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Crushed Pineapple Cake with Lime Frosting

This tropical Crushed Pineapple Cake with Lime Frosting boasts a moist and fluffy texture filled with canned sweet crushed pineapple. Sprinkled with coconut and easily sliced from a sheet pan, it’s the ideal snack cake.

Slices cut out of the pineapple cake

This easy crushed pineapple cake embraces the full flavor of pineapple.

It includes an entire can of crushed pineapple and yes, you include all that glorious pineapple juice!

The texture of this is somewhat different from a regular cake, such as my Blackberry Cake, instead, it exhibits a slightly stringy crumb due to the natural consistency of pineapple.

The cake is moist and fluffy and with small chunks of pineapple throughout, each mouthful is a true delight to enjoy. 

If you love fruity cakes, try my easy cinnamon apple cake too, it has chunks of apple throughout, similar to this pineapple cake!

Paired with the fresh lime frosting and shredded coconut, this tropical-inspired pineapple cake makes for a delicious dessert you can enjoy all year round.

Keep it on rotation with my Toasted Coconut Cake!

Similar to this Banana Sheet Pan Cake and my Moist Blueberry Cake, it’s baked in a rectangular cake tin.

This way offers smaller squares which is a refreshing change from the conventional large triangle cake slices.

Showing the cut cake close up

🍍 Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Perfect for beginner bakers
  • One bowl cake
  • Filled with crushed pineapple
  • Creamy lime and coconut frosting

🥝 Serving Suggestions

  • A Scoop of Ice Cream: Vanilla ice cream pairs wonderfully, but tropical flavors like coconut or mango can enhance the cake’s tropical profile.
  • Fresh Fruit: Serve slices of the cake with fresh fruits like sliced kiwi, strawberries, or even fresh pineapple wedges to contrast the cake’s richness.
  • Toasted the coconut: Instead of using plain shredded coconut, toast it instead to add a lovely crunch and enhance the tropical vibe.
  • Nuts: Instead of sprinkling over coconut try chopped toasted pecans, macadamia, or walnuts instead to offer a delightful crunch and contrast.
  • Rum Sauce or Drizzle: Enhance the tropical flair with a warm rum sauce or a simple rum drizzle. Or pair it with a mug of my rum hot chocolate.

📋 Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

There is a full and detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Ingredients to make crushed pineapple cake are all-purpose flour, baking soda, granulated sugar, eggs, canned crushed pineapple, lime juice, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and butter
  • Granulated sugar: Use either golden/raw or white granulated sugar.
  • Baking soda: Do not substitute this with baking powder. To check if your baking soda is still active, use this handy tip.
  • Eggs: For best results, bring your eggs to room temperature before starting your cake.
  • Canned crushed pineapple: Use canned crushed pineapple, including its juice, for the cake. If unavailable, substitute with canned pineapple chunks, pieces, slices, or tidbits in juice. Pulse them in a food processor with the juice to achieve the consistency of crushed pineapple. This recipe hasn’t been tested with fresh or dried pineapple.
  • Powdered sugar: Is also known as icing sugar and confectioners sugar.
  • Unsalted butter: Use butter that comes in a block. Can be substituted with salted butter.
  • Lime juice: For the best results use freshly squeezed lime juice. If not available, bottled lime juice will do. Lemon juice or orange juice can serve as substitutes.
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut: In Australia, long dried coconut pieces are called “shredded coconut,” while in the U.S., they’re often termed “unsweetened flaked coconut.” For this cake’s frosting, use any available form: desiccated, shredded, or coconut flakes. I used shredded coconut.
close up shot of a cake slice

🥣 Step By Step Instructions (with photos)

There is a full and detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step one: Preheat oven to 180ºC (356ºF) fan-forced.

Lightly grease a 7-inch x 11-inch (17cm x 27cm) rectangle cake tin with butter and line the base with parchment paper. Dust sides with flour, or if you’re not using a non-stick tin, line the entire tin with parchment paper. Set aside.

Greasing the cake tin with butter, a layer of dusted flour with the base lined with parchment paper

Step two: In a large mixing bowl add the flour, baking soda and sugar. Whisk until well combined. 

Whisking together the flour, baking soda and sugar

Step three: In a separate small bowl, whisk the eggs with a fork.

Whisking eggs in small bowl

Step four: Add the whisked eggs, the entire can of crushed pineapple (plus the juice), and the vanilla.

Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold and mix until incorporated and no visible streaks of flour remain. Do not over-mix.

Mixing through the canned crushed pineapple, eggs and vanilla to the flour mix to create batter

Step five: Pour batter into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly with the spatula. 

Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean or with only a few moist crumbs. It will be lightly golden.

Spreading batter into greased and lined cake tin

Step six: Remove from oven and set aside to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. 

Step seven: Remove from the tin and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Crushed pineapple cake after baking cooling in tin

Step eight: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift over the powdered sugar.

Pour in the melted butter and lime juice. Whisk until well combined, smooth and thick, there should be no lumps of sugar.

Lime frosting mixed and ready in bowl

Step nine: Spread frosting onto the cooled cake and sprinkle with the shredded coconut.

