Pineapple Cake Trials And Errors

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed my latest recipe: Eggless Pineapple Cake. As I have said before I am not...

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed my latest recipe: Eggless Pineapple Cake. As I have said before I am not very big on baking, but one good thing about doing this website is that I am learning more as I try to show you new recipes. Alex (my husband) is a big help because he will not video the recipe until he is  happy with it. So now you know, you all are trying the food he approves.

Before I started on the cake, I used Google to find a few recipes that  looked good, but I knew I would have to modify them. First I followed this recipe from which I liked the most but I thought it was too dry so I decided to add pineapple. I pureed the pineapple and added it to my next cake. My son was visiting so he tried the cake and said it was too bland and tasteless. In my third attempt, I added crushed pineapple and pineapple juice as you see and cardamom powder. It was better then before but still too dry. I decided to spread a few spoons of pineapple juice over the cake but by that time the cake was cold. It worked but wasn’t good enough. I felt I should have put the juice while cake was still warm so that’s what I did on my fourth attempt and yes — THIS cake got the Alex approval. Now he was ready to video.

You must be wondering what I did with all this cake. First one I trashed. I sliced the second and third cake into small cubes. Then I softened some vanilla ice cream and mixed the cake and ice cream together. It tasted great and I took that for a potluck lunch. Everybody enjoyed it.

Yesterday, Alex did the video for cabbage Kofta which is now on the website. This one is my granddaughter and grandson’s favorite for now, although their favorites keep changing.

Manjula Jain



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    October 12, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    really like your fodiee behaviors. Keep conveying such messages, really needed us

    December 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hi mam! Its my brothers bday tmrw n i want to bake this eggless pineapple cake for him…as i m a first timer just wanted to knw that for how long should i pre heat the oven ?

    September 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

    i would like to know how to bake a cake in an oven which has burners on top and bottom.without the temperature control

    June 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Can we bake this cake in microwave cum oven which is electric one actually i am not sure if foiled trays can be used in microwave
    plz reply

      Manjula Jain
      June 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      I really don’t know the answer for this.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      I do not think that in general cakes baked in microwaves turn out ok and don’t work and most definitely do not try to put something that is metal in the microwave as it will short the circuit and burn out your oven. You will ruin it if you try to do this.

    June 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Manjula Aunty,
    Just now I done baking your eggless pineapple cake, it came very good. I used store brought foiled trays and by mistake I added 7 oz. sweetned condensed milk (instead of 1/2 the can) , so after 25 mins. top part of the cake came good colour and taste wise, but the bottom was not done so it kept more 25 mins. and then the bottom portion was also done but it was not dark brown colour like yours (mine was like brown) but the texture, taste and smell every thing was very good. Thank you for posting your replies in web. I appreciate your help (like me, I am a beginner in cake baking).

    Monika Sharma
    May 7, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Can we bake this cake in microwave ( which is not like urs)

    Monika Sharma
    May 7, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Hiii manjula ji
    Thanks fr making our cooking easy & delicious Want to know can we make this cake in our normal microwave with same temp &time?

    Monika Sharma
    May 7, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Hii Manjula ji…
    Thanks fr making our cooking easy & delicious…..Actually I wanted to know I have a normal microwave with grill & combination cooking mode, not like your oven…Can we make this cake exactly with this temperature & time in it?

    Jade Keatley
    October 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    just wanted to let you know that i tried some of your recipes, so far it all went very well and tasted good ;p Thanks again

    shruti sharma
    September 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    hi manjula aunty….m from india..n i love to try your recipes and all went excellent except cake..i already tried it 2 times bt not coming successful….do i need to take only same oven tray u used..because i tried foild tray we get in stores n not making it…wt i shud do please do tell me..thanx aunty

      Manjula Jain
      September 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      If you are using foiled tray try baking it on lower heat.

        shruti sharma
        October 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm

        thanks aunty ji for ur reply…i will try it again


    September 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Hello Manjula Aunty,
    I tried your eggless pineapple cake recipe and it turned out very well.
    Just wanted to ask you to make a cake for 20+ people do i need to double all the ingredients as mentioned above.

    Please reply.


    August 9, 2010 at 4:41 am

    can i bake cake in idlli cooker ??????????

