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Moist and Delicious Pineapple Cake

This Moist and Delicious Pineapple Cake is amazing! Rich and full of pineapple flavour. Serve it for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. So good.

If you love cake and if you love pineapple, then you will absolutely love this Pineapple Cake! This cake has quickly become a family favourite, and whenever I make it, I always get asked for the recipe. It’s really just so so good. Moist, pineapple-y and delicious.

  • PINEAPPLE-Y – This isn’t just a cake with pineapple in it, it actually tastes like pineapple!
  • EASY TO MAKE – Made with inexpensive, simple to find ingredients.
  • EVERYONE LOVES IT – There’s just not much to love about this pineapple cake!
a pineapple cake with two slices cut

Is it a cake? Is it a loaf?

That is the question. Well, it’s both. This is a loaf cake…basically a cake baked in a loaf pan. But I hate to even insinuate that this is a loaf because when most people think of loaves they think of ‘breads’, and this most definitely is not a bread. This is 10000000% a cake. A moist, delicious Pineapple Cake. So why bake it in a loaf pan you ask? Well, it’s the perfect size pan for this delicious Pineapple Cake. And I just really love the shape of loaf pans…the cakes are so easy to slice and serve. I am going to try to bake it in an upside down pineapple cake pan that I recently discovered, so stay tuned for that!

a front view of a pineapple cake with two slices cut out

Loaded with Pineapple!

This cake has a full 398 mL (14 oz) can of crushed pineapple in it, so it’s very moist and very pineapple-y which is what makes it so amazing.

a pineapple cake with two slices cut

Add the pineapple sugar glaze. Trust me.

This Pineapple Cake is amazing on its own, but with the addition of the pineapple sugar glaze, it’s NEXT level. The glaze adds the most perfect sweet and pineapple-y touch. You can add the glaze 2 ways: either drizzle it over the top of the hot cake as soon as it comes out of the oven, or poke holes in the cake with a skewer, then drizzle on the glaze, and it will really soak down into the cake. I poked holes in this cake and you can see how moist the cake is…if you don’t want that, then just drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake.

a top down view of a pineapple cake with two slices cut. the cake is on a piece of white parchment paper

Make it an occasion.

This is a fabulous dessert that would be wonderful any time, even for parties! Serve it slightly warmed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipping cream. The perfect ending to a meal. SO. GOOD.

a top down view of a pineapple cake with two slices cut. the cake is on a piece of white parchment paper. next to the cake is a pineapple cut in half, and a wire cooling rack

How to make this recipe a Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  • Use a 10 -inch pan (can use an actual pineapple upside down cake pan, or any 10 inch baking pan).
  • Prepare the pan by greasing it with butter or using a baking flour/oil spray.
  • Add canned pineapple rings to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the batter to the pan.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, or until the centre of the cake is firm and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Let the cake rest in the pan for about 10-15 minutes, then turn the cake out onto a plate.
  • The cake should cool for at least an hour before serving.
  • Options: you can add maraschino cherries to the centres of the pineapple rings if you wish.

Pineapple Cake RecipeTips & Tricks

  • Pineapple: Use a 398 mL (14 oz) can of crushed pineapple. Drain the juice (drain it well), but set the juice aside and keep it for the sugar glaze.
  • Loaf Pan Size: I use a 1.5 L loaf pan.
  • Make sure to line your pan with parchment paper. Or it will stick to the pan!
  • Make it ahead! This cake tastes even better the next day, so feel free to make it a day ahead of when you want to serve it! You can keep it on the counter or in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Can I freeze this cake? Absolutely. Just remove the cake from the pan, let it cool completely, then put it in a tightly sealed container or ziplock bag and keep in the freezer for 3 – 4 months.
  • Flavour Option: If you love pineapple and coconut together, feel free to sprinkle some sweetened shredded coconut on top of the cake with the sugar glaze.

Moist and Delicious Pineapple Cake

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This Moist and Delicious Pineapple Cake is amazing! Rich and full of pineapple flavour. Serve it for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. So good.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking


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Pineapple Cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1398 mL (14 oz) can crushed pineapple (drained well, set juice aside)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Pineapple Sugar Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp pineapple juice


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, then set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add the vanilla, mix well.
  6. Add the drained crushed pineapple and mix well.
  7. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  8. Add the flour mix to the pineapple mix, and combine.
  9. Pour the cake batter into a prepared loaf pan.
  10. Bake for 1 hour. The cake will be be golden in colour and if you insert a toothpick into the centre of the cake, it should come out clean.
  11. While the cake is baking, you can make the glaze.
  12. Combine the pineapple juice and powdered sugar. If you want it more thick, add more powdered sugar.
  13. Once the cake has completed baking, remove it from the oven then drizzle it with the glaze (see recipe tips).
  14. Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes, then remove it from the pan and place it on a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  15. Allow the cake to cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
  16. Enjoy!

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