Crushed Pineapple Cake — This pineapple cake is an easy, from-scratch poke cake recipe! It’s screaming with pineapple flavor from the crushed pineapple in the cake and the pineapple juice in the glaze.

Crushed Pineapple Cake slices on white plate

Moist Pineapple 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.

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. 

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.

What’s in This Pineapple Cake? 

To make this ultra moist pineapple poke cake, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Eggs
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking soda 
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Confectioner’s sugar

Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze

How to Make Pineapple Cake with Pineapple Glaze

To make this pineapple poke cake, simply whisk together the crushed pineapple cake batter and bake until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Depending on how moist your crushed pineapple is, your cake may take a little more time than what the recipe calls for. 

Once the cake is out of the oven, let it cool momentarily before making the pineapple glaze. The glaze is made with some of the pineapple juice left over from the crushed pineapple. You can make the glaze as thin or thick as you’d like! 

Poke the cake all over with a knife, then drizzle the pineapple glaze over top. It may look like there’s too much glaze on the cake, but once it’s had time to chill in the fridge it’ll all soak into the cake! 

Can I Make Pineapple Cake Using Fresh Pineapple? 

I’ve only made this crushed pineapple cake as written, so I can’t say for certain if fresh pineapple will work here. If you try it out and it works for you, please leave me a comment down below! 

Can I Prep This Cake in Advance? 

Definitely! I actually think it tastes better after it’s had time to chill in the fridge overnight. If you plan on serving this to guests, I recommend doing so within the first 24 hours. The cake will stay fresh up to five days in the fridge, but the glaze slowly sinks to the bottom of the cake over time. 

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!!

Tips for Making the Best Pineapple Cake

When mixing together the cake batter, make sure the pineapple has been very well drained. If it’s not, the cake will be so moist and wet that it won’t set.

Also note that 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 your crushed pineapple cake is browning too quickly on top before it’s setting up in center, tent with a sheet of foil and bake until done.

Lastly, the longer you can let this crushed pineapple cake soak, the better. 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.

Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze
Yield: one 8x8-inch cake

Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes

This pineapple cake is an easy, from-scratch poke cake recipe! It's screaming with pineapple flavor from the crushed pineapple in the cake and the pineapple juice in the glaze.

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

Instructions

    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. (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. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.*
    8. Set cake on a wire rack to cool momentarily while you make the glaze.
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
    11. 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.
    12. The longer you can let it soak (overnight is optimal) before slicing and serving the cake, the better.
    13. Cake will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Notes

*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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 3g

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