Tropical Pineapple-Coconut Cake

This beautiful, fragrant cake is the perfect go-to dessert for a picnic or potluck. And the light whipped frosting shines like pearls under a layer of shredded coconut. Get ready to be the star of the show!

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Serves 1 13x9-inch cake
2-1/2  cups  cake flour
 2  teaspoons  baking powder
 1  teaspoon  baking soda
 1  teaspoon  salt
 2  cups  sugar
 2  large  eggs, room temperature
 1  lime, zested
 1/2  cup  vegetable oil
 1  tablespoon  orange flower water*
 1  teaspoon  vanilla
 1  cup  buttermilk
 1  8-ounce can  well drained crushed pineapple, juice reserved
 1  recipe  tropical pineapple-coconut frosting

*Orange flower water (also known as orange blossom water) is beautifully fragrant and delicately flavored. It is distilled from the blossoms of Seville, or bitter, oranges and used by cooks in the Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa to flavor beverages and desserts.



Preheat oven to 350°F.

  1. Grease a 13x9-inch heat-resistant dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat the sugar, eggs and lime zest together in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes
  4. Set the mixer to low speed and slowly add the oil.
  5. Add the orange flower water and vanilla.
  6. Set the speed to medium-low and alternately add the dry mixture and buttermilk to the egg mixture, ending with the dry mixture. Mix until combined after each addition, being careful not to overmix.
  7. Fold in the drained pineapple until just incorporated.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  9. Remove the air bubbles by banging the pans firmly against the counter, and then running a knife quickly through the batter to remove any remaining bubbles. Repeat if necessary.
  10. Place the baking dish on the middle rack of the oven and bake approximately 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool the cake completely.
  12. Frost the cake with Tropical Pineapple-Coconut Frosting.
Preparation Time: 
Approximately 75 minutes