Pineapple Cream Cake: A Sweet and Tasty Delight!

Listen, my friends, do you hear that sound? The clinking of measuring spoons against the side of a mixing bowl, the gentle hum of a kitchenaid mixer. Ahh, yes – it’s time to bake! And let me tell you, today’s recipe is one that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

I present to you the Pineapple Cream Cake – the epitome of dessert perfection. Imagine moist and fluffy cake layered with creamy vanilla pudding, dotted with juicy mandarin oranges and chunks of succulent crushed pineapple. It’s pure pineappley goodness!

The best part? This heavenly dessert is incredibly easy to make – even for beginners. All you need to do is follow my step-by-step instructions, and in no time, you’ll have a stunning cake ready to be devoured.

In fact, after making this cake once, you’ll want to keep it in your recipe book forever! It’s perfect for every occasion – from family dinners to birthday parties or just because you want some pineapple sunshine in your life.

So grab your apron, preheat your oven and let’s get started on our delicious journey!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pineapple Cream Cake
Pineapple Cream Cake

Friends, I am not one for hyperbole, but this Pineapple Cream Cake recipe is bound to make you swoon with delight. Let me tell you why:

First off, it’s incredibly easy to make. You only need a handful of ingredients that are widely available in any grocery store. And the best part? You can whip up this cake using a cake mix! No need to worry if your baking skills are not top-notch, this recipe will have you looking like a pro in no time.

But don’t let the simplicity fool you – the flavor profile on this cake is sensational. We’re talking about a vivid aroma of pineapples infusing every bite of fluffy and moist crumb that melts in your mouth. The combination of mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, and Cool Whip creates a sweet and tangy balance that hits all the right notes.

And wait, there’s more! The pineapple cream filling is velvety smooth, with just the right amount of sweetness to contrast with the tangy fruitiness of the cake. Topped with whipped cream and garnished with cherries, this dessert is sure to impress your guests without breaking the bank.

Plus, this Pineapple Cream Cake recipe offers plenty of ways to get creative: use different types of fruit or even mix it with coconut or carrot cake for an exotic twist! So why won’t you give it a try? Trust me when I say that this Pineapple Cream Cake recipe will instantly become one of your favorites.

Ingredient List

 Bringing a taste of the tropics with every bite!
Bringing a taste of the tropics with every bite!

Here are the ingredients you need to make pineapple cream cake:

For the Cake:

  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 can (20 ounces) Crushed Pineapple
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Pineapple Juice

For the Pineapple Cream Filling:

  • 1 can (20 ounces) Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip

Optional Topping:

  • Toasted Coconut or Chopped Nuts

Most of these ingredients are pantry staples and easy to find at a grocery store. With the combination of the unique ingredients, you’ll love how delicious this pineapple cream cake turns out. One thing to keep a note of is to use unsweetened pineapple juice, as it helps balance out the sweetness of the cake. If you can’t find unsweetened pineapple juice, reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Layers upon layers of luscious cream and pineapple goodness.
Layers upon layers of luscious cream and pineapple goodness.

Now, let’s get down to baking! This pineapple cream cake recipe is a piece of cake and will take around 30 minutes to prepare and about 35 minutes to bake. Here’s how you do it:


  • 1 box yellow cake mix

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple with juice, undrained

  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix

  • 1 cup cold milk

  • 2 cups Cool Whip whipped topping


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease two 9-inch cake pans.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, mayonnaise and crushed pineapple including the juice.

  3. Beat the mixture on medium speed for around 2 minutes until smooth.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  5. Remove from the oven and cool in pans on wire racks for about 10 minutes.

  6. Carefully remove cakes from pans onto wire racks and cool completely.

  7. For the frosting, take another mixing bowl and add vanilla pudding mix and cold milk. Whisk for two minutes or until it becomes thickened.

  8. Gently fold in whipped topping until no white streaks remain.

  9. For Pineapple Cream Cake, place one of the sponge cakes on a plate, split down the middle with a sharp knife.

  10. Spread one-fourth of pineapple whipped cream over cut side of bottom layer; replace top half; spread remaining whipped cream over top layer of cake. To garnish it use slices of mandarin oranges or even cherries if preferred!

