• Pineapple Sheet Cake Recipe

    by Christin Mahrlig on June 9, 2014

    in Cakes, Desserts

    Pineapple Sheet Cake

    Pineapple Sheet Cake flavored and moistened with crushed pineapple and topped with a sweet icing laced with shredded coconut, and sprinkled with pecans is a wonderful dessert to make to feed a crowd.

    With the pineapple, coconut, and pecans it’s perfect for summer.

    Pineapple Sheet Cake

    Crushed pineapple and vegetable oil help the cake stay exceptionally moist so it can be baked well in advance. It’s super easy to make. No mixer needed. The icing does take 10 minutes of stir time, but that’s the most involved part.

    Pineapple Sheet Cake

    Oftentimes Pineapple Sheet Cake is topped with a cream cheese frosting, but this icing is made from butter, evaporated milk, and sugar. Basically the same ingredients you would use to make caramel icing. The coconut is added into the icing to give it some extra sweetness and a little texture contrast. You can mix the pecans into the icing as well, but I like to sprinkle them on top.

    Pineapple Sheet Cake

    Typically pineapple sheet cake would be baked in a sheet pan, but I baked mine in a 13X9-inch pan to give it a little more height. It’s so hard to take good pictures of flat cake! If you’re serving it at a potluck or picnic, a sheet pan is nice to use. It looks like more cake :) and is easier to slice into squares.

    But anyway you cook it, Pineapple Sheet Cake is sure to be enjoyed by all. Except pineapple haters. I have a few of those in my family.

    Pineapple Sheet Cake

    Pineapple Sheet Cake Recipe
     
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Serves: 20
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup vegetable oil
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    Icing
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ½ cup butter, cut into chunks
    • ⅔ cup evaporated milk
    • pinch of salt
    • ¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut
    • ½ cup toasted pecans, chopped
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13X9-inch pan or a sheet pan.
    2. Combine all cake ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir until evenly combined and then pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes if using a 13X9-inch pan or 20 -25 minutes if using a sheet pan.
    3. Make icing while the cake bakes. Combine sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then lower heat. Simmer and stir for 10 minutes.
    4. Add the coconut to the icing. Pour icing over hot cake. Sprinkle with pecans. Let cake cool before cutting.

    Recipe adapted from Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Cookbook: A Celebration of Traditional Southern Dishes that Made Miss Mary Bobo’s an American Legend

    Sharing with the Weekend Potluck at The Country Cook

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    Melinda July 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Made this last weekend. It went together very easily, put it into a 13×9 pan. Toasted the coconut before adding it to the cooked frosting. My frosting did soak into the hot cake, but it still looked and tasted amazing! Thought of subbing brown sugar for half of the granulated sugar, either in the cake or frosting. Making it again this Saturday. I did note that other recipes did not use the oil.

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    Betty R. July 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    This cake is so delicious! The frosting tastes like caramel. Yum! I will make this again & again!

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    Christin Mahrlig July 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Yay! So glad you enjoyed it Betty! The frosting is sweet and addictive isn’t it? :)

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    Ginger July 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I made this today but I used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk because that is what I had in the pantry! I added about 1/4 cup of half & half and used the butter the recipe called for. I did cook and stir for 10 minutes. Mine came out thicker I imagine than the original recipe but when I put it on my cake right out of the oven, it held up and didn’t all sink into the cake. I also cheated and used a cake mix. I drained the pineapple to see how much juice there was and then I added just enough pineapple juice (water would also work) to equal the cup of liquid the cake mix called for. Looking at the pictures posted of the cake in the pan, I think mine might be a little thicker, I used a 9/13 cake pan. It is delicious. I’ll try the original recipe after I restock my pantry! I imagine it’s just as yummy.

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    Christin Mahrlig July 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Oh wow! Yours sounds like it might be even better Ginger :)
    Thanks for sharing how you made it. I’m sure others might want to use a cake mix.

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    Paula July 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Love to try the cake . I love pineapple and coconut. Can the icing be made without the coconut? My friends birthday is coming up and I would love to make her this cake,but she done not like coconut? Love recipes!

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    Christin Mahrlig July 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Yes, you can leave the coconut out. Hope you and your friend enjoy the cake :)

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    The Better Baker July 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    FAAAABulous recipe! Absolutely mouth-watering. Thanks ever so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Pinning!

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    Lois June 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    My guess is that this cake is not worth trying because only one person tried it and said it was good. The rest of them just looked at it.

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    Beth June 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I made the icing as directed, however it seeped into the cake and now I have coconut flakes just laying on top.

    What did I do wrong?

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    Christin Mahrlig June 15, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Hmmm. Not sure. Was it really runny? It should have been thick enough that it wouldn’t have done that. I know you probably don’t want to make it again after that happened, but just wanted to suggest for other people making it that maybe it would be better to let the cake cool first and even let the icing cool some before pouring it on the cake. Sorry it didn’t turn out right for you.

