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Pineapple Sheet Cake Recipe

Pineapple Sheet Cake Recipe

This sheet cake is perfect for serving to a crowd. It keeps so well that you can easily prepare it a day ahead and it will stay moist. I often bring it to church potlucks, and I have yet to take much of it home. —Kim Miller Spiek, Sarasota, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine cake ingredients; beat until smooth. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Cool.
  • 2. For icing, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cake and sprinkle with nuts. Yield: about 24 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Rotate pan halfway through baking time for an even cake.
  • Don't worry if the top of this cake looks dark; it's not overbaked. Cakes with large amounts of baking soda in them tend to darken because the soda is a browning agent.
  • Beat batter just until smooth. Overbeating can cause tunnels to form in the cake.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 piece: 315 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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    Jeanne253 User ID: 6235334 267671
    Reviewed Jun. 5, 2017

    "This cake is delicious. It is easy, and scrumptious!"

    Judat User ID: 8282854 267444
    Reviewed May. 29, 2017

    "I've made this twice for a church group. easy to make and delicious."

    lucretiawebb User ID: 3028461 266306
    Reviewed May. 24, 2017

    "Shouldn't this cake have oil in the recipe?? Wouldn't it be dry without it."

    bgpino User ID: 1425465 266036
    Reviewed May. 16, 2017

    "Can't print recipe"

    karilinden User ID: 3118161 266014
    Reviewed May. 16, 2017

    "I have made this cake for years. It is SO easy to make and everyone always asks for the recipe. I like to use pecans in mine."

    anna User ID: 9066069 265818
    Reviewed May. 10, 2017

    "i had high expectations given the great reviews, but this cake turned out so bland that i didn't even bother frosting it as it would just have been a waste of frosting."

    xxcskier User ID: 1136353 264959
    Reviewed Apr. 21, 2017

    "I made this for Easter to share with family and friends, we all loved it but I loved it as it was so easy to make on a day I was so busy in the kitchen! I made this in a 9x13 baking dish and it was perfect!"

    Jellybug User ID: 53068 264561
    Reviewed Apr. 11, 2017

    "My go to cake when company is short notice...delicious, quick and easy!"

    btowhee User ID: 6122372 249710
    Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

    "this recipe looks good, does it make a difference if I use pineapple in heavy syrup or pineapple in juice?"

    pattecake User ID: 50217 249696
    Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

    "Have baked this cake many times and everyone loves it. So simple, too."

    mkaskela User ID: 6061564 248362
    Reviewed May. 18, 2016

    "So quick and easy to make, and amazingly delicious. The icing is beyond decadent."

    kredhead User ID: 710648 248353
    Reviewed May. 18, 2016

    "I've been making this moist, delicious cake for years. It's one of my favorites, if you have the pineapple on hand, it comes together in a flash. In a glass dish the bottom carmelizes and is super yummy. The creamy dreamy frosting makes it special. Something different and always well received. Leave out the nuts for those nut free, it never lasts long in my house. My original recipe uses a 9 x 13 & bakes at 325' for 40 minutes."

    Wiwianna User ID: 8118591 248272
    Reviewed May. 15, 2016

    "Yummy and so moist. Anything with cream cheese frosting is big in our house. My MahJonng group loved it. This is a keeper! ??"

    chula47 User ID: 8549256 248265
    Reviewed May. 15, 2016

    "Very tasty cake it make a big at my hubsand party. I will make it agaon"

    patsy304 User ID: 1136637 247401
    Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

    "A huge church potluck hit!"

    marge6842 User ID: 8771329 243859
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

    "The cake is delicious, but I add 1 cup of coconut"

    sherrylzinke User ID: 8487996 233602
    Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

    "super easy hit with everyone"

    Marilou6 User ID: 3729765 233225
    Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

    "Served this at church potluck/ Now others want recipe. Delish!"

    virgo1953 User ID: 8451031 233032
    Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

    "Great Sheet cake to make."

    cjlcricket User ID: 7708765 232278
    Reviewed Sep. 4, 2015

    "I used to bake this cake like this all the time. I recommend baking at least an hour. I just made this tonight and it's not the way I'm used to. The cake should be brown/caramelized inside, not gooey or pasty like it is after 35 mins. Otherwise, it seems to be the same cake I used to make."

    Lois gy User ID: 2481574 231826
    Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

    "Made it twice last week. Thanks for the recipe. It is a keeper."

    gramcayo User ID: 5095727 231821
    Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

    "No oil or butter? Nice."

    dkk1234 User ID: 5176732 231771
    Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

    "I make this in a 13x9 pan and cook as recipe says. Is absolutely wonderful. Have now made several times and is now one of my family favorites."

    normaromine User ID: 4327029 231768
    Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

    "This is a fabulous cake. Always a hit. Best baked in a cookie sheet 15"x 17""

    Susiew122 User ID: 5821544 231757
    Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

    "Can this be made in 13x9" pan and how long to bake?"

    MariannC User ID: 8365633 228450
    Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

    "Wonderful cake. It's delicious and easy."

