Recently I was trolling around Pinterest, as I seem to do more and more these days, and I came across a recipe that looked super easy and like it might not be TERRIBLE, and okay – I was hungry. So I printed it out and the next day I went to the grocery store and bought the two – TWO! – ingredients I needed to make it.
I can’t find the original recipe, but I followed the instructions at That’s My Home. I imagine it originally came from Weight Watchers, but the recipe on the WW site calls for powdered pudding mix and Cool Whip, neither of which I used.
(As an aside, several years ago Fred used to hang out on a weight loss forum where women regularly traded recipes, many of them Weight Watchers recipes. He snarks that every Weight Watchers recipe starts with a can of pumpkin and a cake mix. Ha.)
An Angel Food Cake mix (it doesn’t have to be Duncan Hines, it can be any brand) and a 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple. That’s ALL. You don’t need eggs or oil or any of that stuff – just the mix and the pineapple. Please note: you MUST use the angel food cake mix that is a single packet. There’s apparently an angel food cake mix out there that has two packets you mix together. That WILL NOT WORK for this recipe. You should be able to tell whether there’s one packet or two by checking the directions on the back. Thanks go to Tina, who gave me the heads up on that little fact!
Awww, Inspector Magoo! Obviously I made this cake and took these pictures before they went off to Petsmart.
Nosy little brat, isn’t he?
Empty the mix into a bowl, add the can of pineapple (DO NOT drain it first!), and stir until it’s mixed. You could use an electric mixer; I just stirred it by hand.
Pour it into a 9×13 pan (the instructions didn’t say whether to grease the pan first; I used Baker’s Joy, just to be safe, because I hate it so when cake sticks to the pan. Drives me NUTS.)
You can see that the batter got all fizzy once it combined with the liquid in the can of fruit. I made sure to preheat the oven before I started mixing the batter, so that the cake could go straight into the oven.
Bake the cake in accordance with the instructions on the back of the box.
The cake, done.
Yeah, I have no defense for this picture. Shaddup.
I can tell y’all that Fred absolutely LOVED the pineapple angel food cake. I thought it was okay, but I’m not super crazy about the texture of angel food cake, so I only ate a few pieces. It’s a good cake to have around for when you’re craving something sweet and cakey.
I thought that perhaps the same recipe would be good with other kinds of fruit, so I gave it a try with a can of blueberries. The flavor of the blueberry angel food cake was good, but the cake fell in the middle, perhaps because there was more liquid in the can of blueberries. We ate around the edge and gave the rest to the chickens.
I also tried it with a can of cherries, and no. Just no – the flavor was really weird, and even Fred – who loves the hell out of cherries – wasn’t interested in it. (But the chickens loved it!)
So in closing, if you like angel food cake and you want to have something low-calorie and tasty on hand, this stuff is really good and I suggest you give it a try. It certainly won’t take much time out of your day!
- 1 package angel food cake mix - the one with a single bag of mix, NOT the one with two bags that you mix together. The one with two bags WILL NOT WORK.
- 1 can crushed pineapple -- 20 Ounce Can
- Combine angel food cake mix and (undrained) crushed pineapple in large bowl.
- Mix (you can use a mixer, but it's pretty easy to mix by hand.)
- Bake according to instructions on the back of the box.