Piña Colada Cake

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All the flavors in the popular tropical drink come together in a dreamy frosted cake.

For the cake:

Basic Vanilla Cake, baked and cooled (recipe below)
1/4 cup pineapple juice

For the filling:

1 1/4 cups chopped dried pineapple
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup cream of coconut

For the frosting and topping:

2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
Pinch of salt
2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup cream of coconut
1/2 cup coconut flakes, toasted
1/4 cup chopped dried pineapple


Prepare the cake: Poke holes all over the tops of the 2 cake layers using a toothpick. Brush the cakes with the pineapple juice, letting it soak into the holes; set aside.

Make the filling: Bring the dried pineapple, pineapple juice, cream of coconut and 1/2 cup water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the dried pineapple is soft and the liquid is reduced to a thick syrup, about 20 minutes. Let cool, then mash with a potato masher to make a chunky jam.

Make the frosting: Beat the butter and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Add the cream of coconut, increase the mixer speed to medium high and beat until thick, 2 to 3 more minutes.

Assemble the cake: Place 1 cake layer on a platter; spread the pineapple filling on top, stopping about 1/2 inch from the edge. Top with the second cake layer and press down gently. Cover the whole cake with the coconut frosting. Top with the toasted coconut and dried pineapple.

Basic Vanilla Cake

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pans
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup heavy cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch-round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper; butter the parchment and dust the pans with flour, tapping out the excess.

Whisk 3 cups flour, the baking powder and salt in a bowl until combined. Beat 2 sticks butter and the sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to medium; beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla. (The mixture may look separated at this point.)

Mix 1/2 cup water with the cream in a liquid measuring cup or bowl. Beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour, until just smooth.

Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Bake until the cakes are lightly golden on top and the centers spring back when pressed, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pans and turn the cakes out onto the racks to cool completely. Remove the parchment. Trim the tops of the cakes with a long serrated knife to make them level, if desired.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Sergio on Mar 26, 2013

    Is there any easy recipes that I can make that has CRUSHED pineapple and coconut milk?

  2. posted by Vultre9 on Mar 26, 2013

    I’m going to have a party (luau themed) and I’ve been planing it for quite a while. 2 weeks before the party, I find out this other girl that I know a little is having a luau party a week before mine and she invited some of the people I’m inviting. Everyone who went to her party said it was really fun. I know that she has a pool and they went swimming in it and had some other things that I planned on having. I don’t have a pool so I wasn’t planning on that. What games can we play and what food should I serve? I want my friends to think my party is just as good as the other girls party and have just as much fun. For food, all I have is chips, fruit kabobs, pizza, and cake. Anything else? Oh and there’s a vegetarian that I’m inviting. So please nothing with meat in it! And for games, it’s all girls ages 13-14.

  3. posted by MAK & CHEESE on Mar 26, 2013

    I’m making a luau party and I want some food that will taste great.I want to serve fruits and chips as a snack to hold my guests until the cake comes.I’m okay with pizza,I just don’t know what to serve any suggestions????

  4. posted by Coffee t on Mar 26, 2013

    There is a boy at school i like and his birthday is on friday. He wants me to bake something special for him, but he hates chocolate. It needs to be delicious, please help!

  5. posted by opurt on Mar 26, 2013

    I am turning sixteen soon and need help planning it. I want it to be the most amazing party ever. any suggestions?

  6. posted by DuckieM10 on Mar 26, 2013

    I love to cook for my family and after everybody finishes with the pound cake I baked recently I want to bake something sweeter and yummier.

  7. posted by Jesse on Mar 26, 2013

    I baked a banana pudding with a rum sauce and I don’t like the banana pudding. Which other types of desserts can I use the rum sauce on, because it is delicious.

  8. posted by baldy eire on Mar 26, 2013

    They sound really interesting and delicious best answer for a GOOD recipe.

  9. posted by RxP DarkBox on Mar 26, 2013

    I want to make one and I have seen so many different recipes, some with sour cream and some with milk and some with neither. I’m not sure which one to choose!

  10. posted by Lachlan on Mar 26, 2013

    I had Pina Colada cake at a Tommy Bahama restaurant in Florida and I can’t stop thinking about it. Does anyone have a recipe for something similar? It was the greatest cake!
    That should say “Tommy Bahama restaurant”

  11. posted by evangldbrg on Mar 26, 2013

    I have some ideas:

    maybe there are more, but i dont know…can u give me some? HELP!

