Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze

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

Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze

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.

Yield: one 8x8-inch cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes


  • 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


    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.


*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:



Serving Size:


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

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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!

81 comments on “Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze”

  1. This cake was AWESOMELY GOOD!! Took it to a party. People raved over it! There wasn’t a crumb left! I only made it because I had some crushed pineapple and juice left over from a sweet potato/pineapple recipe. I have NEVER liked pineapple cake, but I LOVED it. Will definitely make again and so easy to make! I added a bit more pineapple juice to the powdered sugar. Otherwise did not change a thing. However, will double recipe next time; I just need to make more of it! THANK YOU for this wonderful cake! My daughter wants it for her birthday!

    Rating: 5
  2. Why do you line the pan with foil?

  3. HUGE success. I’ve never made a pineapple dessert but I had a fresh pineapple that needed to be used so I gave this a try. I followed another reviews tips and cooked the fresh pineapple for about 15 minutes and drained it well. And then boiled the juice to to make a thick, sweet glaze, which needed less powered sugar. Wow! My kids rave about it and call it the best cake they’ve ever eaten. It’s not a pretty cake (not a centerpiece cake) but the flavor and texture are excellent.

    Rating: 5
  4. I always say I’m gonna comment on recipes but never get around to it lol. This cake was SO good & so easy, I had to make it again the very next day! Absolutely perfect the way it is, just adjust the glaze to your individual tastes & voilà! Thank you for posting this!!

    Rating: 5
  5. Just made this tonight and it’s delicious!! So easy! Only took about 20 minutes in the oven for me and did half the glaze and it was plenty. Your recipes are winners every single time! I also made your strawberry banana cake again yesterday and it was a hit. Thank you!!

  6. Great recipe but I wanted to caution bakers to not remove too much juice from the canned pineapple when making this cake. I took to heart the comments about making sure the pineapple was completely drained and I squished that canned pineapple so hard I’m afraid it made the cake too dry. Also, the dryness didn’t allow the glaze to soak in to the cake and instead the glaze remained completely on the top of the cake like frosting (also should have added more juice to the glaze). The cake turned out OK but I’m certain it will be delicious once I use more juice in both the cake and the glaze. Completely my fault but wanted to be sure no one else made this mistake! Thanks for the recipe Averie :)

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and it’s one of those things that it’s hard to describe in general how much to drain, exactly, the pineapple. Sorry that you took it to the extreme!

    • My son wants a goose bumps themed birthday party.

      Since you’ve obviously made this before, I have a question 🙂

      If I add green food coloring to the glaze, would that turn the entire cake green and look tacky? Or would it have the gooey effect I’m aiming for?

  7. I made this for a luau party, and it was a huge hit. The cake disappeared with in minutes of putting it out, and I was asked for the recipe more than once.

    I doubled the recipe, but only had 2 14oz cans of pineapple. I was a bit worried, as that is a big difference, but it turned out perfectly. To be honest, I wouldn’t have wanted any more pineapple in the cake. I only made 1.5 times the glaze, and did not use all of it. This cake is amazingly delicious, and uber sweet.
    thanks for the recipe

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

  9. 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! ?

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

    Jeannie Nuzum

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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! 

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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!

  20. Could you do it in a bundt pan?

  21. 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!

  22. 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 :)

  23. 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!

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