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Pineapple Cake is bursting with sweet pineapple and topped with cream cheese frosting for a moist, summery cake perfect for any occasion. Add in some coconut for an extra tropical flavor!

Plated slices of pineapple cake topped with cream cheese frosting

If you caught my recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, you may remember that my sweet Elle has been setting up a mini bakery cart in our driveway – complete with lemonade and gum balls.

One of the most popular desserts she’s sold so far is this super easy pineapple cake that comes from my stepmom’s mother.

When Sue sent it over to me via text, I was honestly a bit skeptical because of how simple everything was, but she assured me that it was delish and always gets rave reviews.

Luckily, I had everything on hand, so Elle and I whipped it together at the last minute for her little bakery stand and everyone that bought a slice loved it!

It was honestly the perfect recipe for Elle to pretty much whip together on her own since it’s so simple. Mama just handled some of the measuring and the oven.

It’s sweet and super moist, plus it has cream cheese frosting, which in my opinion, is never a bad thing!

Pineapple cake batter in a glass bowl


I love making all types of cake recipes, from my favorite Cream Cheese Pound Cake to the Best Chocolate Cake recipe.

But I don’t always love having to pull out a long list of ingredients or having to turn to my tricks for bringing butter to room temperature to bake a cake. Especially when I’m headed to a summer potluck, I want a super simple cake recipe I can make with almost no effort.

Freshly baked pineapple cake cooling on a wire rack

But it still has to be delicious, ok?

This Pineapple Cake recipe fits the bill perfectly. It’s almost as easy as making Doctored Cake Mix but doesn’t use a mix at all!

(If you’re looking for a cake that does use a mix, try my easy pineapple upside-down cake!)

Sliced pineapple cake topped with cherries and pineapple

The secret to this super easy cake is a big ol’ can of pineapple.

The pineapple is NOT drained, so it serves as almost all of the liquid in the batter. This recipe doesn’t even use any oil! Just a handful of dry ingredients, a couple of eggs, and a 20-ounce can of pineapple.

Overhead view of a slice of pineapple cake garnished with a maraschino cherry

I usually like to use crushed pineapple when I’m making Pineapple Cake, but sometimes I’ll change things up and use a can of pineapple tidbits instead for a different texture.

I also love to add some coconut to the batter to add another level of tropical, summery flavor. Consider the coconut optional, though, if it’s not your favorite!

Pineapple cake topped with cream cheese frosting and cut into slices, topped with cherries and pineapple


Another reason I love taking this Pineapple Cake to cookouts is because it is a sheet cake, so it’s super easy to transport and cut into any size pieces you need.

Pineapple Cake is SUPER moist, so it really does best when kept as a sheet cake. A cake this moist would be hard to turn into a layer cake, so keep it simple and bake it as a sheet cake, ok?

Close up view of a slice of pineapple cake topped with cream cheese frosting and pineapple

That doesn’t mean you can’t make it pretty, though! Top this beauty with a tangy cream cheese frosting and garnish it with some maraschino cherries, coconut, or pieces of pineapple.

Slice of pineapple cake with topped with cream cheese frosting with a bite taken out of it

Serve Pineapple Cake at your next barbecue alongside Amish Macaroni Salad and some Cherry Limeade Slushies and you’ll be the hit of the neighborhood.

Plated slice of pineapple cake topped with cream cheese frosting and a maraschino cherry

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Pineapple Cake

By: Jamie
4.48 from 48 ratings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 16
Pineapple Cake is bursting with sweet pineapple and topped with cream cheese frosting for a moist, summery cake perfect for any occasion. Add in some coconut for an extra tropical flavor!


For the Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 20 ounces canned crushed pineapple in pineapple juice undrained
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut optional

For the Icing


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. (I also line the cake pan with parchment since this is a sticky/super moist cake)
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, crushed pineapple (do not drain the pineapple), vanilla and coconut, if using.
  • Add the pineapple mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove cake to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • To make the cream cheese icing, beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium-speed for 3-4 minutes. 
  • Turn the mixer down to low and gradually add in the powdered sugar. 
  • Add vanilla and beat for an additional 2-3 minutes before spreading on cooled cake. 



Crushed pineapple is preferred, but you can use pineapple tidbits (undrained) if a chunkier texture is desired.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 324kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 159mg, Potassium: 99mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 369IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Julia says:

    Hello! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Just a few simple ingridients make something awesome!
    I changed your recipe a little: I crushed pineapple (in syrup) myself (as I have rather big rings), used 1 Tsp unsweetened coconut, a bit of vanilla and a tsp of cinnamon. It turned out so well!!!
    Oh, and I made it with all-purpose flour (50%), adding some whole-grain flour (25%) + cornmeal (25%).
    Now I want to make it as cupcakes with a heap of nuts next time!
    Btw, I’ve tried to bake one cupcake in microwave oven this time and it turned out quite well except for firm center (don’t know why… maybe too long baking time (about 1,5 min))

    Thank you and good luck!

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the cake, Julia! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback!

  2. ronak mehta says:

    Wow. It looks delicious. I love pineapple cakes. So, I will try to make it. Your recipe will help me. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jamie says:

      Enjoy! I hope you like it as much as we do!