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Mexican Vanilla

Mexican Vanilla Pineapple Pound Cake

Perfect for topping with whipped cream and berrries
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pineapple
Servings 8
Author Cookie Madness


  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 6 oz – weight it or sift carefully
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (25 grams)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup undrained crushed pineapple** (See note about using fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract


  • Don’t preheat the oven yet, because this cake starts in a cold oven. Spray an 8x4 inch (ish) loaf pan with flour-added baking spray.
  • Thoroughly mix together the sifted flour, salt and baking powder; set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the butter and both types of sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each egg. Beat in the milk and vanilla, and then add the pineapple. Using a heavy duty rubber scraper or a big fat spoon, gradually stir in the flour mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and place in a cold oven. Turn heat to 325 F and bake for 50-60 minutes or until top is browned and a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Turn from pan and set upright on a baking rack to cool.
  • Make the icing. Mix together the butter and sugar. Add the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of pineapple juice and stir until smooth. If icing is still thick, add more pineapple juice. You want it to be a little too thick to drizzle, but not quite thick enough to spread. Stir in the vanilla. Scrape the icing into a heavy duty freezer bag or just a zipper bag. Snip off the bottom corner and pipe the icing over the cake decoratively.


You can also use ripe, sweet, fresh pineapple.  Just chop it very well and use a heaping 1/3 cup (about 84 grams/3 oz weight).