Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze

This is the moistest, softest, juiciest cake I’ve ever made.

I literally heard the cake squish when I sliced it from the pineapple juice glaze that soaks into every crevice.

Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze - Fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer, from-scratch cake that's easier than a mix! The glaze soaks into every inch and you'll be in juicy pineapple HEAVEN!!

It’s a fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer, from-scratch recipe that’s as easy as using a boxed mix which I see often with poke cakes. The cake is just screaming with over-the-top pineapple flavor. If you’re a pineapple cake or pineapple dessert lover, this is the cake for you. There’s crushed pineapple inside the cake and the glaze is made with pineapple juice.

Rather than just pouring the glaze over the top, first take a small paring knife and poke the cake in about 25 spots, lightly twisting the knife with each poke. You don’t need to make craters or get too wild poking because the glaze finds a way to soak in. The longer you can let it soak, the better.

Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze - Fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer, from-scratch cake that's easier than a mix! The glaze soaks into every inch and you'll be in juicy pineapple HEAVEN!!

I let mine soak overnight and the next morning I was in pineapple heaven. This is one of the best cakes I’ve ever made and definitely very sweet from all the wonderful pineapple.

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I made this sweet cake full of Southern flair to celebrate Ovation TV’s new show, Southern Uncovered with the Lee Bros. Matt and his brother Ted explore a different city in the South, seeking to expose the unique and unexpected sides of Southern cuisine and culture.

Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze - Fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer, from-scratch cake that's easier than a mix! The glaze soaks into every inch and you'll be in juicy pineapple HEAVEN!!

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Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze

This is the moistest, softest, juiciest cake I've ever made because of the sweet pineapple juice glaze that soaks in. It's a fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer, from-scratch recipe and the cake is just screaming with over-the-top pineapple flavor from crushed pineapple inside the cake and the glaze is made with pineapple juice. Rather than just pouring the glaze over the top, first poke the cake in about 25 spots and the longer you can let the glaze soak, the better. This is one of the best cakes I've ever made and definitely very sweet from all the wonderful pineapple.

Yield: one 8x8-inch cake, serves 9 to 12

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 36 to 41 minutes, or until done

Total Time: 3+ hours, for glaze-soaking

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • one 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained very well with juice reserved
  • about 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons pineapple juice, or as needed for consistency

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the eggs so you don't scramble them. Add the eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and stir until just combined, don't overmix.
  5. Add the crushed pineapple and stir to combine. Make sure the pineapple has been very well drained because if it's not the cake will be so moist and wet that it won't set. Reserve the juice for the glaze.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  7. Bake for about 36 to 41 minutes (I baked 39 minutes), or until done. Baking times may range dramatically due to the moisture level in the pineapple (some fruit is much juicer than others), how well it was drained, climate and oven variances, etc. If you feel like cake is browning too quickly on top before it's setting up in center, tent with a sheet of foil (loosely drape a sheet of foil over the pan) and bake until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Set cake on a wire rack to cool momentarily while you make the glaze.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 3 to 4 tablespoons of reserved pineapple juice, and whisk vigorously until smooth and combined. Depending on glaze consistency and preference, you may need to play with the sugar and juice ratios slightly; set glaze aside.
  9. Using a small paring knife, poke the cake in about 25 spots, lightly twisting the knife with each poke. You don't need to make craters or get too wild poking because the glaze finds a way to soak in.
  10. Evenly pour glaze over the cake. If glaze is pooling near the sides of pan, use a spatula to push it back up into the center and then use the spatula to 'squish' it down into the holes. Even if it looks like there's too much glaze, it eventually soaks in. The longer you can let it soak (overnight is optimal) before slicing and serving the cake, the better. Cake will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Post is brought to you by Three Degrees and Ovation TV. The recipe, text, images, and opinions expressed are my own. Maybe the #LeeBros will make it to your city! Catch the premiere of Southern Uncovered Sunday, June 14 at 8/7c on @ovationtv!

67 comments

  1. Oooh, a squishy cake. My favorite kind! I didn’t realize that pineapple cakes were Southern. That’s so cool. I learn a lot from you, Averie! And the knife-twisting technique for the poke cake…gotta try that!

  2. Oh my goodness, Averie! I’m going to a concert on Friday night and this would go perfect on our tailgate spread. I love a good pineapple cake. Thank you for sharing. 

  3. Poke cakes are so cool–more glaze soaking in is always better! This looks like a great summer cake that won’t have a melt down outside. I’ll have to check out Southern Uncovered this weekend–sounds interesting.

  4. Oh I can never get enough pineapple…I literally eat pineapple everyday..this cake is just another way for me to get my pineapple fix in the best way possible.  Your cakes are always so moist I can’t imagine how moist this one is with all that yummy glaze soaking in.  Your pineapple upside cake is one of my favorite recipes.  I’m definitely trying this.

    • It’s the most moist cake I’ve ever made from the glaze soaking in and you know me, I already am a moist-cake-only girl! And I am on vacation right now and eating my weight in pineapple :) Love it so much!

