One thing that I love about pineapples is that they’re good during any time of the year. Sure, the best time for pineapples is during the spring and early summer months, but pineapples are one of those year-round fruits that you can always find, and they’re always good. In the summer, I like to eat pineapple straight up for something refreshing, but then in the colder months I tend to get a little more creative.
When it’s snowing outside and I want a little taste of summer, one thing that I like to do is one of the classics; the Pineapple Delight. This cake is a great way of pleasing a crowd, too, which comes in handy during the winter months since we have all of those holidays where there’s plenty of gatherings. Another thing that makes Pineapple Delight so great is that it only takes an hour from start to finish. Try finding a dessert that you can prepare that quickly! Even running to the store to get a pre-made dessert can take longer than that!
You won’t necessarily need fresh pineapple to make a good Pineapple Delight, though I tend to always have some on hand. Using a can of crushed pineapple will work just fine, and most of the other ingredients are pretty common ones in the kitchen of someone who likes to cook. You’ll just need some graham crackers, butter, cream (both heavy and whipping), vanilla and some icing sugar.
We might not consider pineapple to be a holiday fruit like we do with cranberries, but if you have a holiday get together and need to have enough dessert for two dozen people, this is always a great way to go. Deep down, I’m always rooting for people to avoid this cake selfishly so that I can keep some for myself! Leftovers are just as good, as you can put the cake in the refrigerator and when you pull it out, it’s ready to eat!
The last time that I made this dish, I made sure to create two separate pans. One was for taking to the office for a potluck, and the other was to keep at home so my family and I could enjoy it all! You’ll find that this is the best way to do it, and the fact that it you can make two at the same time easily will have you feeling the same way!
To make your own Pineapple Delight cake, it’s going to be easy to get started. You’re just going to need your oven and a few utensils that include mixing bowls to use all of your ingredients. If that sounds simple enough, let’s get you started on this recipe! Enjoy the two dozen Pineapple Delight cake squares that are sweet, refreshing and downright tasty. Just make sure that you share with your friends and family, or at least make a separate batch for yourself!
Preparation Time: 60-65 Minutes
Serves: Up To 24 People (1 Serving Each)
Nutrition (Per Serving):
Fat: 12 g
Protein: 1.5 g
Carbohydrates: 20 g
Sodium: 120 mg
Cholesterol: 50 mg
What You’ll Need:
- 2 Cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs (For Crust)
- ½ Cup of Melted Butter or Margarine (For Crust)
- ½ Cup of Softened Butter or Margarine (For Filling)
- 2 Tablespoons of Heavy Cream (For Filling)
- 2 Eggs (For Filling)
- 1 ½ Cups of Icing Sugar (For Filling)
- 1 Cup of Whipping Cream (For Topping)
- 1 Tablespoon of Icing Sugar (For Topping)
- 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla (For Topping)
- 1 Can (14 Ounces) of Crushed Pineapple (For Topping)
- We’ll get started by making our crust, and before we do that, set the oven to 250 degrees (120 celsius). While the oven is warming up, melt ½ cups of butter and crumble two cups of graham crackers (if you didn’t already get the pre-crumbled variety). Mix the butter and the graham cracker crumbs together, pressing the mixture into a 9×13 inch pan.
- Allow the crust to bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Once it’s done, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool, while turning the oven up to 350 degrees for our next step.
- Next, we’ll focus on making the filling for the pie. Take a large mixing bowl and add in 1 ½ cups of icing sugar, two tablespoons of heavy cream and ½ cup of softened (not melted) butter. Mix them together well, and then add two eggs into the mix, beating them into the mixture.
- Once you have a nice consistent mixture, spread the contents over the cooled crust, setting it into the oven. It should take about 25 minutes for it to be ready, so we’ll turn our attention to making the topping.
- For the topping, we’ll get another mixing bowl and add a cup of whipping cream, teaspoon of vanilla and a tablespoon of icing sugar. Mix these ingredients together until it becomes stiff, then fold in a can of crushed pineapple. Once you have the topping the way you like it, spread it out over the filling of the dish and sprinkle any extra graham cracker crumbs that you have on top.
- Allow the Pineapple Delight to chill for a few moments, cutting it into squares and getting it ready to serve. You’ll find that this dessert tastes best when it’s chilled, making for a nice refreshing treat! All in all, you should have 24 squares that you can either give away or keep all to yourself! No matter who’s eating it, they’re sure to be happy with the results of your Pineapple Delight!