November 4, 2013

Preacher Cake

I saw a recipe for this cake last week and the name really rang a bell for me. I knew exactly what it was and remembered eating it somewhere, sometime. I thought about it so much that by the time the weekend rolled around I knew I had to make one.

I just knew I had a recipe for it somewhere so when I went looking and couldn't find one I was stumped. I looked through all my recipes and binders and notes and still could not find one. Then I even pulled out all my old school community and church cookbooks and looked through all of them. Nothing.

I knew enough about the cake to know it had crushed pineapple and nuts in it (and maybe coconut?) and that sounded an awful lot like a Hummingbird Cake (sans the bananas) so I just switched up a few things in my recipe for Hummingbird Cake and went with that!

I decided to put coconut in it because I love coconut but I’m not 100% sure if a true Preacher Cake has coconut in it or not. I guess that depends on your preacher... ha! [snort] The best I can remember, Preacher Cake got its name because it was a cake you usually had the ingredients for in your pantry so if the preacher told you he was coming to visit, you could whip one up with what you had on-hand. I have no idea if that’s true or not but it sounds good to me!

You can make it like I did in one big pan or you can make a 3-layered cake (this makes a ton of batter). If you make a layered cake, be sure to double the Cream Cheese Frosting so you’ll have enough.

Also? I think this would be awesome made as muffins!



Preacher Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, with juice
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans or walnuts, divided (here's the nut grinder I use)
1 cup flaked coconut (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.

Combine sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix on medium-low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Slowly mix in flour mixture until just combined.

Add pineapple (undrained), 1 cup chopped pecans and coconut and continue mixing on medium-low speed until all ingredients are thoroughly combined (about 1 minute).

Spray a 13x9 baking pan with cooking spray. Pour cake batter into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until cake is set in the center and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool cake completely in pan then the frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chopped pecans over cake. Store in refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Whip cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in powdered sugar (add more if necessary to reach desired consistency – if your kitchen’s hot, you might need more because the butter will be softer). Makes enough to top one 13x9 cake – double recipe if using on a layered cake.

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65 comments:

  1. I've made this cake before and it IS delicious! Thanks for sharing,
    Dorothy

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  2. Oh my goodness...I have been looking for this recipe. The one I had and lost was called Hawaiian Wedding Cake, but I can tell by looking at this it is the same recipe. Thanks so much!

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  3. Ooh it looks scrumptious! The preacher may not be coming over but I'm sure someone will and I'll be ready. Yum!!

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  4. This is a cake my Grandma made for me for my birthday every year, so good and moist! We didn't call it Preacher's cake we called it "that good cake" she knew which one we meant! Grandma's gone now but I still make it once in a while, glad I saw it today. It's time for another one!
    Thanks for giving us all the good stuff to make!!
    Kelly T.

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  5. I have had this cake before ..... but have never made one because I never had the recipe! Pinned this :)

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  6. ummm, YUM! old fashioned recipes like this are the best :)

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  7. Ooooh im so gonna make this cake this week...thanks do much for sharing ....it looks heavenly.(no pun intended lol) yummy yummy :0)

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    1. Ha! Good one! Thanks for your comments!!

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  8. I made this cake on Sunday and it was a big hit at both my work and my partners work!!! Thanks so much for the super recipe!! I am posting about it over on my Blog......

    edgar

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    1. I'm so glad you both enjoyed it!! Thanks for letting me know!

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  9. OMG, Thank you!! I have been going nuts trying to find a recipie for what my mama used to call her "company callin cake" but one look at this & I KNEW this was it!! Y'all have no idea how thrilled I am right about now. I adore your blog :)

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    1. YAY!! I hope you like it as much as your mama's!! That's usually hard to do! Mama's always make it best :)

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  10. This recipe looks very similar to the carrot cake I make for my husband's birthday every year, but without the carrots. I am gonna have to make one this weekend. As I was typing this comment I spied the recipe link for Hamburger Steaks w/ brown gravy on the side margin and looks like I found dinner, too! :) I think I've found recipe Heaven!

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  11. Making this cake soon....and giving recipe to my daughter whose husband is a PREACHER :) she can make it for their next pot luck.....

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  12. How 'sweet' is this cake! :-)
    Adding a new to me recipe for family and friends. We all share recipes and we all EAT them! :-)
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I don't think it's super sweet... hope that helps!

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    2. Oh no.....my fault......I mean how 'good' ~ 'neat' ~ 'deelish' ~ 'yummy'.....this cake looks.
      I have no problem with a sweet of any kind! :-)

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    3. LOL! Got it! It's swweeeeeeeeeet!

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  13. Mandy, I forgot to mention that I just found your blog and I like!!
    Took a peek around and you have some wonderful recipes.....you have a new follower!!

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  14. Hi. I just found this page and omg. Ya' ll have truly touched a soft spot with me. My grandma and my mom always encouraged me to help our in the kitchen. I love to cook and I dearly love to find new recipes to try on my family. I will also be taking this cake to our next family reunion! Thank you soooo much for sharing and you have another follower.

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    1. Thank you! And I'm glad you found your way here!

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  15. I want to make this as a layer cake, what temp and how long would you bake it?

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  16. Can't wait to make this as cupcakes....
    Bet they sell out at RMH bake sale! !!!
    Yummm

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  17. Its in the oven now!! Just sorry I don't get to try it as its headed to church for a funeral dinner tomorrow. But you can bet it'll be among my Christmas desserts! It smells wonderful.

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  18. This sounds just like a carrot cake recipe i have but without the carrots. wow! I found my recipe in a New West
    magazine about 20? years ago or so but it uses alot of sugar and oil. i only make it once in awhile now, but its fantastic!

