Pineapple Crush Jello Cake


Pineapple crush jello cake is seriously one of the most moist cakes out there. The pineapple niblets are barely noticeable but give such flavor!


Pineapple crush jello cake is seriously one of the most moist cakes out there. The pineapple niblets are barely noticeable but give such flavor!


I told you that Sarah created a monster when she shared her family recipe for lemon jello cake and the craziness continues as I’ve now not only made a strawberry lemonade jello cake but a pineapple crush jello cake too! ACK! I. CAN’T. STOP!

Cade doesn’t think cake is all that cool.


Or he didn’t.

Does Jello Cake Need to be Refrigerated?

Jello poke cakes need to be refrigerated because you’re pouring the stuff over the cake and adding whipped cream, but this   jello cake is another story.

Because the jello is baked into the cake and just a glaze is placed over the top you really don’t need to refrigerate it.


Pineapple crush jello cake is seriously one of the most moist cakes out there. The pineapple niblets are barely noticeable but give such flavor!


I love putting him in his place. In a nice way of course. I made this cake and he didn’t give it a moment’s notice until I was topping it with the glaze and he came in from working in the yard.


He came waltzing in, proud of his accomplishments in the yard, “I filled our entire waste can with weeds and that one little bush that died all of a sudden. You want to come see how awesome it looks back, whoa. What smells so amazing?!”


Cake. It’s cake, Cade and you don’t really care about cake remember? Oh but he did. He came back and forth to the kitchen over the next hour begging for a piece until I finally agreed to serve up the still slightly warm cake.


Will Cake Dry Out in the Refrigerator?

Most cakes, both frosted and unfrosted, cut and uncut, are perfectly fine at room temperature for several days.

To refrigerate, wrap unfrosted cakes in plastic to protect it from absorbing any weird fridge smells and to protect it from drying out, and then unwrap it to warm up on the counter before serving.


Pineapple crush jello cake is seriously one of the most moist cakes out there. The pineapple niblets are barely noticeable but give such flavor!


Which really cake is best that way anyway isn’t it? It was a real beast to get out of the pan because I skipped flouring the greased cake pan and it was still warm, so it looked like a shaggy mess on his plate but to say that he loved it was an understatement.


And maybe I’m a silly young wife, but I still get such satisfaction over my husband enjoying something I made. Pure joy I tell ya. Am I the only one out there that loves pleasing their spouse with a good recipe?


Can You Make Cake Batter Ahead of Time?

If you mix the batter ahead of time it will be flatter than a fritter when you bake it.

The chemical reactions won’t wait on you unless you could hold it near freezing.

I’m not even sure about that.

Even then I suspect the long warm up to baking temps would have undesirable consequences.


Pineapple Crush Jello Cake

Pineapple crush jello cake
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Pineapple Crush Jello Cake

Pineapple crush jello cake is seriously one of the most moist cakes out there. The pineapple niblets are barely noticeable but give such flavor!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides
Keyword: cake, dessert, jello, pineapple
Servings: 12 -16
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 white cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Cup Crushed Pineapple with juice
  • 1/3 Cup Water or additional pineapple juice
  • cup oil
  • 1 regular package pineapple jello small box-3 oz


  • 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Coconut milk or pineapple juice or lemon juice is fine


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x13" cake pan with nonstick spray and sprinkle with flour.
  • Tip and tap the edges of the cake pan to coat it with flour.
  • In the bowl of a mixer, mix the cake mix, eggs, pineapple,water, oil and jello together.
  • Pour into greased and floured 9x13 pan.
  • Bake at 350* for 27-30 minutes.
  • When cake is done, prick with 2 tined fork or toothpick while still hot.
  • Immediately pour glaze over top.
  • Glaze
  • In a small bowl, mix the coconut milk and powdered sugar until smooth.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 55mg | Sugar: 26g
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Pineapple crush jello cake is seriously one of the most moist cakes out there. The pineapple niblets are barely noticeable but give such flavor!

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50 comments on “Pineapple Crush Jello Cake”

  1. Can this cake be frozen? I like to cut cake into individual servings, wrap & freeze. Only 2 of us. Thanks, looks delicious!

