This "Real Deal" Southern Preacher's Cake will win over even non-cake lovers! If you've wanted to try baking a truly Southern treat, this amazing preacher cake is the perfect place to start. This homemade cake is similar to a carrot cake in that it is made with fruit, nuts, and is topped with a scrumptious cream cheese frosting. However, this Southern cake is lighter and fluffier than carrot cake, so it is a great recipe to add to your wheelhouse of spice cakes.
Shredded coconut, walnuts, and pineapple, combine to create a special Southern cake that is made even better by a whipped cream cheese frosting. Bring this recipe to your next church potluck; they will be so glad you did.
Preparation Time25 min
Cooking Time50 min
Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch baking dish
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup canola oil
- 2 teaspoons rum extract
- 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice
- 1 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped, divided
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 2 cups powdered sugar
Set oven to 350 degrees F.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Mix together the sugar, eggs, oil, and rum extract and mix on medium-low speed with mixer until creamy. Mix in flour mixture until combined.
Add pineapple with juice, 1 cup of the walnuts, and coconut. Mix on medium-low speed until well combined.
Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Pour cake batter into pan and bake for about 40-50 minutes or until center is set .
Cool cake in the pan.
To prepare frosting whip cream cheese, butter, and vanilla bean paste with a mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar.
Frost cake with cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle top of cake with ½ cup chopped walnuts.
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