  11. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow flavors to blend well together.

This recipe can make up to a total of twenty servings – perfect for your next family gathering, office potluck, or even just for an indulgent treat!

Substitutions and Variations

 When life gives you pineapples, make this cake!
When life gives you pineapples, make this cake!

As a baker, I love experimenting with recipe variations and substitutions. Here are a few ideas to switch things up with this pineapple cream cake recipe:

– Crushed mandarin oranges: If you’re not a fan of pineapple, try using crushed mandarin oranges instead. They have a similar texture and add a burst of citrus flavor.

– Coconut: To take this pineapple cream cake to another level, add shredded coconut to the batter or as a topping. The combination of tropical flavors is sure to be a hit.

– Pineapple upside-down cake: Want to try something different? Make a pineapple upside-down cake by putting sliced pineapples and maraschino cherries at the bottom of the pan before pouring in the batter.

– Cream cheese frosting: While I love the whipped cream and instant vanilla pudding frosting, you can also make a creamy frosting using cream cheese. Mix together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and Cool Whip until smooth and fluffy.

– Carrot cake twist: This might sound strange, but trust me on this one – add some grated carrots to the cake mixture and you’ll get a carrot-pineapple cream cake that’s simply delicious.

By trying these substitutions and variations, you can customize this recipe to your liking and discover new flavors that you’ll love. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for any occasion - birthdays, holidays, or just because!
Perfect for any occasion – birthdays, holidays, or just because!

As someone who loves hosting parties, I know how important it is to have desserts that can satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth while still complementing a variety of other dishes. That’s why the pineapple cream cake recipe is an excellent choice for any gathering.

When it comes to serving this cake, I recommend cutting it into small squares or slices. The creaminess of the frosting and the sweetness of the pineapple flavors make this cake rich and decadent, so smaller portions are perfect. Plus, with its bright yellow color, each slice will make a beautiful presentation on a dessert platter.

If you’re looking for a pairing that will also bring out the tropical flavors in this cake, consider serving it with a refreshing fruit salad. A mix of fresh mangoes, kiwis, and strawberries would be an excellent choice. Additionally, if you want to add an extra touch of sweetness to your dessert table, consider serving some coconut ice cream alongside the pineapple cream cake.

For those who prefer something lighter after their meal, this cake pairs well with a cup of tea or coffee as well. Whether you choose to serve it as the main event or as part of a buffet spread, you can be sure that your guests will love every bite of this delicious treat.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The ultimate dessert for anyone with a sweet tooth.
The ultimate dessert for anyone with a sweet tooth.

For those who like to plan ahead, you will be pleased to know that the Pineapple Cream Cake can be made ahead of time. This is especially helpful if you are preparing for a special event or gathering. It keeps well when stored properly and is still absolutely delicious the next day.

To make the cake in advance, bake and cool it as instructed in the recipe. Once cooled, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The frosting can be kept separate and added before serving.

When it’s time to serve, bring the cake to room temperature before frosting it. The chilled cake will have a texture that’s denser than when it was fresh from the oven, but its delicious taste remains unchanged.

If you have leftover cake, don’t worry because it doesn’t go to waste. Cover the remaining slices with plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to 1 month by wrapping them with plastic wrap then aluminum foil.

When reheating your slices, do so gently in the microwave at a low heat until they’re slightly warm or by placing them in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for just a few minutes.

Overall, this Pineapple Cream Cake recipe is versatile and forgiving, perfect for storing and reheating without sacrificing its delightful flavors and texture. With proper storage methods and reheating techniques, you can enjoy this scrumptious treat anytime!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A cake fit for royalty, yet easy to make for any home baker.
A cake fit for royalty, yet easy to make for any home baker.

Creating the perfect pineapple cream cake may seem like a difficult task, but with a few helpful tips and tricks, you can ensure that your cake turns out perfectly every time. Here are some valuable tips that I have learned in my years of baking this delicious dessert:

1. Incorporate the Ingredients Properly: When mixing the ingredients for your cake, make sure to follow the recipe instructions carefully. Over-mixing or under-mixing the batter can lead to a dense or flat cake.

