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Easy Pina Colada Cake Recipe

Delicious and easy Pina Colada cake recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Moist coconut cake layers, crushed pineapple and lime curd filling, pineapple buttercream frosting and shredded coconut flakes.

Delicious and easy Pina Colada cake recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Moist coconut sponge, lime curd and pineapple buttercream and shredded coconut flakes.

Easy Pina Colada Cake Recipe

I am planning a big party and I am lost in a never-ending search and piles of recipes. Cinco de Mayo is coming and I have no clue what I am making.

Why such a big fuss?

It’s my hubby’s birthday and funny enough Mexican food is right there on the top list of his favorites AND…I know, like I need anything else… he has lived in Mexico long enough to know traditional Mexican flavors.

Ha! No pressure 🙂

Like any good party, you start first with planning the dessert, right?! Now that we have our priorities set, how is this: moist coconut cake layers filled with crushed pineapple and lime curd filling, pineapple buttercream frosting and some more shredded coconut?

Sounds like one of the best Mexican desserts!

Delicious and easy Pina Colada cake recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Moist coconut sponge, lime curd and pineapple buttercream and shredded coconut flakes.

Ingredients Pina Colada Cake

  • unsalted butter
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • flour
  • buttermilk
  • coconut cream
  • crushed pineapple
  • rum
  • lime curd
  • shredded coconut 

Delicious and easy Pina Colada cake recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Moist coconut sponge, lime curd and pineapple buttercream and shredded coconut flakes.

How to Make Pine Colada Cake Recipe

You know me, I like easy and delicious recipes and this one fits perfectly into this category. Nothing better than Pina Colada cake made from scratch, right?!

Now let’s break it down:

  1. Making the coconut cake (no cake mix box) – mix all sponge cake ingredients and bake for almost 50 minutes at 350F.
  2. Once the sponge cake is out of the oven and called down, we start making the filling: lime curd, crushed pineapple and a bit of rum.
  3. We cut the sponge cake into 3 laters and fill with pineapple rum filling.
  4. Next step, we prepare the pineapple flavored buttercream frosting, add it to the cake and add some shredded coconut flakes.

It is heaven! Light, moist and not too sweet.

I have chosen to make 6 mini cakes, but you can make one big, traditional cake. My recipe also has all the details you will need (hopefully) to make a big cake.

Delicious and easy Pina Colada cake recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Moist coconut sponge, lime curd and pineapple buttercream and shredded coconut flakes. #pinacoladacake #cincodemayorecipe

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Yield: 6 mini cakes

Easy Pina Colada Mini Cake

Easy Pina Colada Mini Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Coconut Sponge Cake Layers

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream

Pineapple flavored Buttercream

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk

Filling

  • 1 jar lime curd
  • 16 oz crushed pineapple
  • 3 cups sweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

Coconut Sponge Cake

  1. Preheat oven at 360F/ 180C. 
  2. Prepare 6 small (4 inch) cake pans (or 2 regular, 8 inch cake pans) by lining the bottoms with baking paper (parchment paper). Do not spray sides.
  3. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, whack together eggs and sugar for 5 minutes. Add slowly vegetable oil and mix until fully incorporated. On low speed, begin adding flour, 1/2 cup at one time alternating with buttermilk, rum and coconut cream. 
  4. Repeat until all the ingredients are added, including baking powder. Scrape well the sides, making sure there are no lumps. 
  5. Divide batter evenly between 6 mini cake pans (or between the 2 regular size cake pans) and bake for 25 minutes. If you are using 2 regular cake pans, bake for 50 minutes. 
  6. The cakes should be a golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle should come clean. Cool completely in the pans before removing them.

Pineapple flavored Buttercream

  1. In a medium bowl, cream butter, sugar on medium speed for 1 minute, until light and fluffy. Add pineapple juice and milk and beat on high for 2 minutes. Adjust consistency with some more milk, if needed until soft and creamy. Place it in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  2. To assemble the cakes, carefully remove with a serrated knife the tops of each cake and discard. 
  3. Cut each mini cake, horizontally to create 3 layers. Place bottom layer onto a plate, top with mixture of crushed pineapple and lime curd, trying to spread it evenly. 
  4. Place the second layer and add some more pineapple lime filling. 
  5. Place the top layer and press a little bit the whole cake stack. 
  6. Using a spatula, spread a thin layer of pineapple buttercream over the sides, edges and top of each cake. 
  7. Place the cakes in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set. 
  8. Once the cakes are set, spread another generous pineapple buttercream layer over the entire cake. Repeat for all mini cakes. 
  9. Coat cakes in coconut flakes, pressing lightly to set.
  10. Refrigerate to set completely. Allow 1 hour at room temperature before serving it.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

 Delicious and easy Pina Colada cake recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Moist coconut sponge, lime curd and pineapple buttercream and shredded coconut flakes.

Delicious and easy Pina Colada cake recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Moist coconut sponge, lime curd and pineapple buttercream and shredded coconut flakes. #pinacoladacake #cincodemayorecipe

EA The Spicy RD

Sunday 5th of May 2019

What fun cakes and lucky husband! I would love to try making a gluten free version of this pina colada cake-yum! Happy Birthday to your husband!

Ben Myhre

Saturday 4th of May 2019

These cupcakes look really delicious and look like such a Summertime treat. Thanks for sharing!

Leanne | Crumb Top Baking

Friday 3rd of May 2019

Coconut and pineapple are one of my favourite combinations! And since it is still feeling pretty cold around here (hello, spring, where are you?!), I need all the tropical vibes I can get. I love that you made them into mini cakes. These would be such a perfect dessert for any summer celebration!

Ilona @ Ilona's Passion

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

Wow! It sounds so tasty. I need to make them:) Pinning!

Adore Foods

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

They are delicious! Hope you'll enjoy it :)

Margaret

Thursday 21st of May 2015

What is coconut cream?

Adore Foods

Thursday 21st of May 2015

Hi Margaret. Coconut cream is very similar to coconut milk but thicker, like a paste consistency. I found mine at Wegmans/ Whole Foods. Hope it helps! Thanks for stopping by :)

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