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Pina Colada Pound Cake

Everyone’s favorite tropical beverage turned into a scrumptious and easy pound cake! Pina Colada Pound Cake is full of pineapple flavor and topped with a coconut glaze. 

Pineapple Pound Cake with Coconut Glaze

I think I have a habit of wanting to turn my favorite alcoholic beverages into desserts. There are worse habits right?

The flavors of a pina colada lend themselves perfectly to just about any kind of baked good. But this week I had just one thing on my mind: 

Pound Cake

This Pina Colada Pound Cake is moist, sweet and fruity. Are there any two fruits more suited for each other than pineapple and coconut? The flaked coconut on top makes this cake look super impressive, but you’ll be happy to discover that this bundt cake is easy to make and decorate. 

This is not your ordinary coconut pound cake.

Yes, I could have just thrown some crushed pineapple into a pound cake recipe, topped it with coconut and called it a “Pina Colada Cake” but I had to take things a step further.

A little rum flavoring added to the cake AND the glaze takes the Pina Colada theme to the next level. One bite and I felt like I could be sitting poolside sipping my favorite vacation cocktail. I might actually not be on vacation but at least I have delicious pound cake! 

(That reminds me I also need to make myself a Pina Colada Smoothie later this week; I’m in a pineapple mood!) 

This pineapple coconut pound cake is gorgeous. And huge. And if you can’t eat it all? I understand. Invite someone over–I promise they’ll be more than happy to help you out. It also stores well for later! 

Can you make pound cake ahead of time? 

Pound cake recipes are very forgiving desserts for making in advance. This Pina Colada Pound Cake can be made a day or two ahead of time and will stay moist and delicious as long as you store it covered. The glaze does a perfect job helping the cake keep from drying out. 

The other secret to a moist pound cake?

Sour cream. Ever since I started using sour cream in my pound cake recipes, I’ve never been disappointed by a piece of dried out cake again. 

Can you freeze pound cake?

This pound cake freezes beautifully, too. Make big slices, wrap them individually in wax paper (or parchment). Put the individually wrapped slices in a ziploc or air-tight container and freeze them. Bring them out of the freezer to thaw (about one hour) and enjoy. 

My freezer is stocked right now with baked goods…who’s coming over for coffee?

Pina Colada Pound Cake Recipe 

You’re going to love how easy it is to make a beautiful and delicious pineapple coconut pound cake. 

STEP 1. Toast the Coconut 

Toast coconut by laying on baking sheet and putting in a 225 degree oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes, turning every ten minutes until golden brown. Set aside.

STEP 2. Make the Pound Cake Batter

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add in sugar and rum flavoring, beating until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add flour mixtures to mixing bowl, alternating with sour cream until fully mixed. Fold in crushed pineapple.

STEP 3. Bake

Pour the cake batter into a well greased and floured bundt pan (or use my homemade cake release recipe). Bake in a 325 degree oven for 85-90 minutes. This makes a very big cake that will puff up over the top of your pan. It’s okay. It’s so pretty this way! 

Remove from oven and allow to cool about 15 minutes in pan. Invert onto a wire rack and cool completely.

STEP 4. Make the Glaze

For the glaze, whisk together milk, rum and powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle on cooled cake and immediately sprinkle with the toasted coconut. ENJOY!

Note: You can use either real rum or rum flavoring in both the cake batter and the glaze. This gives the cake an authentic Pina Colada flavor. 

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Yield: serves 12

Pina Colada Pound Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Everyone's favorite tropical beverage turned into a scrumptious and easy pound cake! Pina Colada Pound Cake is full of pineapple flavor and topped with a coconut glaze. 

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 tsp rum flavoring

For the Glaze:

  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp rum flavoring
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut (toasted)

Instructions

  1. Toast coconut by laying on baking sheet and putting in a 225 degree oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes, turning every ten minutes until golden brown. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add in sugar and rum flavoring, beating until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add flour mixtures to mixing bowl, alternating with sour cream until fully mixed. Fold in crushed pineapple.
  4. Pour into a well greased and floured bundt pan. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 85-90 minutes. This makes a very big cake that will puff up over the top of your pan. It's okay.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool about 15 minutes in pan. Invert onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  6. For the glaze, whisk the milk, rum and powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle on cooled cake and immediately sprinkle with toasted coconut. ENJOY!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 622Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 100gFiber: 2gSugar: 74gProtein: 7g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Recipe originally published August 15, 2012. Photos updated April 2019.

With all the flavors of the tropical cocktail you love, Pina Colada Pound Cake is an easy dessert that’ll wow you with its taste and appearance! 

Aimee

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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on January 16, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Is this recipe using all purpose flour or cake flour? I would like to use cake flour 🙂 how much should I use? Thanks!

  2. Aimee, thank you so much for this recipe. This is acopy of a beloved recipe I lost long age. I can’t wait to make it again!

  3. did not like this at all….was so dry and crumbly when I tried to cut it….was too big to.
    will not made this again. flavor not so good either. sorry folks.

