Easy 4-Ingredient Pineapple Frosting Recipe

Pineapple frosting on a bundt cake
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Serves 16
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
170 Calories
6g Fat
31g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 16
Amount per serving
Calories 170
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 3mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This pineapple frosting recipe makes enough to fill and top a layer cake. It's a great frosting for cupcakes as well. Crushed pineapple gives the frosting that wonderful fruity flavor. Only four ingredients go into this simple topping. 

For a Bundt cake or tube cake, halve the recipe but add more pineapple and spoon the topping over the cake. Add about 1/2 cup of flaked coconut (toasted if you like) to the topping for fabulous tropical flavor.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons well drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons pineapple juice from the drained crushed pineapple

Steps to Make It

  1. Place a mesh sieve over a bowl and strain the pineapple juice into the bowl. Set the juice aside.

  2. Measure 6 tablespoons (about 1/3 cup) of crushed pineapple into a small bowl and set aside. Refrigerate or freeze any remaining crushed pineapple and juice for another use, if desired.

  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer cream the butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar. Continue beating until light and fluffy. 

  4. Stir in the 6 tablespoons of crushed pineapple and just enough of the reserved pineapple juice to make it spreadable. Beat to blend thoroughly.

  5. Spread over cake layers or cupcakes. If desired, add more crushed pineapple and spoon the mixture over a Bundt cake. 

Recipe Variation

  • Add about 1/2 cup of toasted coconut to the topping. To toast coconut, spread it out in a dry skillet and place the skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring and turning constantly until the coconut is browned and slightly dry.