April 10, 2016

Pineapple Cheesecake Cake

Hi!!  Today, I have a really really yummy and totally versatile recipe for you.  I first had a cake like this a few months ago when a co-worker brought it to work to share.  It was so dang good and everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe.  I have since made several different versions with Pineapple being the latest.

It starts out with a cake mix.  You can use any flavor cake mix you'd like and you prepare the cake mix according to the package directions.  For this pineapple version, I used a pineapple cake mix and added pineapple juice in place of some of the water that is called for on the box.  Once mixed, pour it into the bottom of a bundt pan.  Then comes the best part . . . the cheesecake layer.  Spoon the cheesecake layer over the cake batter, being careful not to touch the outer or inner part of the bundt pan.
When the cake bakes, the magic happens. The cheesecake layer sinks to the bottom and the cake  rises to the top and then of course, when you flip it out of the pan, the cheesecake layer ends up on top.  The last step is making a simple glaze that compliments the flavors of the cake.  You end up with such a delicious and super impressive cake and it's soooooo easy.  The cake layer is dense, the cheesecake layer is thick and creamy and the glaze is sweet and the perfect finishing touch.    

Pineapple has such a mild flavor, so it really helps to serve fresh chopped pineapple with this cake to enhance the pineapple flavor.  Give it a try or create your own version. . . it will become a new staple recipe in your house.

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Pineapple Cheesecake Cake
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe)

Cake Layer
1 Duncan Hines Pineapple Cake Mix
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. pineapple juice
3 large eggs
1/3 c. vegetable or canola oil

Cheesecake Layer
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
2 Tbl. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 Tbl. cornstarch
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

White Chocolate Pineapple Glaze
1/4 c. white chocolate chips
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 - 2 Tbl. pineapple juice
chopped pineapple, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine cake mix, water, pineapple juice, eggs and oil and mix until combined.  Pour into a well-greased and floured 12-cup bundt pan; spread out evenly.  Next, combine cream cheese, butter and cornstarch and mix until smooth and creamy.  Add the egg, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk and mix until well combined.  Spoon cheesecake layer over the top of the cake batter, in an even ring, being careful not to touch the outer or inner part of the bundt pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert to a wire rack and cool completely.  Once cool, top with glaze.  For the glaze:  Add white chocolate chips to a medium bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.  Stir in the powdered sugar.  Add the vanilla and one Tablespoon of pineapple juice and stir until smooth and well combined.  If mixture is too thick, add a little more pineapple juice.  Drizzle over cooled cake.  Allow glaze to set, then slice and serve.  Store in the refrigerator until serving.    

Jenn's Notes: You can make this using any flavor of cake mix.  Just make sure to prepare the cake layer according to the ingredients and directions on the box.  


  1. Wow !!!
    Very delicious and look like tasty cake.
    I like your post.
    Recipe is very useful for me.

  2. Love the versatility of this cake! Wish I had a slice in front of me right now!

  3. Where I live there is noting like a Duncan Hines Pineapple cake mix. So could I just use a white or yellow Duncan Hines cake mix, then add either fresh pineapple or cube cut pineapple/Doyle brand? How much pineapple is in the cake, cups wise? I am a total pineapple freak. I put pineapple in my scrambled eggs, in my philly cheese subs, on my ham, as a side dish, love love pineapple upside down cake, pineapple shakes, and oh la la, grilled pineapple! I want to try putting chunks of pineapple at the bottom of a bowl of chili next. I just can't get enough of pineapple!

    1. I would use a white cake mix and replace half of the liquid that the box calls for with pineapple juice. I also like the idea of adding fresh pineapple to the cake, but I'm not sure what that would do when it's baked. It might release too much liquid and change the texture of the finished cake. You could just serve the finished cake with chunks of pineapple.

      P.S. I love all the ways you eat pineapple - I might have to try some in my chili too. I have a really yummy Pineapple Avocado Salsa recipe you should try. Here is the link: http://www.eatcakefordinner.net/2015/04/pineapple-avocado-salsa-plus-trishas.html


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