Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing has a humble beginning, tracing back to rural communities where ingredients were pantry staples. It’s said that this cake was so simple and quick to make you could start baking it when you saw the preacher coming down the road and have it ready by the time he knocked on your door.

The preacher cake’s irresistible blend of spices, pineapple, and pecans, topped with creamy cheese icing, makes it a beloved treat across generations. Its enduring popularity lies in its simplicity, rich flavors, and the joy it brings to any gathering. So, I invite you to try your hand at this fuss-free recipe that’s perfect for bakers of all levels. Ready to be pleasantly surprised?

Origin and Significance

Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing earns its name from an endearing story of hospitality and readiness. In times gone by, households had to be ready for unannounced visits, particularly on Sundays.

The simplicity of the cake’s ingredients means that it can be whipped up at a moment’s notice. This delightful cake has roots deep in Southern cuisine, embodying the spirit of warmth and welcome that the region is famous for.

Over time, it has seen various tweaks. Some have added touches such as coconut or apple sauce, for a moist texture. Moreover, each bite carries a piece of history, a delicious nod to a time when unexpected guests could mean whipping up something special with whatever was on hand. Isn’t it fascinating how this cake brings joy to our taste buds and keeps these beautiful traditions alive?

Ingredients Of Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

preacher cake with cream cheese icing and chopped nuts in a 9x13 casserole dish

Prepare to create a dessert that’s as easy as pie or cake! Here’s everything you need:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour – for that perfect cake structure.
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda – to make our cake light and fluffy.
  • 1 teaspoon salt – just a pinch to balance the sweetness.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon – for a hint of warmth.
  • 2 cups sugar – because what’s a cake without the sweet?
  • 3 eggs – they’re the glue holding our masterpiece together.
  • 1 cup vegetable oil – for moisture that lasts days.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract – a splash of essence for that aromatic charm.
  • 1 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple with juice – for a tropical twist.
  • For crunch in every bite, 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided.
  • 1 cup flaked coconut (optional) – for an extra layer of flavor and texture. (Skip if you’re not a coconut fan, no biggie!)

For the Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, room temperature – the star of our icing.
  • For that creamy, rich base, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature.
  • Powdered sugar – add till you reach your desired sweetness and consistency.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Substitutions & Quality Ingredients

  • Gluten-free? Swap in your favorite GF flour blends in place of all-purpose flour.
  • Dairy issues? There are some great vegan cream cheese and butter substitutes out there.
  • Egg-free? Flaxseed or chia eggs do wonders.

Remember, the key to the Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing lies in the quality of ingredients. Fresh eggs, quality flour, and real vanilla extract make all the difference. Choose your ingredients with care because this isn’t just any cake. It’s an experience, a tradition, and a treat about home, hospitality, and history. Ready to mix up some magic?

Step-by-Step Recipe

Now, roll up those sleeves and get ready for some baking fun. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to creating a divine Preacher Cake.

Preparing the Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. This is crucial for getting that perfect bake.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Whisk them together till they’re best friends.
  3. Beat in the sweet stuff. Add 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs, 1 cup vegetable oil, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract to the dry mixture. Get your mixer out, blend it on medium speed until smooth, and love it.
  4. Fold in the fun. Gently stir in a 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple (with the juice), 1 cup of chopped pecans, and 1 cup of flaked coconut. This is where the magic starts to happen.
  5. Bake to perfection. Pour the batter into a greased 13×9 baking pan and smooth the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. It’s done once the cake is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Cream together with the base. With your electric mixer, whip 1 package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, and vanilla until it’s fluffy and light – about 2 minutes should do it.
  2. Sweeten the deal. Gradually add powdered sugar to the mixture. Keep going until you’re smiling at the taste and texture. Remember, it’s all about what feels right for you.

Cake Assembly Tips

  • Cool down. Patience is key. Allow your cake to cool completely before frosting. Warm cake and icing are a no-go.
  • Smooth moves. Use an offset spatula for icing. It gives you control and spreads evenly.
  • Garnish galore. Sprinkle the remaining chopped pecans over the top for that final chef’s kiss.

There you have it! Slice, serve, and watch as joy unfolds. Memories are just a bite away with this Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing.

Baking Tips and Tricks for Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

preacher cake with cream cheese icing in a white casserole dish

Achieving the perfect Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing involves more than following the recipe. Here are some essential tips and tricks to ensure your cake turns out beautifully every time.

Oven Temperature and Baking Time Recommendations

  • Check your oven’s accuracy. Oven temperatures vary, so use an oven thermometer to ensure accurate baking temperatures.
  • Avoid opening the oven door. It’s tempting to check on your cake but keep the door closed to maintain a consistent temperature. Instead, check the cake only towards the end of the recommended baking time.

