Bea's Pineapple Cake w/Seven Minute Icing
|1 box||pineapple cake mix|
|1 1/4 c||buttermilk|
|4||eggs, less whites from 2 eggs (save 2 egg whites for icing)|
|1 tsp||pure vanilla extract|
|TOPPING BETWEEN LAYERS:|
|1 or 2 large||cans crushed pineapple, undrained|
|3/4 c||granulated sugar|
|1 1/2 c||granulated sugar|
|2 Tbsp||white corn syrup|
|1/3 c||cold water|
|1 tsp||pure vanilla extract|
My family loves for me to make this cake. Granted, it is very good & an absolutely gorgeous cake but let me say something about the icing. It's certainly not my favorite thing to make because it will tie you up at the stove for about 12-15 minutes. In my opinion, it really should be called Twelve-Minute Icing! LOL But it is worth the extra time and effort...especially for my family!
This is not only an impressive cake but it is so very moist and delicious. If you take it somewhere, it will disappear so fast that you may not get a slice for yourself!
We LOVE the wonderful pineapple flavor of this cake. And while it's true that the icing could more accurately be called "12-15 Minute Icing", it's well-worth every second.
DO NOT FOLLOW CAKE BOX INGREDIENTS. Preheat oven to 350. Grease & flour three 9" cake pans. (I have also used 8" pans as well as a 9x13 sheetcake pan). Mix together the cake mix along with the buttermilk, 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks, sugar, oil and vanilla. Mix with electric mixer on medium for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Pour into prepared cake pans. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until they test done. Leave in pans for 10 minutes then turn out.
Once you get your layers in the oven, pour the pineapple (juice & all) into an appropriate size saucepan. Add the 3/4 cup sugar, mix well & cook on med-low, stirrring occasionally, until layers are done. Turn burner off but leave saucepan on burner so it'll stay warm. *SEE STEP #7.
Put your water in the bottom of the double boiler and start the water boiling. In the top of a double boiler, combine the 2 remaining egg whites, the 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 TBSP syrup and 1/3 cup "cold" water. Using an electric hand mixer, beat for 2 minutes. Now place the top of double boiler into the bottom and still using the hand mixer, beat continuously for 7 to 8 minutes. The icing should be getting very stiff by now. Once you have done this for at least 7 minutes, remove from heat & add in the 1 tsp of vanilla & continue beating for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until icing is very stiff, thick and shinny.
Put one cake layer on cake plate. Punch several holes into layer, pour a third of pineapple topping over layer then spread on a fourth of icing and repeat with the second layer. Place last layer on top and pour last third of topping over layer. Ice top & sides with icing. Note: make sure you have about half the icing left for the top & sides.
1 Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar and enough milk to equal 1 cup or whatever the amount is needed for your recipe. Stir virgorously and let stand for 5 minutes.