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Banana Pineapple Cake

Use up those ripe bananas and have a slice of Banana Pineapple Cake! This old family favorite is simple to make and a taste of home. My mom was not exactly a cook.  At least for the early part of my childhood.  I have many…

Banana Pineapple Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Bananas and pineapple make this comforting cake moist and delicious.
Banana Pineapple Cake

Use up those ripe bananas and have a slice of Banana Pineapple Cake! This old family favorite is simple to make and a taste of home.

Banana Pineapple Cake | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Bananas and pineapple make this comforting cake moist and delicious.

My mom was not exactly a cook.  At least for the early part of my childhood.  I have many memories of her producing dried out pork chops that would take half an hour to chew before each swallow.  As I got older, her skills as a cook definitely improved, but it was never her forte.  In fact, she had a cross stitch that she made framed on the wall that read, “Kitchen Closed.  I’m Sick of Cooking!”

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She was, however, a baker.  Some of my fondest memories of my mom were our Saturdays, when she would spend all day in the kitchen, working on cakes or breads.  I loved watching her and helping when I could.  When I was back home in New York a few summers ago, I found her binder of recipes, full of clippings and scribbles, along with letters from family.  This recipe for Banana Pineapple Cake was one she actually had time to transfer to an index card, in her neatest handwriting.  In the binder, I also found a letter from my aunt who told my mom how much she missed this cake of hers, one of her signature desserts.  I’m not sure the origin of the recipe, but for me, it’s mom’s.

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Whenever I have ripe bananas, I have to decide, do I make banana bread or do I make banana pineapple cake? Well, sometimes I have so many ripe bananas, I can make both! Each slice of this homey cake brings me back to those Saturday bake days, my mother in her element, dusted in flour and sugar. With each bite, it’s like being with my mom again, if only for just a moment.

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Note: This post first appeared February 5, 2010; the recipe has been updated from the archives with improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.

Banana Pineapple Cake

Serves 6-8 | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 60 minutes

Use up those ripe bananas and have a slice! This old family favorite is simple to make and a taste of home.

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1 tsp kosehr salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 large eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups mashed bananas (about 4-5 very ripe bananas)

1 cup canola oil

1 8¼ oz can crushed pineapple*

1½ tsp vanilla

confectioner’s sugar, for serving

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 10 inch fluted tube pan with butter or cooking spray, and dust with flour. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of an electric mixer, stir together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, bananas, oil, undrained crushed pineapple, and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined, scraping the bowl periodically. Do not overmix the batter.

Pour batter into the prepared tube pan. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then remove and cool on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Notes

* If you wish, you can use fresh pineapple in place of canned. Simply crush chunks of fresh pineapple in a blender for a few seconds.

Comments

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    • Liren

      Thanks, Cristina! It’s definitely a keeper — such a fast recipe, I was able to throw it in the oven in under 10 minutes :)

    • Blanche Rueda

      I am Cheryl’s Mother, Cheryl is your neighbor and this morning
      she was raving about your blog. The banana pineapple cake
      sounds great. Next to surf your blog.

      Blanche Rueda

    • kitchenworthy

      Hi! Welcome to my site — I’m so glad you dropped by. The blog is still so new, but it’s been a lot of fun. Visit again soon! And yes, the cake is wonderful. I may have to make more this weekend since I have so many ripe bananas to use up.

  1. Astrid

    This cake looks amazing! I don’t know if I have seen a banana AND pineapple cake before, but I really want a piece of it. The story is absolutely lovely, too. Hope you really enjoy your cake.

    Reply
    • kitchenworthy

      Thank you, Astrid! This cake is like a dressed up banana bread — those little chunks of pineapple are a nice surprise :)

  2. Cooking Rookie

    I never used banana-pineapple combination, but it sounds like a natural choice, must taste very tropical :-). A very nice recipe – thank you! And the picture is so professional :-)

    Reply
    • kitchenworthy

      So true, it does taste very tropical! Maybe next time I should try making a coconut flavored glaze! Hmmm…

    • kitchenworthy

      Definitely try it! It’s so simple and tasty!

  3. Julie Gardner

    I loved this post. Made me remember your mom too. I’m thinking I must have eaten this cake of hers at one time back in the day. Keep the posts coming.

    Reply
    • kitchenworthy

      Thank you, Julie :) It’s nice to remember through food, isn’t it?