2. Use Fresh Pineapple: Using freshly crushed pineapple can make a significant difference in the overall taste of the cake. While canned pineapple is convenient, it often lacks the natural sweetness and flavor of fresh pineapple.

3. Allow Ingredients to Reach Room Temperature: To achieve a better texture and consistency during mixing, let your ingredients reach room temperature before getting started.

4. Properly Measure Ingredients: Measurements are critical when it comes to baking, even small deviations can affect the final product’s quality. It’s important that you accurately measure all of your ingredients before beginning.

5. Don’t Over-Bake: Be sure not to leave your cake in the oven for too long as it can easily dry out or burn. Check your cake’s progress frequently and remove it from the oven as soon as it’s done.

6. Add Whipped Topping Only Once Cake Cools: Wait until your cake has cooled down entirely before adding whipped topping on top of it. This step ensures that any added topping will not melt or slide off.

7. Store Your Cake Properly: To maintain freshness, wrap any uneaten portions tightly with plastic wrap and store them either at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

By following these suggestions closely and adhering to the recipe instructions, you’ll be able to create a perfect Pineapple Cream Cake every time!


As an experienced baker, I understand that sometimes, even with the clearest instructions and the best intentions, things can go awry in the kitchen. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about this recipe. From ingredient substitutions to storage recommendations and everything in between, these questions will help you navigate any potential hurdles and ensure your Pineapple Cream Cake turns out perfectly every time. So, let’s get started!

What is pineapple cake made of?

This yummy Taiwanese dessert is called Pineapple Cake or 鳳梨酥 (fènglísū) in Chinese and 王梨酥 (ông-lâi-so͘) in Taiwanese Hokkien. It’s made with basic ingredients such as butter, flour, egg, sugar, and paired with either pineapple jam or slices for a delightful treat.

Can I use pineapple juice instead of water in a cake mix?

If you want to infuse your boxed cake mix with a burst of fruity flavor, consider using pineapple juice instead of oil, milk or water. It’s as simple as substituting the liquid required in the recipe with an equal amount of pineapple juice. Keep in mind that a yellow or white cake is the better option to complement the pineapple flavor, rather than a chocolate or other flavor mix which might not work as well.

What does adding cream to a cake do?

As per BakeWise cookbook author Shirley O’Corriher, whipped cream can be used as an ingredient in cake batter to make it lighter, silkier in texture, and impart a rich taste. This is because incorporating air through whipped cream brings about these transformations in the batter.

What does pineapple do in baking?

Did you know that pineapple is a natural tenderizer for baked goods? Pineapple (as well as kiwis and papayas) contains enzymes that can break down proteins. This can lead to a more tender and moist texture in carrot cake or any other baked goods.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this pineapple cream cake recipe is definitely one you need to add to your baking portfolio. With its delicious blend of flavors and texture, including the signature pineapple cream frosting that adds the perfect amount of sweetness to every bite, you won’t regret giving this recipe a try.

Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients or steps. Everything is straightforward and easy to follow, even for beginner bakers. Plus, the end result is so worth it.

Whether you’re looking for a classic dessert option or just something different to add some sunshine to your taste buds, this pineapple cream cake will never disappoint you. The versatility and adaptability of this cake will also make it an excellent dessert choice for any occasion.

So what are you waiting for? Gather all the ingredients and put on your apron! I guarantee that this recipe will be an all-time favorite in your recipe book.

Pineapple Cream Cake

Pineapple Cream Cake Recipe

This was from Darlene Kossman. It uses a cake mix cake and mayo in it. 1 -30-1997 is the date on it.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Dessert, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 835.6kcal


  • 18 1/2 ounces yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple, juice reseved
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine cake mix, eggs, oranges, crushed pineapple and mayonnaise.
  • Beat for 5 minutes or until blended.
  • Pour into a 9x13 pan that has been greased and floured.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until golden.
  • Combine whipped topping, pineapple juice and pudding mixes.
  • Spread over cooled cake.

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Serving: 312g | Calories: 835.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 130.5g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 33.1g | Saturated Fat: 15.5g | Cholesterol: 77.3mg | Sodium: 1160.8mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 94.4g

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