Indulge in Decadence: Rich and Gooey Sad Cake Recipe

Are you in the mood for a deliciously moist and chewy cake that’s easy to make? Allow me to introduce you to the Sad Cake Recipe – an old-fashioned cake that has been passed down for generations.

Despite its name, this cake is anything but sad. In fact, it’s called “sad” because it doesn’t rise as high as a classic cake due to the use of brown sugar instead of granulated sugar. However, don’t let its appearance fool you – the flavor and texture will leave you feeling anything but sad.

This cake is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday celebration or a mid-week dessert. The ingredients are simple and most likely already in your pantry or fridge. So, let’s get started on making this delicious and easy-to-make Sad Cake Recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sad Cake
Sad Cake

If you’re in the mood for a comforting and indulgent dessert, then this Sad Cake recipe is definitely worth trying. This old-fashioned cake recipe is called “Sad Cake” for good reason – it has the power to lift your spirits and brighten your day with its moist, chewy texture and rich, caramelly flavor.

What sets this cake apart from others is its unique combination of ingredients. It uses Bisquick baking mix, which makes it incredibly easy to whip up in no time. Packed with chopped pecans, flaked coconut and plenty of brown sugar, this cake boasts a perfect balance of flavors that’s irresistible. The addition of vanilla extract adds depth and warmth to the taste.

You’ll love this recipe not just for its deliciousness but also for how easy it is to customize it to your liking. Whether you’re looking to make it more indulgent by adding a dollop of whipped cream or prefer to keep things simple with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, there are endless ways to enjoy this dessert.

So the next time you’re feeling down and in need of some comfort food, make this Sad Cake recipe and let it work its magic on you. After all, as Mrs. Happy Homemaker put it, “it’s hard to feel blue when you’ve got a slice of Sad Cake in your hand!”

Ingredient List

 Let the sadness melt away with every bite of this moist and delicious Sad Cake.
Let the sadness melt away with every bite of this moist and delicious Sad Cake.

Get Your Ingredients Ready!

This sad cake recipe calls for relatively simple and straightforward ingredients that can be commonly found in your pantry. The key ingredients include Bisquick, eggs, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil. Additionally, you will need finely chopped pecans and sweetened flaked coconut, which add a great texture to the cake. Here’s a complete list of everything that you will need:

  • 2 cups of Bisquick baking mix
  • 2 cups of packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs

If you are looking to add some extra flavor or different textures to your cake mix, feel free to try out some substitutions or variations!

The Recipe How-To

 A cake so good, it will make you forget why you were sad in the first place.
A cake so good, it will make you forget why you were sad in the first place.

Now that you have your ingredient list ready, let’s dive into the recipe how-to for making the perfect Sad Cake. Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit before you begin.

Step 1: Mix Ingredients

First, in a large mixing bowl, beat together 4 eggs and 1 cup of brown sugar until fluffy. Then add in 2 cups of Bisquick and stir until well combined.

Step 2: Add Flavors

Next, mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 cup of chopped pecans, and 1 cup of flaked coconut. You want these flavors to be present in each bite, so make sure they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Step 3: Bake

Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan and use a spatula to make sure it’s evenly spread out.

Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick or fork inserted into the middle comes out clean. The cake should be moist and chewy – this is what makes it a Sad Cake!

Step 4: Cool and Serve

Allow the cake to cool before slicing and serving. You can enjoy this as a dessert on its own or pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra indulgence.

Pro tip: If you want to make this cake look extra special, try sprinkling some powdered sugar on top or adding some whipped cream and chopped pecans as garnish.

Now you know how to make a delicious and moist chewy cake mix Bisquick recipe called Sad Cake, congratulations! Enjoy your homemade treat from Mr(s) Happy Homemaker’s kitchen!

Substitutions and Variations

 Give in to your emotions and indulge in a slice of this heavenly Sad Cake.
Give in to your emotions and indulge in a slice of this heavenly Sad Cake.

