Saturday, November 8, 2008

What's In a Box?

"This is Better Than Sex Cake," Mama Fran pointedly said after opening the fridge and setting down a whipped creamy rectangle of goodness. Greg's grandma has a way of dead pan frankness that can catch one offguard, that is, if they're not used to seeing sweet looking ladies tell like it is sometimes.

The second time I met Mama Fran she went from one topic to the next, inserting a conversation about pandas being shown porn to stimulate copulation, like she was discussing yesterday's weather. This is of course why I was instantly won over by her. A sweet little lady who isn't afraid to share her thoughts! Can't get enough.

It makes one pause, at least it did me. No sense in trying to assume how a sweet looking lady is going to act. She doesn't have to look rough around the edges to be able to let loose.

Back to the cake. It truly was quite delicious. Not, better than sex. Well, then again, I guess that depends upon your history.
So, for those of you who want to try it out, here you go:

Better Than Sex Cake

1 yellow box cake (plus whatever the ingredients are on the back of the box)
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
1 C sugar (or less depending upon your sweet tooth)
1 small instant package of vanilla pudding + milk (for the pudding)
1 1/2 C heavy whipping cream
1/2 C sugar
1-2 C shredded coconut

1. Bake the cake per the directions on the box. If you have something a little larger than a 9 1/2" by 13" pan, use that. Otherwise, your end product will be over the top of the pan.
2. While the cake is baking, put the pineapple and 1 C sugar in a pot. Bring it to a boil.

3. Let the pineapple sugar mixture cool down. Poke holes in the top of the cake with a fork. Spread pineapple mixture on top of the cake.
4. Make the vanilla pudding and spread on cake before it sets. Refrigerate until set.

5. Make thick whipping cream by mixing the sugar and cream with a blender until it's sufficiently thick. Spread the whipping cream on top of the pudding and put the cake back in fridge to set.

6. Sprinkle liberally with shredded coconut.

7. Enjoy! Before...during...or after!

1 comment:

HLM said...

I made this cake once and it is pret-ty darn tasty! My recipe called it "Better than Brad Pitt" cake. Well, it was a close call, but I would have to say the cake, um, took the cake! Now, if had been called "Better than Ewan McGregor Singing His Heart Out" cake, well, I'm not sure the cake would have cut it!