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Coconut Pineapple Layer Cake

Coconut on the cake

Coconut on the cake

I guess you could call this a pina colada cake or a pineapple coconut layer cake, yellow cake, pineapple filling and a coconut whipped cream frosting generously covered in flaked coconut. I use my Tender Yellow Cake recipe, adapted James McNair’s whipped cream frosting and made a simple pineapple filling using crushed pineapple. I have been making this cake for years and it’s requested all the time.

The Yellow cake is a very old recipe penned by my Mom after years of research and IMHO it’s the best yellow cake ever. Tender, fine crumb and very moist. It contains vegetable oil, not  butter and the egg whites are separated and whipped making this cake light and it has a great rise. Click here for the recipe, I have published it several times.

Unflrosted

Unflrosted

Pineapple filling

1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, unsweetened in it’s own juice (or use fresh pineapple if you prefer)

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup corn starch

1 tsp lemon zest

pinch of salt

1 tbs butter

Place contents of the can of pineapple in a medium saucepan, add the sugar, cornstarch,lemon zest and salt and whisk or mix to combine making sure there are no lumps.

Turn heat to medium high and cook stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Remove from heat, add the butter and stir until it’s melted. Spoon into heat proof bowl, cover with plastic wrap that sits directly on the mixture. Let come to room temperature and then refrigerate until completely cooled or over night.

Coconut Whipped Cream Frosting

adapted from James McNair’s whipped cream frosting

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk

3 tsp corn starch

1/4 cup + 1 tbs powdered sugar

1 1/2 cup heavy cream very cold

1 tsp vanilla

Place coconut milk, cornstarch and powdered sugar in small saucepan, whisk to remove any lumps. Turn heat to medium high and cook until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and spoon into a bowl, let come to room temperature stirring frequently to keep skin from forming or cover with plastic wrap placed directly on the mixture and let sit until cool.

Coconut milk stabiizer

Coconut milk stabiizer

Chill the whisk attachment or beaters of your mixer along with the bowl. Add the heavy cream, beat until it begins to hold shape, now add the coconut milk mixture and vanilla extract and continue beating until it becomes thick and is a spreading consistency. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.

Just whipped

Just whipped

To assemble:

Frost the cake with the whipped cream frosting, I start from the center and work the frosting down the sides of the cake doing a crumb layer first then finishing if off nice and smooth.

Frosting in the center

Frosting in the center

I like to mix sweetened regular flaked coconut with unsweetened large flakes, it looks nice but it also is a bit less sweet. using all one kind is either too sweet or not sweet enough and a mix I find to be perfect.

Mixed flakes of coconut

Mixed flakes of coconut

 

 

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  1. Simply a beautiful looking cake. Wish I had a slice!

    April 7, 2014
    • Thanks Georgie, me too, it’s really light and I have always been a sucker for pina colada’s.

      April 7, 2014
      • All fo sudden this past year I’m a “cakey” kind of girl, especially with mile high frosting. Sigh!

        April 7, 2014
  2. Sounds so tropical! I’d love to try this recipe this summer :D

    April 7, 2014
    • It is, tropical it would also work with mango or papaya or mixed tropical fruit filling. Thanks so much.

      April 7, 2014
  3. Looks beautiful and tasty!

    April 7, 2014
  4. Now that looks tropical!!!

    April 7, 2014
    • Thank you. yes it is pretty tropical, weather is warming getting into a tropical sort of mood!

      April 7, 2014
  5. Perfect cake for bringing on summer! I love your idea above for using mango too!!

    April 7, 2014
    • I would love to do a mango curd and use as filling. Thanks Susan. The cake is so light, and not too sweet either.

      April 7, 2014
  6. I love coconut pineapple cake- super delicious recipe, Suzanne!

    April 7, 2014
  7. Super spongy cake and an incredible layer of cream on top! I just love this one Suzanne, you know I love coconut and those flakes are luscious!

    April 7, 2014
    • Thank you, it is a super moist spongy cake and loads of whipped cream icing. I love anything with coconut!

      April 7, 2014
  8. WOW – Suzanne – this is gorgeous and I do believe you when you say it’s the best yellow cake ever – it looks it.

    April 7, 2014
    • Thank you, I literally tried hundreds of different recipes and then I told my Mom and she said well why didn’t I ask, duh!! It is the best yellow cake recipe I have ever had. Thanks so much.

      April 7, 2014
  9. Dang. That’s my kind of dessert! Yum! Nicely done, as always!

    April 7, 2014
  10. I love shredded coconut so much so I am wishing so hard for a big piece of this cake! Looks great lady!

