Delicious Pineapple Paradise Cake Recipe for Summertime Joy

Welcome to my kitchen, where I bring you a slice of tropical paradise with my Pineapple Paradise Cake With Coconut Cream Frosting Recipe. This delightful dessert will have you dreaming of white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, all while indulging in the sweet and tangy flavors of crushed pineapple and creamy coconut.

The best part? This recipe is easy to make and perfect for any occasion! Whether you want to impress your guests at a dinner party or satisfy your sweet tooth at home, this pineapple coconut cake is sure to wow anyone who takes a bite.

As an experienced baker, I have carefully crafted this recipe to create a perfect balance of flavors and textures that will leave you wanting more. With layers of moist yellow cake infused with juicy crushed pineapple, and smothered in a fluffy coconut cream frosting, each bite is guaranteed to transport you to a tropical paradise.

So put on your apron and join me in making this exquisite dessert. Let’s add some pineapple realness to our kitchen with this Pineapple Paradise Cake recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pineapple Paradise Cake With Coconut Cream Frosting
Pineapple Paradise Cake With Coconut Cream Frosting

Are you looking for a tropical paradise in your mouth? Look no further than this Pineapple Paradise Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting recipe! It’s a true island getaway with every bite, and I’m confident that you’ll fall in love with it just like I did.

First, let’s talk about the cake itself. The yellow cake mix is blended to perfection with 20 ounces of crushed pineapple and pineapple juice reserve. This gives it a unique and tangy flavor that’s reminiscent of a classic Pina Colada cocktail. And, the addition of sour cream ensures that the cake stays moist and delicious no matter how long it sits out.

But what really takes this cake over the top is the coconut cream frosting. It’s made with cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and coconut cream, giving it a smooth and creamy texture that’s irresistible. This frosting is simply out of this world, and I guarantee you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful.

Together, the cake and frosting create a truly tropical experience that will transport you straight to an island paradise. It’s perfect for any occasion, from birthdays to summer parties. The sweet pineapple flavor balanced with creamy coconut makes this dessert a standout choice for any menu.

If you’re vegan or have dietary restrictions, don’t worry – this recipe can be easily adapted to meet your needs. Simply swap out the dairy products for non-dairy alternatives like margarine or vegan cream cheese.

Overall, this Pineapple Paradise Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting recipe is simply irresistible. It brings together fruity flavors and creamy textures in a way that’s truly unmatched. So go ahead – treat yourself to a slice (or two) and indulge in some tropical paradise today!

Ingredient List

“A tropical twist on classic cake”

Ingredients to Whip Up Paradise on Your Plate

To prepare this Pineapple Paradise Cake With Coconut Cream Frosting Recipe you’ll need to collect some ingredients from your pantry and the grocery store. These ingredients are easy to find and most of them might be already lying in your kitchen cabinets. The recipe is simple, classic, and can easily be doubled if needed.

Here is the list of ingredients you’ll need to prepare in advance:

  • 8 oz of softened butter, margarine or vegan butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sour cream or vegan sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • One 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple
  • /Reserve/ extra crushed pineapple juice
    (1/4 cup for cake mix, 1/4 cup to pour over baked cake)

For the frosting:

  • One (8 oz) package of softened cream cheese or vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter, margarine or vegan butter
  • A splash of heavy cream (use full-fat coconut milk for a vegan pineapple coconut version)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • A cup of sweetened shredded coconut for garnish (optional)

Note: You can also use a boxed yellow cake mix, prepare it according to packet instructions and add an extra hint of paradise on top!

The Recipe How-To

“Paradise is just a slice away”

Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC).

Grease two 9-inch (23 cm) cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with a parchment paper round. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

In another mixing bowl, beat 3 eggs, ad 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add in one 20 oz can pineapple, well-drained and crushed. Stir until well mixed.

Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. *Divide batter evenly” into prepared cake pans.

Bake in preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely in their pans.

While the cakes are cooling, prepare the creamy coconut frosting. In a mixing bowl, beat together 8 oz softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter or margarine until smooth. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat again. Fold in 1 cup whipped coconut cream and reserved crushed pineapple juice until the frosting is light and fluffy.

When the cakes are cooled off completely, remove from pans. Place one cake layer onto a serving plate, flat side up. Spread an even layer of creamy frosting over top of it. Top with second cake layer, flat side down.

Frost entire cake with remaining frosting. Sprinkle top with toasted shredded coconut.

Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to five days.

Substitutions and Variations

“The perfect cake for a summer celebration”

This pineapple paradise cake with coconut cream frosting recipe is already delicious on its own, but there’s always room for experimentation in the kitchen. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try to create new flavor profiles or cater to specific dietary needs.

For a vegan option, replace the eggs, cream cheese, and butter with vegan alternatives. You can use flax or chia seeds as an egg substitute and vegan butter or margarine instead of regular butter. For the cream cheese frosting, try using a vegan cream cheese alternative like Tofutti. You can also use coconut oil instead of butter for a slightly different flavor profile.

If you want to change up the flavor of the cake, consider adding in some different fruits, like bananas or berries. You can also use different flavors of extract to enhance the taste of the cake. For example, almond extract pairs well with pineapple and coconut flavors.

If you’re short on time or want to simplify the recipe, consider making cupcakes instead of a full cake. To make pineapple coconut cupcakes, simply add crushed pineapple and coconut flakes to your favorite yellow cake mix. Top with your desired frosting or try making a coconut whipped cream to keep it light and airy.

For an adult twist on this tropical dessert, add some rum to either the cake batter or the frosting. This will give it more of a pina colada vibe and make it perfect for summertime barbecues and get-togethers.