  2. This is a great recipe so so delicious and moist, and it’s going in my permanent recipes cookbook.
    The only difference that I made in this recipe was for the glaze I added 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of lime juice , and 1 tbsp of pineapple juice.
    It was All Great!

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  4. Walmart in our area carries the pineapple jello.

  5. Do you drain the pineapple?

  6. I know this recipe is older, but I happened upon it on Pinterest. I must say this was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing. My family loved it!!!

  7. Hi there I made this cake yesterday with vanilla jello couldn’t find pineapple in two grocery stores so ended up with vanilla and fresh pineapple, I LOVE anything with pineapple!! After cake was done I sprinkled fresh pineapple on top , coconut, & pecans it was VERY delicious thank you for this delicious recipe!! 

  8. Does this recipe work ok for cupcakes?  I wonder if it is too moist and they would crumble apart.  If it would work, how long would the bake time be?  Also does this need to be kept refrigerated?  Thanks for the help.

  9. It is so easy love the pineapple crush cake. I am not a cake lover not until this cake it was wonderful. A big hit at my house.

  10. I made this cake today. My husband and I absolutely love this cake. It’s so moist tender and flavoursome. Love the little bits of pineapple in each mouth full. It’s going to be my favourite poke cake.

  11. What size cake pan?  Please!

  12. What do you mean with pineapple Jello? You mean Gelatin Jell-o?

  13. Made this cake for Easter took to my breakfast group following morning cause hardly anyone ate it. My breakfast friends went nuts over it. I used OJ instead of wate and added a bit of lemon juice to frosting. Loved it. Next time I may try some variations. Its easy to get creative on it.

  14. Hello! I didn’t see anything about how long this keeps? Do you refrigerate it at all? I might have missed it but just wondering.

  15. I love anything pineapple,. Can’t wait to try this. You are not alone and you’re not silly for being happy that your husband loves something you cooked for him. I have been married foe 52 years to my best friend and still love hearing that he likes something I cook.

  16. Can this be made as a bundt cake?

  17. 5 stars
    Now I want to make a lime jello cake. I will let you know how it
    goes. Caryle

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  19. 1 star
    This cake was really moist and delicious. I substituted the glaze with a cream cheese/cool whip frosting with crushed pineapple and toasted coconut flakes on top and it was even better.

  20. 1 star
    Why are you using a cake mix at all? That’s not a “family recipe”, in fact it isn’t even baking and all the artificial chemicals are horribly unhealthy for you.

  21. 5 stars
    I made this cake today and wow! It is fabulous! It is so moist and the pineapple flavor really stands out. I have never ever used jello in a cake recipe. I can’t wait to try the other flavors. It is just my hubby and I and I love to cook/bake, so my grand kids and neighbors are always happy to see me coming as we can never eat it all. So boy are they going to be happy to see me today!! thanks again, wouldn’t change one thing! Oh and my house smells amazing!

  22. Can’t wait to try all the recipes.

  23. I like make cake that what I like to do

  24. Do not belittle yourself! You are not a “silly young wife.” Many of us derive pleasure from nurturing our families with good food (and in other ways) and of course we are glad when our efforts are appreciated. To want to please those you love is a beautiful personality trait. Many balk at the idea of woman as homemaker (rather loudly, sometimes) but others of us relish it. Neither view is superior to the other.
    I’ll get of my soapbox now. 🙂 Keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Well thank you for the sweet comment! I really do think it’s actually a lost tradition to enjoy caring for your family and spouse. We tend to be a “me” society so taking pleasure in serving those around us is drifting away but I hope to teach my children the opposite, that’s it’s wonderful and more fulfilling than always worrying about number 1 😉

  25. Curious as to why you chose a lemon cake mix versus a pineapple cake mix?

    • Oh no!!! I adapted this from the lemon jello cake so I merely forgot to change that part. However, we found the pineapple cake didn’t taste as fresh so we actually use a white cake mix to lighten things up and let the real fruit shine. 🙂