Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (no butter or oil), a tasty dessert to serve at a “pineapple hospitality party,” or any holiday gathering. Optional to toast the coconut on top!

Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Friends, dessert was fabulous at this recent party we attended, a Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Pineapple cake with no butter or oil

Delicious any time of year, it’s also a great recipe if you have friends coming for dinner who can’t tolerate dairy. Of course this means you’d set a piece aside for them before you frost it with cream cheese

There is no butter or oil in this cake, the crushed pineapple makes the cake nice and moist.

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What can I make with crushed pineapple?

This cake! It’s moist and delicious, I pulled this BEST Pineapple Cake recipe from my mom’s church cookbook! (You may also ove this Banana Wanut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – so good!)

How do you make easy pineapple cake?

Beat together eggs with sugar and vanilla. Add in the flour, crushed pineapple with juice, baking soda and walnuts and mix well to combine.

Pour cake batter into a 9×13 inch baking pan and bake!

To making frosting, cream together cream cheese and butter. Add in vanilla, coconut extract, and powdered sugar and again beat frosting until nice and smooth.

Frost cake once it has cooled after baking.

You can toast the coconut if you want. Add the coconut on top (optional) and serve!

Pineapple Hospitality Party

But first … the pineapple 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!

Set a pineapple table

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Each table was set with pineapples as the centerpieces (how cute – the beautiful symbol of hospitality).

The delicious menu

The menu looked like this.

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Just look at that cute pineapple apron Cathy was wearing, perfect for serving, hostessing–doing everything she is so good at.

meal

Serving buffet style makes it so easy.

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It’s all about the desserts

A birthday cake table. Sweet!

At the end of the party, we were served 2 Pineapple Coconut Cakes 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

Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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.

Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Don’t forget to refrigerate the leftovers!

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!

More moist cake recipes: Pina Colada Cake [Tidy Mom], How to Make Pineapple Cake Pops [Pint Sized Baker], Pineapple Cupcakes [Baked by an Introvert], Raspberry Yogurt Cake [RE].

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Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 8 -10

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Cooking spray

Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup coconut optional

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Pour cake batter into a 9×13 inch baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
  • 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).

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Notes

This cake has no butter or oil.

I absolutely love my Le Creuset pan and KitchenAid mixer (and hand-mixer) for this recipe!

No oil or butter Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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41 comments on “Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Can you make the a day a head of need?

  2. Is the measurement for the the cream cheese 2 oz? It looks like it reads 1/2 of a 4 oz block???

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