September 6, 2012

Make this cake. Today.

It's September! Can't you believe it? It actually rained yesterday, NFL football started last night, and even though it's still hot and weirdly humid outside, I can tell that pumpkiny, fall weather is on its way.   One of the things that I like about fall and winter is that I get into the mood to cook and to bake. My friend Shelly helped to usher in my baking mood even quicker than normal by enticing me with a new cake recipe she was trying. Through lots of over the phone peer pressure, she convinced me that I needed to go to the store right away, and make the cake that night, so that we could both try it and then compare notes on what we thought about it. Here's the big secret: It only has TWO ingredients! (please ignore the rice in the background)

So all you do, is take a box of Angel Food Cake mix (just the contents of the box, no need to follow the directions on the box), and combine it with a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple in its own juice. (No need to use a mixer, just stir it by hand) When you do this, something magical happens. The mixture starts to froth and it turns into an amazingly airy, fluffy bowl of deliciousness right before your eyes. Once it's all mixed up, simply pour it into a 9 x 13 baking dish and bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. How much easier could it be??

 This is how it looks when it's done.

The result is a cake so airy, so pineapple-y, so tasty, no one will believe how easy it is to make. Serve it with a little bit of cool whip or ice cream, and you've got a major crowd-pleaser on your hands. 

Tip:  Make sure that your oven is preheated before you start mixing up your cake.  That way, you can put the cake directly into an already heated oven, resulting in a cake that doesn't collapse after baking.

Addendum: For clarification purposes, do not follow the directions on the box of cake mix or add anything like eggs or oil or water.  Simply mix the boxed mix with the pineapple.