Soft and fluffy cake loaded with juicy sweet pineapple gives a flavourful dessert. Easy simple recipe for a delicious homemade pineapple cake, made from scratch.

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake. Soft and fluffy cake loaded with juicy sweet pineapple gives a flavourful dessert. Easy simple recipe for a delicious homemade pineapple cake, made from scratch.

This was inspired by my lemon upside down cake on this site, and pairs well with our lovely homemade custard.

The cake itself is incredibly easy to make, and uses basic pantry ingredients. Making the cake is very easy, and it's just a case of weighing out all your ingredients and mixing them together and then baking!

The cake texture is very soft and fluffy, and because we've used a lot of pineapple, every bite you take of cake is bursting with juicy pineapple flavor.

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For this recipe, we've used a fresh pineapple, but you can use canned or frozen. We used nearly all of the whole medium sized pineapple, leaving just a few chunks you see in the photos.

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake. Soft and fluffy cake loaded with juicy sweet pineapple gives a flavourful dessert. Easy simple recipe for a delicious homemade pineapple cake, made from scratch.

This is a great cake to make when you aren't in the mood or don't have time to bake and do a lot of fancy things. It's a very simple, easy recipe, and it comes out perfect every time.

You can also change the recipe by swapping the pineapple for other fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, peaches, cherries or anything else you like. This is a basic recipe, well worth keeping so you can use it over and over for any cake you need.

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At the end of the recipe, we've given you a few variations and suggestions if you wanted to fancy it up and make it into a birthday or celebration cake so be sure to check those out at the end.

So lets get straight to the recipe and see how we make this easy pineapple cake. Happy baking!

Ingredients

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake, ingredients
Ingredients ready
  • chopped pineapple - I used fresh pineapple, but you can use canned or frozen if you prefer.
  • softened butter
  • sugar - regular sugar or castor sugar will work
  • eggs
  • All-Purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • milk

See the recipe card below for quantities.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 170 C, 325 F. Grease and line an 8 inch square baking pan.

Make the parchment paper slightly taller so you can lift the cake out easily when baked.

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake, line square pan
Make the parchment paper slightly taller so you can lift the cake out easily when baked.

2. Make the cake batter by creaming the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy.

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake, creaming butter and sugar

3. Add the baking powder and salt to the flour.

4. Slowly add the beaten eggs to the butter mixture, adding a little flour as you add the eggs. Then gradually add the milk, stirring all the time.

5. Add the remaining flour and gently fold to incorporate everything.

6. Add the pineapples to the batter and mix until just incorporated.

Hint: Don’t overmix! If you overmix the batter, you are less likely to get a fluffy crumb.

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake, adding pineapple to cake batter

7. Transfer the batter to your baking pan and place in the oven for about 50 minutes.

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake, transfer cake batter to baking pan

Test if it's ready by inserting a metal skewer into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready!

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake, baked

Allow the cake to rest for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack.

Tip

If you get hold of the sides of the parchment paper, you should be able to easily lift the cake out and place on the cooling rack.

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake, cooling
  1. Decorate the top if you wish, with a simple sugar icing drizzle or leave as it is. We left as it is because the cake is absolutely moist and sweet enough!
Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake, on cooling rack
  1. Slice and enjoy!
    Serve with a dollop of ice cream, pouring custard or just eat on its own with a cup of tea. 
Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake. Soft and fluffy cake loaded with juicy sweet pineapple gives a flavourful dessert. Easy simple recipe for a delicious homemade pineapple cake, made from scratch.

See this pineapple, coconut and pecan upside down cake on my website! It's delicious!

  • Upgrade - add a whipped cream frosting to the top and a sprinkle of shredded coconut
  • Add an extra flavor dimension - add coconut milk instead of regular milk to the cake batter and ½ cup of shredded coconut to the cake batter.
  • Make it boozy - Soak the chopped pineapple in spiced rum overnight to give it a Caribbean twist

Variations

  • Round baking pans - The batter will be enough for two 8-inch round pans, which you can sandwich together with frosting in between and on top if you'd like to make a round birthday cake. The bake time will be around 35 minutes but check for doneness as usual.
  • Loaf pans - The batter quantity will be enough for one 9-inch loaf pan. Bake time will be around 60 - 70 minutes.
  • Sheet Pan - You will need to double the recipe quantities to make a 9x13 sheet pan cake. Bake time will be around 50 minutes.
Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake. Soft and fluffy cake loaded with juicy sweet pineapple gives a flavourful dessert. Easy simple recipe for a delicious homemade pineapple cake, made from scratch.

Equipment

You don't need any special equipment to make this cake. A bowl and a wooden spoon will work, as will an electric mixer. So long as your butter is soft, at room temperature, you can easily make this cake by hand.

Storage

This cake freezes really well. We wrap in 2 layers of plastic wrap and simply defrost back to room temperature when needed. It will keep frozen for about 3 months.

Normal storage should be at room temperature in an air-tight container. This will keep moist for 3 - 4 days.

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other ingredients? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

Recipe Card

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake. Soft and fluffy cake loaded with juicy sweet pineapple gives a flavourful dessert. Easy simple recipe for a delicious homemade pineapple cake, made from scratch.

Easy Homemade Pineapple Cake

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Soft and fluffy cake loaded with juicy sweet pineapple gives a flavourful dessert. Easy simple recipe for a delicious homemade pineapple cake, made from scratch.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups or 400g Chopped Pineapple
  • 7 oz or 200 g softened butter
  • 1 cup or 200 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups or 200 g All-Purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup or 120 ml Milk

Instructions

    1. Heat oven to 170 C, 325 F. Grease and line an 8-inch square baking pan.
    2. Make the cake batter by creaming the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy.
    3. Add the baking powder and salt to the flour.
    4. Slowly add the beaten eggs to the butter mixture, adding a little flour as you add the eggs. Then gradually add the milk, stirring all the time.
    5. Add the remaining flour and gently fold to incorporate everything.
    6. Add the pineapples to the batter and mix until just incorporated. Do Not overmix
    7. Transfer the batter to your baking pan and place it in the oven for about 50 minutes. Test if it's ready by inserting a metal skewer into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready! Allow the cake to rest for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack.
    TIP: If you get hold of the sides of the parchment paper, you should be able to easily lift the cake out and place it on the cooling rack.
    8. Decorate the top if you wish, with a simple sugar icing drizzle, or leave it as it is. We left it as it is because the cake is absolutely moist and sweet enough!
    9. Slice and enjoy!
    Serve with a dollop of ice cream, pour custard, or just eat on its own with a cup of tea. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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