"Real Deal" Southern Preacher Cake

Real Deal Southern Preacher Cake
Real Deal Southern Preacher Cake
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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 MethodBaking

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


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

  3. 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.

  4. Add pineapple with juice, 1 cup of the walnuts, and coconut. Mix on medium-low speed until well combined.

  5. 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 .

  6. Cool cake in the pan.

  7. To prepare frosting whip cream cheese, butter, and vanilla bean paste with a mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar.

  8. Frost cake with cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle top of cake with ½ cup chopped walnuts.

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This cake was amazing! The spices are perfect--flavorful but not overpowering. Definitely one of the best cakes I've had all month.

I really enjoyed this cake! The flavors combined perfectly together and I always love cream cheese frosting.

This cake reminded me a little bit of carrot cake. I really enjoyed the spices and nuts. The cream cheese frosting was tasty, too.

This cake tastes great and is perfectly moist. I would definitely prefer it without the coconut next time, but the recipe itself is very good. I especially liked the cream cheese frosting.

I'd not heard of Preacher Cake before, but it makes perfect sense, now that I know what it is. The taste and texture seem quite similar to Hummingbird Cake to me, just without bananas. I liked this cake, but I think I might use almonds instead of walnuts.

Sort of like carrot cake (especially the frosting), but SO much better! The cake was light, fluffy, and moist, and the frosting was rich and creamy. A definite winner :)

This is delicious. I love that each of the elements (coconut, walnuts, spices, et cetera) stands out on their own, but not so much that any of them is overwhelming. I would just find a way to make the frosting richer and creamier; it's too much like whipped cream frosting for me.

I liked the flavor and texture of this cake a lot, but I really didn't like the large pieces of coconut. Next time I make this, I will use shredded coconut. The frosting is delicious!

I LOVED this cake. I've made a shortcut version using cake mix before, but this tasted so much better!

I liked the cake... but I loved the frosting! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Holy cake! This is crazy good. I've always wanted to try this and finally got to today! The flavor of cinnamon comes through really well, the texture is nice, especially if you don't like overly moist cake. And of course the best part, the frosting, is to-die-for. I'd even eat it straight.


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