Prepackaged yellow cake mix, brown sugar, butter or margarine, pineapple slices, and maraschino cherries are common ingredients used to make an easy pineapple cake, as detailed by Betty Crocker. Eggs, water and vegetable oil are typically needed to complete the box cake mix.
Pineapple juice increases the flavor notes of the cake when it is used as a substitute for the water required to bind a standard yellow cake mix. Premade pineapple-flavored cake mix heightens the all-over flavor of the cake as well. Homemade pineapple cake recipes generally require all-purpose flour, milk, baking powder, salt and vanilla flavoring to make the base cake.