Grandma has been making this Swedish Nut Cake for as long as my aunts can remember. My mother, on the other hand, doesn’t remember having this cake as a child. Between you and I, let’s put more stock in my aunts’ memories than my mother’s. Besides being a delicious recipe, the best part of this recipe is it’s a one bowl recipe. Aaahhh sweet simplicity. And fewer dirty dishes. Amen.
Sift together 2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda.
I interrupt this post to show you eggs. I buy my eggs from a local farmer and it’s always a fun little surprise to discover what colors I’ve received. And what sizes.
Keeping to the one bowl promise, add eggs, 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple with juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix by hand.
Add 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I chose walnuts). The batter will be lumpy.
Pour into greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350* 30-35 minutes. Grandma’s recipe says 35 minutes but mine was finished at exactly 30 minutes. The cake will get dark, so don’t panic.
That right there is some delicious stuff. Grandma knows her cake recipes. Frost with cream cheese frosting when cool.
Then immediately remove the cake from your house because you will not be able to keep your hands off of it. You’ve been warned.
SWEDISH NUT CAKE
2 cups flour, sifted
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple with juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts (pecan or walnut)
Preheat your oven to 350*. Mix together flour, sugar and baking soda. Then add the eggs, crushed pineapple (with juice), vanilla extract and salt; mix by hand. Stir in chopped nuts. Pour into greased 9×13 pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Frost with cream cheese frosting when cool.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Beat cream cheese and butter with hand mixer until thoroughly mixed. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat for 4 minutes. Fold in chopped nuts. Frost cooled cake.