The Do Nothing Tornado Cake

This cake is like German Chocolate Cake and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake got together, got busy, and had a baby. Homemade german cake frosting covering a thick pineapple cake creates a sweet bite. Alright so, the “Do Nothing” part refers to the ease of this cake, you can make it even if you are or think you are a terrible baker (shout-out to a few friends in particular). And the “Tornado” part is because this cake has a crazy mix of ingredients all whipped together like a…wait for it…tornado!  The frosting and cake, each separately, can stand alone…but together, hot damn. I’m a huge fan of sheet cakes because they are easy and feed a ton. This one is so great gather, mix, pour, bake, eat! I gathered, my daughter mixed, I poured, we baked…then we eated 🙂


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20oz can crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes


For The Cake
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9×13 baking dish
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together by hand all of your cake ingredients: flour, baking soda, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and pineapple

  • Pour into your baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown

  • Cool almost completely then poke several holes in the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula

For The Frosting

  • In a medium-sized sauce pan, heat the butter, vanilla extract, evaporated milk, and sugar until it reaches a boil
  • Mix in your pecans and coconut and continue cooking for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly
  • Glob your frosting evenly over your cake 🙂

  • Let cake sit a little while to ensure the frosting soaks into your cake holes to create a sweet, moist, gooeyness. Hmm, cake holes?

  • This cake is great for mix-matching, try this frosting on a german chocolate cake and try this cake with a vanilla whipped cream-pudding frosting…you know me, I use what I have and have what I use.