Crazy-Good Texas Tornado Cake

Crazy-Good Texas Tornado Cake
Crazy-Good Texas Tornado Cake
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Crazy-Good Texas Tornado Cake has a big name and it more than delivers! If you like pineapple and coconut, then you will love this Southern cake recipe. This cake is similar in texture to a dump cake or a poke cake, but it's made entirely from scratch!

A simple batter made without butter or oil creates the cake. The dense, yet moist, cake gets its incredible texture from a can of crushed pineapple. Just before the cake is done baking, whip up the unique cooked frosting. Butter, cream, coconut, and pecans make up the luscious frosting that is poured over the warm cake.

Because this cake is so rich, it is perfect for sharing at a summer potluck. The flavors from the pineapple, coconut, and rum extract are reminicient of a summer getaway. You won't want to miss out on this easy dessert!

Yields16 servings

Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time45 min

Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch baking dish



  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup half and half or cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded toasted coconut


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, sugar, eggs, sour cream, rum extract and pineapple and mix well. Pour into the baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until cake is golden and when a wooden skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

  3. Close to the end of the baking time prepare the frosting. In a saucepan cook the butter, half and half or cream, and sugar until thickened about 5 minutes, constantly stirring.

  4. Add in the pecans and coconut.

  5. When the cake is done and still hot poke holes all over the cake using the end of a wooden spoon.

  6. Pour the frosting over the cake.

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I really enjoyed this cake. I'm not normally the biggest fan of cake, but this cake was just so moist and delicious! It wasn't overly sweet, which I really liked. I will definitely be making this again!

I really liked the combination of pecans and coconut in this cake! It is definitely rich, a small piece was enough.

This cake was out of this world! It's definitely a rich and filling cake, though. Save time for a quick nap after eating it


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