How to Make Pineapple Cake Filling

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Pineapples are a delicious fruit that can be the final touch to a truly decadent cake. A good pineapple cake filling is the ideal partner for deserts that are riding on the edge of being too sweet, as the slight tang and sharpness of this filling rounds out the flood of sugar.

Aside from being incredibly easy to make, pineapple filling is wonderful inside cakes of all kinds (especially if you love pineapple) and works well as an appetizing, syrupy topping. Tweak the recipe a bit and you’ll have a splendid pineapple glaze too!

pineapple filling for cake recipe

If you love baking and are on the search for a great ‘pineapple filling for cake’ recipe, then look no further!

We have a double-threat-hit of recipes below for you to test out: a smashing recipe for homemade pineapple filling and a Pina Colada cake perfectly suited for such a yummy treat.

How to Make Pineapple Filling


  • 1 ounce of crushed pineapple.
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.


Slap everything together in a saucepan and cook gently over medium heat.

Once boiling, stir constantly until the mixture begins to thicken; it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Remember, the mixture will thicken further once it has cooled! Once cold, you’ll have a bowl full of prime pineapple filling.

Now, here is the perfect cake to use it with!

Pina Colada Cake Using Pineapple Filling

Whipping one of these up won’t take a day of baking. In fact, making a Pina Colada cake will barely take an hour if you follow this recipe!


  • 3 large eggs.
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour.
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar.
  • ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • 1 cup of coconut milk.
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil.
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of coconut extract.
  • 1 teaspoon of rum extract.
  • ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder.
  • 1 ½ sticks of softened unsalted butter.

In addition to the ingredients for the cake and pineapple filling, you’ll need the following for the cream cheese frosting:

  • 2 sticks of softened unsalted butter.
  • 1 teaspoon of rum extract.
  • 6 cups of powdered sugar.
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese.
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of coconut extract.

For a final, optional touch, you can grab a cup or so of coconut shavings or flakes for decorating.

pineapple filling for cake recipe

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Step One:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and prepare three medium-sized cake tins, greased or lined with baking paper, whichever you prefer.

Cut the salted butter into smaller sections.

Step Two:

In a bowl, combine eggs, coconut milk, vegetable oil, and both the coconut and rum extracts. Mix until thoroughly combined.

In another bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together until combined and free of lumps. Sifting is an option, but not necessary.

Step Three:

Using a mixer or beaters on a low speed, add the unsalted butter to the dry ingredients a section at a time.

Once all of the butter is added, continue combining until the mixture looks like wet sand.

Step Four:

Add half of the egg mixture to the bowl and beat until smooth; be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl!

Pour half of the remaining wet mix into the bowl, and mix. Repeat this process until everything is combined.

Step Five:

Pour into the tins. Pro tip: Banging them lightly against the counter-top will burst any bubbles forming in the mix.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Once baked, remove from the oven and let cool.

Step Six:

Create the pineapple filling using the method above – or do so the day before you bake the cake so that it is ready to go come assembly time!

Step Seven:

Cream cheese frosting is as simple as it is delicious!

Beat the butter in a mixing bowl until smooth, and then slowly add cubed sections of the cream cheese to the butter and mix together.

pineapple filling

Once everything is combined, add the rum and coconut extracts and mix them through. Finally, add the powdered sugar to the mix, ½ cup at a time.

Beat each addition thoroughly before adding the next, as this will prevent a gritty texture from forming in the icing!

Step Seven:

The best step, aside from eating the cake, is putting it all together!

Lay down your cake base and slather a layer of the cream cheese frosting over it.

Now, with a piping bag, create a dam of sorts around the inner edge of the layer – about a half inch in and at the same height. Fill your new dam with pineapple filling.

Another pro tip: This assembly works best when the frosting and filling are chilled!

Take the next cake layer and place it on top of the base. Repeat the first half of this step as many times as you like!

Step Eight:

For a final touch, spread a thin layer of frosting over the outside of the cake.

Sprinkle coconut flakes on top or dollop a few morsels of pineapple filling for a tantalizing hint at what the flavors within are.

Step Nine:

Enjoy. Congratulations on your tasty creation!

Here’s a video showing an example of how to make pineapple cake filling.

Do you have any tips for making pineapple filling?


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