Set aside for 30 minutes or until the frosting has set. Enjoy! 

Frosting dolloped on top of cooled cake and spread out with shredded coconut sprinkled on top

💭 Expert Tips

  • Use the juice: Incorporate all contents of the canned crushed pineapple, juice included.
  • Avoid overmixing: Mixing the batter excessively can result in a dense, tough cake. Combine the wet ingredients with the flour just until there are no visible flour streaks.
  • Bake right away: After mixing the cake batter, transfer it to the oven without delay. The baking soda activates upon adding liquids, initiating the formation of air bubbles to create a fluffy cake crumb.
  • How to check the cake is baked: Test the cake’s doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs clinging to it, the cake is ready.
  • Frosting: Once you whisk the frosting and it begins to thicken, promptly spread it on the cake to avoid it firming up too much, making it harder to spread.
Finished cake with frosting

⏲️ Storage Instructions

Store: Once cooled and frosted, store your cake in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

It’s not recommended to freeze the cake with the frosting. It can alter the texture and taste of the frosting, losing its smooth and creamy consistency.

How To Freeze

  1. Freeze the cake without the lime frosting, either in individual slices or as a whole cake.
  2. Wrap the cake tightly in either plastic wrap or a sheet of parchment paper.
  3. Then, wrap it again in tin foil for added protection.
  4. Label the wrapped cake with the date of freezing for easy reference.
  5. Store the cake in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How To Thaw

Once thawed, you can proceed to frost the cake with the lime coconut frosting.

Refrigerator Thawing:

This gradual thawing process helps retain the cake’s moisture and texture.

  1. Remove the wrapped cake from the freezer.
  2. Place the cake in the refrigerator, keeping it completely wrapped.
  3. Let the cake thaw slowly for several hours or overnight.

Room Temperature Thawing:

This quick thawing method ensures the cake softens fast.

  1. Keep the cake wrapped in plastic wrap and tin foil.
  2. Let it sit at room temperature for a few hours until softened.
  3. Avoid direct sunlight or heat exposure during thawing.

Partial Thawing for Slicing:

If you froze the entire cake but want only one or a few slices, this process allows you to enjoy individual slices while keeping the rest fresh for later.

  1. Remove the cake from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Allow it to partially thaw until it softens enough to be easily sliced.
  3. Slice the desired portions.
  4. Refreeze any remaining cake portions you don’t plan to serve immediately.
Photo of the inside crumb and texture of the cake

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Crushed Pineapple Cake with Lime Frosting

Samantha Pickthall
This tropical Crushed Pineapple Cake with Lime Frosting is an absolute delight. Filled with sweet crushed pineapple and juice, this cake is light yet satisfying. It’s iced with a simple 3-ingredient lime frosting and finished off with a sprinkle of shredded coconut.
4.27 from 34 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 18 squares
Calories 141 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Cake

  • 2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour, scoop & leveled
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, golden or white
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, each weighing approx. 55g-60g in shell
  • 430 g /16-ounce canned crushed pineapple, do not drain
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Lime Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) powdered sugar
  • 30 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions
 

Pineapple Cake

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC (356ºF) fan-forced.
  • Lightly grease a 7-inch x 11-inch (17cm x 27cm) rectangle cake tin with butter and line the base with parchment paper. Dust sides with flour, or if you're not using a non-stick tin, line the entire tin with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add flour, baking soda and sugar. Whisk until well combined.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk the eggs with a fork.
  • To the flour mixture, add whisked eggs, can of crushed pineapple (plus the juice), and vanilla.
  • Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold and mix until incorporated and no visible streaks of flour remain. Do not over-mix.
  • Pour batter into prepared tin, spreading out evenly with the spatula. 
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean or with only a few moist crumbs. It will be lightly golden.
  • Remove from oven and set aside to cool in tin for 10 minutes.
  • Gently remove from tin and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Lime Coconut Frosting

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift over powdered sugar.
  • Pour in melted butter and lime juice. Whisk until well combined, smooth and thick, there should be no lumps of sugar.
  • Spread frosting onto cooled cake and sprinkle with shredded coconut.
  • Set aside for 30 minutes or until the frosting has set.
  • Slice into squares and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use the whole can: Incorporate all contents of the canned crushed pineapple, juice included.
 
  • Store: Once cooled and frosted, store your cake in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 
 
  • Freeze the cake by cooling it completely after baking and omitting the lime frosting. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and tinfoil, label with the date and store for up to 3 months in the freezer. Please refer to above blog post for detailed storing and freezing instructions.
 
  • Thaw the frozen cake by choosing either refrigerator thawing (slow, several hours) or room temperature thawing (quick, a few hours).

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 99mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 71IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
Tried this recipe? Let us know how it was!

First published in June 2021, this recipe was updated in January 2024 to include new step-by-step images, expert recommendations, storage guidelines and more.

4 Comments

    1. Hi Susan, if this cake is baked in a 9×13 pan, it will be a lot thinner and shorter in height, as that size pan has a larger surface area. I recommend the 7×11 pan however, you can try baking it in a 9×13 but the cake won’t be as high. Hope that helps and good luck! Sam x

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