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Pineapple Juice Cake

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A creation from Southern Bite, Pineapple Juice Cake offers a delightful blend of refreshing flavors and simple ingredients including cake mix, pineapple juice, and pantry staples. It’s a convenient and straightforward method to whip up a scrumptious cake bursting with the tropical taste of pineapple!

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You all were thrilled with the Orange Juice Cake I posted earlier, and I honestly didn’t expect such a positive response. My mom has been baking that cake for years, and I’ve always loved it, but the comments and emails I’ve received show that you all are just as enthusiastic about it!

One of the comments I received was from Cheryl Griffis, who suggested swapping out the orange juice for pineapple juice. “GENIUS,” I thought. So, I headed to the kitchen to give it a try.

I made a few adjustments to enhance the pineapple flavor, and the result was amazing! Personally, I think this version might even surpass the orange juice cake, but then again, I’ve always had a soft spot for pineapple.

The incredibly moist cake is infused with pineapple flavor in both the batter and the butter-pineapple glaze it’s soaked in, intensifying the pineapple goodness even more!

While snapping these photos, I may have indulged in 2… okay, 3 slices. If you’re a fan of the orange juice cake and enjoy pineapple, I guarantee you’ll devour this one. Trust me, it’s seriously delicious.

To capitalize on its popularity, I took things a step further and developed a lemonade variation. My Lemonade Cake features lemonade in the batter and is generously soaked in a lemonade glaze! Can you already feel your mouth watering?

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What is Pineapple Juice Cake?

A pineapple juice cake is exactly as it sounds! It’s a delightful, moist pineapple cake infused with pineapple juice in the batter and topped with a delicious pineapple juice glaze.

While you could go the route of making your pineapple juice cake entirely from scratch and hand-squeezing pineapples, I personally prefer using a box cake mix combined with canned pineapple juice. (Trust me, skipping the pineapple squeezing is a wise choice.) You can customize the recipe to your liking, whether you prefer to keep it simple or add extra touches. Regardless, this incredibly moist cake, baked in a bundt pan with just a few ingredients, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone raving about your dessert skills.

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Can I make this cake from scratch?

Absolutely, you can! However, I must confess, I’ve only ever prepared it using a cake mix. I know, I know… gaspsclutches pearls… “Cake mix, Stacey?! Like, from a box?!”

But the reality is, cake mixes are budget-friendly, offer consistent results, and simplify baking for the everyday home cook. My aim is to make cooking accessible and hassle-free. I strive to bring people together around the table to reconnect as a family, and if using a boxed mix facilitates that, then I’m all for it.

That said, if you have a scratch cake recipe that you’ve successfully used with this recipe, please feel free to share a link in the comments below! I’m always eager to explore new techniques and variations.

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How do I store Pineapple Juice Cake?

Due to its high moisture content from the juice, this cake tends to spoil faster compared to others. Therefore, I suggest storing the Pineapple Juice Cake tightly wrapped or in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should remain fresh for 4 to 5 days when stored this way. Although, chances are you’ll devour it well before then.

Can I freeze Pineapple Juice Cake?

Certainly! You can preserve it by tightly wrapping it in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil. When stored this way, it will stay fresh for several months in the freezer.

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Ingredient FAQ

Cake Mix – Any brand of butter, pineapple-flavored, or yellow cake mix will suffice for this recipe, as long as they are the same quantity, typically 15.25 ounces. However, be cautious as different brands and flavors of cake mix may vary in weight. I’ve received reports from readers about Duncan Hines cake mix causing the center of the cake to fall. I recommend using Betty Crocker or Pillsbury cake mix for more consistent results, although Duncan Hines can still be used.

Oil – While I usually prefer baking with unsalted butter, for this recipe, I highly recommend using vegetable oil in the batter. The oil contributes significantly to the cake’s moisture, which is essential for its texture. Although butter adds more flavor, it’s not necessary for this cake as the pineapple juice provides sufficient flavor.

Pineapple Juice – Canned pineapple juice is my go-to, but fresh pineapple juice can also be used if preferred. You’ll need a total of 1 1/2 cups, so make sure to have enough on hand.

Eggs – Four eggs are required for this recipe. It’s best to use eggs at room temperature as they blend more easily with the dry ingredients.

Powdered Sugar – Any type of powdered sugar will work for the glaze.

Butter – While I don’t recommend using butter in the cake batter, it’s perfect for the glaze! Opt for unsalted butter for the best flavor.

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Pineapple Juice Cake

Moist pineapple cake made with cake mix, pineapple juice, and eggs. Topped with butter glaze for extra flavor.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 5 Servings
Calories: 457kcal


  • 1 box 15.25 ounces butter, pineapple-flavored, or yellow cake mix (Betty Crocker or Pillsbury recommended)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pineapple juice
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • Powdered sugar for glaze
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter for glaze


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a bundt pan or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, vegetable oil, pineapple juice, and eggs. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until well combined and smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan, spreading it evenly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once the cake has cooled, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar until smooth.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
  • Slice and serve the Pineapple Juice Cake, and enjoy!


Store any leftovers tightly wrapped or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the cake for several months by tightly wrapping it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.


Sodium: 345mg | Calcium: 132mg | Vitamin C: 4mg | Vitamin A: 670IU | Sugar: 47g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 126mg | Cholesterol: 105mg | Calories: 457kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Fat: 21g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 65g | Iron: 1mg

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