Sunday, June 22

Fresh Pineapple, Banana, and Pistachio Cake with Rum Icing

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Buttercups, bananas, baby chicks.

Apricots, tulips, lemon trees.

Sunflowers, sweet corn, French's yellow mustard.

Peaches, pineapple, polenta.

Warblers, wildflowers, nectarines, and mangoes.


These are a few of my favorite (yellow) things. Thanks to Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, yellow has become the color of the fight against cancer -- the color of hope.

So this brilliant yellow pineapple is my entry to Bee and Jai's special yellow Click! event on behalf of Bri Brownlow from Figs with Bri who is battling breast cancer.

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As most of you know, my husband Jeff is a dermatologist and has a blog called the Derm Blog. At the risk of sounding shamefully biased, his blog really is good. Even O The Oprah Magazine thinks so.

I'm proud to announce that Jeff is honored to be one of a handful of physicians in the country who is helping Lance Armstrong launch It's a new internet health and wellness site for all of your health care and fitness needs. You should definitely check it out!

Here's Jeff's profile page which also lists his articles on the site.

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Now for the cake. Since my local market recently had large fresh pineapples on sale 2/$3.00, I bought four. I mean, come on, 2 pineapples for $3.00? That's crazy! (Which I actually said out loud to myself in the store). The money I saved almost paid for the gas to get to the store. (Actually, at $4.69 / gallon, maybe not).

Yes, four pineapples is a lot. That's why I made this cake. The tropical flavors of pineapple, banana, coconut, and rum marry beautifully in this moist, richly textured cake. And isn't there something wonderfully old-fashioned about a cake with crunchy white icing and shredded coconut?

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Fresh Pineapple, Banana, and Pistachio Cake with Rum Icing

Makes 2 (9-inch) round cakes; serves 16-20
Print recipe only here.

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 sticks (12 T) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
2 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1/2 cup golden raisins (or chopped dates)
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pistachios

Icing and Garnish:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons rum extract
several drops of milk
1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut, toasted, divided
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pistachios, divided

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Coat two 9 X 2-inch round cake pans, or five (6 X 2 3/4-inch ) mini-loaf pans with cooking spray.

To toast the coconut, place in a dry skillet over medium heat, and gently stir until aromatic and golden brown, about 2 minutes. Keep your eye on it since it burns quite quickly! Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium size bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger together.

In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugars and beat at medium speed for a couple of minutes. Add eggs and beat well. Add the honey, vanilla, and coconut milk, and beat until batter is silky. Lower the speed, add the bananas, and beat briefly.

Add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients, and mix until just incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the pineapple, raisins, coconut and pistachios. Divide the batter evenly between the pans.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cakes are a deep golden brown. You'll know they're done when a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer the cakes to a rack and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.

Meanwhile, make the icing in a small bowl by whisking together 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon rum extract. Add a few droplets of milk and continue whisking until the icing is smooth and thin yet clings to the back of a spoon. Taste it; add more rum extract, if desired. When it's ready, pour it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any tiny clumps of confectioners' sugar (thanks, Mom!).

Invert cakes onto a rack, then turn right side up. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the top of the cakes, and spread it with a thin, metal spatula. Sprinkle each cake with 1/4 cup of toasted coconut, and 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios. Allow to set for at least 15 minutes before slicing.

More yellow foods you might like:

Sauteed Corn with Mint, Butter, and Lemon

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Chives and Thyme

Potato, Pepper, and Onion Frittata

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Fresh Pineapple Chutney

Mini Custards with Limoncello-Spiked Raspberry Sauce

I'm also sending this cake to Suganya, of the beautiful Tasty Palettes, for this month's AMAF: Coconut. Here are more wonderful savory and sweet pineapple recipes:

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Sig said...

Love that first pineapple picture Susan! And two pineapples for $3... That is amazing! I bought one for $8 the other day and when I came home and cut it, half of it was rotten :(
Congrats to Jeff for the honour!

wheresmymind said...

I love a woman with nice pineapples :) I wonder how this would be with walnuts...not a huge pistachio fan

Elise said...

Yumm. Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the pineapples!

Heather said...

mmm, i have been craving a pineapple upside down cake, but this looks even better! And, I love rum icing :) And pistachios... starting to drool over here!

glamah16 said...

You have all my favorites going on this cake.

Manggy said...

I'm not sure I'd call it old-fashioned, but I will say it's fruitily fantastic! :) I hope I will encourage you to visit our shores when I say pineapples are a dollar (at the *most*) per piece! :D Good sell? Heh heh.

I visited the Livestrong site, and coincidentally enough Jeff was the featured expert! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, what a tempting cake! Wonderfully exotic! Delicious!



Elle said...

Super looking cake...all those great tropical flavors that I love. Also that is great that Jeff is working on the Livestrong site. Will have to check it out. You must be proud of him!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Susan, Congrats to your husband! What a talented guy!( and good looking too!!) Your cake sounds wonderful with the rum icing and all the other flavor combos.It looks so moist too! Isn't it wonderful how many have reached out to Bri? Its amazing!

Emily said...

Mmmm....I like. I don't blame your for buying 4 pineapples. That's a deal!

The cake sounds wonderful. So tropical.

Anonymous said...

i adore this combination of ingredients. absolutely love pistachios..kinda reminds me of carrot cake but a lighter version...rum icing? oh yea.

Elly said...

Oh wow does THIS sound good. I am loving the combonation of flavors here, and it looks so moist and delicious. I love anything with pistachio. I just ate a big scoop of pistachio gelato this weekend. :)

Asha said...

