Delight your taste buds with the tropical allure of a Pineapple Sheet Cake, generously crowned with luscious Cream Cheese Frosting. This delectable dessert combines the sunny sweetness of pineapple with the richness of cream cheese, creating a symphony of flavors that is both refreshing and indulgent.
To begin, gather fresh pineapple or use canned pineapple chunks, ensuring their vibrant sweetness is a focal point of the cake. The pineapple is crushed or finely chopped, releasing its juicy essence to infuse the cake with tropical goodness. The cake batter, a medley of flour, sugar, eggs, and a touch of vanilla, becomes the canvas for the pineapple infusion. Gently fold the pineapple bits into the batter, creating a harmonious blend that promises a burst of tropical flavor in every forkful.
Spread the batter evenly on a baking sheet, allowing it to bake into a golden masterpiece. As the Pineapple Sheet Cake fills the kitchen with its enticing aroma, anticipation builds for the delightful treat that’s about to emerge from the oven. While the cake cools, prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting—a velvety mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. This luxurious frosting becomes the crowning glory, adding a rich and tangy dimension that perfectly complements the tropical sweetness of the pineapple.
Once the cake has cooled, generously spread the Cream Cheese Frosting over the top, creating swirls of decadence that beckon to be enjoyed. For an extra touch of visual appeal, garnish with additional pineapple bits or a sprinkle of shredded coconut.
For the Cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, eggs, baking soda, vanilla, and salt. Mix until well combined.
- Add the crushed pineapple (with juice) and mix well.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- While the cake is baking, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In a separate mixing bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until creamy.
- Gradually mix in confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth.
- When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Frost the cake with the cream cheese frosting while it is still warm.
- Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the frosting if desired.
Serve this Pineapple Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting chilled, allowing the flavors to meld and intensify. Whether shared at a summer gathering or enjoyed as a sweet conclusion to a family meal, each moist and pineapple-infused bite promises a taste of the tropics combined with the luxurious creaminess of the frosting—a dessert experience that is both delightful and unforgettable.