    Taximommy58 User ID: 1605418 224692
    Reviewed Apr. 12, 2015

    "Fabulous cake! I made a recipe and a half for my larger pan. I had two bananas lying around that were getting soft, so I creamed them and added to the batter, along with some coconut. Turned out like a tropical cake! Some toasted coconut on top added just the right touch. Thanks for sharing this recipe ~ it is definitely one that I'll make again!"

    [email protected] User ID: 2621902 223199
    Reviewed Mar. 20, 2015

    "This cake was quite easy to make. I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup per reviews and also baked it for only 20 minutes. It was totally done in that amount of time. The cake is quite moist and not overly sweet, but it has a rubbery texture that didn't appeal to me. I won't be baking it again."

    Smlngmk User ID: 7648560 221677
    Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

    "Made this for our potluck Saturday lunch.. it was a big hit. Not even a crumb for me to take home... Totally decadent"

    moneygall User ID: 1176130 220628
    Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

    "Delicious. Will make this cake again!"

    jlaule User ID: 4286842 220350
    Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

    "This was a very moist and delicious cake. I followed the other reviews about using less sugar and only half the frosting. Terrific cake."

    angels35 User ID: 8254542 220206
    Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

    "Good and moist."

    IsaacsOK User ID: 1064754 220177
    Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

    "This looks like "Preacher cake" or my old recipe that we call "Funeral cake"...both names because it's so easy to put together in a hurry with ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Very good!"

    danarenee User ID: 1388814 16511
    Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

    "Made this recipe for a camping pot luck last summer and got people asking 'who made the pineapple cake-it's awesome!' So I decided to try it again for a 'get together', and had someone remember it from the campout, hoping it was the same one!"

    mayun User ID: 1636268 40182
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

    "This cake is quick and easy to make and was delicious! It was a big success at my last BBQ. Not all those present like cream cheese so I made a coconut butter cream, which turned out great. This is a recipe I know I will use again and again!"

    goshdarngood User ID: 6894046 16794
    Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

    "This is a great cake but I was wondering if it would make a good basis for a spice cake. Has anyone ever tried this? Please let me know how it turned out."

    CWOCN User ID: 4346648 40399
    Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

    "Next time I, too, will reduce the sugar about 1/4 cup and decrease the volume of icing by about 1/2. Still was moist and very good as is..."

    micheleclow User ID: 6777152 38609
    Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

    "When I accidentally opened a 20oz can of crushed pineapple instead of chunks, I had to find a way to use it. This was the first recipe I came to that called for 1-20oz can of crushed pineapple. It is delicious and probably won't last too long in this house."

    marilynshade User ID: 3836481 37003
    Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

    "I have been making this recipe for many, many years now. I use pineapple in its own juice and cut the sugar and cream cheese frosting as 8 0z. makes a lot! I uae about 4 oz. and 1/4 cup butter, and enough powdered sugar to make a good spreading consistancy. I use a 9x13" pan, and bake 35 to 40 min. It looks really brown but is so good and easy. I turn to this recipe when I have to make something in a hurry."

    TriainAtlanta User ID: 291234 41106
    Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

    You do not need oil in this recipe - the juice provides plenty of moisture and do cut the sugar a bit.   It is a wonderful cake - also good with coconut icing for coconut lovers.
    I am making it this afternoon to take to a Sunday Supper!"

    baroth18 User ID: 3621075 16510
    Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

    "I have made this several times and every time I make it someone asks for the recipe. It is super simple and absolutely delicious! I do not use the full 2 cups of sugar as it is quite sweet. Next time I make it I am going to cut the frosting in half because it made such a lot-too tempting to eat!!

    Great if you need squares for a crowd! One of the few sheet cake recipes that doesn't sink in the middle when you take it out of the oven. This is so moist that it would be good just sprinkled with icing sugar."

    dnaleri User ID: 566296 40176
    Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

    "And to answer the question about shortening, I guess the pineapple takes its place because I followed the recipe exactly, except for the above noted difference in baking time."

    dnaleri User ID: 566296 38607
    Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

    "I made this and I beleive the baking time given is incorrect. I only baked mine for about 20 to 25 minutes and it got really brown on top. It is so good!"

    beryl518 User ID: 1778115 12861
    Reviewed Nov. 21, 2008

    "I am wondering if there is shortening or margarine missing in the cake batter in this recipe.

    Does the crushed pineapple take the place of it?? Thanks"

    TriainAtlanta User ID: 291234 14721
    Reviewed Jan. 26, 2008


    I "posted" this because when I clicked on "viewing the recipe" I thought I'd never get back to this thread.   I have made this recipe many times but I use the pineapple in juice and it turns out very well - less sugar, then.

    It is a very good cake.



    Pineapple Sheet cake

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 cups sugar
    2 eggs
    1 cup chopped nuts
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple in heavy syrup, undrained
    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    1 box (16 ounces) confectioners' sugar
    1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup chopped nuts

    In a large mixing bowl, combine cake ingredients. Mix until smooth. Pour into a
    greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. bake at 350° for 35 minutes.
    Cool. Meanwhile, for icing, combine cream cheese, sugar, butter and vanilla in
    a small mixing bowl. Beat until smooth. Spread over cake and sprinkle with nuts.

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