Skinny Pineapple Cake Recipe

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Guilt-free indulgence is yours with this scrumptious Skinny Pineapple Cake. With only 3 main ingredients, this cake is as easy to make as it is delicious!

Love pineapple desserts? Our delicious skinny pineapple cupcake recipe is light and delicious! Of course pineapple upside down cake is always a hit with guests.

Indulge (guilt free) in this scrumptious Skinny Pineapple Cake. With only 3 ingredients, it's as easy as it is delicious!

Pineapple Cake Recipe

When it comes to this light and skinny cake, it’s easy to make. And you’ll love the flavor too.

  • Just mix, pour, and bake!
  • Using boxed mix makes this a cakewalk. You don’t even need to measure.
  • Canned pineapple and juice add fruity flavor and make a delectably moist cake.
  • Using Cool Whip means you only have to open the container and spread it on the finished cake!
  • Freezer-friendly, so you can make it ahead of time. 

If you love pineapple, be sure to try our delicious pineapple pie recipe next. So easy, and no bake too!

Only 3 Ingredients needed

  1. Yellow cake mix – Boxed yellow cake mix saves time and adds a nice vanilla flavor.
  2. Pineapple – Crushed pineapple in juice makes this cake taste juicy and flavorful.
  3. Cool Whip – This ready-made low-fat whipped dessert is perfect for spreading and keeping its shape. See the tips & tricks below for homemade options.

Sprinkles – Optional sprinkles add a fun visual appeal to the cake. Plus, you can pick seasonal colors and designs.

Easy and delicious, this 3 ingredient Skinny Pineapple Cake recipe is the perfect, guilt free, treat!

Recipe FAQs

What’s the best way to store Skinny Pineapple Cake?

Keep this pineapple cake covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For the best flavor and texture, eat it within 3 days. It will taste best at room temperature, so let it sit out for 15-30 minutes before serving if possible.

Can this cake be made gluten-free?

Yes, this cake is easy to make without gluten. Simply use a gluten-free yellow cake mix, and make sure you use gluten-free sprinkles. 

Can I freeze Skinny Pineapple Cake?

Yes, this cake can be frozen. It’s best to freeze it without any topping. Once completely cool, wrap the cake in plastic, followed by aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months, then thaw completely before topping and serving.

Can I make my own crushed pineapple if I can only find whole rings?

Yes, you can crush pineapple at home if needed. Place the pineapple rings in a food processor or strong blender. Pulse until it’s in bite-sized pieces. Make sure the weight of the pineapple with the juice is the same as in the original recipe before using it.

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5 from 5 votes
By: Aimee
Indulge (guilt free) in this scrumptious Skinny Pineapple Cake. With only 3 ingredients, it’s as easy as it is delicious!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 33 minutes
Servings: 24 servings


  • 1 box yellow cake mix for 13×9 cake
  • 1 can crushed pineapple (DO NOT DRAIN) 20 ounce
  • 12 ounce light Cool Whip thawed
  • sprinkles optional
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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix with crushed pineapple (and the juice from the can). Mix until well blended, and no dry mix to be found.
  • Pour batter into a greased 13×9 baking dish.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-28 minutes.
  • Cool and refrigerate for 3 hours. Top with thawed Cool Whip (or make your own whipped cream). Serve cold and enjoy!


  • Feel free to make homemade Whipped Cream instead of using Cool Whip. For fresh whipped cream that will hold its shape longer in the refrigerator, try using Stabilized Whipped Cream instead.
  • For an even healthier version of this cake, serve it with a dollop of vanilla yogurt instead of the whipped topping. 
  • Make this a skinny pineapple-ginger cake. Chop ⅓ cup crystallized ginger and fold it into the cake batter before baking.
  • Instead of putting sprinkles on the Cool Whip, decorate the cake with maraschino cherry halves.
  • Try using angel food cake mix with this recipe for a lighter, spongier dessert.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 118kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 169mg, Sugar: 14g
    Course: Cake
    Cuisine: American
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    Posted on May 16, 2017

    Comments & Reviews

    1. I follow the 80/20 rule which sometimes falls into the 70/30 rule…ha..ha…..I try to fix good healthy meals a lot but don’t stress out over some quick easy summer deserts that tastes good and everyone else enjoys too……………I thank you for publishing this and have a family reunion coming up in a couple weeks and will give it a try…………pretty sure there won’t be any crumbs left……and you know what I do with recipes I don’t want? I just delete them…………..:)…………..anyway, enjoy your blog and thanks for putting a lot of work into it that we can enjoy…………

    2. I made this last week….only I ended up using pineapple chunks because that’s all we had. I was delicious! Gonna try some other combinations now ????

    3. made this a few years ago for girls week-end at the beach–not even crumbs leftover–we loved it ! So easy–I did cream cheese frosting, so not skinny, but soo good.

    4. Since when is a saturated fat, ‘box mix’ an ingredient…? Or , when did cool whip become ‘low-fat’..? At 25 calories per oz. Skinny cake ? Only in america ! Gross.

      1. I guess you haven’t heard of fat free Cool Whip. My mom always said, if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything… I’ll just say bless your little heart.

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