The beauty of the Sad Cake Recipe is its versatility. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to experiment with different flavors, you have plenty of options. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Coconut Pecan Frosting: For an extra layer of flavor, try topping your cake with a creamy coconut pecan frosting. Simply mix together 1 cup of flaked coconut, 1 cup of chopped pecans, and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. Spread the mixture over the cake and let it chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

– Chocolate Chips: Want to satisfy your chocolate craving? Add some chocolate chips to the batter before baking. You can also add nuts or dried fruit for extra texture.

– Gluten-Free Version: If you’re gluten intolerant, substitute Bisquick with a gluten-free biscuit baking mix. Make sure to check the label for other potential allergens.

– Vegan Version: For a vegan version, use egg replacer instead of eggs and substitute the butter with coconut oil or vegan margarine.

– Healthier Version: To make a healthier version, swap out some of the sugar with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. You can also use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour for added fiber.

– Different Flavors: You can customize this recipe to suit your taste preferences by adding different extracts such as almond extract, coconut extract or rum extract. You can also add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves for a warm autumn flavor.

With so many possibilities to explore, this recipe can take on new forms and flavors that will be sure to please your taste buds no matter your preferences. Don’t be afraid to follow your palate as we all know that in cooking one has immense flexibility when it comes to recipes. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 Nothing says comfort like a warm slice of Sad Cake with a cold glass of milk.
Nothing says comfort like a warm slice of Sad Cake with a cold glass of milk.

Once you have baked this moist and chewy Sad Cake, it is time to serve and pair it with some delicious accompaniments. This cake recipe is so versatile that it can be served for breakfast, dessert, or as an afternoon snack.

For breakfast, pair the Sad Cake with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The sweet and nutty flavor of the cake will complement the bold flavors of your favorite morning beverage. Alternatively, serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or yogurt to balance out the sweetness.

As a dessert, dress up the Sad Cake with some brown sugar glaze or caramel sauce. This will elevate the flavors of the cake and make it even more indulgent. You can also top it off with some chopped pecans or flaked coconut for a bit of crunch.

Another option is to serve this Old-Fashioned Sad Cake as an afternoon snack with a glass of cold milk or iced coffee. It’s perfect for satisfying those mid-day cravings and giving you an energy boost to power through your day.

This Sad Cake recipe is also great for birthdays, baby showers, or any other special occasion. Decorate it with your favorite frosting and add some colorful sprinkles for a festive touch. It can also be turned into mini cakes by baking in muffin tins.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair this classic Bisquick cake mix recipe, one thing is certain – it will leave everyone feeling happy and satisfied!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One bite of this Sad Cake and you'll forget all your troubles.
One bite of this Sad Cake and you’ll forget all your troubles.

The Sad Cake recipe is perfect for making ahead, as it can last up to a week when stored properly. To store it, wrap it well in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and keep it in an airtight container at room temperature. If you plan on keeping it for longer than a week, store it in the refrigerator or freezer.

When reheating the Sad Cake, you can either do so in the oven or microwave depending on your preference. To reheat slices in the oven, preheat it to 350°F and place the slices on a baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through. To reheat in the microwave, simply microwave each slice for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

It’s important to note that reheating may affect the texture of the Sad Cake slightly, but it should still be moist and chewy. Additionally, if you plan to make the Sad Cake ahead of time, store it without frosting or glaze as this can melt and change the consistency of the cake during storage.

Whether you’re making a birthday cake or a dessert for any occasion, you can rest assured knowing that this moist and chewy cake will stay fresh and delicious even when made ahead of time. So go on and make those sad cakes ahead of time with confidence!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfect for those days when you need a little extra sweetness in your life.
Perfect for those days when you need a little extra sweetness in your life.

To achieve the most desirable result in the Sad Cake Recipe, a few tips are worth considering. Mrs Happy Homemaker gives us valuable insights on how to make the perfect moist chewy cake, also known as an old fashioned sad cake.

