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Old Fashioned Pineapple Cake, made from scratch, as seen on Taste of Southern.

Old Fashioned Pineapple Cake Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 slices 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to make this homemade, Old Fashioned Pineapple Cake Recipe. We make the layers from scratch, and the frosting from scratch. I think you’ll love the old fashioned frosting on this one.



  • 24 Yellow Cake Layers

For the Frosting

  • 1 can Evaporated Milk (large)
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 can Crushed Pineapple, (20oz) drained


Prepare the Frosting

  1. In a medium sauce pot, add the following ingredients.
  2. Add milk.
  3. Add sugar.
  4. Add egg yolks.
  5. Add butter.
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. Place sauce pot on a COLD burner, then turn heat on to medium.
  8. Cook, stirring constantly to avoid making scrambled eggs, until thick, about 12 minutes.
  9. Add the drained crushed pineapple, stir together.
  10. Spread frosting between layers, on top, and sides.
  11. Enjoy


You could use a boxed cake mix for the layers if you like. I’ve got a complete step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making Basic Cake Layers on Taste of Southern that will make this cake truly homemade from scratch.

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