Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tropical Preacher's Cake

Until very recently I had never heard of a Preacher's Cake. I was curious about the name so I did a little research. As far as I can tell, it got it's name because, back in the day, housewives needed an easy, quick cake to whip up when they heard the preacher would be coming to visit. 
This cake certainly is easy and quick.
You know what else it is?
Very tasty.
I decided to change it up a bit and add some banana and coconut and make it even more tropical. 

Tropical Preacher's Cake

1 1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained

2 bananas, mashed

 2 cups whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp sugar

1/2 cup toasted coconut

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 X 13 pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt. Add in eggs, vanilla, pecans, and pineapple (and liquid in can). Stir until just combined. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 for 30 - 45 minutes - until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean and top is golden brown. Do not over bake.
Let cool on wire rack. 
When cooled, spread mashed banana evenly over top of cake.

Whip the whipping cream with vanilla and sugar until stiff peaks form. 
Spread evenly over banana layer.
Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Chill until ready to serve.
I have to say, I actually enjoyed this a lot more the second day.
The flavors had time to mix together and the cake, which I over baked a teeny bit, did not seem as dry the next day.  
And, no, I didn't forget any ingredients in the recipe. There really is no oil and no extra liquid other than the pineapple juice in the can with the crushed pineapple. 
If you are looking for a super easy cake to make for company...or just for something new to feed the family...definitely give this cake a try. The pineapple, banana, and coconut are a great combination!'s great if you are looking for something dessert-y but not too sweet. 

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  1. What a wonderful cake recipe! Very unique but I love the combination of banana and coconut! Thank you for sharing on the BBQ Block Party.

  2. Replies
    1. It does look delicious. i can't wait to try this for the 4th of July holiday Bar-B-Q at my house this year!

  3. Can't believe no shortening ---solid or oil.

  4. this looks interesting, will make it this weekend and report back with results

    1. Please do! We would love to hear what you think of it :)

    2. madbaker63 as promised I made this cake today, really a good recipe, and will be made more in my home what I like about this recipe is you can add any nuts or fruit to suit your taste, its really delicous

    3. Awesome! Thanks for getting back to us. So glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)

  5. Can someone tell me weather or not the whipping cream can be substituted with Cool-Whip?

    1. You can definitely spread Cool Whip on top instead of the whipped cream but it won't be quite as tasty! ;)

  6. What is whipping cream and what is a brand name for it? Help