This recipe is offered by Pat Squire, of Portland, Oregon. She says it can be quickly beaten, baked, and served with tea [or something stronger], or as a delightful conclusion to a meal.  Personally, I think it would be an ideal complement to a barbecued protein, especially pork. I’ve provided italicized notes for those with dietary concerns and/or an adventurous spirit. The only thing I can’t suggest as an alternative is the use of sugar, as substitutes will change the texture as well as the flavor. Do let me know if you find a means for resolving this concern satisfactorily…


2      Eggs, beaten 

​Add: 1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple [undrained]
2  Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
2  Teaspoons Baking soda

Pour batter into 9 x 13 inch pan [greased or lined with parchment paper]
Bake at 350º Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes
Cool in pan 

Blend the following ingredients to a smooth texture
1 lb. Confectioners’ Sugar
    [Also known as icing or powdered sugar, you can make your own by finely grinding 1 cup of sugar plus a        tablespoon of cornstarch in a blender or food processor]
3 oz cream cheese 

     [if you’re concerned about lactose intolerance, use a cream cheese substitute]
1/3 Cup Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Salt [if using salted butter, this can be reduced]
1/3 Cup Milk [you can use almond or cashew milk if needed]
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

While fresh pineapple does not work well in many baked goods, decorating this cake with small pieces of fresh pineapple, or slivers of unsalted macadamia nuts can add a final celebratory note.

In September 2018, I visited Portland, Oregon, where I was pleased to announce that Murder on Mokulua Drive has been nominated as a finalist in the fiction category of the Arizona Literary Excellence Contest. I was honored to address creative writing students at my former high school and a combined meeting of book clubs in Lake Oswego…and I attended the 50th Reunion of the Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1968.

Enlivened by their own travels, the book club members [of the American Association of University Women] were articulate in their exploration of my author experiences. It was such a pleasure to visit with these women…I only wish I had had time to learn more about their individual lives.

I’m delighted that mystery devotee Pat Squire offered this recipe that she has shared at fundraising events for several decades! Following her education in journalism and literature, Pat had a successful career in advertising in San Francisco. Later, she became the director of alumni relations for Portland State University, where she engaged alumni through weekend events featuring noted speakers…and an occasional taste treat. I appreciate her kind words of support for the Natalie Seachrist mysteries and anticipate fulfillment of her own goals. As she says, “Somewhere, I have a book in me, and am constantly figuring out the plot.”

Prospect for Murder, Murder on Mokulua Drive, Murders of Conveyance

Prospect for Murder, Murder on Mokulua Drive, Murders of Conveyance