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Friday, August 3, 2018

Nanny's Famous Coconut-Pineapple Cake


Makes 1 (3-layer) cake

This coconut pineapple cake recipe is sure to please family and friends, with its surprising blend of flavors and a "secret" ingredient: lemon-lime soft drink. 
* 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
* 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
* 3 cups sugar
* 5 large eggs
* 1/2 cup lemon-lime soft drink*
* 3 cups cake flour, sifted
* 1 teaspoon lemon extract
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Pineapple Filling
* Cream Cheese Frosting
* 1 (6-ounce) package frozen flaked coconut, thawed
* Garnish: fresh mint sprig

How to Make It
Grease bottom and sides of 3 (9-inch) round cake pans; line bottoms with wax paper. Grease and flour wax paper.

Drain pineapple, reserving 3/4 cup juice.

Remove 1/4 cup reserved juice for Cream Cheese Frosting, and reserve crushed pineapple for Pineapple Filling.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Combine 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice and soft drink.

Add flour to butter mixture alternately with juice mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in extracts.

Pour into prepared cake pans.

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from pans immediately; cool on wire racks.

Spread 3/4 cup Pineapple Filling between cake layers and remaining filling on top of the cake.

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting on sides of cake; pipe border around the top, if desired.

Sprinkle with coconut.

Garnish, if desired.

*For a lemon-lime soft drink, we used 7-Up. Its specific level of carbonation makes the layers rise beautifully.

Recipe from: Southern Living

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