Pineapple Coconut Cake

Adapted from our reader-favorite white cake, this pineapple coconut cake is supremely moist and pillow soft with extra coconut packed in each bite. Homemade pineapple curd adds another layer of sweet tropical flavor inside the cake. The cake is made with canned coconut milk, shredded coconut, pineapple juice, and pineapple chunks, a delightful combination promising big flavor.

pineapple coconut cake on white cake stand

This Pineapple Coconut Cake Features:

  1. Supremely moist and ultra fluffy pineapple coconut cake with flakes/shreds of coconut and sweet chunks of pineapple
  2. Homemade pineapple curd filling
  3. Smooth & luscious cream cheese frosting
  4. Flaky coconut around the exterior

Plus, there’s a few other ways to make this cake including as a sheet cake, 2 layer cake, cupcakes, etc. See details above the recipe. However you bake or serve it, this pineapple coconut cake would be wonderful for Easter dessert or any spring or summer celebration!


The Details

I adapted this cake batter from my white cake recipe. The white cake is a very popular cake recipe on the site, both a personal and reader favorite. There’s no surprises there– between its pristine crumb, fluffy texture, and stick-to-your-fork moisture, it’s impossible not to love. It’s my gold standard when it comes to soft cakes, so I’ve used it to produce many other flavors including pistachio cake, burnt sugar caramel cake, coconut cake, strawberry cake, and today’s pineapple coconut cake. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Texture: The most notable aspect of this cake is its texture. We have an incredible balance of soft, springy, and moist. The coconut inside the cake adds that stick-to-your-fork moisture, too. You’ll only achieve this texture perfection if you follow the recipe closely and this includes using real cake flour, only egg whites (no yolks in the batter), and sour cream. Note that I slightly reduced the egg whites and sugar in this cake recipe compared to the base white cake. This is because pineapple is so wet and sweet.
  • Flavor: Who knew a cake could taste like vacation? Juicy pineapple and coconut add bright, tropical flavors to each slice. The cream cheese frosting adds a little tang to each bite, which helps offset the sweetness of the pineapple curd inside. If you aren’t a fan of coconut, you may enjoy this pineapple upside down cake instead.
  • Ease: If you’ve baked layer cakes before, this shouldn’t be difficult. If you’re new to layer cakes, don’t get nervous. Stacking and frosting is pretty simple as long as you let the cake layers cool completely. Take your time with each step; it’s worth the effort.
  • Time: Set aside at least 5 hours to complete this cake recipe which includes making the pineapple curd and cake, cooling both completely, and frosting the cake.

Simply put, this cake exceeded our expectations. It’s truly one of the best cakes I know how to make!

pineapple coconut cake sliced open

5 Success Tips

  1. Use real cake flour, only egg whites, and full fat sour cream. I have instructions for making a cake flour substitute from all-purpose flour and cornstarch, but for best taste and texture, I urge you to use real cake flour in this recipe and not the substitute. Sift the cake flour before measuring. 4 egg whites promise the fluffiest crumb. Save 2 of the yolks for the pineapple curd. Full fat sour cream guarantee a tender, moist crumb.
  2. Use the correct coconut milk. A majority of the liquid in this cake batter is canned coconut milk. Canned coconut milk is a cooking ingredient, not a beverage. It’s almost always unsweetened and is creamier and thicker than regular milk. It’s usually found near the Thai food products. Do not use refrigerated carton coconut milk because the two are very different.
  3. Add coconut extract. Like when I was testing my coconut cake recipe, I found this cake lacked coconut flavor without a little coconut extract. The cake is still delicious without it, but if you can find coconut extract, definitely use it.
  4. Pulse the coconut into finer pieces. Use sweetened shredded coconut because it’s moister than unsweetened and that makes a big difference in a cake’s texture. (I reduced the added sugar in the cake batter to make up for the sweetness.) Sweetened coconut is sometimes sold as long skinny shreds, a size some find off-putting in cake. Therefore, I recommend pulsing the coconut in a food processor or giving it a rough chop to break down the pieces.
  5. Ensure all ingredients are room temperature. All refrigerated items should be at room temperature so the cake batter mixes together easily and evenly. Simply put, cold ingredients won’t properly combine to produce a smooth, light cake crumb.

