Tropical Pineapple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Author: Celia Spivack
Recipe type: Dessert, Bakery
This tasty tropical cake contains no butter or oil (except for preparing the pan) if you don’t add frosting. You can replace the frosting with just a dusting of powdered sugar or serve it with a dollop of whipped cream, but the cream cheese frosting is rich and delicious. It is a dense cake, not a fluffy, tall one, and a small piece is a good-sized serving. We like it with sliced banana under the frosting and toasted coconut on the top. You can add other fruit to the cake batter if you like. This should be really good with some chopped cranberries in the cake, but I haven’t tried that yet. I serve it directly from the pan, but if you want you can remove it from the pan after 10 minutes and cool it on a rack before you frost it.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon for preparing the pan
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 can 20 ounces crushed pineapple packed in juice - undrained
- 1/2 cup broken walnuts
- Oil, butter or pan spray for preparing the pan
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
- 1/4 tsp salt (Do not use the salt if you are using salted butter.)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted if there are lumps
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1 cup toasted shredded coconut
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan with butter, oil or pan spray. Dust with flour by pouring in a tablespoon of flour and tipping the pan around until the whole surface is covered with flour. Tap the pan upside down over the sink or trash bin to remove any excess flour. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to mix well and break up any baking soda lumps if you have some. Mix the wet ingredients and add to the dry ingredients stirring just until combined. Stir in the nuts. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the cake is golden and springs back to a light touch.
- Cool the cake. When it has cooled, you can cover the surface of the cake with banana sliced into thin coins just before you frost the cake.
- Cream the butter, cream cheese, salt and vanilla together until soft and fluffy using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat in the powdered sugar. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake. If you used the banana slices, you can put small dollops of frosting on banana slices and use an offset spatula to spread the frosting evenly over the cake. If desired, sprinkle toasted, shredded coconut over the frosting.