Pineapple Filling- A Delicious Recipe

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Add a flavorful dose of Pineapple to your coconut cake, yellow cake, or white cake recipes with this easy cooked Pineapple Filling!  

With just three simple ingredients and wonderful pineapple flavor, this filling is sure to become a favorite. 

Delicious Pineapple Filling for Cakes!

Why We Love It

  • Simple pineapple cake filling recipe with just a few ingredients
  • This cooked filling thickens to a great spreading consistency for sandwiching between layers.
  •  Works perfectly with so many cakes! We've used it in our Piña Colada Cake,  Elvis Presley Cake, and Pineapple Coconut Cake.
Bowl of Pineapple Filling with spoon

How to Make Pineapple Cake Filling

This easy cooked pineapple filling comes together in no time! You can find the full, printable recipe further down in this post. Here is a quick rundown of our steps!

  • Combine the crushed pineapple, corn starch, and granulated sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat. When the mixture begins to boil, stir constantly until it begins to thicken, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.
  • The pineapple mixture will thicken even more as it cools. Then, cool the pineapple filling completely in refrigerator before using.

No-Bake Pineapple Filling Alternative

In addition to this delicious pineapple cake filling, we have another great option that we love which is no-bake. This Pineapple & Cream Filling is a recipe that we have used in a few of our recipes, including our Pineapple Cake and Orange Pineapple Cake.

This filling is an easy combination of instant vanilla pudding and heavy cream, with crushed pineapple folded in. It has a thick, full consistency. We love both recipes.

Pineapple Cakes

We have many more delicious Pineapple Cakes to share with you! In addition to the recipes mentioned above, our Hummingbird Cake, Carrot Cake, and Pineapple Upside Down Bundt Cake are always a favorite. Thanks so much for stopping by.

If you give our pineapple filling a try, we would love for you to leave a comment and photo below!

Pineapple Cakes collage

More Pineapple Cakes

Here are a few more cakes with pineapple for you to keep on your "must-bake" list!

Pineapple Cake Filling Recipe

Pineapple Filling- A Delicious Recipe

Delicious homemade Pineapple Filling Recipe for Cakes! My Cake School

This delicious pineapple filling is so flavorful and can be whipped up with just a few simple ingredients!

Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • One 20 ounce can (567g) of crushed pineapple, undrained
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (14g) cornstarch


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat.
  2. When the mixture begins to boil, stir constantly until it begins to thicken, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Keep in mind that it will thicken even more as it cools. Cool completely in refrigerator before using.

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  1. Will this work well with pineapple in juice rather than in syrup? My mom used to make this, but back in the day when the pineapple in juice was not available. Thanks.

      1. Hi Isobel, We have not tried making the pineapple filling with frozen pineapple. I would think that you could. I assume that the frozen pineapple is not crushed but larger pieces. If so, I would thaw and cut into smaller pieces. We use the liquid that is in the 20 oz can so a bit of water would need to be added. These are just my thoughts since I don't have first hand experience. I hope all goes well and you enjoy the recipe.

    1. Hi Robin, I don't think we've tried it as a cupcake filling but it should work fine! It wouldn't be that much filling in each cupcake. Another alternative is our Pineapple & Cream recipe which is a thicker filling if you are interested! This is a combination of instant pudding mix + heavy cream and so it is nice and thick, with pineapple folded in.