smooth
In a large mixing bowl mix together, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
Add the egg and sour cream mixture and beat the mixture into the flour mixture
In a small saucepan add the butter and water and bring to a boil
Add the hot butter and water to the flour and egg mixture and whisk until smooth
Add the Vanilla Extract and mix well until comply blended
The batter will be very thin
Pour into a greased and floured 15X10 by 1inch baking sheet
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes
Let cool before frosting
1 8 ounce block cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 to 6 cups powdered sugar
In a medium size bowl, cream the cream cheese, butter, shortening until smooth.
Add the Vanilla extract
Slowly add the powdered sugar until you get the consistency needed for the frosting 
Garnish with your choice of fruit and don't forget the ice cream, enjoy!

This Is A Very Simple Cake To Mix

Frosted Ready For Garnish

A Red White and Blue Look With Strawberries and Blueberries

Garnish With Strawberries

Which One Will You Choose?



If you are planning a special theme picnic or just a small gathering for family and friends, this is a great cake to enjoy. I am so happy that you were able to stop by today and spend some time with us, cake is always better with a friend!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. Miz Helen, this little cake is so pretty! looks very yummy too. pinning. Have a great week. See you soon:)

  2. What a lovely cake!!
    I know it's delicious, but I also love the patriotic theme :)

  3. This is such a pretty cake, Miz Helen! Perfect for picnic--pinned!

  4. This sounds great! Love the red, white and blue:@)

  5. I just love your picnic cake. I might just have to steal the idea and make it for this weekend.
    It looks just as pretty cut into a square. Great photos

  6. This is just so fun! What a wonderful way to decorate! Thanks for the beautiful recipe!

  7. Looks so good. I love that families still have those special must have dishes! Linda

  8. Oh how yummy and gorgeous. Perfect for celebrating anytime, but especially patriotic holidays. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

  9. Looks fantastic! Love that you can make it fit any holiday theme and especially love the fresh fruit on top. Thanks for sharing on Saturday Dishes.

  10. This looks easy and fun to make. I will be pinning this! Thanks for linking up to Saturday Dishes!

  11. Looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Thanks for sharing with us tonight at MM! Perfect for the holidays this month and July! Pinned!

  13. What a pretty cake, I pinned it for the 4th of July. Thanks for sharing at Treasure Box Tuesday.

  14. Miz Helen, I would come to the picnic just for this cake :-) It looks so delicious :-) Stopping by from share your stuff Tuesdays!
    Cathy @ three kids and a fish

  15. What a delicious looking cake. Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Supper Tues.

  16. O my goodness, this looks AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing with everyone, I might have to try this out for 4th of July :)

  17. I love this! Looks so pretty - pinning to make for 4th of July. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thank yo for sharing, Miz Helen!

  19. My birthday is on the 4th of July .... I may need to make this my birthday cake this year!! :)

  20. Beautiful job on your cake, Miz Helen! Congrats - you've been featured at this week's Inspire Me Monday party at Create With Joy! :-)

  21. Your picnic cake sounds delicious, Miz Helen, lovely and moist with the sour cream. I like how portable it is and you've decorated it so beautifully too. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  22. Beautiful cake Love it, Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

    1. I am highlighting this cake today's blog hop.

  23. I made this cake today for the 4th of July, it looked so pretty. When it came time to eat it I have to say it was awful, we just threw out the whole cake but we took the berries off first. The icing was okay but the cake was literally chewy, my sister and I threw the whole cake out then when I cam home from her house I ripped the recipe out of my recipe folder. The top of the cake browned nicely and I cake tested the cake with a cake tester also a toothpick and it definitely passed the test as being done, it only rose a little bit, kind of looked like and over-sized pancake.


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