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Pineapple Cake Recipe

Updated on September 12, 2014

Pretty and Sweet

When the family and extended family used to meet for Sunday dinners at my grandparent's house this was always one of my grandmother's must-have on hand desserts. By the end of the night there was never any left for take home bags.

I hope you will take some time this week to make this simple, somewhat nutritious fruit dessert.

This lens actually has two recipes, one for the pineapple cake and one for the pineapple icing. The cake can be eaten with or without the topping so if you are not into sweet toppings you can omit that part.

Citation: cake and how-to images copyright M. E. Wood.

The Cake

pineapple cake
pineapple cake
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
  • Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 oz can of crushed pineapple (reserve 1/3 cup of juice for icing)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup margarine
  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Drain canned pineapple reserving 1/3 cup of the juice for the icing (if you are making) and 1/4 cup of juice to add to milk for cake later on. Set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream margarine and beat in sugar. Beat in each egg and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Add reserved 1/4 cup of pineapple juice to the 1 cup of milk. Alternately add liquid and dry ingredients to creamed mixture until all are completely added and mixed.
  5. Fold in drained crushed pineapple. Pour into 9 x 13 greased (I use cooking spray) baking dish (or 2 8" circular pans). Bake in 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.
  6. The cake is perfectly edible at this stage or you can add the pineapple icing (scroll down for recipe).
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I prefer to bake my cakes in Pyrex glass especially the one's that now come with a heavy duty lid for storage. It cuts down on the use of a saran wrap or tinfoil cover.

Pineapple Cake Recipe

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When it comes to canned pineapple I am partial to Dole.Drain canned pineapple over a bowl to collect juice to use later.Sift dry ingredients (honestly I usually skip the sifting) together.Cream butter and beat sugar together.Alternate dry and wet ingredients.Fold in canned pineapple.Pour into 9 x 13" baking dish.Batter will be lumpy from pineapple.Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes.Top of cake has an uneven texture on top.
When it comes to canned pineapple I am partial to Dole.
When it comes to canned pineapple I am partial to Dole.
Drain canned pineapple over a bowl to collect juice to use later.
Drain canned pineapple over a bowl to collect juice to use later.
Sift dry ingredients (honestly I usually skip the sifting) together.
Sift dry ingredients (honestly I usually skip the sifting) together.
Cream butter and beat sugar together.
Cream butter and beat sugar together.
Alternate dry and wet ingredients.
Alternate dry and wet ingredients.
Fold in canned pineapple.
Fold in canned pineapple.
Pour into 9 x 13" baking dish.
Pour into 9 x 13" baking dish.
Batter will be lumpy from pineapple.
Batter will be lumpy from pineapple.
Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes.
Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes.
Top of cake has an uneven texture on top.
Top of cake has an uneven texture on top.

Does Not Need Icing

Does Not Need Icing
Does Not Need Icing

The Icing

Pineapple Frosting Recipe

Warning: This icing is very sweet. If you do not like super sweet then do not add as much icing sugar and use it more as a drizzle than a spread. We tend to skip the icing all together but I wanted to include it here because my grandmother used them together.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice (reserve from cake)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • couple drops of yellow food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. In saucepan: combine butter, pineapple juice, and granulated sugar.
  2. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and gradually beat in 3 to 4 cups sifted icing sugar. Add enough to give a good spreading consistency.
  3. Variation: Throw in a brick of cream cheese.

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Have a Bite!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I never try pineapple cakes, only fir curries

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      I do love pineapple! Thanks for the cake and the icing recipe!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      This looks delicious! I love dole crushed pineapple, so i will definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      Pineapple cake is a recipe that I have not tried before. This is going on my "to-try" list!

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      lilysrecipes 3 years ago

      @PromptWriter: I had a wicked sweet tooth when I was child. However I still am a fan of desserts.

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @lilysrecipes: Ah, the good old days. Yeah, this cake definitely doesn't need the icing.

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      lilysrecipes 3 years ago

      My goodness this brings back good memories. My mother use to make a very sweet pineapple cake when I was younger.

      From what I can remember it didn't have icing, but it definitely didn't need it.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Love it!! And it was featured today on our G+ page!

      https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10673155513900942970...

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @QuiltFinger: But upside down cakes are so pretty! :D

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      QuiltFinger 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Wow this looks delicious and like a much easier alternative to a pineapple upside-down cake!

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      Meredith Davies 4 years ago

      I am going to give this a go with fresh pineapple. I haven't seen it canned where I live. I think I will forego the frosting as it does sound 'super sweet.' Maybe a streusel topping.

      Although I am American, I lived in the UK for many years and consider myself bilingual. Icing sugar is powdered sugar.

      I look forward to trying this, I don't think any of my cookbooks have a pineapple cake recipe, so thanks for this.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We are eating this cake now - delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

      (I do make the following changes in most cake recipes, and did so in this one: substitute Original Almond milk for the milk; reduce sugar by 25%; put oats in coffee grinder and substitute about 3/4 cup of oat flour for regular flour; reduce butter by 2 TBS and add applesauce instead; always use butter - never margarine.)

