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Published Sep. 9, 2009

I would like the Texas tornado cake recipe from Duff's Family Buffet. It has crushed pineapple in it and a coconut topping. Thank you. Vickie Nichols, Largo

Anne Bryant of Sun City Center sends a recipe for Texas tornado cake, but it is not the recipe from Duff's Family Buffet. This is a very easy recipe to make, suited to any skill level. When I first read this recipe, I realized there's no fat in it, meaning no butter or oil, and there's no vanilla. Well, the lack of butter or oil didn't affect the taste, but I did miss the vanilla. Next time I would add a teaspoon. Also, Anne's version uses fruit cocktail to moisten the cake, but you could substitute the same amount of pineapple (though I suggest holding back some of the juice if using crushed pineapple). The recipe here does not reflect the addition of vanilla. It is just as Anne sent it.

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Texas Tornado Cake

For the cake:

11/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 cups fruit cocktail, including syrup

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 cups all-purpose flour

-1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1 cup chopped nuts

For the icing:

-1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

-3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

-1/2 cup evaporated milk

1 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix sugar, eggs, fruit cocktail, baking soda and flour together in a mixing bowl. Pour into a greased and floured 9- by 13-inch cake pan. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar and nuts; sprinkle over the batter.

Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.

While the cake is cooking, make the icing. Combine butter, brown sugar, evaporated milk and coconut in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and cook, boiling, for 2 minutes. Spoon over cake while hot. Let cake cool before serving.

Source: Anne Bryant, Sun City Center