Pineapple upside down takes the cake.

Baking is not my strong suit so when asked to bring dessert to “games night” at friends I strongly considered leaving it to the professionals. However, since I’ve been trying so hard to stick to a pretty healthy eating plan, I thought maybe doing something where I knew the ingredients would be a better call.

Although for almost all my culinary adventures I’m up for doing from scratch. This past weekend I opted for the simplest most idiot proof cake I know. 1 box angel food cake mix and 1 can crushed pineapple – mix – bake – serve with cool whip. It’s easy and, surprisingly, good enough to serve to guests (or in my case bring to a party).

I’d remembered that the cake was pretty hard to remove from the tube pan so I thought it would be prudent to line the bottom with parchment to make sure I had a pretty top to serve. All was going along well until I turned the cake over to cool. The top rim and sides stayed firmly attached to the tube pan but the nicely lined base of course did not. Before I could right the cake I had a ring of hot sticky angel food cake on the counter.

All I could do is laugh. I put the mangled cake on a plate and arranged it as well as I could but as a cake it was a dismal failure. As I was picking at the pieces, and thinking how really yummy it was, I had a stroke of genius. Could I turn this into a trifle? And thus the “Pina Colada Trifle” was born.

Pina Colada Trifle
In a pretty glass bowl layer:
– slices of cake
– pineapple tidbits (1 20oz can drained)
– pineapple whip
– flaked sweetened coconut (about 1 cup total)

1 Angel Food Cake Mix (just add water variety)
1 20oz can crushed pineapple (in pineapple juice or water not syrup)

Empty cake mix into a very large bowl.
Add whole can of crushed pineapple with juice and stir together for about a minute (it will foam up and be very fluffy).
Bake according to box directions. I find it usually takes the maximum minutes on the box as it is a very moist mix.
Cool cake completely.
Slice into thin slices (20 or so).

Pineapple Whip
Fat Free Cool Whip (1 container thawed)
1 4oz can crushed pinapple (or as much as desired)

Drain crushed pineapple.
Mix crushed pineapple and cool whip together and keep cool.

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