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Experience the magic of simplicity with our Do Nothing Cake – a dessert that’s as effortless to make as it is delightful to savor. This old-fashioned classic earned its name because it’s so easy, you practically do nothing. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity; this moist pineapple and coconut cake, topped with a sweet pecan glaze, is a symphony of flavors that will transport you to a world of pure bliss. Let the aroma fill your kitchen as you effortlessly create a treat that’s perfect for any occasion.

Exciting Story: In our kitchen, where cherished recipes come to life, the story of the Do Nothing Cake unfolds. Picture the joy of throwing together a few ingredients, allowing the oven to work its magic, and ending up with a cake that captivates with every forkful. The first time we made this cake, the result was so deliciously surprising that it instantly became a family favorite. Now, we’re thrilled to share this recipe, inviting you to embrace the beauty of simplicity and the joy of doing nothing – at least when it comes to baking!

Why This Effortless Elegance: Do Nothing Cake Recipe: Unveiling Why This Recipe Is a Must-Try for Cake Lovers!

Selling Points:

  • Effortless Preparation: True to its name, this cake requires minimal effort, making it perfect for busy days or last-minute dessert needs.
  • Moist and Flavorful: Enjoy the moistness of pineapple and the sweetness of coconut, creating a texture that’s both light and satisfying.
  • Quick and Crowd-Pleasing: Whip up this cake in no time and watch it disappear even faster – a crowd-pleaser for potlucks, picnics, or family gatherings.
  • Pecan Glaze Perfection: The decadent pecan glaze takes this cake to the next level, adding a sweet, nutty finish.


  • For added texture, toast the chopped pecans before adding them to the icing.
  • If you’re a pineapple lover, consider adding a few extra pineapple tidbits to the batter for a burst of flavor.
  • This cake tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned?

While canned pineapple works well for this recipe, you can use fresh pineapple if you prefer. Ensure it’s finely chopped.

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Can I make this cake ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the cake a day in advance. Store it in the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature before serving.

Can I omit the coconut?

Certainly! If you’re not a fan of coconut, you can omit it from both the cake batter and the icing.

Embrace the joy of simplicity with our Do Nothing Cake – a dessert that lets you savor the beauty of effortless elegance. Bake, enjoy, and relish the deliciousness of a cake that’s as easy to make as it is delightful to savor!



Recipe by Alexandra
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  • For the Cake:
  • cups all-purpose flour

  • cups granulated sugar

  • large eggs

  • teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoon vanilla extract

  • can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained

  • For the Icing:
  • cup evaporated milk

  • cup granulated sugar

  • /2 cup unsalted butter

  • teaspoon vanilla extract

  • cup shredded coconut

  • cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat and Prepare:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  • Mix the Cake Batter:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, eggs, baking soda, vanilla extract, and undrained crushed pineapple. Mix until well combined.
  • Bake the Cake:
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Prepare the Icing:
  • While the cake is baking, combine evaporated milk, sugar, butter, and vanilla extract in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
  • Add Coconut and Pecans:
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in shredded coconut and chopped pecans.
  • Pour Icing Over Warm Cake:
  • Once the cake is out of the oven, pour the warm icing over the top, spreading it evenly.
  • Let it Set and Serve:
  • Allow the cake to cool and the icing to set before cutting into squares. Serve and enjoy!

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