Pinapple Cake From Scratch is a Tropical Dream come true!

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Enjoy a little taste of the tropics with this yummy Pineapple Cake. With the great easy cake recipe from Jaclyn of Cooking Classy, you'll be able to make this entire cake from scratch. What you'll be left with is a dense yet moist cake with a decadent vanilla buttercream icing. As with any pineapple dessert, or tropical dessert, you can't forget the shredded coconut on top either. One of the key ingredients in this cake recipe Jaclyn created is the pineapple juice concentrate. You need the concentrate for the intense pineapple flavour in this recipe otherwise you just won't get the flavour you may want. So don't use the juice from the can as it doesn't have enough flavour in it, buy a separate container of pineapple juice from concentrate and use that instead. You also don't want the pieces of pineapple to be too large in the cake either. So make sure you chop them up really finely and drain out all of the juice. You could try using fresh or frozen pineapple with this recipe too if you wanted. Just be sure to cut it in tiny pieces just as you would with the canned fruit. Pineapple is also one of the fruits on the Clean Fifteen list from the Environmental Working Group which means you can buy it organic since it doesn't have any traces of pesticides on it.

To make things even fancier, Jaclyn shows us how to make a little pineapple garnish for the top of the cake out of dried pineapple slices. You simply slice the pineapple in thin slices and dehydrate it in the oven at a low temperature. If you happen to have a food dehydrator, you could also use that too, and it's a good way to preserve your fresh fruit too. Pineapple is a great ingredient for dessert and cake recipes which is no wonder why there are so many great pineapple desserts available online. Jaclyn has many other pineapple desserts on her website as well as this Pineapple Cake including Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes and Pina Colada Cupcakes. She also has some great mealtime ideas involving pineapple too including Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs and Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad. So if you and your family love pineapple, be sure to check out some of the other great recipes she has on her website. Pineapple is a wonderful fruit to eat on its own or in healthy smoothies and juices. It's full of vitamin C, vitamin B, dietary fibre and folate.

It's mainly grown in Hawaii and in other tropical places in the world as they have the perfect temperature and climate to grow the fruit. Pineapples actually grow from the ground and not from trees like people may think they do. They are also supposed to be picked from the plant only when they are ripe as they won't ripen much more after they are picked. Other than pineapple you'll need all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, lemon zest, eggs, and vanilla, as well as heavy cream, powdered sugar and shredded coconut for the buttercream frosting. The buttercream frosting can also be used for other cake recipes too and you can even add flavouring to it or colour if you like. Just add some cocoa to it to make a chocolate frosting or some strawberry flavouring or puree to make a strawberry flavoured frosting. As always, make sure you buy the freshest ingredients and try and use organic when you can. Enjoy this and many other great cake recipes and pineapple desserts from Cooking Classy.***

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