My kids were going at this as soon as it was cooled off. The combination of the vanilla bean and crushed pineapple makes me feel like I am in the tropics. If I could just get the weather to be 20 degrees warmer, then it would be Paradise!
It finally feels like Spring here in Maine with 75 degrees temperature, so I am not complaining at all. Lunches on the bay, with a cool breeze. Happy Hours on the weekends with friends, I can feel summer right around the corner.
- 1 20 oz.can Crushed Pineapple
- 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
- 1 Package Instant Vanilla Pudding ( 4 serving size)
- 4 eggs
- ¾ cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 Vanilla Bean Pod, split in half, vanilla scraped with spoon or 1TBSP Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp butter melted
- Confectioners Glaze: Combine ½ cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon cold milk; whisk until completely combined. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spray a 12-cup bundt pan with cooking spray.
- Drain pineapple; measure ¾ cup juice to use with cake mix.
- Reserve remaining juice for the soaking mixture.
- Beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil and ¾ cup pineapple juice in large bowl with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
- Scrape half of a vanilla bean pod; combine with cake batter or mix 1 tablespoon vanilla extract into the cake batter.
- Fold in crushed pineapple.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake 38 to 42 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Soaking Mixture:
- Combine remaining pineapple juice, powdered sugar and melted butter in a small bowl while the cake is baking.
- Scrape the other half of vanilla bean pod and mix with juice mixture or stir in remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
- Remove cake from oven and set on a wire rack.
- Poke holes in cake with skewer at ½-inch intervals while still hot and in the pan.
- Pour soaking mixture over cake (NOTE: if soaking mixture begins to pool, poke additional holes). Allow to cool in pan 30 to 40 minutes, then flip cake upside down onto serving platter; remove pan. Cool completely then drizzle with Confectioners Glaze, if desired.
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