Pineapple Cake Recipe makes an old fashioned pineapple cake. It is a layer cake from scratch, with a Pineapple Buttercream Frosting.
Long ago, when someone said they had made a cake "from
scratch", they meant they had not used a written down recipe.
Today it means you did not use a boxed cake mix.
Because recipes were rarely written down, one learned how to make a cake by watching someone else do it.
Or they created the recipe as they put together ingredients, taste-testing as they mixed it together, until it was perfect.
This is the way I saw Mama do it!
2 Vanilla Cake Recipe layers
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, packed in juice
1/2 cup sugar
Mix cake according to Vanilla Cake Recipe instructions. Bake in two 8" prepared cake pans.
While the cake layers are cooling, stir the pineapple with it's juice and the sugar in a saucepan on medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Do Not Boil. Remove from heat.
Place one layer of cake upside down on a plate. Punch about 10 holes in it with a toothpick. Spread one third of the hot pineapple mixture on top.
Repeat procedure with the other layer, placing it on with the top side up.
Spoon remaining pineapple and juice on top of cake leaving about 1 inch space around edges, if you plan to frost the cake. Otherwise cover the entire top with the pineapple.
Let cake cool thoroughly. Cover or wrap loosely in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for a few hours.
Cake can be removed from refrigerator and allowed to reach room temperature before serving. Or frost with the following yummy frosting.
1 stick butter, room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or flavoring
3 cups powdered sugar
6-8 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
8 oz. frozen whipped cream topping, thawed
Cream butter and cream cheese together in mixer on high speed. Stir in vanilla.
Reduce mixer speed to low and add powdered sugar a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. After each addition is incorporated into mixture, turn speed to high and mix for a minute. This prevents the sugar from flying out of the bowl.
Mix in a couple drops of the food coloring at a time, until the desired shade of color is attained, if desired.
Gently fold in the whipped cream topping until well mixed.
Frost the sides and around the outer edges on top of the cake.
You can frost all of the top if you prefer. There is enough frosting for that. If you prefer to leave the ring of pineapple showing as in the above picture, you will have about 1 1/2 cups frosting leftover.
Refrigerate or freeze leftover frosting for use on another cake.
This Pineapple Cake Recipe frosting is wonderful on pineapple or vanilla cupcakes.
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