  4. Meena

    I know what you mean when you say food makes you feel close to certain people or relate to certain people…it is the same for me when I make all the foods my mom cooked when I was a kid…now she is in another continent but I do feel close to her and relive all those old memories!

    great space here…keep bloggin’

    Reply
    • Liren

      Hi Meena, I certainly do relate memories to recipes and food. I feel as though whenever I cook an old favorite, it’s like visiting the person that relates to the dish! I’m so pleased you like my blog – hope you visit again soon!

    • Liren Baker

      Humble recipes like these are my favorite, Annalise – they are the most homey and bring me back to my childhood!

  5. Betty Ann Quirino @Mango_Queen

    I’m definitely trying your recipe not just because your lovely photos make it so appealing but because your mom’s recipe has similarities to my mom’s banana bread recipe, too which are in my old folder. This just reminded me that mother’s day will soon be here and it’s that time when I get nostalgic for mom. Thanks for sharing a great recipe and beautiful story, Liren. Hope all is well :-)

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Yes, Mother’s Day is definitely around the corner – and these are the times when I love to sift through my mom’s old recipes. I love how these recipes bring them back to us, Betty!

  6. Asa

    We bought a pineapple this week and this turned out to be the perfect use for some of it. I pulsed a cup and half of fresh pineapple chunks with 5 semi-ripe bananas in the Vitamix. Recipe is super easy – I was even able to make it on a Monday night! I couldn’t resist and threw in 1/2 cup of shredded coconut which worked great. Also appreciated that the recipe is dairy-free. I wanted to put rum into the mixture too but wasn’t sure how that would change it. I think I’ll try that next time though.

    Reply
  7. simona

    look really good -i only have fresh pineapple and i didn’t know how much to  use , whats the measurement for fresh pineapple ?

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Hi Simona! I would use an equivalent amount of fresh pineapple (8 1/4 oz), so about a heaping cup!

  8. Jol

    Thank you very much for sharing this recipe! I made it and it’s really good, everyone I shared it with loved it! :)

    Reply
  9. Jean

    Hi there! Just wanted to share some ways I’ve adjusted the recipe. I use coconut oil rather than canola. I add shredded sweeten coconut and walnuts. It’s my most requested cake from family and friends. Thanks so much for the recipe! I’ve made this recipe at least 5 times. Works every time.

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Hi Jean! I love how you have adjusted the recipe and can’t wait to try them out myself – we love coconut so the shredded coconut and coconut oil sounds incredible. It makes me so happy that this recipe lives on with you, your family and friends!

  10. DV

    Hi this recipe seems really good. .can we bake this in a normal square or round baking dish.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Yes, you can absolutely bake this in a different sized dish. The batter should fit into 3 9-inch round cake pans or 2 8-inch square baking pans. I would adjust the baking time as necessary. Hope that helps, and enjoy the cake, it’s one of my favorites!

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  12. Abigail

    Hi Liren – i tried it your Banana Pineapple Bread this weekend and it was so good! I had friends over the weekend and after swimming, we devoured the bread. I only did half of the recipe and used a loaf pan which worked great. I baked it for an hour and 5 mins. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe! It’s a keeper!

    Reply
  13. Susz

    I live in a tropical country and have a lousy portable electric oven, and I need reading glasses which I didn’t have when I was fussing with said oven. Consequently, I made this cake using the wrong settings–the elements on the top were on some and the temp too high at the beginning. The result was delicious! The cake caramelized and became chewy around all the edges. Oh, and I added 2t cinnamon and 1t cardamom. I was going to add ginger powder but it went bad in our humidity. Wonderful.

    I will make it again and try to do the same with the oven. Next time I will add fresh coconut.

    Reply
    • Susz

      Forgot to say I was in a hurry due to a power outage Christmas Eve (couldn’t make it ahead of time) and so I baked this cake Christmas morning in a heavy ceramic casserole dish approximately 13×9 instead of a Bundt like I planned. We ate it straight out of the oven with shredded coconut sprinkles, no frosting or glaze.

    • Liren Baker

      I’m so glad that the cake still turned out beautifully for you! Love how you added cardamom, too!

  14. Marsha Neilson

    I made this cake and we love it. My son doesn’t eat eggs so I left them out. They were so moist. I made it with pineapple spears. I will definitely make it again.

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      I’m so glad your family loved the cake, Marsha! Thanks for letting me know that the recipe worked without the eggs — that is so good to know!

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