DO NOTHING CAKE – Old Fashioned Recipe

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Do nothing cake is an old fashioned, classic recipe.

Do Nothing Cake The Southern Lady Cooks

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 leftovers 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.

Ingredients Needed for Do Nothing Cake:

All-purpose flour

Baking soda

Salt

White granulated sugar

Eggs

Vanilla extract

Crushed pineapple with juice (do not drain)

Frosting for cake:

Butter

White granulated sugar

Evaporated milk

Chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)

Shredded coconut

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.  

Recipe Comments: “I’m convinced this is the best cake on the planet! I rarely make any other dessert but this one. Thank you for sharing your recipes!”-Sharon

“I made this cake about 2 weeks ago for the first time. My husband said it’s probably his new favorite cake. We LOVED it!”-Brenda

If you like this cake, you may want to try the Elvis Presley Cake. It’s DELICIOUS!

Do Nothing Cake The Southern Lady Cooks

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Do Nothing Cake

This cake is an Old Fashioned recipe that never disappoints! Perfect for any gathering and so easy to make. Never any left! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
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

  • 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:

  • 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.

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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