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    Shirley June 19, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I just made it and it was a hit at church tonight!!! Sooo good! You have to cook the icing until it’s slightly thick. I turned my back waiting for it to come to a boil, & it was really bubbling! And I probably simmered it longer. I make German Chocolate Cake every year for my husband’s birthday, and the frosting is similar. I cooked it in a nonstick pan, so if your pan isn’t nonstick, be sure you keep stirring. Thanks, Christin, for sharing!!!

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    Christin Mahrlig June 19, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’m so glad it was a hit at your church Shirley! Thanks for the tip about cooking it long enough. Your husband is a lucky man to get German Chocolate Cake every year for his birthday :)

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    Christin @ Blue Crab Martini June 14, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Cake is my weakness and pineapple is my favorite, so this recipe is a home run for me!! Pinning and can’t wait to try it out at parties and BBQ’s this summer. Also, you are the only other “Christin” I have ever met :) Have a great weekend!

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    Laura Dembowski June 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I have a serious sheet cake weakness and have recently rediscovered my love of pineapple. This is awesome!

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    Shashi June 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Dang doogly – this looks awesome! So moist and decadent!

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    Juliana June 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Such a pretty cake Christin…I love the pineapple in the cake and the icing just look awesome…thanks for the recipe!
    Hope you are enjoying your week :D

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    Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook June 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Oh my golly – that looks so good! I’m imagining it with fresh pineapple – definitely going on my list of recipes to try! Thanks :)

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

    That cake looks absolutely unbelievable! I love pineapple flavor in cakes!

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    Jessica @ Sweet Menu June 10, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Oh boy, I’d love a piece of this right now! You can just see how light and moist it is! Yum!

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    Kelly June 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    We love love love pineapple at our house so I know that this cake would be a hit! Especially with all the coconut and pecans – love these tropical flavors and it looks so moist and yummy!

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan June 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    My goodness gracious. This looks amaaaaazing!!! Why have I never made pineapple cake? It’s an atrocity.

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    Aimee / WallflowerGirl.co.uk June 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    This sounds incredible. Perfectly for a summer dessert!

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    Jessica @ www.caretakerskitchen.com June 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I have never heard of a pineapple sheet cake, but what a great idea. I guess I’ve just always had pineapple upside down cake.

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    Bonnie Banters June 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    What a great picnic dessert this would be…I can just taste it!!

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    Mary Frances June 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    This looks positively decadent! This is definitely going on my pinterest as well, it’s that perfect combination of pretty and delicious.

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    Valerie June 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hi, could you start with a box cake mix? If so, how would you modify it or could you just add the can of pineapple in addition to the package ingredients? Thanks!

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    Christin Mahrlig June 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I hardly ever bake with box cake mixes so I’m not sure. I would think you would need to cut back some on the liquid ingredients if you added a can of pineapple.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl June 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I saw this on Instagram and already declared my love but this is so gorgeous I need to say THIS IS BEAUTIFUL again! YUM!

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    Christin Mahrlig June 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks so much Pamela! Probably not as gorgeous as your garden though :)

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    Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel June 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    This looks amazing… so moist and decadent! And I love the crunch of the pecans!

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    Annie @Maebells June 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    My mouth is watering! I love pineapple cake, I have to try this!

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely June 10, 2014 at 11:49 am

    This cake looks delicious! Just look at how moist and yummy it is! I love pineapple and coconut together. Reminds me of being on a tropical vacation : )

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    ela@GrayApron June 10, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Looks nice, moist and very pineapple. I don’t mind that at all…

    ela h.

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods June 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I was just looking for a sheet cake. Pineapple sounds delicious! That frosting looks delicious!!

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    Suzanne June 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Moist, sweet and yummy. Love it!

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    Bam's Kitchen June 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I am having a heck of a time deciding which one of these drool worthy pictures to post on pintrest!!! This sheet cake looks like it needs to get on my need to make recipe inbox. Wishing you a super day. Take Care, BAM

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    Medeja June 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Yummy! I have actually pineapple cake that I am thinking to try :) I think this cake is just perfect with coffee!

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    Christin Mahrlig June 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Thank you Medeja! I can’t wait to try you Brazilian Coffee Banana recipe! Just saw it!

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    Jamie@Milk N Cookies June 10, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I’ve never made/tried pineapple sheet cake before. But I love all manner of pineapple desserts so I’m sure I would love this. I sorta feel like I missed out all these years. I will definitely be trying this — I can’t get over how moist the cake looks, and that frosting is divine!

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    Christin Mahrlig June 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

    If you love pineapple desserts, you will love this cake Jamie! :)

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    nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps June 9, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Christin, I am dying over this cake. DYING!!! It looks so moist and delicious and moist and moist! haha. Anyways. I just love it.

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor June 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    No pineapple haters here! I just love how moist and decadent it looks. I’ll take a slice, please!

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    marcie June 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    This looks like a tropical paradise, and I’m all over that pineapple right now. This looks so gooey and delicious!

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com June 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    What a gorgeous cake! Love the gooey icing and the toasted pecans on top! Yum! I want a slice!

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