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This zucchini cake gets a twist with pineapple and coconut that go throughout, making a cake that is moist and addictive. It is topped off with a silky cream cheese frosting.

Pineapple Zucchini Cake

Updated August 2014

Originally Posted August 13, 2009 – When I think of zucchini cake, I know I want one that is tender and moist. This zucchini cake is exactly that. The pineapple not only adds great flavor, but it keeps lots of moisture in the cake. And the cream cheese frosting is the perfect addition to this perfect summer cake! In my notes below, I mentioned that the cake was runny the first time I made it, but it wasn’t this time. I think it will depend on your zucchini. But it should work out either way – this cake is quite forgiving. If you are drowning in zucchini, this is one recipe you definitely want to make!

That darn Pioneer Woman. She gets me every time. First, she mentioned that she was going to make this cake, and I saved the recipe because it sounded good to me. And I do have a lot of zucchini. But then she made it. And she called it “a cake of such unfathomable deliciousness”, and I knew I couldn’t resist.

And now, I just may start saving all my zucchinis – just to make this cake over and over again. It really is that delicious. Thank you once again, Pioneer Woman, for for giving me yet another excuse as of why I still have a few pregnancy pounds left to lose!

Recipe for Pineapple Zucchini Cake

Just a few notes:

  • My cake batter was really runny – I was honestly afraid my cake wouldn’t set up. But it did. And the cake was super moist. But it didn’t rise up and dome like most cake recipes do.
  • The frosting recipe makes a generous amount of frosting. I love cream cheese frosting, so this was no problem for me!
  • I kept this cake in the fridge, and loved eating a slice cold.


Pineapple Zucchini Cake Recipe

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Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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This zucchini cake gets a twist with pineapple and coconut that go throughout, making a cake that is moist and addictive. It is topped off with a silky cream cheese frosting.
Serves: 15 servings
Pineapple Zucchini Cake:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly grated nutmeg to taste, optional
  • 1 pinch ginger, optional
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini (remove seeds if the zucchini is large)
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained (reserve juice in case you need it for the cake batter or frosting)
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • splash of milk or pineapple juice, if necessary
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, coconut, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and ginger.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the oil, eggs and vanilla. Add the mixture to the flour mixture, as well as the zucchini and pineapple. Stir until it all comes together. It might seem too dry to start, but continue to stir. If the batter is still dry, add a little bit of the pineapple juice to loosen it up.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and the butter together until light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar, beat to combine, then beat in the vanilla. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Store the cake covered in the refrigerator.
adapted from Tasty Kitchen

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30 Responses to Pineapple Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Dawn says:

    goodness gracious woman that frosting is killing me! perfect.

  2. Lisa says:

    We are having company tomorrow and I think this will be dessert. Looks heavenly!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That cake looks delicious! I cannot resist anything that is made with cream cheese…



  4. Ingrid says:

    Love the frosting to cake ratio!

  5. Jean Bugs says:

    Oh boy is this timely! I just got a ginormous zuch from a friend…now I know what I'm gonna do with it!!!

  6. Ashley says:

    This looks soooo good! PW recipes are awesome – can't wait to try it out 🙂

  7. Saoirse says:

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  8. Barbara says:

    Just pour cream cheese frosting on just about anything and I am in heaven. Add to that a pineapple and zucchini cake… all I can say is YUM.

  9. kat says:

    How can one resist "a cake of such unfathomable deliciousness"?

  10. eatme_delicious says:

    I looove carrot cake so I'm sure I'd love this! Especially with all that icing on top mmmm. Looks delicious.

  11. Grace says:

    AMEN to the thick layer of cream cheese frosting on this. i LOVE it.

  12. Katrina says:

    Wow, have some cake with your frosting! 😉 Looks de-lish. And I just bought (stupidly didn't plant my own) two giant zucchini at the farmer's market yesterday!

  13. Valerie says:

    I really want to try this!

  14. Shelly says:

    I tried this recipe on Sunday and it was great. You mentioned in your directions that your batter was really runny and your cake didn't raise very high. I was a little worried about those two things so I added an extra 1/2 cup of flour and the cake turned out great. It baked up just like a normal cake and it was delicious! Try the extra flour I don't think you will be disappointed! I

  15. This is gorgeous. Love the cream cheese version. We both had zucchini on the brain this week 🙂

  16. The Pioneer Woman does it to me all the time too!! This cake looks and sounds wonderful! I love all the flavors that are included in here! Pinning !

  17. Rachel Cooks says:

    This looks perfect! And I’m with you — there’s never enough cream cheese.

  18. definitely curious to know what this tastes like.. never tried zucchini cake before. that cream cheese frosting looks too delicious as well (i could probably eat it by the bowlful!)

  19. Who can resist cream cheese frosting!? Not me, that’s for sure. Plus I love the idea of adding zucchini and pineapple to a cake! This sounds delicious!!

  20. This looks to die for! I have a huge zucchini on my counter just screaming to be used in this cake!

  21. Chels R. says:

    I’ll bet this is one moist cake! That frosting looks amazing!

  22. Liz says:

    I love this recipe. Thank you. Have a Great Weekend!

  23. Marilyn says:

    When I make this cake I grate the zukes then put them in a flour sack towel and squeeze out some of the excess juice. The cake turns out beautifully!

  24. Stacey says:

    Just wondering, do you squeeze out the excess moisture from the grated zucchini or just use as is??

    • Deborah says:

      I used small zucchini, so I didn’t squeeze out any extra moisture. I think you might need to if you use really large zucchini, though.

  25. Janette says:

    my family is not big on coconut. Do you think it would matter if I left it out.

  26. Barbara says:

    Made this cake today. It was very good. Similar to a carrot cake. Excellent way to use up extra zuchinni from your garden.

  27. Carmen Colon says:

    The Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is awesome! My family loves it.

  28. Lori says:

    There is a lot of liquid in zuchini, so after shredding it squeeze out the excess liquid. All that extra liquid will weigh the cake down.

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