a can of coconut milk alongside another photo of the coconut milk in a liquid measuring cup

pineapple coconut cake batter in mixing bowl and in cake pans

The Extras: Pineapple Curd & Cream Cheese Frosting

Fill the this pineapple coconut cake with homemade pineapple curd and cream cheese frosting. (Just like how we fill lemon coconut cake with lemon curd.) The cream cheese frosting is also used on the exterior of the cake, too.

  • Pineapple Curd: I adapted the pineapple curd recipe from my lemon curd. I reduced the sugar since pineapple juice is so sweet and since sugar helps curd thicken, I added a little cornstarch to make up some of the difference. The curd has exceptional pineapple flavor, but it’s very sweet like apple butter, pumpkin butter, or jam. One crucial note for the pineapple curd– do NOT use fresh pineapple juice. Bromelain, an enzyme in fresh pineapple, prohibits curd from thickening appropriately. Your curd will be thin and it will separate, something I learned while experimenting. You must use canned pineapple juice, usually labeled as 100% pineapple juice. (The enzyme is no longer present after canning, so you’re good to go!)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting: This cream cheese frosting recipe was *just enough* for thin layers between the cakes and around the exterior. I added a little liquid so it’s extra smooth and spreadable– you can use either pineapple juice or canned coconut milk for the liquid.

A Crumb Coat is Best

Since it’s so moist and filled with shredded coconut, the cake can be a little crumbly. I recommend applying a VERY thin crumb coat, which is a  layer of frosting around the exterior of the cake to catch any crumbs. The cake is pretty slippery from the curd, so take your time assembling and frosting it. The frosting recipe below includes enough frosting for that thin crumb coat, then another thin layer of frosting on top of that.

Here’s the pineapple curd, frosting, and cake assembly in photos:

homemade pineapple curd

cream cheese frosting in glass bowl

assembling the pineapple cake showing pineapple curd between each layer

top view of decorated pineapple coconut cake

slice of pineapple coconut cake on white plate

Other Cakes & Cake Sizes

  1. 9×13 Inch Cake: Simply pour the batter into a greased and lightly floured 9×13 inch pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  2. 2 Layer Cake: This is a 3 layer cake, but if you want a 2 layer cake, prepare two 9-inch cake pans in step 1. Divide batter between pans and bake for 25-28 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Bundt Cake: This cake batter will fit into a greased 10-cup or larger bundt pan. I’m unsure of the exact bake time (likely around an hour), but use a toothpick to test for doneness. Same oven temperature. Feel free to frost with cream cheese frosting (half the frosting recipe should be enough) and serve slices with a spoonful of pineapple curd.
  4. Cupcakes: Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 19-21 minutes. Yields about 2-3 dozen. Feel free to core out some of the baked and cooled cupcake and fill with pineapple curd.
  5. Piña Colada Cake: I haven’t tested this recipe with the addition of rum to yield a piña colada cake. However, rum would definitely work in the frosting. Use 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of your favorite rum to replace the coconut milk/pineapple juice and vanilla extract.
  6. Pineapple Cake (no coconut): Follow the recipe below but substitute whole milk for the canned coconut milk, leave out the coconut extract and shredded coconut, then increase pineapple chunks in the cake batter to 1 and 1/2 cups. Use pineapple juice as the liquid in the frosting and skip the coconut garnish.
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pineapple coconut cake sliced open

Pineapple Coconut Cake

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours (includes cooling and chilling)
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This pineapple coconut cake includes pineapple chunks, coconut, coconut milk, plus homemade pineapple curd and cream cheese frosting. Each bite is packed with moist texture and irresistible flavor. Review the recipe notes before beginning. To save time, feel free to make the pineapple curd first. It must cool completely before you use it in the cake’s assembly.


Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (263g) sifted cake flour* (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks; 170gunsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120gsour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup (240ml) canned coconut milk, at room temperature*
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pineapple juice (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup (80g) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup (225g) pineapple chunks (canned and drained or use fresh), plus extra for garnish

Pineapple Curd

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup (65g) granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) canned pineapple juice (must be canned)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons; 60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature and cut into 4 pieces

Frosting

  • 8 ounces (224g) full-fat block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (115gunsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups (360gconfectioners’ sugar, plus an extra 1/4 cup (30g) if needed
  • 2 Tablespoons canned coconut milk or pineapple juice (your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • optional for garnish: fresh or canned pineapple chunks and/or 1 cup (80g) sweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease three 9-inch cake pans, line with parchment paper, then grease the parchment paper. Parchment paper helps the cakes seamlessly release from the pans.
  2. Make the cake: Whisk the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Beat in the egg whites until combined, then add the sour cream, vanilla extract, and coconut extract. Beat until combined. Mixture will look curdled as a result of the varying textures and solid butter combining. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. Beat on low speed until combined, then beat in the shredded coconut and pineapple chunks just until combined. Whisk it all by hand to make sure there are no butter lumps at the bottom of the bowl. The batter will be slightly thick.
  4. Pour batter evenly into cake pans. Bake for around 22-24 minutes or until the cakes are baked through. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Allow cakes to cool completely in the pans set on a wire rack. (Make the curd as the cakes cool.) The cakes must be completely cool before frosting and assembling.
  5. Make the pineapple curd: Fill the bottom pot of a double boiler with 1-2 inches of water. (Or use the DIY double boiler method listed in the notes.) Place on high heat. Once the water begins to boil, reduce to low heat to keep the water at a simmer. Whisk the egg, egg yolks, granulated sugar, cornstarch, pineapple juice, and salt together the top pot of your double boiler. Continue to whisk as the curd cooks because constant whisking prevents the egg yolks from curdling. Whisk and cook until the mixture becomes slightly thick, resembling the texture of hollandaise sauce, about 10 minutes. If curd isn’t thickening, turn up the heat and keep whisking. Remove pan from heat. Whisk in the butter. The butter will melt from the heat of the curd. Pour curd into a jar or bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top so it is touching the top of the curd. (This prevents a skin from forming on top.) Cool completely. The curd will continue to thicken as it cools. Once cool, the plastic wrap can be removed. Makes 1 cup. You will have leftover curd after using in the cake. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 week. (Great on sourdough, biscuits, or toast!)
  6. Make the frosting: In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, coconut milk or pineapple juice, vanilla extract, and salt with the mixer running on low. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then switch to high speed and beat for 2 minutes. If you want the frosting a little thicker, add the extra 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar (I usually add it).
