When Life Gives You (too much) Pineapple Make Cake

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What do you do when . . .

you’ve added three eggs yolks and ½ cup sugar to a can (16 ounces) of crushed pineapple with juice, when it should have been added to an 8 ounce, drained, can of crushed pineapple?

  • I thought of taking half the mixture out, but what do you do with the other half?
  • I thought about forgetting it altogether, but that would be wasteful and I still needed to bring something.
  • Double it? Didn’t have the necessary pan or extra ingredients.
  • Then I remembered what Marie Antoinette once said when she was in a pickle, “Let them eat cake.”
  • An hour later I had one fragrant 13×9 and four 6×4 pineapple cakes with cream cheese frosting. And a hotter kitchen!!! (It is in the triple digits today and the ac was struggling, even before I decided to bake.)

I learned some things today . . .

  • Carefully read and check the label of all ingredients. Don’t assume anything.
  • 8 ounce cans of crushed pineapple exist. Despite what I used to believe.
  • You cannot substitute a 10 ounce can of crushed pineapple with juice for an 8 ounce drained can.
  • You can make the best of any situation – it’s a choice.

Oh, I also learned that Marie Antoinette never uttered those thoughtless words, on the eve of the French Revolution, “Let them eat cake.” See Urban Legends and Wikipedia for (some of) the true story.

Finally, here’s something, she really did say to the priest on her way up to the guillotine,

“The moment when my troubles are going to end is not the moment when my courage is going to fail me.”

This is a good note to end on while I go eat cake.

Entry filed under: Church Cookbook.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lorna  |  . at .

    I think 2oz extra / or less of DRAINED pineapple wouldn’t matter … but doubling it — well no! (grin)… and baking in 100F is sheer crazy. Next time fruit salad ok sis (grin)

    I like marie-antoinnette’s last statement. we all need courage.

    On tv right now is a weekly series – sort of ‘who dunnits’ from rural in England in ww2. last night’s episode brought it home to me how the upper classes (many of them) were able to escape much of the trauma and tragedy of he war. DD and I talked for ages after – me trying to tell her hergranddad’s stories. Wish I’d written them down. Heck wish he’d written a book.


  • 2. lindiepindie  |  . at .

    I’ve made the mistake of doubling one ingredients more times than I can count, then I’m doubling everything, hoping there’s enough of the other ingredients.

    Thanks for visiting! Yes, I still have the purse pattern and will look around to see where I’ve filed it. Where can I email it? Also, I’m not at blogger anymore, but my email is on my new site – you should be able to click through on my name above.


  • 3. lindiepindie  |  . at .

    Oops – try clicking on this name…


  • 4. Susan  |  . at .

    Ok – I think pride mixed with sheer crazy was the issue, Lorna, with me trying to bake on a 100+ day. You are right – fruit salad (with the pineapple) would have been acceptable!

    Maybe now is the time to start writing that book with grandad’s stories.

    How cool that the tv series prompted so much conversation between you and your dd. If you post any stories on your site let me know.


  • 5. Susan  |  . at .

    Hi Lindipindie, thanks for visiting.
    Hi Lindipindie, thanks for visiting.

    I like your site with all your pictures of the purses and diaper bags you’ve sewn.

    I will check your new site(http://craftapple.wordpress.com/) for you email addy.

    I am thinking such bags might be good to make for next year’s women’s retreat.

    For this past Retreat, we made jewelry pouches. They turned out so cute. I’ll post pictures once I find my camera and learn how to post them.


  • 6. lennie  |  . at .

    Susan pineapple cake sounds like a cake I used to make when I was in High School. It was called Dump Cake & it had pineapple in it.


  • 7. Susan  |  . at .

    Lennie, I haven’t thought about dump cake in ages. Thanks for the reminder.

    Below is the recipe in case someone would like to try it. It is sweet but yummy.

    Into a 9”x13” pan, dump in one (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling and one (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple. Mix together.

    Sprinkle one (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix on top and stir until cake mix is moistened.

    Dump one cup chopped walnuts on top.

    Drizzle 1/2 cup butter on top.

    Bake in a 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 35 or 40 minutes or until golden brown.

    Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping.


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