  5. I JUST made my first poke cake last week! I don’t know what took me SO long, because they are the moistest and tastiest cakes ever. This would be good with a pina colada ;) Pinned!

  6. Just put the ingredients I need for this into my phone to get today!  Mmmm

  7. Drenching the cake in a glaze seemed like a really great idea to make the cake real moist. Wish I had gotten the can of pineapple yesterday!

  8. Love how easy this is, I’m always sold on a one bowl recipe!! Looks so moist!

  9. I seriously cannot even handle how ultra-moist and soft this cake looks! Would you believe that I’ve never made a poke cake in my life?? I think you just convinced me.  ;) This cake is gorgeous beyond words!

  10. Pineapple in cake is a magical, wonderful thing. I don’t even understand what makes it so good. It just IS!!!

  11. Poke cakes are the best!!! Love this pineapple version. Must try!

  12. I was literally JUST talking about pineapple cake not even 5 minutes ago.  Yours looks absolutely amazing!  

  13. I can hear the cake cracking from all that glaze as well, Averie this looks heavenly delicious, and as I pineapple lover I am freaking out over these photos and cake!

  14. Oh how I wish I had a can of pineapple in my pantry. I LOVE pineapple & will make this as soon as I get to the store. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. It’s so pretty!! I bet it tasted – and smelled – amazing. Funny thing…I have a similar cake tomorrow. But at least it’s not pineapple! LOL

  16. One bowl cake yes please! I have just tried a pineapple upside down cake for the first time last month and loved it. I am so excited to try this poke cake. It sound just as moist as a tres leche cake which are my favorite it cake.This cake looks sooo amazing.

  17. I can tell just how moist this cake is! It looks heavenly. You can’t go wrong with a simple one bowl poke cake, especially during the hotter summer months. 

  18. This cake looks so moist and flavorful and I want to eat the whole thing for breakfast!

  19. This cake looks unreal!!!

  20. Oh my goodness! I’ve made a few poke cakes before but never one with pineapple and this looks so scrumptious! I too am only interested in moist cakes – what’s the point of a dry cake? That’s easy, there is no point to a dry cake! Can’t wait to make this for my office!

  21. So true!!

  22. This cake sounds so juicy and absolutely ridiculous. I need a slice (or three) in my life ASAP! 

    • I need those brownie bite things you posted and I pinned! I was trying to comment but my current internet connection traveling is a little wonky but they looked PERFECT!

  23. yum! This sounds like the kind of recipe that is tastes even better when you have it first thing in the morning! (pineapple is healthy, right?)

  24. Great minds think alike! I just made a pineapple pie this week! Pineapple is great for the summer!

  25. I’m making the cake now. It smells delicious. I lined the pan with foil like you said. Is this to help dump it out on a cooling rack? But in the directions it sounds like you glaze the cake while still in the pan. Can you give a few more details after the cake comes out of the oven about how you cool it – leave in pan or not. I’ve never made a cake with foil in the pan so I’m a little confused. Thanks for any tips. Can’t wait to try this!

    • I let it cool in the pan, poke the holes, pour the glaze over, and then when you’re ready to serve it, you just pull the entire (5 pound cake from the weight of the glaze!) up and out of the pan by the foil! So easy AND cleanup is literally tossing the piece of foil. Saves on dishes and effort! Enjoy!

      And once you start lining your cake pans or bar pans in foil, you will be hooked! Impossible to get cosmetically perfect clean cuts and pieces when it’s all still inside the pan, whereas if it’s all on a cutting board on the foil that you lifted out with ease, you can make it look so much prettier (and save on cleanup!)

  26. I needed that last comment here with more directions on the glaze. I just pulled my cake out of the oven and usually poke cakes get “poked” right away while still warm, I think. So I am letting this one cool and then poke and glaze. Thanks.

    PS. I made your Funfetti cake last night and my family went crazy for it. (5 year old wants it for his Birthday cake) I am not a sprinkle girl but I took it easy on them (still looked sprinkley) and it was delicious. I am waiting for some Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste to come in from Amazon today and gonna try the sprinkle cake again using it instead of the extract and see if there is a huge difference. I just came across the stuff a couple days ago and ordered it up right away to try. Have you ever tried it? Now that I think of it, Maybe I saw it on your website?! 

    • Glad the Funfetti cake was a hit!

      Vanilla bean paste is definitely more intense than regular vanilla. I don’t know if a Funfetti cake with all the sprinkles though would be the best place to use it. I mean you can’t go wrong, but in terms of saving some $ since the stuff is expensive, I’d use it in something with less ‘going on’ like a plainer cake, muffins, etc rather than the Funfetti but that’s just me.

      You can put this glaze on when the cake is still warm for the Pineapple Poke Cake. That’s what I did. I mean I waited maybe 5 minutes, it’s not like I was timing myself but I didn’t intentionally wait any longer than it took me to make the glaze, maybe 3-4 minutes. Enjoy!

  27. Oh, I guess I didn’t think that sprinkles added much flavor to the cake but in all honesty the cake is perfect (flavor and presentation) as you have written it. I will save the vanilla paste for something else. 