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  19. I tried this for Christmas(2013), very good & will be making this again. The family loved it.

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  20. Could you use self-rising flour and omit the baking soda and salt? Sounds like a realllly good cake!!!

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    1. Hmmm... it won't be the exact equivalent but it should be close. If you decide to try it, let us know!

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  21. Thanks for the recipe, it is in the oven baking as I type this :-)

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  22. Um, it could have another name, too. Pineapple? Coconut? = Pina Colada? Cake?

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  23. I'M MAKING THIS CAKE TODAY FOR MY SON'S BIRTHDAY I DON'T HAVE ALL PURPOSE FLOUR CAN I USE SELF RISING AND GET GOOD RESULTS . PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR OPION
    THANKS ARELENE

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    1. It won't be the exact equivalent but it should be close. Maybe add 1/2 tsp baking soda and a pinch of salt just to be sure.

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  24. Maybe some of you have heard of a cream cake. My Mother always made it and I have checked online and none of them are it. She just had eggs , baking pow. flour, cream , salt and vanilla. I have tried to come up with the right combination but it just doesn't work. They lived on the farm and she always had her own cream from the farm. I must be doing something wrong but what I don't know

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    1. I don't know that one but it sounds wonderful! I imagine the fat content of the cream has a lot to do with the results. Since she had the "real deal", it was probably pretty rich. You might want to add a little vegetable oil or butter and see if that does the trick.

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    2. Claudine Bratcher, Fort Worth, TXJanuary 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      I just found this wonderful place so I am new here but I have this recipe. Maybe it is the one you want.
      Note: You could make this in a 13 x 9 inch pan and put whatever frosting or icing you want on it.

      Sweet Cream Cake

      2 eggs
      1 cup sugar
      1 2/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
      2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
      3/4 teaspoon salt
      1 cup heavy cream, (35% butterfat)
      1 teaspoon vanilla

      Beat eggs until thick and lemon colored; gradually beat in sugar.
      Sift together the dry ingredients.
      Stir in sifted dry ingredients alternately with the cream and vanilla.
      Beat well.
      Spread batter in 2 greased and floured round 8-inch cake pans.
      Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

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  25. Better known as "Hawaiian Wedding Cake". Doesn't matter what you call it, it's delicious!

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  26. We call it humming bird cake it is delic.... we also add bananas.

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    1. Preacher Cake has no bananas... Hummingbird cake does :) They're very similar.

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  27. Stumbled upon this on pinterest and pinned it. Well I made it today and. ... Wow! ! It's so delicious. I wasn't familiar with using vegetable oil in my cakes, so I used half butter/ half oil (creature of habit so I had to use butter). It is perfect! I'm in love with this cake. Thanks for sharing

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  28. Made this again yesterday but this time I used egg beaters instead of real eggs and zucchini instead of oil and added raisins . Awesome :)

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  29. Can you make this is a bundt pan?

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    1. Sure! There's probably enough batter to make two.

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  30. I have had a very similar recipe for years. It comes from my great grandmother, and we called it a Granny Cake.

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  31. I made this today, and it came out too dark around the edges and not baked at all in the middle. If I make this again, I will lower the oven temp to 325°, and bake longer.

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    1. I think that's what I could do too. What type of pan did you use?

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  32. I made this Sunday and it was a big hit with my friends and family. Thanks!

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  33. I don't like pineapple can you use something else maybe peaches?

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  34. If you don't have a recipe for something why waste time looking thru hundreds of cookbooks, just
    'google it!!!' You can type in anything and get hundreds of places to go.

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    1. She was looking for *her* recipe. Whyy? Because her recipes are GREAT and the internet is full of crap.

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    2. But....didn't you find this on the internet? 'sigh'...

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  35. My mom would make this cake for very special occasions, and she called it Hawaiian Wedding Cake. I never made it because it sounded very complicated to me when I was a 'rookie' baker, but I now see that it's very easy to put together. Most of us already have the 'main' ingredients on hand, and can pick-up the rest during our next shopping trip. Thanks for reminding me about this scrumptious cake! I love your blog, and I'll definately follow you.

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  36. I just made this cake but I didn't put the nuts or coconut in it and it turned out great!

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  37. I made one for the first time last weekend and my husband ate it without the icing. He really enjoyed it. But I want to know do I pre-heat the oven first or put the cake in a cold oven?

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    1. So glad your husband enjoyed it! Yes, to bake at 350 degrees you would need to heat your oven.

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  38. Mandy: I love your blog; love your recipes. I am from Texas. You have taken the words right out of my mouth about cooking. I could sit and read a cookbook they way some folks read a hot, sizzlin' best seller romance novel. Have enjoyed the cooking shows immensely and I too love Alton Brown! Thanks! Ruth Ann

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    1. TUNY MORE
      MY WIFE MADE THIS FOR MY BURTHDAY FOR40 YEARS. SHE IS GON NOW SO I WILNOT BE GETTING IT FROM NOW ON IF I DON'T MAKE IT.

      THANKS RUTH ANN

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  39. Thank you Claudine Bratcher, Fort Worth Texas. Your Cream Cake is just what I needed for a wonderful man's 100th birthday this year who only likes vanilla cake and frosting. I will use my mother's coffee frosting that I loved as a child.

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  40. I made this cake following the directions exactly but it had an after taste that was salty. If I made it again I would leave the salt out I guess. I don't know what happened. I thought it was going to be so good. We were disappointed.

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    1. Well... I'm happy to report I figured out the problem. I discovered some of the sugar I used was actually salt! No wonder it came out tasting salty. So I will definitely be making this cake again, obviously being more careful this time. Duh.

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  41. I am enjoying your recipes so much! Thank you for sharing and posting so many great things...and your commentary!

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