  12. posted by Keaton on Mar 26, 2013

    I recently tried the cheese cake factory’s pina colada cheese cake and I loved it. It was not like a pie it was like a layered cake. But I can not find a recipe similar to this. I can only find a pie like recipe. Can anyone help me out? Thanks to all answers.

  13. posted by mike s on Mar 26, 2013

    I just made some for the first time today.
    I’ve done everything as directed, but I’m wondering when will all the cake pull away from the jar? Only a partial (the top half)has pulled away.

    Any info is appreciated.
    ugh. I knew dumb a s s e s would end up trying to answer.

  14. posted by Austin on Mar 26, 2013

    I am making a coconut cream cake that calls for the mixing of one can of sweeten condensed milk and a can of cream of coconut to be combined and poured over the warm cake. I could not find cream of coconut, but rather coconut milk at the grocery. Will this make a significant difference in my cake? Where can I find cream of coconut if so? Thanks in advance!

  15. posted by Mr SoLo DoLo on Mar 26, 2013

    Dark, white, spiced? Other?

  16. posted by Hannah on Mar 26, 2013

    I want to impear impressive at this beach bonfire, what should I make?
    Sorry folks. I must have had a few beers last night before I posted this.

    I want to “appear”impressive.

  17. posted by Jack Bauer on Mar 26, 2013

    I am looking for interesting little desserts that are pina coloda flavored. I once knew how to make a pina colada cake but have forgotton over the years. any suggestions of a cake or any desserts?

  18. posted by Joe M on Mar 26, 2013

    I have some boxes of yellow cake mix and one of french vanilla, but nobody in our household likes cake. Is there any other ways I can use this mix to make a dessert?

  19. posted by Derek on Mar 26, 2013

    My boyfriend’s birthday is in a few weeks and I want to bake him a cake. I’m looking for some recipes because I don’t know what kind of cake to make for him. He doesn’t like traditional just plain cake and icing with sprinkles because he says that it’s too sweet and it’s boring. He likes weird cakes like pumpkin spice and just unordinary cakes. What should I bake for him??

  20. posted by apleaforbrandon on Mar 26, 2013

    aside from pina colada

  21. posted by JOHN KAISER PHD on Mar 26, 2013

    No I’m not drinking to lot myself haha, this is a bit like a scavenger hunt of alcohol for all of us to do. Ideas for good tasting shots would be great other than my fav the cowboy and the standard spirit drinks. Thanks.

  22. posted by Coffee t on Mar 26, 2013

    I thought of this as I wondered what cake to make for my daughters birthday, and then I remembered the pina colada cake we had at Tommy Bahama’s restaurant in Maui, OMG, there’s nothing else that good on the planet, I assure you. but, what is the best you’ve had?

  23. posted by joevsyou on Mar 26, 2013

    My husband and I were married in Jamaica and we are planning our reception and would like a Jamaican theme. I would be grateful for any suggestions. I was thinking sand and such, but how do I do it inside because it will be in February?

  24. posted by Ssshhhh Im becoming aroused on Mar 26, 2013

    I bought a can of cream of coconut, and opened it to use in a drin, but I didnt lie how it turned out. I don’t want to just throw it out, so what can I make using 1 can of cream of coconut?

  25. posted by white man on Mar 26, 2013

    Should the amount of pineapple juice and coconut milk be equal? Example: 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 of pineapple juice?

  26. posted by encyclopath on Mar 26, 2013

    I like to make and decorate cakes. I usually make a maderia cake as it is heavy enough to carry all the buttercreme and fondant that i decorate my cakes with as i put most emphasis on the decorating. But i’m looking for recipies such as devil mudcakes and a cake that is something like a choclate cherry bavarian cake. Do you have any good recipies????

  27. posted by kevindiking67verizonnet on Mar 26, 2013

    So for Valentine’s Day I wanted to surprise my boyfriend by cooking him dinner. He gets off of work at 10 pm. Do you think it will be too late? i was gonna make shrimp alfredo because he loves seafood. Also pina coladas and a red velvet cake. I even bought a dress and everything to dress up. My mom said something to me and now im kinda second guessing myself.

  28. posted by zigg3ns on Mar 28, 2013

    I want to make a mango cake. Here is the recipe: http://pinchofyum.com/mango-snack-cake

    I have 2 cups of mango pulp at home which I want to use up for this cake. However, the recipe says to use 2 mangoes and puree them.

    How much of the mango pulp will equal to 2 blended and pureed mangoes?

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