Pineapple and coconut cake Recipe

(11 ratings)

Preparation Time25 mins Plus pineapple soaking time
Cooking Time1 hours
Total Time1 hours 25 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories434 Kcal22%
Sugar28 g31%
Fat25 g36%
Saturated Fat16 g80%
Salt0.3 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein6 g12%
Carbohydrates44 g17%
Salt0.3 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This delicious pineapple and coconut cake is a twist on a traditional upside down bake. We’ve used fresh pineapple instead of the usual tinned version, which gives a much more subtle flavour and a slightly more tart, grown-up finish. For an extra hit we’ve added coconut rum, which is sure to transport you to a sunny beach somewhere (even if just for the few minutes you’re enjoying your slice of cake!) Pineapple and coconut cake brings two classically tropical flavours together in the perfect mix, giving you that moreish sweet, sour combination. If you love coconut you can give this cake an extra final hit of coconut by whisking 200ml double cream with 50ml coconut cream. Serve it just as you would double cream – the perfect tropical cake topper!


  • ½ pineapple, cut into small wedges
  • 2tbsp coconut rum
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 3tbsp milk

You will need:

  • 20 cm springform cake tin


  1. Cover the pineapple in coconut rum and leave for one hour, or overnight. Heat a griddle pan and cook the pineapple on each side for a couple of minutes, until golden and caramelised. Set aside.
  2. Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin. Preheat the oven to 180C, Gas Mark 4.
  3. Beat together the butter and sugar in an electric mixer. Gradually beat in the egg. Fold in the flour, coconut and milk by hand until you have a soft dropping consistency.
  4. Arrange the pineapple slices in the bottom of the lined tin. Pour over the cake mixture. Bake for 1 hour, until cooked through and springy to the touch.
Top Tip for making Pineapple and coconut cake

To serve this delicious cake as a pudding dish it up while still warm, and top with custard.

Rosie Conroy is a food and drinks journalist with over a decade of experience working for big-name titles in both print and online. Formerly the Digital Food Editor of woman&home, Rosie went on to head up the team at SquareMeal, reviewing the best London restaurants and hunting out emerging culinary trends. With previous experience in food styling and recipe development, Rosie knows what to look for in a good piece of kitchenware and has extensive experience testing consumer goods—from kitchen electricalz and cooking accouterments through to new foodie treats.