  7. Assemble and decorate: If your cakes are domed on top, use a large serrated knife to slice a thin layer off the tops to create a flat surface. Discard (or crumble over ice cream!). Place 1 cake layer on your cake stand, cake turntable, or serving plate. I use and recommend an icing spatula to apply the frosting & curd. Evenly spread a scant 1/2 cup of frosting on top. Spread 1/4 cup of pineapple curd on top of the frosting. Top with 2nd cake layer and evenly cover the top with 1/2 cup of frosting, then 1/4 cup of curd. Carefully place the third cake layer on top. The cake is very slippery due to the frosting and curd, so be careful with it. I highly recommend a crumb coat for this cake, so spread a very very thin layer of frosting on top and all around the exterior of the cake. A bench scraper is helpful to smooth the sides. Refrigerate crumb-coated cake for 30-60 minutes– again, this is a slippery cake so refrigeration is very helpful. Remove cake from the refrigerator and spread the remaining frosting all over the cake. (Which should only be a small amount at this point.) Decorate with pineapple chunks on top of the cake and/or press coconut gently into the sides of the cake.
  8. Refrigerate cake for at least 20 minutes before slicing. This helps the cake hold its shape when cutting, though it’s still a pretty fluffy cake.
  9. Cover leftover cake tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: You can make the pineapple curd ahead of time. After it cools completely, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 1 week. The cake layers can be baked, cooled, and covered tightly at room temperature overnight. Likewise, the frosting can be prepared then covered and refrigerated overnight. When ready to decorate, let the frosting sit at room temperature to slightly soften for 15 minutes, then give it one more mix with the mixer on medium speed for about 1 minute before frosting cake. Frosted cake or unfrosted cake layers can be frozen up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before decorating/serving.
  2. Cake Flour: For the best results, I strongly recommend sifted cake flour. Sift before measuring. You can find cake flour in the baking aisle and I have many more recipes using it. If you’re in a pinch, you can use a DIY cake flour substitute but the cake won’t taste as light and soft.
  3. Egg Whites: Egg whites (no yolks) are KEY to the cake’s fluffy texture. Save 2 egg yolks for the pineapple curd.
  4. Canned Coconut Milk: Canned coconut milk is a cooking ingredient, not a beverage. It is usually unsweetened, so make sure you’re using unsweetened. It’s usually found near the Thai food products. Do not use refrigerated carton coconut milk. You need 1 cup for the cake, not the entire can. You can use 2 more Tablespoons in the frosting if desired. There will be a little leftover in the can. Coconut milk separates, so make sure you either shake up the can before opening or, after opening the can, whisk the liquid and coconut cream together to yield the thick coconut milk you need in this recipe.
  5. Sweetened Shredded Coconut: I recommend using sweetened shredded coconut. It’s moister than unsweetened coconut and that makes a big difference in the cake’s texture. If desired, pulse the coconut shreds in a food processor or chop them up so they aren’t as long inside and outside of the cake. Chopping the coconut is optional.
  6. Pineapple Chunks: If using canned pineapple chunks, purchase a can labeled with “chunks” or “tidbits.” You can save the liquid you drain to use in the cake. (There likely won’t be enough for the curd though.) Do not use crushed pineapple, which is too liquid and thin. If using fresh pineapple, cut chunks into bite-size pieces.
  7. Double Boiler Alternative for Curd: If you do not own a double boiler, you can simply place a small heatproof glass bowl over a saucepan– you will cook the curd in the top pot/bowl.
  8. Pineapple Juice: You can use fresh or canned pineapple juice in the cake batter and frosting recipes. However, in order for the pineapple curd to thicken, you must use canned juice in the curd. See blog post above for details. Since you need canned juice for the curd, it may just be easiest to use canned juice in the batter and frosting, too.
  9. Cream Cheese: Use block cream cheese, not cream cheese spread. If desired, you can use this vanilla buttercream instead of cream cheese frosting. If you follow that frosting recipe, you can use canned coconut milk instead of the whole milk/heavy cream OR 3 Tablespoons pineapple juice and 2 Tablespoons coconut milk instead of whole milk/heavy cream.
  10. Amount of Cake Batter: This recipe yields nearly 8 cups of batter, which is helpful if you need it for different Cake Pan Sizes & Conversions. See box above the recipe for different cake pan options.

