Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mom's Easy Holiday Cake



Ingredients:
1 box prepared yellow cake mix
1 box instant pistachio pudding
1 container of cream cheese
1 20z can of drushed pineapple (drained)

 For topping: chopped nuts (we use walnuts) and/or toasted coconut

Instructions:

1. Prepare the cake according to box guidelines and let cool.
2. Make the pistachio pudding as directed. Add the cream cheese to the pudding a few scoops at a time and beat with electric beaters until mostly smooth.
3. After cake is cooled, top with the pineapple. Spread on the pistachio pudding, and then top with the cool whip. Finish with a sprinkle of nuts, toasted coconut, or whatever else sounds good! Store refrigerated.

**Tips**: Keep an eye on the coconut when toasting, browns quickly! We also used fat-free milk and cream cheese to make it a little lighter.



My Mom got this recipe from my Grandmother so I'd say this is a traditional family recipe thats been made for who knows how long! We make it about once a year at a holiday, and this year we had it for Christmas :) It's gotta be my favorite. It's nutty and sweet & so light and moist. And I'm sucker for cool pistachio green I guess! I'm sure some vegan substitutions can be made here but I'm not vegan so I'm really not sure, but I'm interested & I'd love to know if anyone tries a vegan version. Or, maybe I'll come up with one here soon!

6 comments:

  1. This reminds me so much of something my nana used to make. Which I haven't had forever since she passed away. I'm going to have to give this a go and find out :) Hope your Christmas was lovely!

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    1. It was indeed, same to you! Yay I'm glad someone else likes this kind of odd fruitcake thing, too! haha

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  2. This cake sounds amazing! My husband loves pineapple and coconut so I'm sure this would be a homerun for him. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Hope you have a great day! <3

    toni

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  3. That looks scrumptious! I love how pretty the toasted coconut looks on top of it, so fancy! It's great that you have a tradition that has lasted through the years-that's one of my favorite things about the holidays. :) Have a lovely day!

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