OMG!!! Love all the stuff you used there in that cake, must try for me. Love Pista and Pineapple combo. Looks beautiful Susan, great recipe. Thanks. Happy Monday to you!:))

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I just ate the last piece of fresh pineapple on my plate when I saw this post.
Never thought of pineapple and banana together. Cake looks great, though I don't like the taste of rum.:(
Its great what your husband is doing. Read Lance Armstrong's book a few months back and every little bit we can do will count.

Anonymous said...

You're killing me here! That cake looks so dense (in a good way, not a heavy way!) and luscious and full of pineapple-y goodness I can hardly stand it.

Stella said...

This cake must taste so good. And the number of ingredients you've included, I don't know anyone who'd say no to it!

Nic said...

Congrats to your talented husband!
The cake looks fabulous, especially love the icing!

Anonymous said...

Good Lord, this looks good! Glad to hear that I'm not the only who exclaims out loud in the store. Do you then look to the person next to you hoping they're equally excited?

This is a beautiful post & a great tribute to Bri. I'm sure she is honored.

Way to go Jeff! You must be so proud. How wonderful to have a profession by which you can reach out to the masses & help them improve the quality & health of their life.

xoxox Amy

Patricia Scarpin said...

Aren't you two some fancy bloggers?? ;)
I love the flavors in this cake, Susan. It reminds me of how much I love pineapple!

Anonymous said...

The cake looks delicious! Never baked with pineapple, really should try it one day.

grace said...

how tropical! makes me wish i was in hawaii. actually, everything makes me wish i was in hawaii...

Nora B. said...

That's a beautiful pineapple there, Susan. And the cake looks deliciously moist as well. I buy a few pineapples whenever they are on sale as well.


Lori Lynn said...

The cake looks great. Kudos to Jeff. YAY for Yellow for Bri, as I saw this morning over the 100% goal. YAY. I was more than happy to participate. And wish her all the best. I love the many facets of your post.

P.S. I am fixated on your adorable kitchen towels.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful beautiful cake! I love everything you bake. Your pictures are gorgeous too. Can't stop looking:)

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I'm glad you linked to your husband's blod. Thanks. Great cake.

Pip said...

This cake looks so gorgeous, I really should try pineapple and banana together! :P

By the way, if you stop by, there's a reward waiting for you on my blog! ;)

Anonymous said...

I have looked over Jeff's blog, and yes, it is very good. He has a lot of good advice.

Nice cake too! And pineapples so cheap would knock me over too. I would be eating so much that my mouth would be numb.

ChichaJo said...

I love pineapple (and all tropical things! oh yes, and also rum!)...this cake sounds fantastic! :)

Deborah said...

What a delicious cake! Makes me want to run out and buy 4 pineapples of my own!

Swati said...

Susan, the first pineapple pic looks too good!!And so does the cake..
Congrats to Jeff for the honor.. I will ask my doctor hubby to sure visit his site..

Annie said...

Wow what a deal! I'm not sure how much they are here in RI but I'm sure it's at least double (or triple) that.

I think the cake sounds amazing...

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Pam said...

Sounds simply delightful. Nice job.

KayKat said...

Wow! You had my full attention with just the word pineapple - that cake looks deeeliissshhh! Maybe I should just come down there and buy up all the pineapples in your market, kind of hard to find really good ones here!

Congratulations to Jeff, that's great news.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

sig-Oh, bummer! I'll tell him. Thanks! :)

jeff-I think walnuts would work well.

elise-I've got a shrimp and pineapple dish coming up....

heather-I'm not usually a big fan of icing, but I loved it on this cake. Very pina colada!

coco- Great!

manggy-$1? That is worth a trip! :) Wow, really? What a coincidence, indeed!

rosa-Ooh, exotic? Thanks!

elle-I am proud of him. Thanks. :)

marie-I think he's cute. :) It is amazing. I think it's going to be quite a success.

emiline-And I love a good deal!

diva-Yeah, it is sorta like a lighter version of a carrot cake.

elly-It really is super moist. Pistachio is my favorite gelato flavor! Unless coffee is there. :0

asha-Pistachios and pineapple are really lovely together.

aparna-Oh, pineapple and banana are fantastic together! You don't have to use rum; you could either do without the icing or make a coconut or vanilla flavored icing instead. Thanks!

ann-It is dense in the good way. I know what you mean. :)

stella-I don't either!

nic-Aw, thanks!

amy-You too?! That's too funny. I really am proud. He works hard and really cares.

patricia-I know, what's not to love about pineapple?

linda-Oh, you really have to try it. It's wonderful!


nora-Hey! It's great to hear from you! :) Thanks.

lori lynn-That's cause for celebration indeed! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. ps-It's a good thing they're so inexpensive cause I buy way too many of them!

farida- Oh, I really appreciate those kind words.

helene-Thank you!

pip-You simply must try them together! They're a super pair. Really? I'll be right over! :)

kate-I appreciate that and so does Jeff. :) Maybe Jeff could suggest something for the numbness. ;)

joey-Well thanks a bunch!

deborah-Hurry! The sale ends today. ;)

swati-Oh,thank you so much. I'm sure he'll like it. :)

annie-They're usually much more here too. That's why I got so excited!

sophie-I'm glad you enjoy my blog and recipes.


kate-Well, at least save a couple for me, ok? ;) Thanks.

Cynthia said...

You have made this cake totally irresistable!

Brilynn said...

That flavour combo sounds awesome! Very tropical!

bee said...

kudos to jeff, and thanks for your click entry, dear susan.

Unknown said...

This tropical cake sounds great!

Jaime said...

wow, that cake looks so moist and delicious. and i love anything iced with rum :)