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Tornado Cake

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


Texas Tornado Cake is a super easy and fast dessert recipe to whip together in a pinch. With just a few pantry staples you can have this delicious cake ready to serve in less than an hour!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes 


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
    2. In a large bowl, stir together all cake ingredients until blended.
    3. Pour into prepared dish and bake 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack and poke holes about 1 inch apart in the cake with a wooden skewer, chopstick, or handle of a wooden spoon.
    4. Combine butter, vanilla, evaporated milk, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium high heat, stirring often, until thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
    5. Remove from heat and stir in nuts and coconut flakes. Pour mixture over the cake while it is still hot and spread evenly. Let topping set a few minutes before serving for best results.

    Keywords: Texas Tornado cake, do nothing cake

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