Pina Colada Birthday Cake

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Long ago when I was little, I ate a piece of Pina Colada Cake at my Aunt Julie’s house, and I loved it. Mom asked my aunt for the recipe, and since then, she has made this cake for my birthday several times! It starts with a basic yellow cake; you could even use a cake mix for it. Then you spread a can of sweetened condensed milk onto it and allow it to soak in. Next, you spoon crushed pineapple over it, and top it off with a thick layer of whipped cream. A sprinkle of coconut makes it perfect!

Here are more specific directions, starting with Mom’s homemade yellow cake.

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Measure dry ingredients into a bowl…

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and combine them.

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Add the shortening…

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…the milk…

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… the vanilla…

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… and the eggs.

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Blend all ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds.

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Then beat on high speed for 3 minutes.

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Ah, excellent!

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Grease a 13″x 9″ baking dish or pan.

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Pour the batter into the greased pan.

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And smooth it around with an extra spoon so you can sample the batter.

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Ah, perfection!

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Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35-40 minutes, or until it tests done.

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It tested done.

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If you are making the pina colada version, listen up. 🙂 Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over the cake while it is still warm.

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Spread it evenly over the entire cake and down the edges a bit.

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Allow it to absorb.

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This can take a while, maybe 15 minutes or so.

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It should look something like this. Allow the cake to cool completely before the next step. Of course, it would be absolutely delicious to eat just like this!!

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But we must persevere. Spread a can of crushed pineapple over that. Don’t drain the pineapple; you want the juice to soak into the cake, too, so it will be lusciously moist!

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Ah, superb!

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Spoon a carton of whipped topping (Cool Whip) onto the cake.

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And spread it out, being careful that you don’t unearth any pineapple.

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Sprinkle a few handfuls of coconut over that to make it look soft and fluffy!

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Ah, lovely! Refrigerate until serving.

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And enjoy this delicious tropical cake! It can be served solo, or accompanied by vanilla ice cream.

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Yes, I will have a piece. On second thought, bring me two!  (Name that song!)

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Yellow Cake Recipe

2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

In large mixing bowl, blend all ingredeitns on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes on high speed. Pour into greased and floured 13″x 9″ pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until it tests done with a toothpick.

Pina Colada Cake

1 (13″x 9″) just-baked yellow cake {you can use a cake mix, or the recipe above for the yellow cake works wonderfully, too!}
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 carton (8 ounces) whipped topping

Pour sweetened condensed milk over warm cake and allow it to absorb. Spread pineapple over that (juice also). Spread whipped topping over next and sprinkle with coconut.

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin

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