The Best One Bowl Homemade Pineapple Cake

Oh my gosh guys, this pineapple cake! Like seriously, you guys. This is the cake you’ll be making ALL THE TIME and wonder how you lived without this homemade cake recipe. So freaking flavorful, freaky easy (seriously…one-bowl!), and the cream cheese frosting gets put on the warm cake… on purpose! So you basically bake the cake, frost it when it comes out,  and serve. Good luck having any leftovers.

two plates with a piece of pineapple cake on each. With nuts on top of cream cheese frosting

As always, we can’t bake a cake this tasty without telling you how important it is to have good quality ingredients. Bob’s Red Mill flour is the best. We use it for all our baking and think you should too!

a slice of perfectly moist pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting and pecans on top.

I’ve been eating this cake forever! It’s an old-fashioned favorite showing up at potlucks and family events for decades.

Many years ago, when we lived in northern WI,  I had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time with a dear older lady from our church. We would often take the youth group to her home for the dessert part of the progressive dinner (does anyone know what that is?). This is the cake she served many of those times.

Side note, I think about these older ladies and my own grandma when I head to the grocery store. Can you imagine the awe on their faces when they walked down just the baking aisle and looked at all the amazing flours, sugars, and specialty baking ingredients Bob’s Red Mill carries. You GUYS, I LOVE the access I have to amazing ingredients. Ingredients our grandparents wouldn’t have even dreamed of. 

The coolest. 

Flour mixture in a mixing bowl with Bob's Red Mill flour next to it.

It was always so moist, full of flavor, and an all-time favorite even with picky teenagers. Friends, teenagers eating every single thing on their plate without whining is the highest praise a recipe can get! This cake was a huge success every time.

Pineapple added to other cake ingredients in a mixing bowl with a bag of Bob's Red Mill flour next to it.

One of the last times we had the honor of heading the dear lady’s home for dessert I asked her for this cake recipe. She grinned and went to write it out. I miss the days of hand-written recipes being passed about!

Oh my gosh! I was so shocked at how simple it was, how easy the ingredients were, and blessings of all blessings! I was supposed to put the frosting on a warm cake! Seriously you guys, I am the WORST at waiting for a cake to cool before frosting.

Pineapple cake batter being mixed in a mixing bowl.

You know the cake recipe that you add pineapple juice to cake mix?

This cake uses one bowl, does not want a mixer involved, and uses pantry ingredients. You’ll love how easy it is and you’ll be telling all your friends to forget about that cake mix business and use THIS recipe. I mean, seriously. It’s almost as easy. For real.

a spatula spreading cream cheese frosting on a pan of pineapple cake with a bag of Bob's Red Mill flour next to it.

You can’t feel the heat of the cake but, trust me, it’s warm. I’m spreading cream cheese frosting on warm pineapple cake. WWHATT!?!

And if only you could smell my house, right now. Sooooo good. This pineapple cake beats a candle, any day.

a pan of pineapple cake topped with cream cheese frosting and pecans.

A good sprinkling of walnuts or pecans is the final, perfect touch for this flavorful cake. You could even go a bit nuts and add some chopped cherries, coconut, and pineapple on top.

Believe me when I say…it’s amazing! The tastiest and easiest pineapple cake EVER!

2 slices of pineapple cake on plates

One Bowl Pineapple Cake

| 12 people
Total Time | 1 hour
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This cake is SO delicious and quite possibly one of the easiest cakes I've ever made. It only requires one bowl and you can put the frosting on it while it's warm. Trust me, it'll make your next potluck SO much simpler.


Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 20 oz can of crushed pineapple tidbits, with juice

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese softened
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 cups of powdered sugar start with 1 and add until you get your desired consistency and sweetness
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9 by 13 cake pan
  • In a large bowl, add the Bob's Red Mill flour, sugar, baking soda, and pinch salt.
  • All at once add the eggs, vanilla, and pineapple.
  • Using a fork, stir the dough until mixed (don't overmix).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes (check at the 30 mark) until golden brown and crackled on top.
  • Cool for 5-10 minutes and then frost!


  • Beat together the butter and cream cheese until creamy.
  • Add the pinch of salt and then the powdered sugar, a bit at a time.
  • Spread the frosting on the warm cake.
  • Top with chopped nuts. Serve.


Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 1gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 4.5mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1.3mg

2 slices of pineapple cake on plates

Stop what you are doing and take the next hour to make this delicious cake. You’ll be so glad you did.

When you take a bite, think about the generations of women before you that have made this cake and packed it in their little cake carriers to take to church, neighbors, and parties. This cake recipe has a whole heck of alot of tradition and story packed into one easy and simple recipe.

Totally geeks me out!

If you like this cake, check out some others like our peanut butter cake, white cake, and brownie cake.

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  1. 5 stars
    This pineapple cake looks so darn scrumptious! I too love Bob’s Red Mill Flour. Thank you so much for this delicious dessert recipe!

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