First and foremost, it pays to use fresh ingredients when baking. This cake is all about the flaky coconut and pecan pieces, so using them at their freshest ensures that their flavors will come through in your final product. Also, it is essential to use high-quality Bisquick and other baking mix ingredients.

Next, careful measurement of both dry and wet ingredients ensures that the cake batter has proper consistency, making a perfectly moist and chewy cake. Make sure you follow instructions and measure accurately.

Baking time is crucial when cooking Sad Cake Recipe. Check the recipe often when following the instructions to prevent under or overcooking the cake. The cake should be golden brown on top, yet soft with a more tender crumb and slightly fudgy texture in the middle.

It is vital to let the cake cool completely before cutting into it as it helps to set better and prevents from crumbling. Letting it cool in a rack is an excellent idea for allowing air circulation around the base and sides of the pan.

Lastly, do not forget that practice makes perfect, so do not give up if it doesn’t turn out right at first try. Experimenting with various toppings such as cherry or strawberry preserves will add variation to this dessert favorite’s taste!


Now that we have covered all the essential aspects of the Sad Cake recipe, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions. This section aims to provide you with answers to queries that you might have about the ingredients, substitutions, and variations of this moist and chewy cake recipe. It will also cover topics such as serving suggestions, storing, and reheating instructions to ensure that you make the most out of this dessert. So buckle up and read on!

Why are they called sad cakes?

The recipe I have for you today is for a cake known as the “sad cake.” The reason for its name is because the cake tends to deflate and become flat during the baking process. However, don’t let its appearance fool you, as this cake is packed with flavor and texture. It’s both moist and chewy, with a sweetness that’s just right. And the best part? There’s no need for frosting! This recipe is dated for Jan 12, 2023.

What does sad mean in baking?

The reason behind the name of Sad Cake is due to its unique rise and fall during the baking process. As the cake bakes, it rises beautifully in the oven, but as it cools, it sinks in the middle, resulting in a gooey and slightly chewy texture. This reminds me of another delicious cake, the Butter Pecan Gooey Butter Cake.

What to bake when you feel sad?

As a baker’s assistant, I have been given a variety of scrumptious dessert recipes to talk about. These sweet treats include Personal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ice Cream Sundae Bread Bowls, Baked Chocolate Donuts with a Kick, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Butterscotch Cookies, Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownie French Toast, Chocolate Cookie Dough Stuffed Soft Pretzels, and Personal Pan Brownies. Let’s dive into the specifics of each of these indulgent delights.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Sad Cake recipe is a must-try for all baking enthusiasts. It may have a sad name, but the result is a moist, chewy cake loaded with delicious pecans and coconut flakes. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make with simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.

Whether you are looking for a comforting dessert or something to bring to your next potluck, this old-fashioned recipe is sure to be a hit. Not only that, but it can also be easily customized by adding your favorite toppings or swapping out ingredients based on personal preference.

So what are you waiting for? Give this Sad Cake recipe a try today and experience the joy of making and enjoying a homemade treat. You won’t regret it, and who knows – you might even find that it brings a smile to your face despite its somber name. Bake on!

Nothing says comfort like a warm slice of Sad Cake with a cold glass of milk.

Sad Cake Recipe

This is allegedly a Texas recipe. One of DH’s friend brought it to a party that we had. It is called a Sad Cake because it falls on purpose, the taste is not Sad.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Dessert, Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 475.3kcal


  • 16 ounces light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 7 ounces flaked coconut (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 13×9 pan lightly with cooking spray.
  • Cream sugar and eggs together.
  • Mix in Bisquick until well mixed.
  • Add pecans, vanilla, (and coconut).
  • Pour into pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Note: the cake is supposed to look strange.
  • It rise high in the oven and then caves in in the middle.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream or plain.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 153g | Calories: 475.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 76.4g | Protein: 6.8g | Fat: 16.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 106.3mg | Sodium: 440mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 58.9g