Glazed Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Updated on October 2, 2017
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Athlyn Green enjoys whipping up tasty dishes in her home kitchen. She's received many requests for her recipes and is happy to share these.

A Delicious Glazed Cake That You "Ice" While Still Warm


A Taste of the Tropics

Glazed pineapple-coconut cake is favorite recipe we've relied on in our family for years. We make this cake anytime we need a quick cake and don't want to have to make frosting. This cake acts like a square but looks like a cake, but whatever you choose to call it, it whips up quickly and tastes delicious.

This cake is lovely and moist and has intriguing flavor notes, interspersed as it is with pineapple and coconut. Icing it is a snap because you simply pour hot glaze over the warm cake as soon as you remove it from the oven--no having to wait until your cake cools before you can frost it.

Pineapple-coconut cake tastes like it came right out of the tropics and it's a great dessert to take to potlucks or for when you are entertaining at home. The glaze icing takes it to an entirely different level and truly makes this delicious dessert stand out.

Like Moist Cakes?

This cake's a winner with crushed pineapple.


Into one bowl:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small fat can of crushed pineapple (398 g)

Mix these ingredients with a wooden spoon.

Sugar, Eggs and Pineapple

First three ingredients.
First three ingredients. | Source

First Three Ingredients Mixed


Now Add Dry Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Adding Flour, Salt, Soda, and Vanilla to Pineapple Mixture

Adding all ingredients to one bowl.
Adding all ingredients to one bowl. | Source

Dry Ingredients Mixed in


Now it's Time to Add the Coconut


  • 1 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut (1 200 g bag)

Adding Coconut and Mixing Batter


Now It's Time to Pop Your Cake Into the Oven

Scrape batter into a greased and floured 9" x 12" cake pan.

Pineapple-Coconut Cake Ready for the Oven

Looks delicious even before it's cooked!
Looks delicious even before it's cooked! | Source

Baking Tip

Place a cookie sheet on the rack below the rack your pan is on, which saves your cake bottom from over-browning.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Multiple servings

Baking Instructions

  • Bake in a 325 degree oven, 20-30 minutes, then reduce heat.
  • Check cake center to make sure it is done.

Remove pan and set on a hot pad or stove element, prior to icing with glaze.

Baked and Ready for Yummy Glaze Icing



About 5 minutes before removing cake from oven, make the glaze.

Making Glaze Icing - Butter, Sugar, Can Milk


Glaze Tip

Stir glaze continuously to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning.

Glaze for Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Pour this glaze onto warm cake:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup can milk (thickened milk helps glaze to have the right consistency)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla - (added afterwards)
  1. Bring glaze to a gentle boil, stirring for 2-5 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat but maintain temperature so that glaze boils and thickens.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.

Glaze Thickens as It Bubbles


Pour glaze over cake and set pan in fridge to cool.

A Word About Glaze Icing

As cake cools, glaze sets up. While pourable when hot, glaze will thicken as it cools.

Pineapple-Coconut Cake Topped With Sweet Glaze

So very delicious.
So very delicious. | Source

Alternate Icings for Pineapple-Coconut Cake

This glaze is perfect as is but if you are a pineapple lover or want to decorate to top of the cake with pineapple, you can also add crushed pineapple to the glaze.

If you want to use butter icing, you can decorate the top of the cake with chunks of pineapple.

Any and all variations are delicious.

Ready for a Bite?


Will it be One Slice or Two ... or More?

With it's slightly exotic flavors and delicious glaze icing, you'll have a hard time staying out of this tasty cake. Enjoy!

5 stars from 1 rating of Glazed Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Questions & Answers

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        Athlyn Green 8 years ago from West Kootenays


        Yes, it's easy to make and the glaze icing is so delicious.

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        Purple Perl 8 years ago from Bangalore,India


        Will definitely try this recipe.