Hawaiian pineapple cake

This Hawaiian Pineapple Cake is a delightful tropical treat, perfect for any occasion. It features a moist and flavorful cake with crushed pineapple, topped with a rich and creamy cream cheese frosting. The optional addition of coconut and nuts adds an extra layer of texture and taste, making it a truly irresistible dessert.


For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 can (20 oz) of crushed pineapple (undrained) in its own juice (not syrup)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Coconut for garnish (optional)


Cake Preparation:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the cake ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, and the undrained can of crushed pineapple. If using, add the chopped nuts.
  3. Mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Making the Frosting:

  1. In a bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract together until creamy.
  2. Gradually mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

Assembling the Cake:

  1. Once the cake is baked, remove it from the oven but keep it warm.
  2. Frost the warm cake with the cream cheese frosting.
  3. If desired, sprinkle the top with coconut and/or additional chopped nuts.

FAQ Section:

Q1: Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned? A1: Yes, you can use fresh pineapple, but ensure it’s finely crushed and use the equivalent amount as the can.

Q2: Can this cake be made in advance? A2: Yes, you can bake the cake a day in advance. Just cover it and keep it at room temperature. Frost it before serving.

Q3: How should I store the leftover cake? A3: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator due to the cream cheese frosting. It will keep for up to 5 days.

Q4: Can I freeze this cake? A4: Yes, you can freeze the unfrosted cake. Wrap it well in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and frost before serving.

Q5: Is it necessary to use nuts? A5: No, nuts are optional. You can omit them if you prefer or have allergy concerns.

Enjoy this Hawaiian Pineapple Cake, a tropical dessert that’s sure to bring a taste of the islands to your table. Its combination of sweet pineapple and creamy frosting makes it a hit for any gathering or special occasion.