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101 Comments

  1. Angela Laird says:

    If I make the 9×13 version does the pineapple curd go on the side? Thanks. My brother was so in love with the vanilla sheet cake that he had at least two pieces. My three year old grandniece has better frosting skills so I try to stick with sheet cakes.

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Angela, a few options for you. You can spread the curd on top of the cake before frosting (this would get a bit messy, though!) or even cut some holes on top of the cake (similar to a poke cake) and fill with the curd. Or, you can simply keep the curd separate and spoon over the individual slices. Hope your family enjoys this cake just as much!

  2. Gwendolyn J Johnston says:

    I just have a comment about the printed recipes. Martha Stewart has a gauge on her recipes that allows you to choose a larger font for the recipes when you print them out. For those of us who are older and our vision is not quite as sharp, that would be lovely if you could do that as well. I love your recipes, but I would prefer not to have to squint.

    1. Hi Gwendolyn, thank you so much for your feedback. We can look into this possibility– didn’t even know you could do that! Appreciate you letting us know!

    2. This cake is delicious! I wanted to say that I successfully used very well drained crushed pineapple in the same amount of grams and the texture was amazing. I also used unsweetened shredded coconut, which I think, helped with the overall sweetness of the cake. I didn’t mind the longer pieces too much, but would probably take the time to process them into finer pieces per the recipe next time. Overall, such a good cake. Can’t wait to bake it again.

  3. This recipe was so so so good! I tend to have trouble with butter based cakes so I was a little worried, but the layers came out perfect and moist! I ended up using crushed pineapple (that was well drained) instead of the chunks and I think it mixed into the batter really well. I did have some difficulty with the pineapple curd: it took FOREVER to thicken. I kept turning the heat up on my double boiler but it wasn’t until almost 40 minutes of standing at the stove stirring did it finally thicken. And then I had an issue with it seeping out of the cake 🙁 I’m always cautious about thin fillings like that, so I made a border with the cream cheese frosting to try and prevent it but there were still some spots of leakage. Despite those troubles though, it was absolutely fantastic!!! And it got rave reviews from everyone who ate it 🙂

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      We’re so happy this cake was a hit for you, Jenna! Thank you so much for giving it a try.

  4. Hi! When you list salt in your recipes are you referring to iodized table salt or kosher salt?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Tea! We’re referring to table salt unless otherwise stated.

  5. Hi Sally, I made this yesterday with fresh pineapple, and it just didn’t turn out right, after 45 minutes, it still was soggy. (But no worries, it still tasted great and I’m going to make tropical cake pops!!!) It was a super juicy pineapple, I drained it after I cut it, and then once again before I added it to the batter. I seem to recall another cake recipe I made, (maybe Cooks Illustrated, not sure), that sauteed the pineapple first, and then drained. Do you think that would help? Lastly, I think there might be a typo in the directions; the first step says to prepare three 9 inch cakes pans, I’m guessing you meant 8 inch, cause when you mention alternative sizes, it states two 9 inch pans.
    Thanks for all you do and I hope you have a Happy Easter!

    1. Hi Lisa! I’m so glad you tried this cake. You know, I haven’t tested the recipe with cooked pineapple but I’m sure that wouldn’t be a problem especially if the fresh pineapple is particularly juicy. This recipe uses 3 9-inch cake pans, but you can easily fit the layers into 2 9-inch pans if needed. The bake time would have to be extended as mentioned in those notes. Thank you so much!

  6. Alexandra Zmudka says:

    Hi! I made your coconut cake last year and found it a tad sweet. Would reducing the sugar by another half a cup mess up the crumb of the cake? How could I make this cake a bit more tangy, rather then sweet?
    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Alexandra! We haven’t tested the recipe with 1/2 cup less sugar. It shouldn’t be a huge problem especially since we’re adding the coconut and pineapple as well.

  7. I really want to make this cake for Easter this year but my family doesn’t really like super sweet cakes. Ive had to reduce the sugar for your cream cheese frosting by a third and still I use more than a pinch of salt. What would you recommend for a less sweet pineapple curd?

    1. Hi Elvia, feel free to reduce the sugar in the cake itself. 200g total would probably be fine, though we haven’t tested it. Feel free to add more cream cheese to the frosting (perhaps use 12 ounces total) which will thin it out a bit, but hopefully add more tang. You could also add some lemon zest for a little tang, too. I don’t recommend reducing the sugar in the pineapple curd. Sugar is also used to help thicken it. It’s pretty sweet, but you can skip it if desired.

      1. The cake tasted amazing! I absolutely loved the chunks of pineapple, I might add extra next time. I reduced the sugar just like you said and the taste was perfect. The only issue I keep coming across with your recipes is that my cakes come out a bit packed, they aren’t as spongy as the ones in your pics and they’re almost always smaller than yours. I read somewhere that it may be because I’m not beating the sugar and butter long enough. Next time i will definitely make sure to do that. Thank you for the recipe!!

