Pineapple Pound Cake

pineapple pound cake
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 105 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
612 Calories
30g Fat
79g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 612
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 54g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 141mg 3%
*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 moist, delicious cake delivers pineapple flavor two ways: Crushed pineapple and juice go into the batter, and the creamy topping contains more crushed pineapple.

The cake will be even better the next day, so make it a day before you plan to serve it, if possible.

This is a cold oven pound cake, so don't preheat the oven.


  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, more for the pan

  • 13 1/2 ounces (about 3 cups) all-purpose flour

  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained, divided

  • 1 1/4 cups (10-ounces) softened unsalted butter, divided

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch, one-piece tube cake pan or Bundt pan.

  2. Put 3/4 cup of undrained pineapple with its juice in a small bowl; set aside.

  3. Drain remaining pineapple and measure 1 cup of drained crushed pineapple; set aside.

  4. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the shortening and 1 cup of butter until smooth, about 2 minutes.

  5. Gradually beat in the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, or about 3 to 4 minutes.

  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Do not overbeat.

  7. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder and blend thoroughly.

  8. Add one-third of the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and about half of the milk; blend well. Repeat with another third of the flour mixture and the remaining milk; blend well. Beat in the remaining flour mixture just until well blended.

  9. Add the vanilla extract and the reserved 3/4 cup of undrained pineapple with juice; stir to blend.

  10. Pour the batter into the prepared tube cake pan.

  11. Place the cake in the unheated oven. Turn on the oven to 325 F and bake for 1 1/2 hours (do not preheat), or until a long wooden pick comes out clean when inserted into the center. 

  12. Let the cake stand for about 5 minutes in the pan on a rack.

  13. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen and then carefully remove the cake to a rack.

  14. Combine 1/4 cup of butter, the confectioners' sugar, and the remaining 1 cup drained pineapple. Pour the pineapple sauce over the cake while it is still hot.


  • For best results, have ingredients at room temperature before starting. If the eggs are cold, place them in a bowl of hot tap water and let them stand for 4 to 5 minutes.  

  • When creaming the butter and sugar, beat for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until very light and fluffy. This pound cake includes some baking powder, but it also depends on the air you beat into the fat and sugar for a good rise.

  • When you beat each egg into the batter, beat until the yellow yolk is no longer visible before adding the next egg.

  • Wrap and store a pound cake at room temperature for three to four days or refrigerate for up to seven days. For longer storage, wrap the untopped cake and freeze for up to six months.