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Easy Pineapple Cake With Cake Mix

I love one layer cake recipes when I need a quick dessert and this Easy Pineapple Cake With Cake Mix Recipe is one of my favorites! It transforms a box of vanilla cake mix into a moist, pineapple-infused cake!

By simply adding crushed canned pineapple, eggs, and oil, you’ll create a cake that’s not only incredibly flavorful but also astonishingly simple to make, perfect for any occasion that calls for crushed pineapple desserts!

Easy Pineapple Cake With Cake Mix

Easy Pineapple Cake With Cake Mix

This easy pineapple cake with cake mix effortlessly combines the convenience of a boxed vanilla cake mix with the full, fresh flavor of an entire can of crushed pineapple, juice and all.

Resulting in a wonderfully moist and fluffy texture making this the easiest Betty Crocker pineapple cake mix recipe!

Every bite is filled with small, succulent chunks of pineapple. It’s a recipe that transforms a cake mix and crushed pineapple into an extraordinary dessert.

Can I use any brand of cake mix for this recipe?

While this recipe uses Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Vanilla Cake Mix, you can use any similar yellow/golden or vanilla cake mix available!

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

A full and detailed recipe card with all the ingredients to make these chocolate mint cupcakes is at the bottom of this post.

  • Vanilla Cake Mix: I used Betty Crockers Super Moist Vanilla Cake Mix (19 oz. / 540g). You can also use a yellow or golden cake mix.
  • Canned Crushed Pineapple: The entire can is to be used for this pineapple cake. Do not discard the liquid.

How to Make Pineapple Cake With Cake Mix (with photos)

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

Preheat Oven and Prepare Tin: Preheat the oven to 356ºF (180ºC) fan-forced. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch (17cm x 27cm) rectangle cake tin with butter, line the base with parchment paper, and dust the sides with flour. Set aside.

Mix Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, entire can of crushed pineapple including the juice, eggs, and oil. Beat on low-medium speed for 40 seconds until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.

Transfer To Tin & Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Cool Cake: Let the cake cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Then, gently remove it from the tin and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Making crushed pineapple cake with cake mix in mixing bowl and baking it in sheet pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting: In a large mixing bowl using electric beaters, beat the softened cream cheese and butter for 1 minute on medium speed. Sift in the powdered sugar and beat for 40 seconds on medium-high speed until well combined and whipped.

Frost Cake: Spread frosting evenly over the cooled banana cake. Cut the cake into slices, serve and enjoy!

Making cream cheese frosting in mixing bowl.
Spreading cream cheese frosting over baked pineapple cake.

Expert Tips

  • Cake Mix Choice: Use a high-quality vanilla or yellow cake mix for the best flavor base.
  • Do Not Overmix: When combining the cake mix with the pineapple, mix just until the ingredients are incorporated to keep the cake light and fluffy.

Should I drain the crushed pineapple before adding it to the cake mix?

No, include the pineapple juice from the entire can.

Can I use pineapple chunks instead of crushed pineapple?

Yes, but it’s best to chop them finely to ensure they distribute evenly and don’t sink to the bottom of your cake.

How should I serve this cake?

Serve as is, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream with chopped nuts such as pecans, almonds or pistachios!

Cake mix pineapple cake slices with cream cheese frosting sitting on white platter.

Storage Instructions

Store: Keep the cake in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

Freeze: Without the frosting, wrap the whole cake or slices of cake in plastic wrap, then in foil. Place into a freezer-safe airtight container or zip-lock bags. Label with the freeze date. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Thaw: Thaw frozen cake at room temperature for several hours before frosting and serving or overnight in the refrigerator.

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Easy Pineapple Cake With Cake Mix on plate.

Easy Pineapple Cake With Cake Mix

Samantha Pickthall
This Easy Pineapple Cake With Cake Mix Recipe transforms a box of vanilla cake mix into a moist, 4 ingredient crushed pineapple cake!
4.29 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 serves
Calories 409 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Crushed Pineapple Cake

  • 1 Box (19 oz./540g) Vanilla Cake Mix, I used Betty Crockers Super Moist Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 16 oz. (450g/1 can) crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4.4 oz. (125g) full-fat block cream cheese,

    at room temperature


  • 60 g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g/8 oz.) powdered sugar

Instructions
 

Crushed Pineapple Cake

  • Preheat Oven and Prepare Tin: Preheat the oven to 356ºF (180ºC) fan-forced. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch (17cm x 27cm) rectangle cake tin with butter, line the base with parchment paper, and dust the sides with flour. Set aside.
  • Prepare Mixing Equipment: Set up your stand mixer with the paddle attachment or prepare a large mixing bowl with an electric hand beater.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, entire can of crushed pineapple including the juice, eggs, and oil. Beat on low-medium speed for 40 seconds until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Transfer To Tin: Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
  • Bake Cake: Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  • Cool Cake: Let the cake cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Then, gently remove it from the tin and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Mixing: In a large mixing bowl using electric beaters, beat the softened cream cheese and butter for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape down the sides.
  • Add Sugar: Sift in the powdered sugar and beat for 40 seconds on medium-high speed until well combined and whipped.
  • Frost Cake: Spread frosting evenly over the cooled pineapple cake.
Serve: Cut the cake into slices, serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store: Keep the cake in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
 
  • Freeze: Without the frosting, wrap the whole cake or slices of cake in plastic wrap, then in foil. Place into a freezer-safe airtight container or zip-lock bags. Label with the freeze date. Freeze for up to 3 months.
 
  • Thaw: Thaw frozen cake at room temperature for several hours before frosting and serving or overnight in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 348mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 343IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cake mix, pineapple
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