Go Back
+ servings
Preacher Cake | This light, moist, and tropical preacher cake is the easiest dessert ever! You mix it together with a wooden spoon, in one bowl... no mixer needed! | http://thechunkychef.com
Print Recipe
4.6 from 5 votes

Preacher Cake

This light, moist, and tropical preacher cake is the easiest dessert ever! You mix it together with a wooden spoon, in one bowl... no mixer needed!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 20- oz can crushed pineapple with juice (do NOT drain)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts divided
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 8 oz package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened (1 stick)
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2-4 Tbsp heavy cream (amount depends on personal preference heat, and humidity in the air - start with 2 and go from there)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted or whisked to remove lumps

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13x9" baking pan with non-stick spray (I use Baker's Joy), and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon).
  • In a larger mixing bowl, combine granulated sugar, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla. Use a whisk or wooden spoon to combine well. Mixture will be creamy.
  • Sprinkle in dry ingredients and stir together until just incorporated (when no more streaks of flour remain). Mixture will be very dry and sticky.
  • Add in crushed pineapple, walnuts and coconut and mix until combined. The liquid from the pineapple will transform the mixture into a normal batter consistency.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. When done, cake should be set in the center, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  • Set cake pan on a cooling rack and cool the cake, in the pan, until completely cool.
  • MAKE THE FROSTING:
  • In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, butter and vanilla and whisk or beat with electric mixer (if desired), until light and fluffy.
  • Alternate drizzling heavy cream and adding powdered sugar, whisking/beating after each addition, until all sugar is incorporated into the frosting. If frosting is a little thick, add a bit more cream. If frosting is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.
  • Use an offset spatula to spread frosting over the top of the cake.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup walnuts and a bit of flaked coconut if desired.

Notes

1. If you prefer, you can omit the coconut.
2. Recipe from South Your Mouth