Easy Pineapple Cake

Thick layers of pound cake or angel food cake are filled with rich pineapple cream for this easy pineapple cake. Only five ingredients and ten minutes!

 Thick layers of pound cake or angel food cake are filled with rich pineapple cream for this easy pineapple cake. Only five ingredients and ten minutes!

I love long complex cooking projects – sometimes.  I also have a busy eight month old son and a crazy life and piles of laundry that come around day in day out.  Sometimes I NEED dessert and dessert needs to be simple!

Over the summer my friend Lacy made me her grandmother’s Pineapple Cake.  Lacy is a great cook but this particular dessert pretty much blew my mind!  It was just so rich and creamy and pineappley (which I know is not a word.)

Lacy is also a very, very, very good friend so she handed over the recipe and gave me permission to share it.  I literally tossed it together in 10 minutes. You just can’t beat that for easy dessert!  I know it is kind of more of a spring and summer dish but I was not waiting six plus months to share it with you all.

Those of you who have been around the cooking block a few times might recognize this recipe as Dole Golden Layer Cake or Pineapple Dream Cake.  The recipe is probably original to Dole.

Wherever its origin, try to find 10 minutes to whip one up before you get totally lost in pumpkin and apple and Halloween candy.  Trust me; it is more than worth it!

Tools In This Post:  The Amaretto flavor in this cake is perfect and not to be missed.  If you don’t want to use alcohol, this syrup is a good substitution.

Love Pineapple?  Don’t miss one of my all time most popular recipes for Brown Sugar Roasted Pineapple!


Easy Pineapple Cake
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 10
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, 20oz (do not drain)
  • 1 carton thawed cool whip, 8oz
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding, 4 serving size (3.4oz)
  • 1 pound cake, 16oz or angel food cake if desired
  • ⅓ cup amaretto liquor
  • Garnish as desired with slices of pineapple, toasted almonds or maraschino cherries
  1. In a medium bowl combine the pineapple with all of the juice, the pudding and the cool whip. Stir with a spoon until well mixed. Let the mixture stand for five minutes.
  2. Cut cake into three layers and brush with amaretto.
  3. Divide the filling between the layers of cake and on the top to create three layers of filling.
  4. Garnish as desire and refrigerate until ready to serve.

This post is participating in the Weekend Potluck!

 Thick layers of pound cake or angel food cake are filled with rich pineapple cream for this easy pineapple cake. Only five ingredients and ten minutes!

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18 thoughts on “Easy Pineapple Cake

    • Wow! I feel so honored. It is always special to have people enjoy the food we love so much in our home. Thank you for all the work you put into hosting Weekend Potluck!

    • Yes there is! If you look about midway through the post there is a kind of Amaretto syrup I suggest if you do not want to use the alcohol. It is available on Amazon if your local grocery does not carry it. Happy cooking!

    • That is always an interesting question. I have not tried it so I can not say for sure. I think it might though. If you were going to do it I would make sure you use a whipped cream recipe that used powdered sugar or no sugar. Using granulated sugar makes a less soupy mixture. If I was going to try it I would just whip the cream with a pinch of salt and a bit of vanilla and then stir everything in. If it tasted like it needed sugar I would sweeten to taste with powdered sugar. You could also try adding a few Tbsp. of cream cheese to the cream while it was whipping. That would probably make a big difference to stabilize it. I am very curious! If you try it please let me know how it turns out!

  1. Have made this with pound cake, minus the liqour, and it was amazing! Am making it tomorrow for Christmas day. Only change is this time I am using angel food cake instead of pound cake. Hoping for good results this time. I much prefer pound cake to angel food cake. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I think both cakes work well for this recipe – it is mostly personal preference on which you pick :)

  2. Hi, Just discovered this recipe. Can I substitute a yellow cake mix for pound cake or angel food cake? Thanks.

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