      I am lactose intolerant, explaining the almond milk; and have a big sweet tooth in spite of trying to stay fit - explaining the added fiber of oat flour, and the reduction of sugar & butter. These subs are easy, and work in most recipes...

      Thanks again!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: I have not used fresh pineapple, Sara. Juice is important and fresh pineapple tends not to produce that much. I guess you could use a juicer if you had one. Sorry could not give you a better answer. Let us know if you try fresh pineapple.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you use fresh pineapple? Sounds awesome!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits. I love to grow them from the tops of eaten ones.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Made the cake and it was delicious. Only comment, the frosting is sweet and the cake tasted just fine without any as well. Thank you.

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Hi Nana, I had to look it up because it has always been known to me as icing sugar. According to Wikipedia, "Powdered sugar, also known as confectioners' sugar or icing sugar, is very fine sugar." Since the last few comments I have baked the cake again and will be adding new pictures and changing some of the wording for absolute clarity. ;D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Recipe is clear to me. My only question is your ingredient of "icing sugar"..is this powdered or confectionery sugar? Been baking a long time just never heard in referred to icing sugar if this be this case. Going to bake this very soon. Look delicious.

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      So, I started to click on your Plus-size Yoga lens, but the Pineapple cake jumped out and caught my eye. I think I am going to make the cake, then go visit the yoga lens...LOL!

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Hi provie, Sorry to hear the recipe did not work for you. Cups do not come in all sizes I am afraid -- a standard cup measurement is always 250ml. In the ingredients it says to only reserve 1/3 of juice from the 14 oz can of pineapple. As for the salt, well I cannot attest to your tastes but most fruit type cakes have a teaspoon of salt -- but I know I often reduce the salt required in other recipes too. ;) No apologies necessary, I appreciate your opinion. We can't please everyone can we. Best wishes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi there, I made your pineapple cake and it was very disappointing. Your ingredients' sizes are not well defined. cups come in all sizes, 14 oz of what? juice & fruit? a teaspoonful of salt, thank God I only put half, you could still taste the salt. on the comments list, nobody had reported a finished product.

      It all sounded delicious, but am afraid to say that the end result was not nice, not even the texture. Sorry, but that was my experience.

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Hi Real Quilts, I was referring to the label.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't know if this will get answered but here goes....

      The sizes of some canned goods have changed over the last few years.

      Are you meaning 14oz. as it reads on the label? Or are you measuring out 14 liquid ounces? Closest I could find was 15.5 oz and I used it all. The cake is not finished but it is not looking good:(

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      It's almost 5AM and I am hungry for my "midnight snack" and my oh my I wish I had a piece or two of this cake. It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      I have always wanted a great recipe for pineapple cake. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to make it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow what an amazing recipes!

      Love pineapple!!

      Thnx for share

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      aquariann 5 years ago

      That looks delicious!! I have never baked a cake from scratch, but your recipe is quite tempting.

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      carolinarobin 5 years ago

      I was searching for a recipe online and was delighted and surprised to find this one on Squidoo! I love Squidoo! Going to try it now.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      It looks delicious.

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      southridgefarmsinc 5 years ago

      I love pineapple cake...now I'm going to have to make one.

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      catwell2 5 years ago

      Looks delicious! I love all the detailed pics you used. Great lens!

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      Trulee Ann 5 years ago from Arkansas City, Kansas

      Thanks!

      I like pineapple! Going to bake your suggestion in my shop later today.

      Blessings......Annlee

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome. Simply delicioso.bravo.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      I thought I'd drop in and give ya a hug.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My boyfriend wants a pineapple cake for his birthday. I have never made one before and your recipe describes exactly what he wants. I'm going to attempt it and hope that it turns out great for him!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      making this cake for bosses day tomarrow my boss enjoys pineapple cake from scratch and could not find one until today. iam making it as i share my comments will also use the spread will let you know tomarrow of the outcome, iam sure it will be delicous.. thank you for posting this will bw back for more

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      LaurenIM 6 years ago

      Your recipe for pineapple cake looks delicous. I should know. I have had many a pineapple cake in my time. Love the frosting recipe too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens

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      ThomasJ4 LM 6 years ago

      This sounds very interesting, thanks for sharing

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @mumsgather: Sure you can bake. You have the recipe and the desire now all you need to do is pick up the ingredients and get cracking! With baking even misses taste good.

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      mumsgather 6 years ago

      I love pineapple but I've never tried pineapple cake before. I can imagine it would taste wonderful! I wish I could bake so I can try out the recipe.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      Yum! I love it when people share family recipes. This sounds unique. We should put on a luau!!! Aloha!

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      unqedomain 6 years ago

      love pineapple I am crazy about it also my younger daughter. Thank you!!!

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      This cake looks great. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Chris-H LM 6 years ago

      I am a complete sucker for pineapple. May have to head to the grocery here in a few minutes. Ooops, maybe not. It's 3:30 am!

