Thursday, July 20, 2023

Caramelized Pineapple Tropical Cake #CakeSliceBakers

This easy one pan cake is chock full of pineapple and toasted caramel.  It is the perfect ending to your Summer Luau.

Caramelize Pineapple Tropical Cake

It's time for The Cake Slice Bakers.......

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Gâteau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes by Aleksandra Crapanzano. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

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It is a new year and a new book - Gâteau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes - and our choices for July 2023 were ~

Caramelized Pineapple Tropical Loaf

Raspberry Clafoutis

Alsatian Bacon, Caramelized Onion and Gruyère Loaf
Caramelized Pineapple Tropical Cake

I decided on the Caramelized Pineapple Tropical Cake, baking it in an 8" square pan instead of a loaf pan.  

Tropical Cake Pin

This was a wonderful ending to a poolside dinner with friends.  I included a scoop of ice cream for those who wished.  A dollop of whipped cream would be nice as well or you can sprinkle the top with powdered sugar as suggested in the cookbook.

Desserts, Cake, Tropical, Pineapple, Coconut
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Caramelized Pineapple Tropical Cake

Caramelized Pineapple Tropical Cake

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M


  • 10 1/2 T. unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 c. pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 T. dark rum
  • zest of 2 limes, grated
  • 1 c. powdered sugar + more for dusting, if desired
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 T. 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1 1/2 c. cake flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c. dried, flaked coconut


  1. Place the coconut onto a sheet pan and place into a preheated 350* oven for 5 minutes, shaking the pan about halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Melt 2 Tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pineapple and brown sugar. Cook until sugar is melted and caramelized and the pineapple is browned a bit. Remove from heat, stir in the rum and zest. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl of stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy. Stir in the honey and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Mix in the cream, beating until mixture is smooth.
  4. With mixer on low, fold in the flour, baking soda and salt until incorporated.
  5. Stir in the reserved pineapple and coconut.
  6. Spread into an 8" square cake pan that has been treated with baking spray and place into the preheated 350* oven. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted removes cleanly.
  7. Let cool completely and dust with additional powdered sugar, if desired.


Adapted from Gateau by Aleksandra Crapanzano

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

16.01 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

10.81 g

Carbs (grams)

33.8 g

Fiber (grams)

2.03 g

Net carbs

31.78 g

Sugar (grams)

19.48 g

Protein (grams)

4.02 g

Sodium (milligrams)

105.66 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

67.63 mg


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