This Preacher’s Cake Is The Star Of The Pulpit


3 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons Clabber Girl baking soda
1 teaspoon Morton salt
1/2 teaspoon McCormick cinnamon
2 cups Domino sugar
3 Eggland’s Best eggs
1 cup Wesson vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 20-ounce can Dole crushed pineapple, with juice
1 1/2 cups finely chopped Fisher pecans or walnuts, divided
1 cup flaked coconut (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)


Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.

Combine sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix on medium-low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Slowly mix in flour mixture until just combined.

Add pineapple (undrained), 1 cup chopped pecans and coconut and continue mixing on medium-low speed until all ingredients are thoroughly combined (about 1 minute).

Spray a 13×9 baking pan with cooking spray. Pour cake batter into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until cake is set in the center and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool cake completely in pan then the frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chopped pecans over cake. Store in refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 8-ounce package Philadelphia cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) Land O Lakes butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon McCormick vanilla extract
2 cups Domino powdered sugar, sifted


Whip cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in powdered sugar (add more if necessary to reach desired consistency – if your kitchen’s hot, you might need more because the butter will be softer). Makes enough to top one 13×9 cake – double recipe if using on a layered cake.