      OK, first thing in the a.m. After I hit the gym. Seriously, these do look delicious and I can't wait to try them! Thank you!

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      aliciamaggie54 6 years ago

      This sounds so good:)

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      John_Doe 6 years ago

      Looks great, I will try making it!!

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      GenesisLabs 6 years ago

      I love pineapple. Your recipe looks to be the best use of a pineapple that I've ever seen. :)

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Stopping back by today with a [Recipes] Angel Blessing and you are now featured on http://www.squidoo.com/my-angel-wings

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      A special blessing and featured on April Fools Day Blessings, You are charged with delivering 3 pineapple cakes to the special angel's bus that is buzzing around today, If you fail we will send you the bill for petrol.

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      marinac5 lm 6 years ago

      great leans, great recipe, design of leans is awesome :) keep it

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      SpicyCabbage 6 years ago

      Making me hungry. Yum!

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      Char Milbrett 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I have only made it with Betty Crocker, pineapple slices and brown sugar... bake it, fiip it over and DON'T forget the Cool Whip or someone will complain... [smile]

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      That looks yummy yum yum!!!

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      TheHealthGuy LM 6 years ago from U.S.A.

      Ok, first ya made me want to head to the mountains and go fishing, maybe the Elk River and now I am smacking my lips for something sweet to eat! Not Fair!

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Every year for my friend's birthday, I make a pineapple upside-down cake -- her favorite. I'm definitely going to bake your recipe sometime. Who knows it may be her new favorite. Thanks for sharing your recipe in such an excellent lens. Squidoo Angel Blessing!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Looks divine- love pineapple anything -:)

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      Fox Music 6 years ago

      Sounds Delicious..., thanks for dishin' it up

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      My dad's very favorite cake is pineapple upside down cake, I make him one every year for his birthday. Yummy.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      OH MY GOD!!!! Sounds super yummy!!!! thanks!

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      chocsie 6 years ago

      sounds great, especially the icing ;) i'll be trying this out soon! thanks :)

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      I love pineapple on anything except pizza...this sounds great! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for visiting my Tangled Rapunzel Costumes for Girls and Women...I appreciate it!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Sounds delicious and my family loves pineapple! Thanks for sharing this recipes.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      going to try this recipe. thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      recipe looks delicious, I love pineapple upside down cake:) YUM!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I always bake a pineapple upside down cake for my dad for his bday every year. I will have to give your recipe a try:)

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      I love everything that's pineapple. Great lens.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I do like cakes with pineapple and you seldom see them.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Most anything with pineapple I am curious to try... :)

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      poutine 6 years ago

      This cake looks good enough to try.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Mmmm

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Ummm! This pineapple cake and the frosting sounds oh so delish. I'm going to try this and make mine into cupcakes.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great lens. Featured this on Holiday Cooking. Top marks.

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      Looks delicious! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      needatitleokc 6 years ago

      I like pineapple I think I will try this

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      It sounds really yummy. I'm bookmarking to try on a later date. Thanks for the recipe.

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      This recipe sounds very tasty. I think I'll try it in a weekend.

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      chrissuard lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe, definitely one of my favorite cakes, especially warm out of the oven.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is pretty good. I didn't have crushed pineapples, so I used chunk. It turned out pretty good still, but next time I will stick with crushed like the recipe calls for. Very good, even flavor.

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      Holley Web 6 years ago

      Oh I'm printing this for Thanksgiving!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love pineapple and right now we have lots of these that we have this in our smoothie every morning. We can easily get these in Canada in the summer. A pleasant surprise when we went home.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I really enjoy cooking and I've tried almost every recipe known to man, except a pineapple cake. This coming weekend I'm going to give it a try, it sounds deliciously decadent

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      Arc4life 7 years ago

      Hey great squidoo lense for pineapple cake. I am used to making pineapple upside down cake, so this was different and totally delicious looking.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I see I was here more than a year ago. This time I'm printing the recipe and putting it at the top of my "recipes I must make soon" list. Mmm. Can't wait!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      This looks delicious, and I have all the ingredients!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: You're welcome!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thankyou for such a lovely recipe

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this will be my first time making this cake - hopefully it comes out tasting as good as it sounds - im sure i will make it quite often if it comes out good

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      BiciParker 8 years ago

      Icing for your pineapple cake. This sounds tasty!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      i so love pineapple desserts. i'm making some cake.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      mmmmmmmmmmmm the cake is soooooooooooo gooddd uuuu have to try it guysssss

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      sounds wonderful, ill have to try it

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      Mmmmmmmmmm Good!

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      rockycha 8 years ago

      Sounds wonderfully delicious! I might add a little scooch of cream cheese into my frosting too, for an added bit o'tang. Thanks so much for visiting my tikiLand too! ***** :)

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love pineapple. The cake sounds yummy and the icing sounds like fabulous frosting on the cake!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Wow, looking through the ingredients I realize I have everything I need in the pantry. Now, I'm going to be thinking about it all day. Very nice lens!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I love plus size cakes! :-) 5*s