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Pineapple Cake is a cake that looks like a pineapple! This is the EASY way to decorate a cake for a pineapple party! A frosted 2-layer cake with yellow rosette swirls is a fun cake decorating idea, don’t you think?
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EASY Pineapple Cake Decoration
Imma start off this post by declaring that I am definitely no cake decorator. My cakes rarely become the vision in my head and 99% of the time I am disappointed in the outcome, which is why I never post decorated cakes here on the blog. In fact, my inability to create a straight or prettily decorated cake is why I primarily make naked cakes.
Even though I’m always adding extra frosting and cake pieces to make my layer cakes level, I am still asked (quite often) to make cakes for friends. I don’t sell my desserts or do catering at all; that’s way too stressful for me. What I don’t mind doing, however, is making a birthday cake or treat now and again. If I can take the load off a friends shoulders when they’re planning a birthday party and volunteer to make a yummy cake, why not? Normally, it’s easy and I don’t have to worry about photos or video, because I know I’m (1) not going to get a slice shot and (2) it’s probably not going to be good enough for the blog anyway.
And then a friend asked me to make a Pineapple Cake. Uh, DUH I could. A rose cake is, quite literally, the only cake decoration I can do. The only difference between this and a traditional rose cake? The pineapple topper!
Cake and Frosting Ideas
You need a 2 layer cake – any kind works. Make it from a box mix or make it from scratch. You also need filling and frosing ideas – here are some choices:
How to decorate a Pineapple Cake
- Make and cool your cakes. Fill and stack as desired.
- Do a crumb coat: a light single coat of vanilla frosting just to pick up the crumbs and give a base layer of frosting to the cake. Chill about an hour until set.
- Slice the top off your pineapple, leaving a bit of a “stand” on the bottom. Wrap this in plastic wrap so it doesn’t get the cake wet with pineapple juices. Set it on the top of the cake.
- Fill a pastry bag with a 1M tip (or similar open star tip), and pipe swirled roses all over the cake.
- I added some finishing with sugar pearls in the center of the rosettes.
Pineapple Cake Decoration
For the cake:
- 2 8″ cake layers (use your favorite cake flavor)
- Buttercream frosting recipe follows
- Yellow food coloring
- White Pearl Sprinkles
- Pineapple Top
- Plastic wrap
For the Buttercream Frosting:
- 2 cups (452g) unsalted butter softened
- 8 cups (904g) powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream for consistency
- Make the buttercream: beat butter until smooth in the bowl of an electric mixer. Slowly add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until crumbly. Add vanilla, salt, and 1-2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream, then mix until smooth and creamy. Add more heavy whipping cream as needed (it kind of depends on how soft your butter is, the frosting needs to be spreadable).
- If you haven’t filled your cake already: level the two cakes. Place one layer on cake plate, fill with frosting (or use a favorite filling, like lemon curd). Then frost the outside of the cake with a thin layer of frosting. This is your “crumb coat”. Chill until set, about 30 minutes to one hour.
- When ready to do your decoration: tint your frosting the desired color yellow. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1M (large star) tip.
- Slice the top off the pineapple and level it as best as possible. Take a small amount of plastic wrap and wrap the bottom of the topper, so it doesn’t get the cake soggy. Place it in the center of the cake.
- Pipe rose swirls (us a simple swirl motion) to create the decoration all over the cake. Because it’s hard for me to be perfect, I tend to not go in rows; instead I alternate and then fill in any holes with smaller rosettes or a simple squeeze of icing.
- Place white pearl sprinkles around the cake in the center of the roses.
- Chill cake to set.
- Optional: Have a emoji loving kid? Skip the pearls and use black icing to pipe eyes and a smile for a pineapple emoji!
Last Updated on July 20, 2023