Overall, feel free to experiment with ingredients and make this recipe your own. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own unique take on this pineapple paradise cake with coconut cream frosting recipe.

Serving and Pairing

“Get lost in the flavors of pineapple and coconut”

There’s no better way to enjoy this tropical paradise cake than with a cold glass of pina colada or iced pineapple juice. The sweetness and tanginess of the cake meld perfectly with the refreshing tropical flavors of these beverages, for a match made in heaven.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, try pairing this pineapple coconut cake with a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream flavor. Vanilla, coconut or even a fruity sorbet can make for a delicious and complementary pairing. Slicing up some fresh fruit like mango, papaya or kiwi can elegantly showcase this cake on a serving platter as well, and bring out the natural sweetness of the pineapples.

For those who want to elevate their dessert game further, you can always try layering cakes into a show-stopping tower that is perfect for special occasions. With its fluffy coconut cream frosting and soft, moist layers of pineapple and coconut cake, it lends itself easily to becoming part of a towering luxury version fit for any celebration.

However you choose to serve or present it, this pineapple paradise cake is sure to be the star at any gathering. So go ahead and indulge in this tropical sweetness – and dare I say it – let it transport you to your own paradise island!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Indulge in a taste of the islands”

This delightful Pineapple Paradise Cake is a great make-ahead dessert that you can whip up in advance and store for later. Once the cake has cooled after baking, you can wrap it tightly with plastic and store it at room temperature for up to three days. You can also refrigerate the cake for up to a week by wrapping it in plastic and placing it in an airtight container.

If you prefer, you can freeze the fully baked cake in individual slices or as a whole cake. To do this, wrap each slice or the entire cake tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing it. The cake will stay fresh in the freezer for up to three months.

When you’re ready to serve the Pineapple Paradise Cake again, simply take it out of the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature for 30-60 minutes before digging in. You can also heat up individual slices of the cake in the microwave on high power for 10-20 seconds before serving.

For those who are not familiar with reheating cakes, be sure to reheat them slowly under low heat to prevent burning of the edges while still maintaining the quality of the cake itself.

Whether you’re making this cake well ahead of time or looking to enjoy leftovers later on, storing and reheating techniques are key to ensuring that your Pineapple Paradise Cake continues to taste just as amazing as when it was freshly baked.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Transport yourself to a beach paradise with every bite”

To achieve the perfect taste and texture of this Pineapple Paradise Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting recipe, here are some tips and recommendations for a smooth sailing baking experience:

1. Room temperature ingredients

Make sure all your ingredients, especially eggs, butter, and cream cheese are at room temperature before using them. This prevents clumping and allows for better mixing.

2. Fluff up the flour

Use a fork to fluff up the flour before measuring it. Scooping flour directly into your measuring cup packs it down, making you use more than you need, causing the cake to be dry and heavy.

3. Beat the frosting well

Beat the cream cheese frosting well until it becomes light and fluffy. This step ensures that there are no lumps and results in a silky smooth texture.

4. Use parchment paper

Line your cake pans or cupcake liners with parchment paper or non-stick baking spray to prevent sticking and ensure easy release.

5. Expertly measure powdered sugar

When measuring powdered sugar for the frosting, scoop it into the measuring cup then level off with a knife. This achieves perfect frosting consistency.

6. Don’t overbake

Keep an eye on your cake while it’s baking as different ovens may have varying temperatures. Don’t overbake as it can result in a dry cake.

7. Let your cake cool

Allow your cake to cool completely before adding frosting, or else you’ll end up with a runny mess.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a delectable Pineapple Paradise Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting that’ll take your taste buds on a tropical journey in every slice!

Bottom Line

After baking and testing this Pineapple Paradise Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting recipe, I can confidently say that it is a true tropical paradise in every bite. The combination of pineapple coconut cake and creamy coconut cream frosting is irresistible, making it the ideal dessert for any occasion.

Additionally, this recipe is versatile and customizable. You can easily switch up the ingredients to suit your preferences, such as using margarine instead of butter, or adding a touch of rum to give it a pina colada twist. Plus, the recipe scales well, making it perfect for anything from cupcakes to layer cakes.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an easy-to-follow and delicious recipe that delivers on flavor and texture, look no further than our Pineapple Paradise Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting. It’s sure to impress your guests and transport them to a tropical paradise with every bite. So don’t wait any longer – get baking and taste the pineapple realness in every slice!

Pineapple Paradise Cake With Coconut Cream Frosting

Pineapple Paradise Cake With Coconut Cream Frosting Recipe

This is another wonderful cake that I found along time ago in our local paper. It is great for large gatherings, pot lucks or picnics.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Tropical
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Coconut, Dessert, For Large Groups, Fruit, Mixer, Nuts, Oven, Potluck, Small Appliance
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 362kcal


  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, reserve 1/4 cup
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut flavoring

Coconut Cream Frosting

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut flavoring
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut


  • For cake: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a slotted spoon, set aside 1/4 cup pineapple for frosting.
  • In mixing bowl, combine remaining pineapple and juice with flour, sugar, eggs, baking soda, vegetable oil and coconut flavoring.
  • Beat at medium speed 2 minutes.
  • Pour into greased and floured 10-1/2 x 15-1/2 x 1 inch baking pan.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely.
  • To make frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream, vanilla and coconut flavoring until smooth and creamy.
  • Add powdered sugar; beat until frosting is a spreadable consistency.
  • Stir in coconut and reserved 1/4 cup pineapple.
  • Use to frost cake.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 113g | Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 58.2g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 13.8g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 128.2mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 47.4g

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