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Pineapple Cake

Pineapple Cake - seriously moist, homemade pineapple cake made from scratch with pineapple juice and bits and a kiss of lemon. So easy to make and you'll love it with or without the vanilla frosting!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 14 - 16 slices
Calories 269kcal
Author Imma


  • 4 ounce unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20 ounce crushed pineapple


  • 4 ounce unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 4-6 cups powdered (icing)sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/325°F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Sieve crushed pineapple from juice and reserve juice (you should have a little over 3/4 cup drained).
  • Using a hand mixer cream together butter and sugar mixture until it’s fluffy and starting to look white, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the eggs, a one at a time,beating the mixture well between each one and adding a tablespoon of the flour with the last egg to prevent the batter from curdling.
  • Mix in flour ,baking soda, nutmeg, lemon zest, and vanilla extract into the batter,–until fully absorbed by the mixture. You may add some pineapple juice.
  • Next Stir in crushed pineapple. Stir well until everything is fully combined. Add more pineapple juice(I usually use about 1/2 cup or less) , scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  • Bake at 325 until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 – 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely  before frosting .

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Whisk cream cheese, butter and vanilla until creamy. You may use a mixer, if desired.
  • Gradually sieve in powdered sugar, mix as you go along until smooth.
  • Frost cake , top with fresh pineapple, if desired 


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.1mg