My mother-in-law loved me from the day we met, and she brought all kinds of joy into my life. We both loved her son and her grandchildren. We talked books and hiked over hill and dale, pretty much all over the continental US and Hawaii.
And every time she visited, she asked me to make fried chicken, and in return, she would bake this pineapple cake that I can’t make unless I have a crowd on hand to eat it. Otherwise, it’s so delicious, I’d eat it all myself. The pineapple caramelizes, and turns into an ambrosial concoction as the cake and cream cheese frosting mingle.
It doesn’t scream holiday feast—until you’ve had your first bite, and then every holiday will just be an excuse to make Grandma’s Pineapple Cake! You should try it! (Hint: Key is the use of a sheet tray, rather than a cake pan. The shallow tray lends itself to the caramelizing.)
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 stick butter (softened)
1 package cream cheese (softened)
1 tbsp vanilla
2 cups confectioner’s sugar (or to taste/desired thickness)
Heat oven to 350.
Butter or grease the sheet tray. Ours is 18” x 13”
Mix all the dry ingredients with the pineapple. Don’t over-stir. They just need to get moist. The mixture will look as if it’s forming a bit of a foam
Bake for 35 minutes, or until done. Let cool.
Cream butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla. Slowly add confectioner’s sugar (so it doesn’t spray you).
Spread on cooled cake.
Realize you’re going to need this cake every day of your life after you take one addictive bite.
And have a wonderful, loving family-filled holiday!
In Paint Me a Christmas, Ross and Mia have been apart for several painful months. They’re working with all the Christmas Town artisans to restore a carousel as a gift for a beloved town family. Their deadline is Christmas Eve—when a kiss under the mistletoe means a wedding in the new year. Can Mia and Ross paint a holiday second chance into their own lasting love?
I hope you’ll enjoy visiting Christmas Town–and let me know if you try the cake!