    The Pineapple cake is good but the glaze was way too overwhelmingly sweet for me. I actually used some of the plain pineapple juice left over after making your glaze and mixed with very little powdered sugar to pour onto the cake and into the cut markes then topped it with about 1/4 cup of your glaze. So I still have the white semi-translucent glaze on top and more of the pineapple flavor in the cake. Now, I did eat about 1/4 of the cake (don’t judge) right away (SO GOOD) and I am afraid the rest will be too “wet” when I go back in tonight. I wonder if the measurements are correct for the glaze: 2 cups of powdered sugar and 3-4 Tbsp. of pineapple juice? It made A LOT of glaze and it was extra super thick after adding 5 Tbsp of juice.

    I also wanted to tell you that we named my daughter Avery. (2 years old) When I was thinking about the name when I was pregnant I googled it to see if there were any serial killers or scoundrels with the same name and luckily nothing noteworthy. I did come across your blog somehow and it may have “sealed the name” for me. I went with traditional spelling per hubbies request. Anyway. . . .  I like your name. ;) 

    • Yes the measurements are correct for the glaze, and a I wrote to add additional juice as necessary for consistency. If your glaze was too thick for your liking and/or too sweet, a splash of water will thin it out without adding sweetness. Very easy fix. And no I don’t believe the cake will be ‘too wet’ later…that’s the point of a poke cake; it soaks it up!

      I also wrote in a few places that this is a very sweet cake! But it couldn’t have been too bad if you ate a 1/4 of the cake yourself, immediately :)

  28. Thanks so much for your help. The cake was amazing! I’m glad I doubled the recipe so there was plenty to eat and a little left to send home with friends. (We got to keep a little bit too!) I’ll be making this again!

  29. Could you do it in a bundt pan?

  30. Thank you for the recipe.  I actually made it today in a round pan.  It took approximately 25 min.  It is totally delicious.  I was thinking of making it with toasted coconut sprinkled  on the top, after  icing the cake.  Pineapple and coconut are great together!  It’s an easy cake to make, and very moist as you said.  I don’t think it would  last long in the fridge, nor freezer!!  Thank you again!

  31. I used to enjoy Poke Cake with Pineapple Pineapple Glaze. This is a dish that my family and I love.

  32. Hai Averie,

    Can you change your measurements to gram? I’m sorry because I live in asia and I’m not used to with your measurements.

    Can I used fresh pinnapple instead of the can one?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    • I don’t use grams so cannot give measurements. However, there are online calculators that can do these conversions for you.

      I haven’t tried with fresh pineapple because you need the juice, too, and that’s why it’s easier and more cost effective for me to use canned.

  33. just made this today and it was so easy and delicious!! really unique and super moist! the tang of the pineapples is balanced really nicely with all of the glaze. i would definitely make this again! 

  34. Hi
    I want to try make this cake for Mother’s Day tomorrow. Will it be still good with fresh pineapple instead of can ones?thanks lot

    • I only tried the recipe the way I wrote it so can’t speak for sure about substitutions. I’m sure fresh pineapple will work but I can’t give any specifics on it since I haven’t tried it, how you will need to adjust baking time, etc.

  35. Hi Averie,
    I tried your recipe with fresh pineapple and it turn so awesome, good moist. I cooked the pineapple for 20 minutes and I drain it very well. The juice is soo nice that make my glace taste better. Oh I add a lemon rind to the cake. If my laws love it I will make it again. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Happy Mother’s Day to everyone from the other part of Australia

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! And great that you were able to incorporate fresh pineapple – glad you’ll make it again! Happy Mother’s Day!

  36. This cake is amazing !! I didn’t change a thing and my family wiped it out within 15 minutes. I will definitley be making this again.

  37. Looks wondeful. Def will make this. Some of my fave kiddie food memories involved ‘Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Bowls (always my BDay request ‘cake’) & Pineapple Upside Down Cake i the cast iron skillet. I have a pretty elaborate recipe bookmark system & placing several of your pineapple recipes w/haste. :) Love that it is quick, one bowl & no larger than it is. Do not think I will have a problem eating all of this, as I would if it were a 13X 9.  I am also bookmarking your site, which I rarely do. Thanks!

  38. I musta did something wrong cuz my cake is pretty flat 😟

    • This isn’t a ‘tall’ cake. There’s only 1/4 tsp baking soda in it so it doesn’t rise tons but possibly if it’s dense and flat that could be expired baking soda? or maybe you just had really juicy pineapple that weighed the cake down a bit.

  39. Love to try these recipes!! They look and sound easy to make….I love pineapple! ! ! ! Thank you,

    Jeannie Nuzum

  40. This is the first recipe tat I have made from your website, and it is a really good cake! A little too sweet for my liking, but my family went crazy over it..Considering the fact that they react like this only for chocolate cakes, this was a revelation. Thank you Averie, for the lipsmacking recipe! 😊

  41. very very very tastyyyy and yummmyy recipe…:) Not only tasty but so quick and easy

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