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Easy Granny Cake Recipe

Cake Recipe is a classic, oldie but goodie!! Delicious yellow cake is topped with brown sugar and pecans, then drizzled with a delicious maple glaze. This recipe takes boxed cake mix to the ultimate level!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake mix, easy dessert, pineapple
Servings: 12
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Casey Rooney


For the cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple WITH juices
  • 1 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1 cup chopped/crushed pecans walnuts work, too! (See Note 1)

For the glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp heavy cream See Note 2
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9 x 9 pan* with cooking spray (See Note 3).
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, oil and crushed pineapple with the the juices. Beat with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes until everything is smooth and combined (there will be some lumps from the pineapple!). If you don't have an electric mixer you can mix with a wooden spoon or whisk.
  • Pour cake batter evenly in your baking pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and pecans. Spread entire mixture over the top of the cake batter, making sure you generously cover all parts of the cake!
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Note: If sugar or nuts begin to brown too much, cover the pan with foil for the remaining bake time.
  • While cake is baking, make the glaze by mixing together powdered sugar, cream and maple syrup until smooth (See Note 4).
  • Remove from oven and allow the cake at least 15 minutes to cool. To serve, cut into squares and drizzle the glaze over the top.


Note 1: You can chop the nuts or buy them pre chopped.
Note 2: Milk or half and half can be used in place of heavy cream. Just note that you will need LESS milk or half and half since they are thinner than cream.
Note 3: For faster baking time and thinner cake, use a 9 x 12 pan and adjust baking time down 10-15 minutes.
Note 4: The maple glaze is highly recommended but optional. You can also enjoy this cake with ice cream, whipped cream or "plain!"
Nutrition based on one serving of cake without glaze. Nutrition info is an estimate based on The Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator.


Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 52.6g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 17.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 35.5g | Vitamin D: 5µg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg
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