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Do Nothing Cake

This "Do Nothing" cake is so easy to make and it tastes as good as it looks and smells ohh boy! HEAVEN ON EARTH! I made this yesterday to take to a church dinner today. This is the first time I have ever taken a cake to a dinner and only brought home 3 pieces! It was a huge hit. I made it like the recipe said although I also poked holes in it as soon as I took it out of the oven and then immediately dumped the topping on. It is one of those cakes that make you look like a hero! It's super moist and tastes super rich. 

This is a rich dense cake like my mother-in-law used to make in rural East you would take to family gatherings...the old recipes always had condensed milk and real butter somewhere...looking for comfort food? This one reminds you of how the wonderful cooks of the forties and fifties used to do it.....Husbands will love a taste of how grandma used to make a extra special treat for the family or used to take it to the church social! If your cake turned out soggy, you probably under cooked it..must test with a tooth pick that comes out clean..and be sure you boil the frosting a full 5 minutes until it starts to" thicken"and turns a little brown...Then remove from the heat and add vanilla, coconut and pecans. Allow to cool..

I'm not a baker, not a cook as a manner of fact. But this was easy, had most of the ingredients already. Quick and easy to take along for a picnic or whatever.  I look forward to baking this one again!

Do Nothing Cake



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 16 ounces crushed pineapple, undrained


  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3⁄4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Place first 6 ingredients in a bowl & mix until blended with spoon.
  2. Pour into 13x9 inch cake pan.
  3. Bake at 350°F 35-40 minutes.
  4. For Icing: Mix butter, sugar and evaporated milk together and cook over medium heat until a little thickened. (This usually takes about 5 minutes at a boil).
  5. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients.
  6. Pour over hot cake.


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