Pineapple Snack Cake

A from-scratch pineapple snack cake with a simple whipped cream topping, or double the recipe for a layer cake with easy pineapple frosting!

Pineapple Snack Cake Recipe

If you’re crazy about pineapple, why not try a homemade pineapple snack cake? Crushed pineapple gets blended into a simple cake batter to give it a tropical flavor. Then you’ll add lemon, almond and vanilla extracts that only enhance the amazing flavor of this easy cake.

Here’s what I love about this cake:

Baked as the recipe says, it will make a 8×8 size snack cake that we like to top with a touch of whipped cream. Use Cool Whip or stabilized whipped cream to cover the top, or simply serve it with a dollop of Redi-Whip whipped cream.

But if you’re feeling really fancy, double the cake ingredients and bake it in two 9″ round cake pans. Baking time might be slightly different so be sure to watch the cake layers closely. How do you know a cake is done? The center will bounce back when you touch it. Simple as that!

Whether you choose a snack cake or a layer cake, if you want to enhance the pineapple flavor you can make a simple, fluffy pineapple frosting from crushed pineapple, instant vanilla pudding and whipped topping. This light frosting is good enough to eat with a spoon, but make sure you leave enough to frost the cake!

This versatile cake is best served the day you make it. Just be sure the cake has cooled before you top it with the whipped cream.

Pineapple Snack Cake

3.08 from 40 votes
Pineapple Snack Cake is a rich buttery cake with pineapple baked inside. Frost the top with traditional whipped cream or this light, fluffy, pineapple cream.
Servings 9
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


For the Frosting:

  • 20 ounces unsweetened crushed pineapple drained
  • 3.4 ounce package dry instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 12 oz Cool Whip or stabilized whipped cream


Make the Cake (**Double the recipe for a layer cake**)

  • Using a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  • Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, extracts and oil and beat until well blended.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Add the dry ingredients alternately with the crushed pineapple.
  • Mix together well.
  • Grease and flour an 8x8" pan for a snack cake and spread batter in the bottom or if you doubled the recipe for layer cake, divide between two greased and floured 9" round cake pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when you touch it.

Make the Frosting & Assemble the Cake (or if desired, simply top with whipped cream):

  • In a bowl, combine the drained pineapple and dry vanilla pudding mix.
  • Fold in the whipped cream.
  • If making an 8x8 cake, simply frost the cake once it is cooled. If making a layer cake, spread some of the frosting on the top of one layer. Then put the other layer of cake on top of that. 
  • Spread the remaining frosting on the top and sides of the cake. 
  • Store this cake in the refrigerator.



Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 407

About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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I plan on making this as a layer cake for a birthday party. Why does it need to be made same day?

Hi, I live in Australia. Would Self Raising flour be the equivalent of cake and pastry flour, which is not available here?