Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pineapple Cake

Note: this recipe isn't entirely mine, I made a few tweaks to recipes I found online

Cake Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup White Sugar (or splenda)
Vanilla Extract
2 tsp. Baking Soda
20 oz can crushed pineapple

note: these measurements serve about 8-10 people (depending on how you cut the slices)

Pre-heat the oven to 350
Take a medium-large bowl and add the flour
Add 3/4 cup sugar or splenda (some recipes call for more, there is no need for that)
Add the baking soda
Mix all these dry ingredients together
Make a crater in the middle and add the eggs, vanilla extract and pineapples

 Now mix until all ingredients are uniform

Butter the sides of your baking pan (i used a round glass pan with high edges and it has worked really well for me)
Now dust lightly with flour
Add the cake mixture prepared above
Place in the middle rack of the oven
Turn the timer to 40 mins (but be sure to check at 30mins - each oven varies and it may be done by this time)
Use a toothpick in the center to check if done (pierce tooth pick into the cake as far as you can, it should pull out clean if its done, if its wet it needs more time in the oven)
This one turned out a little darker than it should, make sure to keep an eye on the oven and cake, my second one turned out much better ;) 

Icing Ingredients:
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 pack cream cheese (8 oz) (go for the light for less calories)
3/4 cup confectioners sugar (yes you do need this type to make the icing a good consistency)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

keep the butter and cream cheese out for a few hours so they are sufficiently soft, if you arent able to do this, just stick it in the microwave for 20 seconds
mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until its uniform
depending on the weather, you may want to refrigerate the icing for a little while

note: the icing adds unnecessary calories and the cake tastes fine without it, however if you are hoping to impresses, the icing is very delicious ;)

When the cake is done, give it at least an hour+ to cool down before icing


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