Last week I decided I would begin making recipes from the Keiser’s Kitchen cookbook, a cookbook compiled in 1969 by the Keiser Elementary School PTA moms as a Halloween fundraiser. First up: the Yum Yum Cake, a recipe submitted by Cleo Woodard.
Mrs. Woodard was a friend of my Nana’s. They were both members of the Sunshine Club. Although I know zero about the Sunshine Club’s mission, I bet the ladies did selfless things for the area and took turns bringing amazing desserts (like the Yum Yum Cake) to eat while discussing issues of the day. I remember snippets about Mrs. Woodard mainly because my sister and I, along with several of our friends, took ballet lessons in her home from her daughter, Annelle.
That’s me on the far right side wearing green. My sister is on the opposite side wearing the matching outfit in orange. We always matched. Always.
My best friend, Anita, is standing beside me with the perfectly pointed toe. There’s more I could say about this picture, but I should get on to the recipe. It’s a keeper.
(One thing to note about this and many of the dishes in the Keiser’s Kitchen cookbook…recipes call for margarine or oleo. I never buy margarine, and I’m not sure what oleo is. I substituted unsalted butter 1:1 with no problem.)
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons soda
- 2 cups crushed pineapple
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 stick margarine (I used butter)
- 1 small can Pet milk (5 oz)
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased 9x13" pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until it tests done in a 350 degree oven.
- Ice while still warm.
- Boil sugar, margarine and milk for two minutes (stir constantly).
- Remove from heat. Add coconut, vanilla and pecans.
- Pour over cake while still warm.
This cake lives up to its name. In fact, I think it should be called the Yum Yum Eat Em Up Cake. It tastes a bit like pineapple upside down cake. The icing makes it super moist and gooey. I’m pretty sure I said “yummmmmmmm” at least once while tasting it.
You will too.
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Yum Yum Eat Em Up – Little Rascals (sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
P.S. The Little Rascals clip above (The Wild Man of Borneo) gave me nightmares for years!