  8. Hi! Can I bake these into 8 in 3 layer cakes? How should I alter the time?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Shilpa, you can use 8 inch pans instead. Bake time will be slightly longer until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Enjoy!

      1. Thank you for the quick response.

  9. Hi Sally! Can you provide a little more guidance on the proper consistency of the curd? I have no experience with hollandaise sauce. Thank you!

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Erin, The video in this lemon curd post should be helpful for a visual!

  10. Hi Sally! Did you keep the cake covered/in a cake container when chilling the crumb coat and chilling after the final layer of frosting? And, did you keep this cake refrigerated afterwards?

    1. Hi Erin, I don’t usually cover the cake after applying a crumb coat. This cake is best stored in the refrigerator, but tastes best served at room temperature if possible.

  11. Hi Sally!
    So excited to try this cake for easter, but I’m wondering if it’s stable enough to stack more than 3 layers? I like my cakes super tall!

    1. Hi Lauren, stacking a few more layers on top shouldn’t be a problem (I would do maybe 5 layers max) but the cake IS slippery with that pineapple curd between the layers. Refrigerate it as you assemble and frost it. Chilling always helps.

  12. I’m a new baker. What is crumb coat?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Carol! A crumb cake is basically a very thin layer of frosting around the cake before the beautiful exterior frosting is applied. You can watch Sally apply a crumb coat in our Homemade Wedding Cake post. Hope this helps and that you’ll give this recipe a try!

  13. Luretta Deschner says:

    Sally I use your site all the time and love your recipes. I just made the pineapple coconut cake. I used 3-9 inch pans however my layers are only about three-quarter inch high is this to be expected they are very thin?

    1. Hi Luretta, the layers will be thin, yes. Did you use fresh or canned pineapple by chance? We find that fresh pineapple weighs the layers down a bit more and they don’t rise *quite* as much.

  14. Absolutely delicious!! Made it yesterday for our easter get together today and everyone gave it a 10!! Super moist and wonderful flavor. Followed instructions exactly other than toasted the coconut for the outside of the cake. Was a little nervous about using a double boiler since I never had but it was perfect! It started to thicken right at the 8 min mark. The curd is AMAZING!! I couldn’t stop licking the bowl . Followed your advice and had the extra this morning with biscuits for breakfast, yum!! Thanks Sally, you always deliver.

  15. This is easily one of the best cakes I’ve ever made (and tasted for that matter) and is now a new family favorite. The texture is so soft and fluffy, and the pineapple and coconut flavors in this cake are incredible! Although the pineapple curd adds another step, this recipe was very easy to follow and worth every minute to pull it all together. This cake is truly a gem and we will definitely be making it again! Thank you Sally for another amazing cake!

  16. I made this for Easter – it was a huge hit! Thank you so much for the recipe Sally!! The pineapple curd in the middle sets it apart 🙂

  17. I rarely post reviews, but definitely needed to make sure everyone knows how amazing this cake is!

    I decided on a whim to make this cake as our Easter dessert and I’m so glad I did! The cake is so moist and flavorful! This is a new family favorite and will definitely be made again!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive feedback, Charla — we’re glad this recipe is a new family favorite!

  18. Hi Sally,
    This was quite a good recipe and the curd worked out great for me. It was so delicious!! I did notice when I was making this that the salt to flour (and other ingredients) ratio was much higher than your usual recipes. I followed the recipe even though I thought it seemed high. It ended up being much saltier than your recipes usually are. Is this a mistake? Also, I used fresh pineapple and it came out very heavy, almost soggy. Maybe next time I should used canned and squeeze it out as another comment mentioned.
    Thanks and I hope you had a happy and safe Easter!

    1. Hi Marie! That’s a wonderful observation and you’re right– we use more salt in this cake than similar cakes using more flour/producing more batter. The reason is because there are many other sweet elements in this cake including the coconut, pineapple, and pineapple curd filling. Let us know if you ever try the recipe again and feel free to reduce the salt and use canned pineapple.

