This made from scratch Pineapple Poke Cake is as easy as using a mix and it turns out spongey, moist and delicious every time! It’s all the flavors of pineapple upside down cake, made simple and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!
This simple cake is one that my mom made for us all the time growing up! It was one of my favorite desserts then and it still is now.
What I love most about this Pineapple cake is that I can keep the ingredients stocked in my pantry and make it whenever needed, no making any special trips to the grocery store. It’s also fool proof and turns out deliciously every time!
Poke cakes are notorious for being incredibly moist and full of flavor. The glaze for this pineapple cake is really basic, but it oozes into every inch and with the first bite you’ll in pineapple heaven! The other thing that’s great, is this cake is even better the day after.
- 1½ cups white sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp salt
- 14 oz. can crushed pineapple
- ½ cup cream/milk
- ½ cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cups sugar
- Mix eggs, sugar, crushed pineapple, baking soda, flour and salt together. Do NOT drain pineapple juice.
- Bake at 325 for 40-45min in a 9" X 13" pan. Top will be golden/dark brown when finished.
- Once cake is completely cooled, poke holes all over the top with a fork.
- To make sauce: boil together sugar, cream, butter and add vanilla last.
- Pour sauce over entire cake. Allow to soak in. Serve.
Mix eggs, sugar, crushed pineapple, baking soda, flour and salt together. Do NOT drain pineapple juice.
Bake at 325 for 40-45min. Top will be golden/dark brown when finished. Once cake is completely cooled, poke holes all over the top with a fork.
Make sauce by boiling together sugar, cream/milk, butter and add vanilla last.
Pour sauce over entire cake. Allow to soak in. Serve.
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Amy K. says
This looks amazing, and is perfect timing as the theme for our Teacher Appreciation lunch next week is tropical! I can’t wait to try it!!
Hope you enjoy it Amy!
I can not find an actual review of anyone who has made this. Did you make this and if so, how did it come out?
I have made it numerous times, and my daughter and I made it for a Girl Scout bake off and won. It is absolutely delicious and so moist and yummy. It’s one of my families favorites and doesn’t last long in our home. My only complaint is there isn’t enough with just this recipe and I can’t seem to figure out the correct cook time when doubled but if you stick to the original recipe you can’t go wrong and won’t regret it.
For the cream….do I use heavy whipping cream or half and half?
You can use either one Kalene – I’ve even used milk when it’s all I had on hand. 🙂
This sounds delicious! It looks like you used a 9×13 pan? Will try it soon.
Sounds/looks delicious! What size pan should be used?
9×13…sorry! Just added that to the recipe. 🙂
Lora Jones says
I can’t find a 14 ounce can of croaked pineapple. I can only find 8.25 or 20 ounce.
I made this recipe this past weekend for a birthday and it was a big hit! Everyone loved it! I topped it with cool whip and it was amazing!
Ohhh Rebecca I just made your EASY Pineapple Poke Cake and it is moist and yummy! I used a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple as that’s what was in the cupboard and baked it in a 9 by 13″ pan…we love it! Thanks for sharing your delectable dessert!
So glad you liked it as much as we do Shari! Isn’t it heavenly!?
Do you grease the pan
I made this pineapple poke cake tonight and it was divine! It melts in your mouth! I only had a 20 ounce can of pineapple (crushed) and heavy cream, so I used what I had. Topped it off with a small scoop of ice cream. I am not sure if I should store the leftover cake in the refrigerator or not? I probably will. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. Definitely will make this again.
Maria Pillack says
It is so easy to make!
And so delicious, did it for my family.
They requested for me to safe the recipe, and do it again!
I recommend for whomever comes to this recipe to make it for your family.
I’m so glad you enjoyed our Pineapple Cake Maria. It’s one of our favorites for sure!
Self rising or plain flour?
Do you refrigerate over night in airtight container or leave outside room temperature?
Elmira Deckard says
Do you refrigerate over night, made it for tomorrow.
I don’t typically refrigerate it but it really doesn’t stick around too long. 😉 🙂
Is the sugar in the sauce brown sugar?
No, it is white sugar.
Reading others comments, since crushed pineapple does not come in a 14 oz. can, did you buy a 20 oz. can and measure out 14 oz.? It looks absolutely delicious. It reminds me of a German Apple Cake that has a similar sauce poured over it. Thanks.
Hmmmm…we’re from Canada and I’ve bought 14oz. cans. I think you’d be fine using the whole 20 oz can or you can use approx. 14 oz of it. It’s a really forgiving recipe so I’m sure you’d be fine either way.
Thank you. It is so strange how things are different depending on where you live. Thanks again. Pineapple in the Midwest is either 8 oz. or 20 oz. I think I will use 2 of the 8 oz. cans. Again, thank you for sharing the recipe.
I used 20oz
Best Pineapple Cake ever!!!…and so simple! This recipe was a hit for my birthday!
I’d love to make for family 4th of July party. If I make it on Saturday morning will it still be good Sunday night?
Yes it will Kristine. 🙂
Getting ready to make today; do I grease the pan? THX!
Hi, do you think I can use a real pineapple and crush it myself?
I made this yesterday and it was fabulous. Everyone wanted the recipe. Confirmation: sauce for top says to “boil together” but not for how long. I cooked it just to boiling and seemed to work out ok. Is that how you did it? Thanks!
Can you boil brown sugar instead of white sugar?
I’m wondering the same. Did you try brown?
Ugh – I just realized I used baking powder instead of baking soda. Is it worth trying to salvage or should I just toss it??
I just made it and my cake tastes very “eggy”… anyone experience that?
Can I use a cake mix?
I’ve never tried making with a cake mix so I can’t tell you if it would work or not.
I the pineapple undrained? or drained? Can I double or triple the recipe? I need it for a teacher End Of Year party and there will be 35 of us….
Pineapple is undrained and I’ve never doubled it but I’m sure it would be just fine. It’s a pretty foolproof recipe. 🙂 Enjoy!
Has anyone used a box of cake mix? If so please let me know . Do you think the pineapple upside down cake mix would work?
So you used parchment paper? Can you just use spray? Instead of sugar can i use brown sugar or would that mess up other ingredients?
Hi Rebecca..my cake’s in the oven..looking good..sauce is ready to be boiled. I love this recipe so easy and quick to make..any harm in letting cake cool for just a little while,then poke and pour sauce over while still quite warm, due to time constraints? Thank you for this recipe!!
I totally missed the direction to let it cool before poking and pouring. Turned out great!
Hi, I have a 20oz can of crushed pineapple. Should I just eyeball that? I assume the cake will not set properly if I add the whole can.
A great recipe! I used some leftover fruit cups with pineapple niblets and brown sugar in the sauce. It tasted just like pineapple upside down cake. I will definitely be making this again.
I just made this cake tonight and my husband loved it!!
It’s one of my husbands favorites too!
Is it possible to make this as cupcakes? It seems like a stupid question but I’m throwing a bridal shower for my sister and I wanted a simple pineapple cupcake recipe that I could do in addition to 2 other flavors of cupcake. My only concern is adjusting baking time for cupcakes as opposed to sheet cake…
My grandson and I made this cake. We doubled the sauce just cause we wanted to. It was wonderful !
Made this cake yesterday & it came out perfect. My husband & I ate a good portion of it!
Used brown sugar & decreased butter to 1/4 cup in the topping.
Could you use other fruits and make it’s the same way? We love the pineapple cake but were wondering if you could use other fruits