Pineapple Poke Bundt Cake Recipe

Poke cakes are always moist and bursting with flavor.  With all the sweetness you pour down the little holes that get poked, I guess it can’t help but be moist and flavorful! This recipe has pudding in the mix which adds to the moist cake!  We love this pineapple poke bundt cake!  We had a going away party for Kendra as she heads off to college and this cake didn’t last long!  It’s the perfect dessert to wind down the last days of summer!

Serves: 16

Pineapple Poke Bundt Cake Recipe

This is a moist and delicious poke cake bursting with pineapple flavor!

10 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple (reserve juice)
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice (reserved from above)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla
  • Sweet Filling (for holes)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (reserved from above)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (melted)
  • Glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup bundt pan generously with non stick cooking spray. I used Bakers Joy that has flour added to the spray.
  2. Drain pineapple juice from the crushed pineapple, hopefully you can get about 1 cup of pineapple juice from it. Set aside.
  3. Beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and 3/4 cup of pineapple juice in a large bowl with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla into the cake batter.
  5. Fold in crushed pineapple.
  6. Pour into prepared pan.
  7. Bake 40 to 42 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Sweet Filling
  9. While the cake is cooking, combine 1/4 cup pineapple juice, vanilla, powdered sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl.
  10. When cake is done cooking, remove from the oven and set on wire rack or dish towel to cool in pan.
  11. Right after removing it from the oven poke holes in cake with a skewer at 1/2 inch intervals while still hot and in the pan.
  12. Pour the sweet filling over cake so it will go into the holes. I used a big spoon and drizzled it over all the holes. (if sweet filling begins to pool, poke additional holes)
  13. Allow to cool in pan for about 40 minutes. Then invert cake onto a serving platter and remove pan.
  14. Cool completely.
  15. Glaze
  16. Beat glaze ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.

Adapted from Dole

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Butterscotch Banana Bundt Cake
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46 Responses to “Pineapple Poke Bundt Cake Recipe”

    • Hi Cherry, powdered sugar and butter are listed twice. The powdered sugar and butter listed first are part of the mixture that you pour into the holes that you poke into the cake after baking. The second time powdered sugar and butter are listed is under the Glaze ingredients. In the directions it explains everything. Hope this helps! This is really moist and delicious!
  1. Lisa Foulk
    I made this cake yesterday, have not tried it yet, but as for the Icing, I would have made a different one, just powder sugar, and pineapple juice, the same way I make my lemon Icing for my lemon bundt cake, I use just powder sugar, and lemon juice, it's more tart tasting, the recipe for this Icing is to thick, I had to add more milk to get it to drizzle. I will let you know how the cake part tastes. Blessings, (L)
  2. Made this cake today for an after-service gathering and my husband said a women mentioned it was the best dessert on the table (there was only one slice left). I’ll have to make it again since I didn’t get to try it. Just an FYI on the recipe, as others mentioned, the poke juice needs to be indicated in the body of the recipe. The glaze is indicated but would help if the ingredients for the poke juice ingredients were highlighted as well. I’m going to write it down on paper instead of using the Pinterest blog. Thank you for the yummy cake recipe!
  3. Geanie Chappuis
    I got this recipe off of Facebook and it was so confusing. It didn't say anything about a filling so I pour the glaze into the holes. Then I read on and # 7 say pour glaze over top of cake so I made more glaze. Now you eat it in a bowl with a spoon. I'm glade that the party I took it to were good friends. I look the recipe up on your page and completely different recipe. To late now !
    • This recipe has a lot of steps. After cooking the cake you poke holes all over in it. Then you make the "sweet filling - for holes". Pour the sweet filling all over the top of the cake so that it will run into the holes. Then you cool the cake completely and prepare the glaze which is under the highlighted section called "Glaze". Pour that over the entire cake.
  4. Rita J. Beitz
    What a wonderful recipe! I'm not a fan of cooked pineapple but this recipe is outstanding. The cake is very moist and delicious. I've had a couple of people ask me for the recipe. I added the top of a pineapple in the center of the cake. It was the magic touch for the party Your site is a keeper for me.

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