Shortcut Preacher Cake
Using boxed cake mix makes this dessert a breeze to prepare!
This recipe for Shortcut Preacher Cake is a last-minute dessert recipe that is impossibly easy to make. The legend behind Preacher Cake is that it is a homemade cake recipe simple enough to whip up when the preacher unexpectedly stops by for a visit.
Shortcut Preacher Cake is even faster to make than the original because it uses boxed cake mix. No one will ever be able to guess that this rich and moist cake was made using a mix. This is one shortcut dessert recipe that is fit for even the finest company, especially since it is topped with homemade cream cheese frosting.
To make this shortcut cake taste as homemade as possible, we add one more egg than called for on the box and use melted butter instead of oil. To make this shortcut cake even easier, you can simply follow the directions on the box and then fold in the pineapple, coconut, and nuts. If you are really scrambling for time, you can also frost the cake with a can of store-bought vanilla or cream cheese frosting.
Preparation Time20 min
Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch baking dish
Our recipe for Shortcut Preacher Cake was inspired by this recipe for Preacher's Cake
- For the Cake:
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 2/3 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 4 eggs
- pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, divided
- 1 cup sweetened coconut
- For the frosting:
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, melted butter, eggs, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Gently stir in the crushed pineapple, walnuts, and coconut until combined. Pour into the greased baking dish.
Bake the cake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake completely before frosting, about an hour or more.
For the frosting: In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese, softened butter, vanilla, and salt. Whip until combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until it reaches your desired consistency.
After frosting the cake, sprinkle with chopped walnuts to garnish.
Want to learn how to make all of your cakes taste like they came from a bakery? Check out our helpful guide, 10 Cake Mix Hacks: How to Make a Cake Mix Taste Homemade
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