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4.88 from 8 votes

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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.