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This Crushed Pineapple Cake is my grandma’s vintage recipe. It’s an easy one-bowl cake that’s quick and easy to make. The pecans give the cake a nice crunch, and it’s covered in a classic cream cheese frosting.
This cake costs $9.15 to make. It makes twelve servings and costs just $0.78 per serving.
Pineapple is such a sweet fruit that I love to bake with. Try my Copycat Dole Whip, Pina Colada Cupcakes, and my Virgin Pina Colada for more pineapple treats.
I love vintage recipes. This Crushed Pineapple Cake is my grandma’s classic recipe that reminds me of my childhood.
I recently talked with my aunt, and I asked her to send me some of my grandma’s recipes that I might not have. In the stack was this gem! (In some of the pictures, you can even spy her handwriting on the recipe card).
This pineapple cake is light and fluffy with a sweet and creamy frosting. It is full of pineapple flavor that reminds me of Springtime on a plate! Sometimes people even refer to it as Sunshine Cake.
The refreshing, creamy, moist, and fruity cake is the perfect addition to your Easter table or summertime BBQ. Make this Pineapple Cake from scratch with crushed pineapple, pecans, and a few other simple ingredients.
It is made in fifteen minutes of prep time, and it will be a family favorite for years to come!
INGREDIENTS AND ESTIMATED COST
Per Serving Cost: $0.78
Recipe Cost: $9.15
- 2 cups all-purpose flour – $0.38
- 1 teaspoon baking soda – $0.01
- ½ teaspoon salt – $0.01
- 1 ½ cups sugar – $0.35
- 2 large eggs – $0.20
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – $0.68
- 20 oz can crushed pineapple – $1.28
- ¾ cup chopped pecans – $2.43
- 8 oz package cream cheese – $1.96
- 8 Tablespoons butter – $0.72
- 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar – $0.05
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – $0.68
- 2 Tablespoons pecans – $0.40
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.
HOW TO MAKE CRUSHED PINEAPPLE CAKE
- First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Next, using a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
- Then, add in the eggs, vanilla, and crushed pineapple and stir together with a rubber scraper.
- Fold in the chopped pecans.
- Pour the mixture evenly into a baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
- Set the cake on a wire rack to cool completely for about 45 minutes.
- Next, place the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl and beat on medium-high speed with a handheld mixer, for 1-2 minutes.
- Once it is fluffy, add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Finally, ice the cake with a rubber scraper.
- Garnish with optional toppings before slicing and serving.
***For complete recipe instructions and a recipe video, see the recipe card below.
- Instead of pecans, you can use walnuts or coconut. Or, you can leave the nuts out altogether.
- You can use low-fat cream cheese in the frosting, but please don’t use fat-free cream cheese.
SERVE: Slice and serve or chill the cake until you’re ready to serve it.
STORE: Cover and chill the cake for 5-6 days. Let the cake sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving.
FREEZE: The frosting of this crushed pineapple cake does not freeze well, so if you’d like to freeze the cake, freeze it without the frosting. To do so, cover the cake with two layers of plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for 6-9 months.
DEFROST: Defrost at room temperature for 3-4 hours before frosting and serving.
- 9×13-inch baking dish
- Mixing bowls
- Rubber scraper
- Wire rack
- Handheld mixer
If you cannot get a can of crushed pineapple, you can make it by placing pineapple chunks in a blender or food processor on the pulse setting until the desired consistency is reached.
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Crushed Pineapple Cake
FOR THE PINEAPPLE CAKE:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 20 oz can crushed pineapple do not drain
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
- 8 oz package cream cheese softened
- 8 Tablespoons butter or margarine softened
- 1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
FOR GARNISH: (both optional)
- 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans toasted
- Drained pineapple chunks
PREP OVEN AND PAN:
- Move oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
- Add in eggs, vanilla, and crushed pineapple.
- Use a rubber scraper to stir until combined.
- Fold in chopped pecans.
BAKE AND COOL CAKE:
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Move cake to a wire rack to cool completely, about 45 minutes.
MAKE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
- Add cream cheese and butter or margarine to a medium bowl. Use a handheld mixer and beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until combined and smooth, about 1-2 more minutes.
ICE AND GARNISH CAKE:
- Use a rubber scraper or an offset spatula to ice the cake.
- Garnish with chopped pecans and drained pineapple chunks (both optional).
- Slice and serve or chill until ready to serve.
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Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have been looking for a recipe that was similar to what my Grandmother made, and this recipe is it! It is so delicious. It is one that we will make often.
This is the perfect cake for spring and summer! It was full of fresh fruit flavor, and that cream cheese frosting gave it a wonderful finishing touch.
Sisley White - Sew White says
This pineapple cake is so juicy and full of that iconic pineapple flavour. A perfect addition to a summer day.
You had me at easy one-bowl cake! This looks absolutely fantastic and I love the contrast in flavors and texture.
What a treasure to have your sweet grandmother’s pineapple cake recipe! I love how you share the recipe cost, too – so helpful, especially right now when costs are higher. Can’t wait to make this for my family. Thanks for another winner from Food Folks and Fun.
Such a delight and easy cake to make and enjoy!