We’ve been getting pounded with snow in Michigan. I do love it, but at times I think about warmer weather and what it would be like just to have a little break from the cold snow, to enjoy the sun, just for a little while. Maybe in….Hawaii?!
When my husband was growing up, his Uncle was in the army. He was stationed in Hawaii for about six years. During that time, my husband’s family took a once in a lifetime trip and went to visit. For a week, amongst many other things, they got to swim on the secluded beaches that were for military only, they hiked and explored the natural wonders of the islands and even toured the Dole Pineapple Factory. He said he’ll never forget that trip, all the adventures, the way he remembers them as a nine-year old boy.
This recipe came from that trip to Hawaii. My husband’s Grandmother and his mother made this recipe for years. It was such a favorite of my husband’s that he actually chose it as the groom cake at our wedding.
Hawaiian Sheet Cake
- 1 large can of crushed pineapple, with juice
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp soda
- 1 tsp salt (scant)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 stick butter
- 1 box powdered sugar (4 cups)
- 1/2 cup or more chopped nut meats (macadamia preferred)
For Cake: Heat crushed pineapple with juice and stick of butter. Remove from heat. Add sugar and beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla. Beat in flour, soda and salt. Stir in sour cream. Pour into a prepared cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
For Frosting: Add milk and butter to saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add 1 box powdered sugar. Spread onto cake when still warm. Top with nuts.
The last thing that needed to be added was the nuts. While the recipe suggests macadamia nuts, it was always served with walnuts at our family functions, so that’s what I used. Any kind would be fine. I cut them into pieces and sprinkled them on.
So if you’re wishing for a little taste of warmer weather, turn your Pandora radio onto tropical, ukulele music. Jack up your thermostat and put on your grass skirt. Whip up a Hawaiian Sheet Cake and “get away” from the cold and snow for just a little while!