Achieving the Perfect Texture and Flavor

  • Ingredients at room temperature. Ensure your eggs, butter, and cream cheese are at room temperature to blend smoothly and evenly.
  • Do not overmix the batter. Once you add the flour, mix just until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can lead to a dense cake.
  • The power of pineapple. The crushed pineapple adds moisture and acts as a natural sweetener. Ensure to use it with its juice for the best results.

Common Mistakes While Baking Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

  • Measuring Flour Correctly. Spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level it off instead of scooping directly with it, which can lead to too much flour.
  • Skipping the toothpick test. Don’t just rely on timing. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake towards the end of baking. If it comes out clean, your cake is done.
  • Rushing the cooling process. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before frosting it. Frosting a warm cake can lead to a melty, messy icing.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll avoid common pitfalls and enhance the texture, flavor, and overall appearance of your Preacher Cake.

Serving and Presentation for Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Once your Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing is ready and waiting, turning the moment of serving into an unforgettable experience is all about creativity and presentation. Here are some tips to make your cake even more irresistible.

Creative Ways to Serve

  • Individual Treat: Instead of serving the cake as traditional slices, consider cutting it into squares and placing each piece on a decorative mini plate. It creates a personal touch that guests will appreciate.
  • Layer It Up: For a more sophisticated presentation, you could cut the cake into smaller squares or circles using a cookie cutter, then layer them with additional cream cheese frosting between each layer, making a mini cake stack.

Pairing Suggestions

  • Drinks: A classic pairing with Preacher Cake is a hot cup of coffee; its bitterness contrasts nicely with the sweet creaminess of the cake. For tea lovers, a spiced chai or Earl Grey tea also complements the cake’s flavors. If you’re leaning towards something colder, a glass of milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side never fails.
  • Additional Desserts: For those who want to go the extra mile, serving the cake with a side of fruit compote or a drizzle of caramel sauce can add another dimension of flavor. A light sorbet, like lemon or raspberry, can refresh the palate between cake bites.

Variations of the Recipe

Adapting the Preacher Cake to cater to various taste preferences and dietary restrictions can add a refreshing twist to this beloved dessert. Whether for a special occasion or to accommodate dietary needs, modifying the recipe allows everyone to enjoy this delightful treat. Here are some ideas on keeping Preacher Cake’s essence while experimenting with new flavors and ingredients.


The Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing stands as a testament to the power of simple, wholesome ingredients to create a dessert that feels like home. Its versatility and ease of adaptation make it a favorite among bakers of all ages.

Whether you’re seeking to impress guests at a dinner party, celebrate a family occasion, or simply indulge in a sweet treat, this cake is for you. Remember, the secret to a memorable Preacher Cake is to follow the recipe and make it your own.

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Happy baking, and may your Preacher Cake be the centerpiece of many joyous occasions!

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preacher cake with cream cheese icing and chopped nuts

Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Preacher Cake with Cream Cheese Icing is so simple and quick to make. It's irresistible blend of spices, pineapple, and pecans, makes it a beloved treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 9×13 casserole
  • 1 mixer



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 11/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside
  • Combine sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla in a large bowl then mix on mediumlow speed with an electric mixer until creamy
  • Slowly mix flour mixture into wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Add pineapple (undrained), 1 cup chopped pecans and coconut then continue mixing on medium-low speed until all ingredients are thoroughly combined
  • Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Pour cake batter into pan then bake at 350℉ for 45-50 minutes or until cake is set in the center and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool cake completely in pan then the frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chopped pecans over cake. Store in refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Icing

  • Mix the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together on medium speed until thoroughly combined.
  • Use a spatula to scrape the mixture down from the sides of the bowl before moving on to add powdered sugar.
  • Start your mixer and add the powdered sugar into the mixing bowl a little at a time. Keep it on low until the cream cheese/butter and powdered sugar are blended to light and fluffy.
  • Taste your icing. Adjust to your liking. Save in the Fridge for a few hours if desired.
  • Double the frosting if making into a layer cake to ensure you have enough.


Calories: 460kcal (23%) | Carbohydrates: 79g (26%) | Protein: 5g (10%) | Fat: 14g (22%) | Saturated Fat: 9g (56%) | Cholesterol: 77mg (26%) | Sodium: 468mg (20%) | Potassium: 77mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 54g (60%) | Vitamin A: 350IU (7%) | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 17mg (2%) | Iron: 2mg (11%
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