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Texas Tornado Cake is a delicious dessert that lives up to its name by being a whirlwind of flavor. It is a classic Southern cake that combines a moist, buttery cake with a rich pecan and coconut topping, all topped off with a sweet cream cheese frosting. The combination of textures and flavors in this cake creates a truly delightful treat.

To make a Texas Tornado Cake, you’ll need the following ingredients:

For the cake:
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 cups granulated sugar
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 2 large eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
– 1 cup chopped pecans

For the topping:
– 1 cup shredded coconut
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1 cup evaporated milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cream cheese frosting:
– 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
– 4 cups powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make Texas Tornado Cake:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and mix until well combined.

3. Stir in the crushed pineapple (with its juice) and chopped pecans. Mix until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

4. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan and spread it out evenly.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

6. While the cake is baking, prepare the topping. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the granulated sugar, evaporated milk, shredded coconut, and vanilla extract. Stir well and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

7. Remove the cake from the oven when it’s done and immediately pour the hot topping mixture over the hot cake. Spread it out evenly using a spatula.

8. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan.

9. In the meantime, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and butter until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, and continue beating until smooth and well combined.

10. Once the cake has cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake.

11. Cut into squares and serve. Enjoy the whirlwind of flavor that is Texas Tornado Cake!

This cake is perfect for any occasion, from family gatherings to potlucks. It’s a crowd-pleaser and will surely leave everyone wanting more.



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