Any food with the word “lush” in it is going to get my attention. Not just because I happen to enjoy my vino a little excessively at times, but because it’s such a sexy sounding word, isn’t it? And this is a sexy-smooth little cake. It takes 5 minutes or less to make (if you are a cheater like me) and produces some nice ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd you’re feeding. You’ll feel guilty, but don’t. Instead take a bite, close your eyes and enjoy your lush…
Angel Lush with Pineapple
Adapted from Kraft. Yes, Kraft. And my Mom, Leah’s Mom and Shirley.
1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, in juice, undrained
1 pkg. vanilla flavored instant pudding (the kind you make in 5 minutes w/cold milk)
1 cup thawed Cool Whip, or you can make your own real whipped cream which would be even better!
1 round angel food cake, cut horizontally into 3 layers (buy pre-made at the grocery, or make your own)
Fresh berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – whatever you like
In a large bowl mix together well the whipped cream, pudding mix and whole can of crushed pineapple. Cut the angel food cake into 3 even layers of top, middle, bottom. Put a little dab of whipped cream in 3 places on the plate you’ll be putting the cake on, then place the first layer on top of those dabs – this helps the cake stay in place and not slide. Then take 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture and cover the bottom layer. Place middle layer on top and cover with another third of the whipped cream mixture. Put the final layer of the angel food on top and cover with remaining whipped cream. Decorate with berries and chill at least one hour prior to serving if you’ve got the time. Options: if the cake you have is small and the layers will be too thin, just cut it into 2 layers. You can also place thinly sliced fruit on the interior layers. Enjoy!