  4. One of my goals for 2014 is to bake a new pound cake each month of the year. When I found your recipe for the Pina Colada Pound Cake, I knew I’d give it a try during the summer. Well, my cake turned out as beautifully as the one pictured and tasted delicious! I posted my success on my blog and encouraged others to check out your recipes. I know I’ll be trying some more. momsmondaymemo.com

  5. I made this and it was horrible! Not only did the cake weigh about 5 lbs but it took f.o.r.e.v.e.r to cook. Much longer than the suggested 90 minutes. I strongly do not recommend making it. I had to throw this very expensive cake away.

  6. Very good. Nice crunch to the top and good flavor to the cake. I added some coconut and vanilla extract and put some of the toasted coconut in the batter. I baked in two 8×4 loaf pans. I’m going to try grilling it and serving it with vanilla ice cream instead of the glaze because I’m not much on the sweet glaze.

  7. Just baked this – it’s cooling now. Smells SOOO good! Taking it to work tomorrow, so i have to wait to taste it……if I can 🙂

  8. That looks fantastic. The perfect thing to fix for a holiday brunch. It will be that time of year before we know it!

  9. Oh wow, I’m loving this cake!! Yeah, I love liquor too in cakes..(might be a problem, but who cares, lol)I love it that you can freeze it too. I just bought a gorgeous bundt cake pan with great Autumn designing on top of it, so I supose your pound cake would come out awesome from it! Will let you know for sure! Have a great week.
    FABBY

    1. Oh wow, this looks really dangerous! My BFF looooves coconut, so I think I’ll have to make this for her!
      I would love it if you would link up Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!

      http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2012/08/marthday-mondays-link-up-party-features.html

      Amanda
      www.watchoutmartha.net

  10. Oh, YUM!! I’m such a sucker for Pina Colada…mmmmm. This looks so delicious…I just want the whole cake and a fork, lol. Would you consider sharing it here?
    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/08/shine-on-fridays-41-and-giveaway.html

  11. This looks so good. Thanks for stopping by Posed Perfection for a visit this week and leaving me a sweet comment about the Chocolate Yummies. I hope you’ll stop by again soon. Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  12. oh how I could go for a piece of this right now!!

    Thanks for linking up this week! I’ve featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2012/12-creative-ideas/ Have a great rest of the weekend!

  13. OMG this looks sooo divine. I must make it! Would love for you to come visit my Get Social Sunday link party and show off your awesome blog!
    http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/08/get-social-sunday_18.html

  14. I see no problem whatsoever in baking your favorite cocktail! I LOVE bundt/pound cakes. And that’s a great suggestion about wrapping individual slices to freeze! Now that you offered….we are all coming over for coffee! Looks scrumptious! : )

  15. This looks delicious!! I would love for you to link up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. The party is still open until Sunday night. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursday-4.html

    Thanks, Nichi

  16. I’ve been looking at your FB page for this cake for the past few days. It looks amazing. I love Pina Coladas.

    krumblecakesandsweets.blogspot.com

  17. I like to think that, if the apocalypse hits, I will be well stocked in frozen desserts. This cake would be a good addition!

    1. You and me both sistah!
      Our power went out a few weeks ago and a neighbor said, I hope it stays out long enough that Shugs pulls all her baked goods out of the freezer.
      People are catching on to my shenanigans.
      Who says that? Shenanigans.
      Tough word to spell too!

  18. I am all about turning my favorite alcoholic bevs into desserts. Hello margarita cupcakes! Pineapple, coconut, rum… three of my favorite summer things. This cake makes me want to make a mad dash for the beach and sip on some fruity cocktails – and dive straight into a huge chunk of it. 🙂

  19. I see no problem at all:-) and yes, I’m headed over for coffee and a huge piece of this fabulous cake again!!! It was incredibly delicious:-)

  20. Holy gorgousness!! (Is that a word?, if not it should be) this cake makes me speechless. Just simply beautiful and yummy!!

  21. what a great idea to turn a wonderful drink into an edible dessert! this looks gorgeous, I love how perfect the bundt came out!

  22. Okay if that is the case I’m putting in my request for anything that tastes like peach schnapps! (Half joking, half super serious) haha :O)

  23. Leftovers? For this cake? I’m sorry, but I don’t understand.

    I want to eat the whole thing! So luscious and coconutty.

  24. “I think I have a habit of wanting to turn my favorite alcoholic beverages into desserts.” — me too! And I actually use real rum not just flavoring — haha! May as well FULLY enjoy things 🙂

    This cake looks great. Ive made pina colada cookies, and last week made Malibu Rum Fruit Loops Treats and have made dark rum oatmeal raisin cookies – girl, I am a FAN!

  25. Problem? No. Gift? YES.

    I love anything and everything alco–I mean, pina colada-based. Can’t wait to try this–thanks for sharing!

  26. Oh my yummy goodness!! I just bought my first bundt pan a few days ago so I think this pound cake might just be the thing I need 🙂

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