DO NOTHING CAKE – Old Fashioned Recipe

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Do nothing cake is an old fashioned, classic recipe.

Do Nothing Cake

This dessert gets its name because it originated in the 1940’s and recipes were usually made from scratch, had a lot of ingredients and hard to make.  This one is very easy, takes no time to throw it together and is so delicious.  You just mix this one with a spoon.   It makes a great dessert to take to any event and is wonderful for any holiday gathering.  You will get asked for the recipe over and over again and you won’t have any leftover to take home.  My family loves this cake and it is one of our favorites.  You might also enjoy our recipe for this fabulous lemon cake.

Do nothing cake will quickly become a family favorite.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups white granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice (do not drain)

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla extract and pineapple.  Stir with a spoon to combine all ingredients.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and add batter.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 -35 minutes until the center tests done.  Make frosting below and poke holes in hot cake with a wooden spoon.  Pour hot frosting over hot cake.

Frosting for cake:

1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup

1 cup white granulated sugar

3/4 cup evaporated milk

1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)

1 cup shredded coconut

Bring butter, sugar and milk to a boil in a pan on top of the stove.  Cook and stir about 3 minutes.  Remove from stove and stir in nuts and coconut.  Pour over hot cake.  Enjoy!

Note:  The original recipe calls for 2 cups sugar in the cake.  I use only 1 cup and the cake is plenty sweet.  I also make my frosting with 1 1/2 cups coconut instead of just one.  

Do Nothing Cake

5 from 2 votes
Do Nothing Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This cake is an Old Fashioned recipe that never disappoints! Perfect for any gathering and so easy to make. Never any left! 

Course: Cake
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Do Nothing Cake, Old Fashioned Cake
Servings: 1 cake
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice (do not drain)
Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped nuts pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla extract and pineapple. Stir with a spoon to combine all ingredients. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and add batter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 -35 minutes until the center tests done. Make frosting below and poke holes in hot cake with a wooden spoon.
Frosting Instructions:
  1. Bring butter, sugar and milk to a boil in a pan on top of the stove. Cook and stir about 3 minutes. Remove from stove and stir in nuts and coconut. Pour over hot cake.
Recipe Notes

The original recipe calls for 2 cups sugar in the cake.  I use only 1 cup and the cake is plenty sweet.  I also make my frosting with 1 1/2 cups coconut instead of just one.  

 

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5 Comments

  1. I have made this cake three different times but not once did I have all of the ingredients as you list here. I am the “Queen of alternatives” only because I live in a tiny budget and can not afford a lot as far as groceries go. So I substitute like minded ingredients. First time I used a can of peaches and didn’t have the nuts and coconut. But I’d say, hands down was the best cake I had made in a long time. Tonight I am using fruit Cocktail and cool whip instead of icing. Looks great already!

  2. This cake is delicious! Plus, it’s so easy! I’ll be making this for so many occasions. Thank you!!

  3. Will try these cakes for our meeting next month. God bless you and yours in abundance. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  4. This cake sounds and looks so good. Only one thing I’m curious about is that it contains no shortening. Is that the correct? No butter or oil or vegetable shortening? Just want to be sure before I try it.
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    • The Southern Lady says:

      It does not have butter, oil or shortening, Sue, but it does work. I found that strange, too, when I first made the cake. It is delicious and I hope you make it and enjoy it. Let us know how you liked it and thank you for your kind comment. Happy to have you on the site. Don’t ever hesitate to ask if something seems odd to you, we could have made a mistake.

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