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Old Southern Yum Yum Cake Recipe

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If you’re looking for a classic Southern dessert, look no further than this Old Southern Yum Yum Cake Recipe! Dessert lovers today still favor this old southern recipe that has been passed down for generations.

southern yum yum cake close up.

Once you take one bite of this little-known southern dessert, the Classic Yum Yum Cake, it will become a staple in your dessert repertoire, and you will be hooked.

Why You’ll Love this Old Southern Yum Yum Cake

The combination of butter, pineapple, pecans, and coconut is gooey and delicious. It has a wonderful texture which is my favorite part of this Southern Yum Yum cake recipe. It has the right amount of sweetness without being over the top. I am sure it will be a hit at your family gatherings.

This traditional cake may also go by a few other names such as Texas Tornado Cake or Do Nothing Cake. Either way, it is still a dessert that your family will love.

If you are short on time, this Easy No-Bake Blueberry-Banana Cream Pie dessert is another awesome treat to try. I am sure your friends and family will love it as well!

yum yum cake old southern recipe.

This is not the modern Yum Yum Cake you may know

This Old Southern cake recipe is homemade from simple ingredients that combine flour, eggs, pecans, pineapple, and coconut to make a moist and flavorful dessert that has a thick layer of crackly crust on top.

Additionally, do not confuse this cake with the more modern Yum Yum Cake which combines yellow cake mix and whipped cream frosting, or the Cherry Yum Yum Cake, which is a dump cake.

Southern yum yum cake in cake pan.
Old Southern Yum Yum Cake

Now, let’s talk about the ingredients to make this awesome-tasting cake.

What You Need to Make This Recipe:

Ingredients for Old Southern Yum Yum Cake

For the cake:

  • 2 cups Self Rising Flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar (white granulated)
  • 2 cups of crushed pineapple. Make sure to drain the pineapple first.

For the icing:

  • 1 cup sugar (White granulated)
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (1 stick or 1 stick of margarine)
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup coconut (shredded)
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

Preparing this favorite southern cake is straightforward and requires very few tools. However, we will cover a few of them here, just in case.

Equipment needed to make Old Fashioned Yum Yum Cake:

  • Medium Bowl– medium-sized mixing bowl to mix ingredients in.
  • Wooden spoon or silicone spatula– used to mix the ingredients and to scrape the bowl as you pour the mixture into a cake pan.
  • 9 x 13 Baking Pan- I like to use a cake pan that has an included top. This way you can put the lid on for storage in the refrigerator if there are any leftovers.
  • Electric Mixer– makes the job easier and much less effort.
  • A saucepan is used to make the icing.

I absolutely adore my Cuisinart Power Advantage Hand mixer which I purchased in 2018 to replace the one that had stopped working. After trying out a few other brands, I ultimately settled on this one as the perfect fit for me.

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How To Make Yum Yum Cake

Step by Step Directions

Before we start, the first thing we need to do is preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using butter, vegetable shortening, or cooking spray, lightly coat the inside of a 9 x 13 cake pan. This is to help the cake not stick to the sides and bottom of the cake pan.

Greasing cake pan with butter to make yum yum cake.
I use butter to grease the cake pan.

Next, in a medium-sized bowl, add the flour, eggs, 2 cups of sugar, baking soda, and crushed pineapple.

Then, mix the ingredients until they are well incorporated using a whisk, wooden spoon, or silicone spatula. You could also use a hand mixer or stand mixer as well.

All the ingredients are in a bowl ready to be mixed for yum yum cake.

Now pour this mixture into the greased cake pan, spreading it out to create a nice even layer.

Pouring batter in cake pan for yum yum cake recipe.
Pour batter into well-greased cake pan.

Lastly, add the cake pan to the oven and bake dessert for 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.

Putting yum yum cake batter in the oven.
Adding cake to the oven.

