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preacher cake

(300 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Susan J Swanson
Valparaiso, IN

My Dad (Edward Kielpikowski) loved to make this cake for company, potlucks, and for just general eating. He always said it was easy to remember because it took 2 of everything. That is almost true with the exception of salt and nuts - their measurement is 1/2 and the can of pineapple, but it was a 20 oz can. :) Most of the time my parents served this without the rich frosting as that made it deadly - just kidding, but it is certainly "rich" enough without it... LOL. This recipe came from my Mom's Aunt Estelle (Melton).

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Dense and sponge-like, this simple cake is sweet, nutty, and delightfully moist. With pineapple being the predominant flavor of the cake, it almost has a tropical feeling. It's not overly sweet so the rich cream cheese frosting is the perfect contrast and complement to the pineapple cake. The nuts are optional but we loved the nuttiness and crunch they add to the cake and frosting. A delicious and easy cake that can be quickly made for any occasion.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(300 ratings)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For preacher cake

  • 2 c
    sugar (may cut the sugar to 1 cup - 1 1/2 cups as it is very sweet)
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
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  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    nuts - walnuts or any that you prefer
  • 1 can
    crushed pineapple - undrained (I use pineapple in its own juice), 20 oz
  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese - softened, 8 oz
  • 1 3/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c
    butter or margarine
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    nuts - walnuts or any that you prefer
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make preacher cake

  • Dry ingredients in a bowl.
    CAKE: Combine dry ingredients.
  • Remaining ingredients added to the bowl.
    Add remaining ingredients.
  • Batter mixed together.
    Mix by hand until blended.
  • Batter poured into a baking dish.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour into a prepared 9x13 baking dish.
  • Preacher Cake baking in the oven.
    Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes or until the cake is firm. Do not over bake or it will be rubbery, but still delicious.
  • Preacher Cake cooling.
    Allow to cool.
  • Cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar whipped together.
    FROSTING: Combine cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar.
  • Adding in the nuts.
    Add nuts.
  • Frosting the cake.
    Mix well and spread on the cake in pan. Enjoy!
  • A bite taken from the Preacher Cake.
    * If you would like to save calories, instead of using the frosting, just sprinkle the top of the cake with a bit of powdered sugar and enjoy!
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    * There is NO milk, butter, or oil in the cake.
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    * You may add other fruits or coconut if you like: some suggestions are dried cranberries, raisins, currants, tub of mixed dried fruit, and even fresh blueberries.