1 (15 1/4 Oz.) can crushed pineapple, un-drained
1 1/2 Cups butter, softened
3 Cups sugar
5 Large eggs
1/2 Cup lemon-lime soft drink
3 Cups cake flour, sifted
1 Teaspoon lemon extract
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream cheese frosting
1 (6 Oz. ) Package frozen coconut
Fresh mint sprig, garnish
Grease & flour three 9 inch round cake pans. Drain pineapple reserving 3/4 cup juice. Remove 1/4 cup juice for cream cheese frosting and reserve crushed pineapple for filling. Beat butter with electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating blended after each addition. Combine 1/2 Cup reserved pineapple juice and soft drink. Add flour to butter mixture alternately with juice mixture beginning and ending with flour. Beat at low speed until blended after each additive. Stir in extracts, pour into cake pans. Bake at 350’F. 25 to 30 minutes-remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Spread 3/4 cup pineapple filling between layers and remaining filling on top of cake. Spread cream cheese frosting on sides of cake and pipe border around top sprinkle with coconut. Garnish.
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup reserved, drained crushed pineapple
1 Cup water
Stir together sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Stir in pineapple and 1 cup of water. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally 15 minutes or until thick. Cool makes 3 cups.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 Cup butter, softened
1 (3 Oz.) cream cheese, soft
1 (16 Oz.) pkg. powdered sugar
1/4 Cup reserved pineapple juice
1 Teaspoon vanilla
Beat butter and cream cheese, gradually add remaining ingredients.
This is a moist cake with a fabulous cream cheese frosting. We use the jars of carrot baby food instead of grated carrots because they are so easy and the cake is just as good, if not better! This is my son's all time favorite cake, and the most requested cake for a birthdays around our house... When Taylor was a toddler, he called it "chocolate mustards cake". Don't ask me how it got that name!
This is a recipe from Carolea, my mother's cousin! If you like pumpkin, you will enjoy this cake! It is a good option for Thanksgiving or Christmas!