A crushed pineapple cake starts with a simple yellow cake batter, then crushed pineapple and moist crumb is added to create a sweet, tangy taste and texture. Some recipes make preparation easier by simply adding a can of crushed pineapple to a cake mix.
Crushed pineapple cake is similar in taste to a pineapple upside down cake, but it is less of a hassle to prepare because the pineapple pieces are added directly to the batter. The cooking blog Savory Simple gives instructions on how to make a classic version in the post "Super Moist Pineapple Cake." The recipe requires creaming the butter and sugar, adding the eggs and pineapple, then adding the mixed dry ingredients before pouring the batter into a round cake pan.
For a faster version, the blog With A Blast has a recipe titled "Moist Pineapple Holiday Cake" that just adds pineapple and extra eggs to a yellow cake mix. Bake This Cake offers an authentic recipe from a 1970s church recipe pamphlet. Other traditional icings include cream cheese frosting or puddings made with cream for added richness.
Variations include pineapple zucchini cake and pineapple coconut cake. The Hummingbird Cake adds mashed banana and spices, a version which remains the most requested recipe at Southern Living since the magazine first published it in 1978.