Pina Colada Cake

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
1 hr
1 hr 20 min

8 to 10 servings

  • For the cake:
  • Basic Vanilla Cake, baked and cooled
  • 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.

  • Photograph by Levi Brown

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<p>I wanted to find a recipe for a friends birthday cake who's favourite drink is Pina Colada. I made the basic cake recipe changing the heavy cream to alpro coconut cream from chiller cabinet, vanilla essence to a ready made pina colada alcoholic drink and cautiously 2 drops of coconut essence. The mix was a little thick so added a little more cream - altogether about 200ml in total. I made sugar syrup using PC drink and sugar heated and brushed the tops of the cake.</p><p>I didn't want frosting this time so filled with pineapple jam and small pieces of drained tinned pineapple.</p><p>Topped with icing powder mixed with PC drink and lime zest - was a bit thin but nice glaze. Tasted lovely, smooth soft sponge, good rise.  Very happy and will try with frosting next time.</p> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my birthday, using the cake recipe listed. It was amazing! A stand mixer is a must for this recipe. Use the leftover pineapple juice and cream of coconut for pina coladas!!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Looks Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used a different vanilla cake recipe since the one they gave got bad reviews. Other than that thecake was awesome. Not hard to put together. I would absolutely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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