  19. This cake is SO good!! I love the flavor and texture. Something different from the usual cake flavors! The only thing I would change if I made this again is to cut the pineapple into smaller pieces – I think no larger than .5-inch pieces would be ideal.

  20. Michael Dillon says:

    I made this cake using, I think, exactly the recipe without deviation. While it was really delicious, it was very very crumbly. The pieces were not even vaguely neat and the pile of crumbs at end were more than a whole portion of cake. Any thoughts? I loved the taste and would love to make it again but the lack of structure was off putting. Did it over bake? Under bake? More egg whites?

    1. Hi Michael, it’s most certainly a crumbly cake which is usually the nature of cakes when you add shredded coconut. Did you pulse down the coconut? That adds to it, too. If you ever try the recipe again, add 1 more egg white which should help the overall structure.

  21. Karen in NH says:

    Wondering why you opted to use pineapple chunks instead of crushed pineapple. I would think crushed would blend in better with the rest of the ingredients. But anyway, it sounds absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Hi Karen, I chose pineapple chunks because I wanted them to be more of an add-in than a wet ingredient in the cake batter. Let us know if you ever give the recipe a try. Thank you!

  22. Delicious cake. Earned rave reviews from all at the adult birthday party that I brought it to.
    Just one comment tho.
    I love your recipes and truly appreciate the work you put in. For my taste and that of my adult friends and loved ones, I routinely cut the sugar in many of your recipes (frosting mostly). For the frosting on this cake, I used 1 cup of powdered sugar vs the 3 instructed and found it PLENTY sweet enough.

  23. The flavour of this cake was amazing! All of the elements went well together and it was nice to be able to prepare them ahead of time.

  24. Barbara K Rothman says:

    Delicious Cake!!! My daughter-in-law & I made this for Easter! It took Nour a good 40 min. for the curd to thicken up & I refrigerated it but it was still a bit runny. My husband doesn’t like cream cheese (imagine that!) so I made a buttercream frosting instead. This cake was a huge hit & so moist & really yummy!!!
    Sally had said it would be slippery so I refrigerated it until a few hours before serving & it was fine!
    I’m looking forward to trying more recipes from you with Nour! She married my son in 2017 & is from Lebanon. She loves cooking & baking so we’re having a blast doing this together!!!
    Thank you for adding me to your e-mails I love looking thru your recipes & have a file on my computer just for you!
    Lord bless you & your precious family!

  25. Wow!! Made twice! Once just to try and second because my wife couldn’t get it off her mind and more. Love baking usually stick right to the recipe and turned out great. Love the curd and the hint of coconut with the milk. Used pineapple juice in frosting. Wow is all I can say.

  26. I am enjoying reading about everyone’s success with this cake! I plan to make this into cupcakes & made the curd yesterday. I followed the instructions & video exactly. After 10 minutes, still not thickening, so I turned up the head. After 20 minutes, I put it on high! Still not thickening, so I added 1 t. more of cornstarch. After 30 minutes & constant stirring, still not thick. So, I took it off the double-boiler & added the butter & cooled. I topped with the clear wrap & refrigerated. Today, the butter is in a 3/4″ layer on top & hard. Can this curd be saved? I’ll be making the cupcakes today & icing tomorrow.

    1. CO BAKER here again…was not able to salvage the pineapple curd, so did not use. However, the cupcakes & icing came out GREAT! Cupcakes were nice & moist; icing was perfect & just the right amount. I garnished with one pineapple piece, coconut & colored sprinkles for color. The recipe made 30 cupcakes which was great because I had a birthday party & a dinner party taken care of in one recipe! I will have to try making the curd again.

  27. Hi Sally! Do you think half of the ingredients will work for a loaf pan or 15 cm round pan?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Irina, this recipe makes about 8 cups of batter, which is helpful if you need it for different Cake Pan Sizes and Conversions. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  28. Beth Metcalf says:

    Baked the cake today and holy moly what a cake. Deelish!

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