Saturday, September 03, 2011

We're having a family day

It's pretty much the usual thing, with Kevin grilling the main course.  I've made a macaroni salad and a pineapple sheet cake.  
I really had to reach into the past for this cake recipe; I first saw it in a church cookbook that fell apart and was thrown away many years ago, and I had totally forgotten it.  But I needed something for dessert (because some family members are mighty disappointed if there's no dessert).  And out of the murky depths of my brain, the words "pineapple sheet cake" popped up.  I remembered there being two of most ingredients:  two cups of flour, two cups of sugar, two teaspoons of vanilla, and two eggs.  But I hated to proceed with the process until I had a recipe to look at.  It didn't take a lot of googling to find my exact old recipe.
Now, there were two pineapple sheet cake recipes in that discarded church cookbook.  One used the standard cream-cheese-icing-with-nuts; the other was a cooked coconut topping with nuts.  Because I have some coconut in my refrigerator that's been there for ages, I chose the latter.  
Once this blast from the past was out of the oven and the topping was applied, I couldn't resist tasting it.  
I think I may have touched the borders of heaven!  Oh, it was SO good!  I am surely glad the recipe came to mind.  The great thing about it is that it uses mostly ingredients I already have on hand, as long as I have a large can of pineapple.  You should really try this recipe; you won't be sorry.  If you are one of those strange creatures who doesn't like coconut, feel free to use a cream cheese icing with nuts.  If you don't like nuts... well, you know the drill; and by the way, you have my sympathy.

Pineapple Sheet Cake
So easy to make, but doesn't taste simple!
2 cups sugar
1 20oz. can crushed pineapple w/juice
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons soda

1 5oz. can evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 stick margarine
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 cake pan. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat sugar and oil until blended. Add eggs and beat until mixed. Gradually add flour, soda, and some of the juice from the pineapple until well-mixed. Add remaining pineapple with juice and vanilla; mix until well blended. You can mix by hand, if preferred. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven to cool. Spread hot Icing on cake, and cool before serving.

In a medium saucepan, combine milk, margarine, and sugar. Slowly, bring to a boil. Let boil slowly for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in chopped nuts and coconut. Mix well and spread on cake while Icing is hot.


Margaret said...

I would LOVE either version of it!!I'm a huge fan of coconut or any nuts. :)


Sounds delicious. Only the two of us here. So... a sheet would be kinda large. I'm planning to cut this recipe in half. Have fun with your family. EAT, RELAX and ENJOY!

Lori said...

Oh that does sound good! I think I'll make two -- one with the coconut topping, because Eler Beth and I LOVE coconut -- and one with the cream cheese topping because Thomas is allergic to coconut.

Hope you guys had a great day!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Thanks for the recipe that sounds like a keeper for sure. Desserts are must at family get togethers!

darev2005 said...

I guess I'm one of those strange creatures. I don't care for coconut. But all the rest of it sounds delicious. I'll pass it along to Miz Rev and maybe she'll make me some!

Cliff said...

I printed it off. Lets see if it does me any good. Sounds good though.

Midlife Mom said...

I would like it either way as I like all things involved! YUM!

Milly said...

Wow! I swear I left a message yesterday ... anyway I also enjoy reading about your family holidays and the cake sounds wonderful -- glad you included the recipe.

Sister--Three said...

that sounds good. Reminds me a little of fruit cocktail cake. Larry's mom used to make it and it was so good and it used the boiled icing.

I made apple pound cake today. We had coffee on the porch and a slice. Oh, yum yum. Donna, it was so beautiful here today that this evening I am feeling ill. I will be hope tomorrow recuping in the wonderful weather. This sickness is what you call beautiful day virus!

The word verification I have to type to post this is mental. Are you trying to tell me something?

Forty Pound Sack said...

YUM!!! Wish I saw this before I went to the grocery store, LOL!