Monday, 1 July 2013

Canada Day Cake, or, My far too many hours playing on Pinterest pays off


So this was my desert contribution to my pal Kelly's Canada Day BBQ.  Many friends on Facebook have asked what it is, so here you go!

The Cake:
1 box of Angel Food cake mix
1 can of crushed pineapple.

That's it.  Just mix the 2 together and bake according to the instructions on the cake mix box.  Normally I don't go for anything in a box or can  - the 4 Food Groups are NOT things from a box, things from a can, things from a bag and things from the freezer!!!  But in this case I made an exception because it's a famous recipe and frankly, I had other recipes on the go and I was scared I'd run out of time if I tried doing it from scratch.  Plus the juice from the can of pineapple is a crucial part of this recipe.  I heard about this recipe many years ago well before the days of Pinterest.  Naturally, I found it on line so I could pin it, lol. 

I found another pin about using coconut milk rather than whipped cream.  I LOVE coconut!  So the white topping you see in the picture is not whipped cream or icing.  Coconut combined with the pineapple in the cake...  fab-u-lous!  I also sprinkled a little bit of shredded coconut on the non-strawberry covered part of the cake.  Why did I not sprinkle shredded coconut all over the cake before putting the strawberries on, you ask?  Cuz I totally forgot I had bought shredded coconut - Oops!

I used an egg slicer to cut the strawberries, and then just placed them on top to make the flag.  I'm must say, I'm rather impressed with how the art work turned out.  Drawing with strawberry slices isn't a precise medium, but if you hold the picture far away and squint and let your vision go out of focus, it looks exactly like our Canadian flag, eh!!!

I've now done nearly 2 dozen things I've pinned, so I have made a board just for those things.  On it you'll find the instructions for the cake and coconut "whipped" topping.  It also has the refreshing watermelon "Cool Down Summer Salad" which I also made today, and was really, really good.  I'm kicking myself because I forgot to take a picture of it.  I even had a really pretty serving dish for it.  Oh well, I'm sure I'll make it again this summer. 

Here is the link to my "Completed Pins" board if you'd like to follow:

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