Pina Colada Cake


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School is out, summer is here and it’s time for vacation!  I don’t have any beach vacation plans… but with this delicious Pina Colada Cake I can enjoy a tropical flavored treat right at home.

I’ve shared my recipe for Pina Colada Cupcakes before, and have been wanting to make a cake version for quite a while.  I’m so happy I finally made it!  This cake is moist, rich and flavorful.

I’m guest posting over on Tidy Mom today and sharing the recipe and all the details on this Pina Colada Cake.  Head on over and say hello!


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How to Make Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

One bite of this moist pineapple cake, paired with a rich coconut cream cheese frosting and you've escaped to paradise.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 683 kcal


For Pineapple Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream any fat content
  • 1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple drained slightly

For Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 8 oz cream cheese 1 block, directly from fridge
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1- 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream or dark rum


For Cake

  • Prepare your cake pans by lining the bottoms with parchment paper, and greasing and lightly flouring the sides. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Stir (with a whisk) flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar on medium speed until slightly thickened and a light cream color (about 2 minutes).
  • Continue mixing on low speed, and add the oil and vanilla.
  • Add in the sour cream and pineapple and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add the flour mixture and blend just until combined and smooth.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pans, dividing the batter between the pans as evenly as possible.
  • Bake until the cakes have a slight dome, are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs. Approximate bake times are 22 minutes for cupcakes, 35-40 minutes for 6" cakes (divided into three pans).
  • Allow cakes to cool in pans 15-30 minutes, then remove from pans, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze cakes about 30 minutes. This will help the cakes be firm enough to cut and level, and be easier to stack.

For Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In the bowl of an eclectic mixer, beat butter until fully smooth.
  • Add cream cheese, and beat until smooth and fully combined.
  • Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Add vanilla extract and coconut extract after adding 1 or 2 cups of sugar.
  • While mixing, slowly add heavy cream or dark rum
  • Continue to beat and additional 30 seconds or so until nice and fluffy.
  • Use frosting at once, or keep refrigerated. In warm weather, or if your butter and cream cheese were warm, you may need to put the frosting in the refrigerator up to 30 minutes to help it firm up, especially if you plan to pipe it on cupcakes.

To Assemble

  • Once the cakes have chilled in the freezer (as directed above), use a large serrated knife to level the cakes as needed. Layer the cakes with a layer of the Coconut Cream Cheese frosting between each layer. Spread a thin layer of icing around the sides and top of the cake (known as a "crumb coat"). This layer of icing does not need to be perfect, and it's ok if it has a few crumbs in it.
  • Place entire (thinly frosted cake) in the freezer for 15-30 minutes, or until the cake and icing are firm. Remove cake from freezer and spread a final layer of frosting all over the cake.
  • If desired, coat the sides of the cake with toasted coconut. To toast coconut, spread about 2 cups of coconut onto a baking sheet and bake at 350*F. for 5-7 minutes, checking every minute or so after the first 3 minutes.
  • Decorate cake with fresh pineapple or maraschino cherries.


Also makes: a two layer 8" or 9" cake or 24 cupcakes


Calories: 683kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 6gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 287mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 1gSugar: 74gVitamin A: 672IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2mg
Keyword pina colada cake
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  1. so pretty. sounds delish!

  2. I love pina colada. It’s one of my favourite cocktails. I made a pina colada inspired cake but I want to try this layered version. Looks sooo yum

  3. can this cake be made without the rum? if so what would i sub?

  4. HIhi, i was gonna make this in the afternoon for my bosses’ dad’s birthday and i was wondering if i could use coconut cream instead of coconut extract and heavy cream. i live in trinidad, so there are a lot of coconuts available at my disposal and id prefer to use it, rather than an extract. Do you think it will work?

  5. You were right, your treats are simply GLORIOUS!
    I made this wonderful cake this week for my kindergartener’s graduation party and it was a Huge success with the grown ups! So moist, and delicious! And let’s not talk about the frosting, OMG! The only issue I had its that in living in Southern California I know its always warm and sunny so the cake spent a lot of time in the fridge, so it got a bit hard, but still Delicious.
    Thank you for this great recipe, I feel like I know you, all the recipes I’ve made from your blog have been delicious!
    Oh, and your chocolate cupcakes recipe it’s the same recipe I always use! Isn’t that funny? I told you, it’s like I know you 😉
    Have a great weekend !

  6. I made this cake for my husbands birthday on the weekend and it was beyond delicious!! By far my new favourite cake. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  7. Fantastic cake. Made it this past weekend for a friends’ birthday and it was a huge hit!

  8. hi!
    I am Viju.. I am from Jaipur city(India). I love to bake cakes and cup cakes…but only problems is regarding colours. I got only liquid colours here and while using them to get exact colour for icing makes the taste very bad….can u pls suggest me on how to work with the colours…

    thanking you

  9. It looks incredible, indeed. I am sure it tastes as well. Just like everything created by you 🙂

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