Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Mom's Favorite - Granny Cake

What a wonderful and easy one-bowl cake!  I love moist cakes, and this one really 'takes the cake'....(OK - forgive me for that one)  

My mom loved this cake and I can't make it without thinking of her and her love of being in the kitchen..and how she showed us her love by the delicious creations she made there.  

You can't really see how wonderfully moist it is in this picture, but trust me, it is. The sauce that is poured over the top puts it 'over the top'....

If you prefer, frost the cooled cake with cream cheese frosting instead of using the liquid topping....then sprinkle with nuts.  

But it won't be nearly as moist. I'm a huge fan of cream cheese, but I do prefer the cooked topping instead.


2 c. sugar
(I cut it back to 1-1/2 and use 1/2 c. of that in Splenda)
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 (20ozs) can crushed pineapple, undrained

1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. chopped nuts
1/4 c. sugar
1 stick margarine
1 c. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9" X 13" baking dish.  Mix sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and eggs together.  Add pineapple and blend well.  Pour into prepared pan.  Combine brown sugar and nuts; sprinkle over top before baking. Bake about 30 - 40 minutes.
(If using Splenda - will bake faster)

Combine remaining sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk; bring to a boil, then add vanilla.  Pour over hot cake and let stand.  Serve warm or cold.

This post has been linked to Melt in Your Mouth Monday


  1. Oooooh yes! One of the best cakes ever. Love the flavors and textures of this one!!! So good with coffee...

  2. Wow! It really does look moist Marsha! The topping sounds heavenly! I love when a recipe reminds you of someone special! Those are the best kind of recipes! :)

  3. Oh, this is very intriguing with that topping! We love super moist cakes like this, too! I'm writing some of the ingredients on my grocery list! thanks, marsha!

  4. Pineapple....one of my favorites. This is definitely going on the to-make list. And it is on the same page as the earthquake cake in your cookbook. Two recipes, same page, kill two birds with one stone....YIPPIE!!

  5. I have seen cakes like this, but not with the yummy sounding topping. I bet it's great!

  6. This looks so good! I love pineapple :) And any food that brings up memories is great in my book!

  7. This cake sounds wonderful! Im planning on making it soon.

  8. All I can say is yum, yum and yum!!! Thanks so much for linking up to 2 Maids a Baking!!

  9. Oh I hope you come back tomorrow to post this for Made it on Monday! :)

    Sounds yummy!

  10. This sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing your treasured recipe.

  11. Had this for the first time today...absolutely amazing!!

  12. Do you have to poke holes in the cake before you pour on the warm topping? Thank you.

  13. Awesome post! This looks delicious!

    I would love for you to link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!



  14. This looks so good! I will be trying this recipe out! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully you will want to follow me back! Nicole

  15. We have small group this week. I'm going to take this. Otherwise, I'll make it and eat the whole thing myself. Looks so yummy.

  16. This looks really good!

  17. What a delicious looking cake Marsha! I'm printing this to make on Sunday. My mom is coming over to spend the day with us and I think this will be a perfect end to dinner. Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend friend!

  18. I have this same recipe and a friend gave it to me probably 38 years ago, but she called it Swedish Nut Cake! I've seen it by other names, too. Her version had the cream cheese icing, so I'll have to try it with your version. Yum!!

  19. Oh goodness this sounds so good! You've been giving me so many great cake ideas lately I don't know where to start, but I'm pinning it!