Saturday, May 2, 2020

Birthday Cake in the Time of Sheltering in Place

My husband's birthday was on April 22nd.  Since we are both over 60, we have been using a grocery pick-up service to avoid going to the store until things settle down a bit.  I couldn't see asking the shopper to pick out a birthday cake let alone a card.  But I did want to celebrate in some way.  I managed to arrange a Zoom call with our combined kids, granddaughter and all their significant others to wish him happy birthday.  It was a lot of fun!

But there was the question of a cake...and believe me, hubby loves cake almost as much as he loves me.  So I poked around in the pantry.  Fortunately I had a boxed cake mix, which I sometimes use to doctor up when I need to take a dessert to take to our monthly potluck with friends.  I also unearthed a can of pineapple in the back of the pantry that I had forgotten about.  It wasn't crushed pineapple but a whirl through the food processor solved that problem! I also had a container of Cool Whip, a box of instant vanilla pudding and enough pineapple for the cake and the icing.  Crisis solved!

So here is a recipe that turned out very well and was quite delicious.


1 box mix--yellow or white
1 cup of crushed pineapple with the juice
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil

1 container of Cool Whip
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup of crushed pineapple with juice


Combine all cake ingredients in a bowl, mixing well.  Pour batter into a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes (depends on your oven--your cake might need more or less time.)

For the frosting, combine the Cool Whip, pudding and pineapple and mix well.   

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  1. It looks delicious Peg! Happy birthday to the hub!

  2. Well done creativity!
    Happy Birthday!!!

  3. Yum, looks good and sounds easy. Your hunny is a year older than mine, lol.!

  4. I used to make that cake and it is so good! Thanks for sharing and happy birthday to your husband! It was my granddaughter's 20th birthday that day.

  5. Cake sounds really yummy! Thank you for sharing.