    April 7, 2014
  11. Coconut, pineapple and cake, that’s a pretty wonderful trio and it looks divine. I am now feeling extremely hungry but no cake in the house to satisfy my sweet tooth. ;)

    April 7, 2014
    • Thank you, no cake here either, it just got picked up for a birthday celebration. It is a delicious combination!

      April 7, 2014
  12. A gorgeous cake Suzanne and thanks so very much for sharing your Mom’s special recipe for yellow cake – I look forward to giving this a go sometime very soon!

    April 7, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I love my Mom’s recipe, I do hope you like it if you do make it!

      April 7, 2014
  13. This is stunning! I absolutely love pineapple and coconut together so this cake is really calling my name. I definitely need to make this! Love it

    April 7, 2014
  14. Liz #

    oooo la la–this is stunning :-) The cake looks like a great base for just about any type of filling and frosting. Thanks for sharing!

    April 7, 2014
    • Thanks Liz, yes it is a great base for any time of frosting or filling. I make endless types of cakes with the yellow cake recipe.

      April 8, 2014
  15. Oh My Gosh Suzanne! This is another incredible cake from you. I absolutely love coconut cake and I’m sure I’d love pineapple in it too. Looks like I’ll have to bake another cake. I really draw inspiration from you and your baking. We really loved the tiger cake. Sigh. You know summer is coming and I would really like to wear shorts! Well, not short shorts….just shorts, and if I keep baking these cakes it’s going to be a problem. :)

    April 8, 2014
    • Ha, yes I was just thinking about that this morning. I think I need to concentrate on vegetables and fruit if I want to wear shorts. Thanks so much. This was for a special occasion, a birthday so it’s ok to indulge!

      April 8, 2014
  16. Suzanne, this is VERY similar to a cake I have been making since I was about 12 years old! It was a Bacardi recipe and used boxed cake mix, and jell-o pudding! Of course, I’ve not been using those ingredients for a very long time, but it is still one of my favorite cakes! Yours looks amazing, and it’s so perfectly made! I hope mine turns out as well when I put my recipe up! ;)

    April 8, 2014
    • I have had that recipe I think or at least something very similar and I remember it being really good. Thanks so much Christina!

      April 8, 2014
  17. My husband and son are big fans of coconut! They would throe a party with this cake!

    April 8, 2014
  18. How pretty! There’s something very striking about an all white cake. I bet it tastes utterly yum :)

    April 8, 2014
  19. Jo @ The Contented Baker #

    What a stunning cake!! I do love a cake that has pineapple in too! :-)

    April 8, 2014
  20. Looks absolutely decadent!

    April 8, 2014
  21. Stunning cake, Suzanne! This would be a wonderful wedding cake, don’t you think? And the thought of the pineapple filling is making my mouth water. I can see why this is frequently requested!

    April 8, 2014
    • Yes I agree, it would make a wonderful wedding cake. it’s so white!! Thanks so much.

      April 8, 2014
  22. Pineapple and coconut has to be one of my all-time favourite combinations. Especially if there’s rum too ;-) Your cake looks and sounds too good to be true and I love that you’ve used coconut milk. I wish we lived closer and I’d be begging for a slice…

    April 8, 2014
    • Thank you and if you lived close I would voluntarily show up at your door with a slice along with a treat for Hugo!

      April 8, 2014
  23. Suzanne, you outdid yourself! The cake is totally magazine material!

    April 8, 2014
  24. Thank you so much!

    April 8, 2014
  25. This cake really is stunning. It looks so light and fluffy- like a coconut cloud!

    April 8, 2014
  26. What a divine creation! It all looks very scrumptious, Suzanne! Waw even! Another must try for sure!

    April 8, 2014
  27. Yum! I have a severe weakness for coconut pineapple cake! Yum!

    April 8, 2014
  28. Gorgeous! Love that tropical flavour combination. Thanks tons for sharing the recipe!

    April 8, 2014
  29. So fluffy and light looking! Can I have a piece?

    April 8, 2014
  30. This looks absolutely beautiful Suzanne….as do all of your cakes! That is a great recipe. I love all of the coconut on top, so pretty. I really love the coconut whipped frosting too…I use coconut milk a lot in vegan recipes and I use it also as an icing on my banana molasses cake. I love how light and airy it is, so I can only imagine how delicious this one is with the coconut flakes layered on top of it! Yum!

    April 9, 2014
    • Coconut cream makes such a delicious frosting or anything really, thanks so much Brandi.

      April 9, 2014
  31. Suzanne– what a winner– looks like a great special occasion cake–birthday coming up?! I especially am glad to get the recipe for the pineapple filling. oh yumm. pretty post!

    April 9, 2014
    • Thanks so much Rhonda, that pineapple filling is so simple and delicious. I want to work on a pineapple curd next!

