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Pina Colada Birthday Cake

Extra moist pineapple coconut cake with a sweet vanilla-coconut buttercream and a toasted coconut topping.

Extra moist pineapple coconut cake with a sweet vanilla-coconut buttercream and a toasted coconut topping.

Today’s recipe is inspired by today’s activities: babies in the sand, dipping toes in the ocean, and soaking up alllllllllllll the rays ☀️. Pure summer fun over here.

And exhaustion. Pure, unadulterated exhaustion.

Because, as all you mamas know, going to the beach with kids isn’t exactly a day in the sand with an umbrella drink in your hand! 😂

Extra moist pineapple coconut cake with a sweet vanilla-coconut buttercream and a toasted coconut topping.

Even though it’s not quite as relaxing as it used to be (pre-kids), I’m all about summer. I love the 4th of July, going to the beach, my birthday, and SUMMER VACAY!

And of course, of course, I’m SO ready for summer baking and dessert-making. Beginning with this Pina Colada Cake!

Extra moist pineapple coconut cake with a sweet vanilla-coconut buttercream and a toasted coconut topping.

I don’t drink alcohol, so I’ve never had a “real” pina colada. Which is why I didn’t bother adding any rum extract to this cake. If that floats your boat and sounds good to you, go ahead and add about 1/4 tsp rum extract to the cake.

But, for me, pina colada is all about the pineapple of coconut. And there is plenty of THAT in this golden beauty of a cake.

It is super, ridiculously, perfectly moist thanks to the crushed pineapple baked right into the batter. It sort of reminds me of my Grandma’s Pig Cake (which I actually made just yesterday for my husband’s birthday! SO GOOD).

For the frosting, I went with my standard buttercream with a splash of vanilla and coconut extract. And then I topped the whole thing with a smattering of toasted coconut. Have you ever toasted coconut before?? It’s so easy, and it will make your whole house smell like a tropical island 🌺.

Extra moist pineapple coconut cake with a sweet vanilla-coconut buttercream and a toasted coconut topping.

I hope you love this summer-y cake as much as we do! And I hope your summer is filled with sunshine, blue skies, and naked baby bums in the sand. 😆

Pina Colada Cake

Extra moist pineapple coconut cake with a sweet vanilla-coconut buttercream and a toasted coconut topping.

Ingredients:

1 box coconut cake mix (or yellow or white)

8 ounces crushed pineapple with juice

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp coconut extract

For the Frosting:

3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter, softened

6 cups powdered sugar

6 tbsp milk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp coconut extract

14 ounces sweetened flaked coconut

Optional: maraschino cherries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix together the cake mix, pineapple (in juice, not drained), water, oil, eggs, vanilla, and coconut. Divide the batter between two lined and greased 9-inch round baking tins.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cake passes the toothpick test. Let cool completely after baking.

Make the Frosting:

  1. Use an electric mixer to cream the butter. Add powdered sugar and milk alternately (1 cup at a time of the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time of the milk), mixing well in between each addition and scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and the coconut extract.

Toast the Coconut:

  1. Place the coconut in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir continuously until coconut turns golden brown (it takes about 10 minutes to start turning, and then it goes FAST). Remove from heat as soon as you see brown flakes and continue to stir (the coconut will continue to toast even after you remove it from the heat).

Assemble:

Spread the frosting in between the layers of cake and on the outside of the cake. Top with the toasted coconut, pressing into the sides if desired. Top with optional maraschino cherry garnish.

Keep chilled until ready to serve. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

11 comments on “Pina Colada Birthday Cake”

  1. That looks so fluffy and nice! What a lovely cake! My friend made this carrot cake with pineapple and cranberries from the Food Network website and it was delish! Not all carrot cakes are bad ;)

  2. Look yumm and beauty!! I love pineapple! yummm!gloria

  3. YOUR PICS MAKE ME WANT TO COME OVER AND BAKE!!!!!!

  4. Thanks for following Bacon Time, following back with GFC. Your blog looks yummy, would love for you to link up at my anything goes linky party that starts on Friday afternoon.

  5. oh man, these look so yummy. I will have to post in the party when I do recipes which is not super often on my blog but I’m excited to read future posts and be a new follower! coming to you from vb.

    kathryn
    http://www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com
    http://www.thebusybeefamileee.blogspot.com

  6. I love all of the umbrellas on what must have been a delicious cake. So cute!

  7. This is such a cute idea and great recipe too! Thank You for sharing at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back next week and join me for another yummy party filled with awesome recipes!

  8. ah, yum, my grandmother used to make a coconut cake similar to this one. http://notyourordinaryrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/08/foodie-friday-3.html
    thanks for linking up! NYOA

  9. how cute love the little umbrella decor to make this delicious cake look extra special come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  10. My hubby would love this. He’s a big fan of the pina colada flavors. I love the umbrella touch, too. So festive! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  11. amazing cake! I looks and sounds delicious!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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