Pina Colada Cake – Your Ticket To Paradise
Today Glory from Glorious Treats is sharing her recipe for Pina Colada Cake. One bite of this tropical dessert, a moist pineapple cake, paired with a rich coconut cream cheese frosting and you’ve escaped to paradise. She is taking the reins here on TidyMom while we’re moving to our new house today!!!!
Hi TidyMom readers! I’m Glory, from Glorious Treats and I’m so happy to be visiting today!
I have been a friend and fan of Cheryl and her lovely and “tidy” site for several years! Cheryl shares so many fun and inspiring things, and I know this Pina Colada Cake will be in good company with all the yummy and pretty things Cheryl posts!
I have some good friends who host a big annual luau party. We’ve been attending the party for at least 6 years, and each year I try to make something a bit different, but still in keeping with the tropical theme. A few years ago I worked up some delicious Pina Colada Cupcakes and I now get requests to bring those every year!
I’ve wanted to make a Pina Colada Cake with this recipe for quite some time, and I knew with summer just around the corner, this would be a perfect way to welcome warm weather!
Let’s Make Pina Colada Cake
This cake has all the tropical flavors of a pina colada! Just like the favorite frozen cocktail, you will love the way the pineapple, coconut, and rum flavors take you right to paradise, right down to the cherry on top.
Pina Colada Cake
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup sour cream (any fat content)
- 1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple (drained slightly)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 8 oz. (1 block) cream cheese (directly from fridge)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1- 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
- 1 Tablespoon heavy cream, or dark rum
- Prepare your cake pans by lining the bottoms with parchment paper, and greasing and lightly flouring the sides. Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Stir (with a whisk) flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar on medium speed until slightly thickened and a light cream color (about 2 minutes).
- Continue mixing on low speed, and add the oil and vanilla.
- Add in the sour cream and pineapple and mix until fully incorporated.
- Add the flour mixture and blend just until combined and smooth.
- Pour batter into the prepared pans, dividing the batter between the pans as evenly as possible.
- Bake until the cakes have a slight dome, are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs. Approximate bake times are 22 minutes for cupcakes, 35-40 minutes for 6" cakes (divided into three pans).
- Allow cakes to cool in pans 15-30 minutes, then remove from pans, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze cakes about 30 minutes. This will help the cakes be firm enough to cut and level, and be easier to stack.
- In the bowl of an eclectic mixer, beat butter until fully smooth.
- Add cream cheese, and beat until smooth and fully combined.
- Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Add vanilla extract and coconut extract after adding 1 or 2 cups of sugar.
- While mixing, slowly add heavy cream or dark rum
- Continue to beat and additional 30 seconds or so until nice and fluffy.
- Use frosting at once, or keep refrigerated. In warm weather, or if your butter and cream cheese were warm, you may need to put the frosting in the refrigerator up to 30 minutes to help it firm up, especially if you plan to pipe it on cupcakes.
- Once the cakes have chilled in the freezer (as directed above), use a large serrated knife to level the cakes as needed. Layer the cakes with a layer of the Coconut Cream Cheese frosting between each layer. Spread a thin layer of icing around the sides and top of the cake (known as a "crumb coat"). This layer of icing does not need to be perfect, and it's ok if it has a few crumbs in it.
- Place entire (thinly frosted cake) in the freezer for 15-30 minutes, or until the cake and icing are firm. Remove cake from freezer and spread a final layer of frosting all over the cake.
- If desired, coat the sides of the cake with toasted coconut. To toast coconut, spread about 2 cups of coconut onto a baking sheet and bake at 350*F. for 5-7 minutes, checking every minute or so after the first 3 minutes.
- Decorate cake with fresh pineapple or maraschino cherries.
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Glory loves baking, crafting and party planning and shares her passions on her blog, Glorious Treats. From pretty decorated cookies to crafty party details, Glory’s site is full of all things sweet and pretty!