How to make the icing:

While the cake is baking, it is time to make the icing. This is a simple but awesome-tasting icing that will absorb into the cake making it so moist and decadent.

To begin, you’ll need a small pot or saucepan. Turn the stove or burner on to medium-high heat. Add the butter and sugar, to the pan.

adding sugar to butter for yum yum cake topping.
Add sugar to melted butter.

As the butter melts, use a whisk to incorporate the sugar. Boil sugar and butter for about two to three minutes.

Mixing butter and sugar for yum yum cake topping.
Whisk to incorporate butter and sugar. Bring to a boil.

Next, turn the burner down to medium-low to low heat. Add in the milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Continue to whisk for 1 to 2 minutes then cut the burner or stove off.

Next, add the coconut and pecans to the mixture and stir to combine.

Adding chopped pecans to yum yum cake topping.
Adding chopped pecans.
adding coconut to yum yum cake topping.
Adding shredded coconut.

While the cake is still hot, pour the icing mixture over top of it, and spread it out until it covers the whole cake in a single layer.

pouring topping on top of the Yum Yum Cake.
Pour topping over the whole cake
spreading the topping on yum yum cake.
Using a spatula, spread the topping evenly

Leave the cake out at room temperature or until it has cooled and the icing has set, about 10 to 15 minutes. Now, it’s time to enjoy. Make sure to refrigerate this cake after it has cooled.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy this Old Southern Yum Yum Cake Recipe. I know it is always a hit around our house and at family gatherings. Although this recipe is not well known, the dessert is very unique and tastes like nothing you have tried before. It combines simple ingredients and doesn’t require many tools to make.

It can be whipped up in about 30 minutes so it can be added to your dessert repertoire. I know you may have oodles of Southern cake recipes, but I believe this one will be at the top!

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FAQ’s

Does this cake need to be refrigerated?

Yes. Since this cake contains evaporated milk, it is best to keep this cake refrigerated.

What do I do with the leftover cake?

If you happen to have leftover cake, you can use the top of the cake pan if you are using the one I mentioned in the tools needed. If you do not have a cover with your cake pan, just cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place it in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

What is Old Southern Yum Yum Cake?

Old Southern Yum Yum Cake is one of my favorite scratch recipes. It combines flour, eggs, sugar, butter, pineapple, coconut, and pecans to make a gooey and decadent Southern-style cake.

Is Southern Yum Yum Cake gluten-free?

This particular version of Old Southern Yum Yum Cake is not gluten-free. Feel free to change up the flour in the recipe to adjust it to your diet.

Does this cake need to be refrigerated?

In many cases, most cakes do not need to be refrigerated. With the Old Southern Yum Yum Cake, I would suggest refrigerating it simply because it contains milk in the icing.

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Old Southern Yum Yum Cake Recipe

This image shows a closeup of Old Southern Yum Yum Cake. The cake is sitting on a classic white dessert plate that has a little design around the rim of the plate. In the background you can see the edge of the cake pan which the rest of the cake is in.

The Old Southern Yum Yum Cake recipe is homemade from simple ingredients that combine flour, eggs, pecans, pineapple, and coconut to make a moist and flavorful dessert that has a thick layer of crackly crust on top.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Self Rising Flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 cups of crushed pineapple. Make sure to drain the pineapple first.

Icing

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick of unsalted butter (can use margarine)
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions

Cake Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 cake pan.
  3. Mix together flour, eggs, sugar, baking soda, and crushed pineapple.
  4. Pour mixture into greased cake pan. Spread in an even layer.
  5. Bake dessert at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick come out clean.

Icing Directions:

  1. Add butter and sugar to the saucepan. Turn the heat on to medium-high heat.
  2. Boil the sugar and butter mixture for one to two minutes.
  3. Turn down to medium-low heat. Add in milk. Cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the burner off.
  4. Add in coconut and pecans.
  5. Pour the mixture over the cake and spread in a single layer.
  6. Allow cooling to room temperature before serving.

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