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Fiesta in Your Mouth

November 8, 2010

Got the Monday blues?  This should cheer you right up.  Trust me on this one, it’s a winner. 

Recently, I was contacted by the folks at Lucky Leaf asking if I would be interested in reviewing some of their pie fillings.  I was super excited to see a trio of flavors arrive a few days later.


I scaled the internet, cookbooks, and my memory in search of a winning dessert to use in my taste testing.  When I was looking through my recipe box, I came across an old favorite that I received years ago from my mom’s best friend, Miss Judi.  It’s simply titled “Fiesta Cake” and I’ve used this easy dessert as a go-to for last minute dinner parties and treats to take to the office for birthday celebrations.  The original recipe, typed on a small note card, lists only four ingredients, but I was feeling extra creative in my simplicity and added a little pizzazz to the topping of the cake.


The instructions are so simple that it’s almost criminal to consider this a "recipe.”  Though, the results are so tasty that it doesn’t SEEM effortless – don’t you LOVE when that happens?104_6351

1 can crushed pineapple
1 can pie filling, (I used Lucky Leaf’s blueberry – but any berry or cherry flavor will do)
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 c butter or substitute, (the recipe called for 1 c, but using 1/2 worked just as well!)
1 c chopped pecans
2/3 c shredded coconut


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a 9×13 baking dish, spread the pineapple, followed by the pie filling and cake mix. Slice/cut butter into pieces and place evenly over the top of the layers.


3) Bake for 30 minutes.
4) While in oven, chop pecans. (this was the first time I used this hand-me-down mini processor – LOVED IT.)


5) Remove cake from oven, top with pecans and coconut.


6) Return to oven for 30 minutes.   104_6386

7) Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.


So simple!  Fiesta cake is delightful served warm or room temperature.  This dish is great for sharing or serving a group. 



What did I think about Lucky Leaf? 
Pie filling is something I typically purchase when I have a specific recipe in mind that I plan on making.  I don’t have a preferred brand, and usually just look for what is on sale. 

Compared to other blueberry pie filling I’ve had in the past, I really liked that Lucky Leaf was loaded with plump blueberries. It wasn’t 100% gel like other brands I’ve had; you could clearly see there was fruit inside.  It baked well, and the teaspoon I added to my plain Greek yogurt was a nice addition as well 😉

You can expect to see further thoughts on Lucky Leaf, and two additional recipes when I use the cherry and blackberry filling.

Do you have a favorite “throw together” recipe?  What’s your favorite dessert to make for potlucks and dinner parties?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2010 5:01 am

    That indeed is a fiesta in the mouth, the recipe looks so mouth watering and delicious, cant wait to try this one out.


  2. November 8, 2010 7:44 am

    Love the blueberry + pineapple combo!

  3. November 8, 2010 8:07 am

    Looks tasty!! Yum!

  4. November 8, 2010 8:38 am

    Yum! This looks just like a recipe my mom used to use when I was younger, but she called it “dump cake” because you just dump all the ingredients into a dish and bake it!

    I like how you combined 2 unlikely flavor combos! I have a feeling that blueberry filling was delicious!

  5. November 8, 2010 10:24 am

    My mom makes that cake with cherry pie filling, but she calls it dump cake. I like fiesta cake better! It’s one of my favorites. I think I might have to have her make it soon!

  6. November 8, 2010 1:58 pm

    That cakes looks amazing! Yummy!

  7. November 8, 2010 4:09 pm

    This cake was so good. I may have had some with my breakfast this morning. And will for dessert after dinner today. 😀


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