Pineapple Cake Filling

"I got this recipe from my cake decorating instructor. It's very simple, but absolutely delicious. We also like to spoon it over ice cream. This recipe will fill a 9", 10" or 9x13 cake."
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Ready In:
2 1/2 Cups




  • In heavy saucepan combine cornstarch, all of the sugar and salt.
  • Add pineapple with juice and mix well.
  • Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a bubbling boil, stirring constantly.
  • Once mixture comes to a boil continue stirring constantly for approximately 5 minutes, or until thickened and its looses it's "milky" look.
  • Remove from heat and add butter, stirring to melt.
  • Let cool then store in refrigerator.

Questions & Replies

  1. How long can this be stored in the fridge?
  2. Can this filling be left out on the counter at room temperature?
  3. Can this filling be left out on the counter at room temperature?
  4. What kind sugar do I use
  5. Did anybody try to refrigerate it the day before frosting the cake??


  1. I needed a last-minute filling for a cake I was baking and decorating for memorial day. I found and decided to try this recipe since I had can of pineapple chunks in the house. I'm so glad I did! I processed the pineapple in my small tabletop electric chopper, which gives a coarser texture than a blender or procxessor, and it was the same as using crushed. I also added maybe a teaspoon extra of cornstarch, which I always do in these types of recipes, just to make sure it's not too runny. It was the perfet consistency, spread well and held the layers well. The flavor was excellent, not too tart, not too sweet, and it seemed to compliment tbe yellow cake, decorator icing, and marshmallow fondant I used to decorate with perfectly. I had made a flag, and got lots of kudos, not only on the look but on the flavor as well. Everyone was impressed! Thank you! This will be my filling of choice from now on and I highly recommend it.
  2. Just made this. So yummy-didn't even need the butter! I had pineapple rings already, so I just pulsed the can full in the blender for a few and it worked perfectly. :D Thanks so much!
  3. How far a head can I make this before filling my cake
  4. i experimented in the kitchen last night with a couple different recipes to do a tasting for a client and this was the winner! this client is VERY picky and she loved this. THANK YOU!! deffinitly not too sweet just right. i read a review saying it held together good b/w layers so im very glad bc i have a 5-6 layer cake to do and hopefully it won't let me down!
  5. Love this I used one stick of butter instead with a tablespoon of vanilla extract, (we love spices) 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of allspice. I remember my mom making this she would add one egg and little milk until it got desired thickness. Used between cake layers or pour on top sheet cake.


  1. I'm using fresh pineapple cans
  2. Outstanding! This recipe is so delicious! My hubby brought home a can of crushed pineapple in heavy syrup instead of juice. But it was still great!
  3. This recipe is so simple and absolutely delicious. I halved the recipe to make one dozen pineapple- filled cupcakes. I had enough filling to generously fill the cupcakes and to put a dollop of filling on top the cream cheese frosting. I followed the methodology exactly as it was written but I used pineapple chunks instead of crushed pineapple.


Living in the south we are very lucky to have an abundance of fresh seafood and other ingredients at our disposal when trying new recipes. My husband and I both love to cook and have learned a lot about cooking from our native Louisianian, Paul Prudhomme (we learned to be very careful with his recipes as they are very spicy - even for us), native New Orleanian, Frank Davis and transplanted Emeril Lagasse. It would be very difficult to pick an all time favorite cookbook since I have approximately 200. I enjoy collecting local cookbooks as well as others from different areas. This picture is obviously when DH and I got married. I cooked all the food and even made my wedding cake.
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