      April 9, 2014
  32. Love pineapple and cream together. So with coconut (really like the mixture of the two flakes) and sponge this has to be an absolute treat!

    April 9, 2014
    • Oh it’s a wonderful cake I love the pineapple and cream. Thanks Johnny!

      April 9, 2014
  33. I love the name piña colada cake! the cake and that name, bring my a lot miles far away from this spring that is still refusing to show up! I imagine that the flavour and the smell of this cake had to be AMAZING!

    April 10, 2014
    • Thank you, the cake did smell really nice. The pineapple and coconut are so lovely together, and when you add the whipped cream frosting it does sort of remind of a pina colada.

      April 10, 2014
  34. MMm mmmm MMMMMM. coconut = amazing. Sandwich cake = check. Love it!

    April 10, 2014
  35. MMMmmmMMMmmmmMMMMMmmmMMMMMM!

    April 10, 2014
  36. This looks perfect for summer! I love anything with pineapple and coconut in it. Yum!

    April 11, 2014
  37. This looks amazing! I love the background colors your chose for your photos too- very nice all around!

    April 14, 2014
  38. What a fresh cake! Great as a birthday cake (or any day cake, really) :D

    April 14, 2014
  39. Beautiful!!! A perfect spring dessert:0)

    April 14, 2014
  40. Looks awesome! .. now to dream of making a version I can drop my face into !! xxx

    April 14, 2014
  41. I was looking at that picture with the pineapple jam filling for ages… absolutely drool-worthy Suzanne. I love the combination of pineapple and coconut, it’s a match made in heaven. I am definitely going to try this gorgeous cake. Yum! Happy Easter, by the way! xx

    April 17, 2014
    • Thank you it’s a really lovely cake and if you make you please let me know what you think. Thanks so much. Totally agree about pineapple and coconut, yum!!

      April 17, 2014
  42. sprinklesandsauce #

    love the layers! great combo of flavours!

    April 17, 2014
  43. Holy moly. THis is totally the cake for me. I love it!

    April 20, 2014
  44. I’m SO behind on my blog reading, but so glad I’m here now to see this beauty of a cake. It looks like it’s ready to whisk it’s eaters off to a tropical island. And those yellow cake layers look pretty darn perfect. Great job, Suzanne!

    April 24, 2014
    • Lori, so happy to see you. Seems like it’s been a long time. Thank you so much! Hope you are well.

      April 24, 2014
      • I’ve been *mostly* well. Some stupid sinus infections have been trying to take me down a little bit, but I’m feeling better now. Very busy with lots of freelance work, and I can’t complain about that one bit. How is the hand?

        April 25, 2014
      • Oh those horrible pesky sinus infections. Sorry to hear that but glad you are feeling better. Very slight improvement with the finger but still almost no ability to use it. I have adapted to not using the finger and am trying to adapt again to try and use it although limited. Glad to hear you have a lot of freelance work!

        April 25, 2014
      • Oh, that’s not good to hear. I think I’ll be forever scared of rolling market carts now because of this! Is it possible you need physical therapy for it or something? I know, seems silly to go to physical therapy for a finger, but stranger things have happened.

        April 25, 2014
      • Not silly at all, I went through a month of therapy, it helped a little but very costly and now doing myself. The doc said surgery to repair the volar plate tendon that is torn. We’ll see thank you so much for asking.

        April 25, 2014
  45. I know it’s been said about a hundred times alerady in the comments but I love the combination of pineapples and coconuts :)
    Did you use vanilla sugar or extract in the frosting?

    April 27, 2014
    • Thank you so much, yes I did use vanilla extract 1 tsp. I do love pineapple and coconut it’s delicious. Thanks again.

      April 27, 2014
  46. Ahhh… this cake ! I do remember you texted it to me last year when you baked it for one of your friend ! It still makes my mouth watering ! I will try one day !
    It looks so delicious, I just want to grab a slice right now !

    April 28, 2014
    • Yes, you remember that is the same cake!! Thank you and I am so happy to see you back!!

      April 28, 2014
  47. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    Yum – Suzanne, don’t you think it’s about time that technology caught up with us food bloggers and made a scratch and taste screen? I don’t know if I could stop tasting this delish cake – love the combo of pineapple with coconut!

    May 7, 2014
    • Scratch and sniff, LOL, yes wouldn’t that be nice!! Thank you so much. Its one of my favorite cakes.

      May 7, 2014
  48. Oh my gosh, this looks divine! I’ve never been more sad to be allergic to pineapple!

    May 10, 2014
    • You can make a mango filling, it’s wonderful and have done that before. Still tropical and so delicious. Thanks so much and so sorry you are allergic to pineapple :o(

      May 10, 2014

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