    August 9, 2010 at 4:38 am

    i can bake cake in idlli cooker ???? plz tel

    July 20, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Hola Manjula!
    I´m from Mexico. I recently discovered your site. I was looking for a pineapple cake recipe and I found yours. I will try to bake it this afternoon and I´m going to try it with the vanilla ice. I didn´t find the cardamom powder so I was wondering which spices can I use instead of cardamon? maybe dried cloves and cinnamon ?

    May 7, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Hello Aunty,

    I have tried so many recipes of yours, all of them are great. Yesterday i tried Pineapple cake but something went wrong. I guess it wasn’t fully baked. I baked it for 26 mins and tested it with a knife and it came out clean ,then i took it out. But later when i tasted it , it wasn’t goon enough.

    1st i prepared the bater then i prepared my pan. By that time my bater became little still . Is this is the reason or something else i can’t figure it out. Same recipe my frn tried and it came out very well.

    Please do reply

    November 8, 2009 at 9:35 am

    hi manjula i am very excited on learning how to make your food i tried making some exactly like you and they turned out very good. you are a very good cook thnks 4 making this website.

    September 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Manjula,

    I just discovered your website the other day, and I can’t wait to start trying some of your recipes. I just need to stock up my pantry with some of the essentials first.

    One way that I enjoy pineapple cake is to make an upside-down cake. I would not modify your cake recipe, but simply add to it. In addition to the crushed pineapple, I would saute a few rings of pineapple in a fry pan with some butter, a little brown sugar, and some spices (I like to use cinnamon, but I would match the spices in the cake, so cardamom). I would then transfer the rings to the bottom of the greased cake pan (in a nice design) and pour the buttery juices on top of it.

    This can cool a little bit while you make the cake, and then pour the cake batter right on top, and bake as normal. When you invert the cake after cooking, you get the pieces of cooked fruit that make it look almost like stained glass, and the juices form almost like a sugary crust that keeps the cake moist. I’ve done this with peach and pear slices/halves as well. 🙂


    July 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Manjula Ji
    first of all i would like to thank you for all your recipies .after seeing your recipe of pineapple cake i tried the chocolate was i made tandoori roti 2-3 times in husband like it very much.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I love your recepies i’m from delhi and you are the only one who make food the way i know it is cooked in delhi and it tastes the same too, specially the parontha was like I could not believe, the folds while rolling the pronthas like my mom made in India.

    thank you.

      July 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

      Aunty is from U.P., hence the similarity in cooking to what you get in Delhi.

    May 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Manjula, I found your website in my search for Indian food recipes.I Love your website and I hope you wont mind if I guide our readers to your site, just add this foodista widget to this post and it’s all set to go, I’ll be trying out a lot of your recipes here.Thanks!

    May 4, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I don’t have an oven at home as I am single so haven’t bought them yet….though I am thinking of trying to steam my way of getting a puffed cake. Lols. let’s see what happens..coz I have heard of people who have successfully attempted a cake in a cooker..strange..what the heck..let’s try..

      May 16, 2009 at 6:46 am

      Hello Himani,

      My oven broke years ago and I have been happily using a counter top convestion oven. It’s not a big expensive convection oven like the ones used in resturants. It looks like a toaster oven. I bought mine at Target for $70 but they have less expensive ones. I’m very interested in hearing how the steamed cake comes out. Sounds like it’d be super moist! Keep us posted.

      May 25, 2009 at 4:16 am

      hi himani…my prob was also same 12-14years back…i used thick bottomed cooker n also the can inside was of thick aluminium but i didnt steamed the cake but used to bake like a tandoor…i used to spread sand layer about 1 inch thick and put the mix in can n pre heat the cooker n put the can over it n heat the coooker on simmer flame without putting the weight over the lid…it take time…u can add egg…the cake will be softer…do check the cake by inserting knife …but i’m curious to know abut the steamed cake u’re trying

      padmin patel
      May 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm

      If you do not have oven still you can bake the cake. Take Aluminium vessel ,fill sand half way and heat on high for 30 to 40 minutes. once it is heated ,reduce heat to medium and place the pot to be baked and cover it

        Manjula Jain
        May 30, 2009 at 2:57 am

        Hi Padmin,
        Thanks, good suggestion

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