Southern Pineapple Cake: A Sweet, Tropical Delight

Embrace the warmth of the South with this moist and flavorful Southern Pineapple Cake, a dessert that perfectly combines the tropical sweetness of pineapple with the rich crunch of nuts and the softness of coconut flakes. This easy-to-make cake doesn’t require fancy techniques but delivers a taste that’s sure to impress. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just craving something sweet, this cake will be a hit. Let’s bake this delightful treat!


For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 – 20 oz can of crushed pineapple (with juice), Dole recommended

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
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  1. Prepare the Cake:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, and 1 tsp. baking soda. Add 2 large eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and the can of crushed pineapple along with its juice. Mix until well combined.
    • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  2. Make the Topping:
    • When the cake is almost done baking, start preparing the topping. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 1/2 cup butter. Stir in 2/3 cup evaporated milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 cup sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    • Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts and 1 cup coconut flakes.
  3. Finish the Cake:
    • Once the cake is baked, remove it from the oven. While still hot, poke holes all over the top of the cake with a fork or skewer. Pour the warm topping evenly over the hot cake, allowing it to seep into the holes and cover the surface.
    • Let the cake cool completely before serving. The topping will thicken and form a deliciously rich layer on top of the cake.

This Southern Pineapple Cake is a celebration of flavors and textures, from the moist, fruity base to the creamy, nutty topping. It’s a testament to the simplicity and beauty of Southern baking, offering a slice of comfort and joy with every bite. Enjoy this delightful cake with family and friends, and let it transport you to a sunny, Southern paradise.