Pineapple Express

n. a weather condition made of a jet stream of wet, warm air that reaches western North America from the Pacific Ocean, usually by way of Hawaii, and causes heavy rainfall.

Or a delicious easy-to-make cake. Growing up my grandmother, whom I call  Nanny, made a dip of  just cream cheese and pineapple for chip-dipping. Plain ruffles.  It’s  simple,  some think strange, until they taste it.  I haven’t seen anyone eschew it yet. The only down side to this wonderful dip is we usually end up eating an entire bag of chips in one sitting. A big bag.  Even after we have already had dinner.

Then I found this salty treat’s sweet counterpart.  Pineapple Cream Cheese Cake. Perfect when the craving hits and you want to consume 500 calories instead of 1,000. (Calorie counts are an exaggeration.  I think.) I found the topping recipe first, and used a gold cake recipe so it had something to cling to. I could have eaten a bowl of the topping like pudding. As a semi-civilized person I decided against that. You can use a sheet pan, 9×13, cupcake, or any other volume equivalent pan. I used the pineapple tidbits, but you can use any size pineapple you like. The cake recipe instructions are for the hand method, mixing time will be less  if using a mixer.

Quick Gold Cake

from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook

2 1/4 c cake flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 1/4 c sugar

1/2 c vegetable oil

1 c milk

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to *350. Butter and lightly flour two 8-inch round cake pans. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl. Stir in the oil and milk, and beat for two minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another two minutes. Pour into pans and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a  toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pans before turning out onto rack to cool.

Pineapple Topping

from The  Bicentennial Cookbook by The Women Auxilary of the Co-Operative Farmers Night Market, Scranton, PA

8 o cream cheese

1 3.4 o instant vanilla pudding

1 1/4 c milk

Beat together and spread on cooled cake.

Layer pineapple on top.

Top with Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream.

You can also add nuts or coconut on top if so desired.

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