Tropical Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake

A fantastic summer dessert. This is a delicious rum cake with a tropical flair. Crushed pineapple and cream of coconut in the cake help to make it very moist. You taste the rum, but it’s not an overpowering flavor. The pineapple rum glaze is buttery and soaks into the cake adding even more moisture. A bit of pineapple does not soak into the cake so when you flip it over it’s on the bottom. That was one of our favorite parts. Sounds crazy, but the flavors remind us of butter rum hard candies.


I served this cake to my friends with Jamaica Me Crazy coffee and they raved over it. When I came back to take a picture to post with my recipe there was only one piece of it left!!! Extremely moist and rich cake, perfect comfort food with a hot cup of coffee! If you can squirrel away some of this cake away before it all gets scarfed up, the longer it sits, the better it gets!

Cook time: 1 Hr  Prep time: 20 Min  Serves: 10-12


1 box Duncan Hines pineapple cake mix
1 box Jell-o instant coconut cream pudding mix (small; 3.4 oz)
4 large eggs
1/2 can(s) crushed pineapple, drained reserving 1/2 cup juice (20 oz can)
1/2 c pineapple juice
1/2 can(s) cream of coconut (2/3 cup)
1/2 c Jamaican rum
1/2 c vegetable oil

1 stick butter
1/4 c water
1 c brown sugar
1/2 can(s) crushed pineapple, drained (remaining from cake)
3/4 c Jamaican rum


1. CAKE: Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour a large 12″ Bundt or tube pan (or spray well with Bakers’ Joy).
2. Mix all cake ingredients together at low speed for 30 sec, then at medium speed for 2 min.
3. Pour batter into prepared pan.
4. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center. Cool in pan until cake is completely cool. Make glaze while cake is cooling.
5. RUM GLAZE: Melt butter in a saucepan.
6. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes stirring constantly.
7. Add pineapple and boil 1 more minute while stirring.
8. Remove from heat and add rum; set aside and cool 10 minutes.
Tropical Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 9. Poke holes all over the bottom of the cooled cake (I use a chopstick). Spoon glaze over cake bottom a little at a time so it soaks in until all glaze is used. Let cake sit for at least 30 minutes and then transfer to serving plate. The longer it sits, the better it gets!

Last Step: Don’t forget to share!

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