Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect dessert to serve at a “pineapple hospitality party,” or for any holiday gathering!

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Friends, dessert was fabulous at this recent party we attended: Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! But first … the party!

It’s true, that pictures really do tell a story. For us, the night we spent at Pennington Farms a few weeks ago, was magical, delicious, and so full of personality and beautiful hospitality. I took a few pictures to share with you my love for this party, plus the pineapple, plus the fact that it’s just fun to throw a party … just because.

My friend Cathy owns Pennington Farms, out in the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon. It now is one of the most successful farms in Oregon, and let me tell you, their foods are so fresh–the best.

Every year she throws a private party for family, friends, ranchers, farmers.

“I’m having this little party. I like you. Wanna come?” I loved hearing those words!

Hospitality is …

Cathy makes people feel seen. She makes them feel valued, loved, included. She never expects anything in return … she just keeps inviting, including, welcoming people into her life.

That is what hospitality is. It’s truly not just a dinner party, although there’s nothing wrong in hosting a dinner party. I do this all the time.

Set the table.

But it’s the frame around your heart. It’s bold, easy to let others in, wanting to connect people with people, loving, warm, and welcoming anyone. ANYONE.

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The tables were set with pineapples as the centerpieces (how cute – the beautiful symbol of hospitality).

The menu.

The menu looked like this.

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Cathy had her apron on, serving, hostessing, doing everything she is so good at.

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Serving buffet style makes it so easy.

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It’s all about the desserts.

A dessert table with birthday cakes for her family members. Sweet!

At the end of the party, we were served 2 Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting per table. Seriously, it was the most creamy, luscious cake we’ve ever eaten.

For Cathy, hospitality runs deep in her soul. So beautiful, caring, loving, making people feel at home (we got to see her charming farmhouse), and welcome, wherever she goes.

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Not just at the farm. Or in the bakery. She’s an encourager to all. :)

Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Inspired by the pineapple cake that she served, I pulled out my mom’s church cookbook and baked a pineapple cake for my family and some friends who were over.

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Don’t forget to refrigerate the leftovers!

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Please try it, and when you add the can of pineapple, think of the true meaning of hospitality and the way you love others.

Or, how you can love others better!

Do you ever think you can “do” hospitality better? In what ways?

Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 8-10

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

With or without coconut, this cake is moist and delicous! Optional to toast your coconut first. Refrigerate any leftovers (because of the cream cheese frosting).


  • Cake: 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Cooking spray
  • Frosting: 1/2 (4 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup coconut (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. To make cake batter, in a large bowl, beat together eggs with sugar and vanilla. Add flour, pineapple with juice, baking soda and walnuts and mix well to combine.
  2. Pour cake batter into a 9x13 inch baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. To making frosting, cream together cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla, coconut extract, and powdered sugar and use an electric mixer to beat until frosting is smooth. Frost cake once it has cooled after baking. Add the coconut on top (optional).

Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. What a pretty table and yummy looking spread! That cake looks to die for — love coconut & pineapple together (and of course that cream cheese icing just makes it)! :)

  2. You seriously know how to throw a party! Wow. Love those cute call-out signs on that cake. What a great idea. Oh, and pineapple coconut cake? Yes, please!

  3. Oh, WOW!!! I know, she is an amazing gal…Love her to bits, and I’m so proud of her….Can’t BELIEVE that coconut/pineapple cake….Hope she’ll send us a sample!

  4. Just made this and it turned out great but added coconut to the cake batter plus an extra egg. Toasted my coconut to sprinkle on icing. Very good.

  5. Love the flags on the cakes! I’m gonna use this at a three birthday family cookout next weekend!

  6. Looked , so hoping to find recipe for pineapple cake with cream cheese icing.  Sooo disappointed.  Please share recipe.

  7. I took screen shot of recipe cuz printer is not working. It looks terrific?

  8. Love pineapple and covonut

  9. Please send pineapple coconut cake recipe! Looks delicious!!

  10. I found the recipe by clicking ‘read more’ & scrolling way down past the party pics. Will def try this for Easter :)

  11. Love to bake will be making this cook for Sunday dessert.

  12. Looks great. I will certainly give it a try soon.

  13. Mine I was disappointed with. I either over cooked it or the pineapple I should of drained. It carmelized and turned dark brown. Any thoughts?

  14. Did you use plain or self-rising flour?

  15. Just finished making cake batter and popped it in the oven, made the frosting and cannot wait to take my first bite! So easy to put together!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!! ?

  16. Can’t get the receipt for the pineapple coconut 
    Cake w/cream cheese frosting . 

  17. Need the recepie for coconut pineapple cake . 

  18. Very simple to make! Tastes like it took all day to make! I toasted coconut for the top to add a little color! Delicious! Only question I have though…does it need to be refrigerated?

  19. Sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

  20. Do you think I could sub gluten free flour in the cake ?

    • I would think so, but make sure and see what the recommendations are for adjusting the amount, when you use gluten-free!

  21. Why is there no butter or oil in the cake recipe? If this is like the carrot cake recipe I use, I would add 1 cup of canola oil to the cake batter. I might add some coconut to the cake batter as well, since it is called Pineapple COCONUT Cake. I would toast the coconut to go on the top of the icing as well.

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