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Lemon Cake With Pineapple Filling

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Lemon cake with pineapple filling is light, flavorful and the perfect after dinner or party treat.

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Pineapple and lemon are a match made in heaven. The flavor combination of this lemon cake with pineapple filling is delicious.

It makes a great summer dessert too since it’s so light. This is one my whole family loves and it was gobbled up so quickly there was barely any leftover for the next day. 

What are the benefits of pineapple?

Pineapples are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are low in calories and rich in vitamin C and manganese. They are also a good source of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties that may boost the immune system.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Lower in calories than traditional cake
  • Great Spring flavors
  • Fun for a party or with the family 
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Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Lemon cake mix
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Water
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Lite whipped topping
  • Sugar-free instant pudding
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Skim milk
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How to make the cake for this recipe 

1 – Add the lemon cake mix, Greek yogurt and water to a large mixing bowl.

2 – Mix the ingredients well, then divide the batter in two round cake pans.

3 – Bake the cakes at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

4 – Once they are baked, let them cool a bit, then flip them out of the cake pans onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.

How to make the frosting for this recipe

1 – In medium bowl, combine whipped topping, pudding mix, vanilla and milk. Mix well and set aside.

How to make the filling for this recipe

1 – Add the can of crushed pineapple and mix in 1/4 cup of the frosting to a mixing bowl.

Add just enough whipped topping to give the mixture a slightly spreadable consistency.

2 – Place one cake round on a plate. Top evenly with pineapple mixture. Place other cake round on top forming a sandwich.

3 – Frost cake with remaining frosting until all cake is covered.

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Do I need to refrigerate my cake?

Yes. I don’t recommend leaving the whipped topping frosting unrefrigerated more than 2 hours.

How do I store my cake?

Cover cake with plastic wrap, or place in an airtight container. Properly stored in the refrigerator, the cake will last for 3-4 days.

Calories per serving (1 slice): 210

Yield: 12 Servings

Lemon Cake With Pineapple Filling

slice of yellow cake on a white plate side view

Lemon cake with pineapple filling is light, flavorful and the perfect after dinner or party treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling and Decorating Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

For Cake

  • 15.25 ounce box lemon cake mix
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water

For Filling

  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained, I used canned crushed pineapple in pineapple juice

For Frosting

  • 8 ounce tub lite whipped topping
  • 1 ounce box of sugar-free instant pudding, vanilla or lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup skim milk

Instructions

For Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2 - 9" round cake pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, Greek yogurt and water. Mix for about 1 minute or until well blended. Divide in half, and pour mixture into prepared baking pans.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Check with toothpick in center to see if done. After 5 minutes, flip cakes over onto wire racks. Let cool.

For Frosting

  1. In medium bowl, combine whipped topping, pudding mix, vanilla and milk. Mix well.
  2. Reserve 1/4 cup frosting. Set frosting aside.

For Filling

  1. Once crushed pineapple is drained well, add in the reserved 1/4 cup of frosting. Mix together well.
  2. Place one cake round on a plate. Top evenly with pineapple mixture. Place other cake round on top forming a sandwich.
  3. Frost cake with remaining frosting until all cake is covered.

Notes

Place crushed pineapple in strainer until juices strain out, about 15 minutes. You will want as much of the pineapple juice to run out as possible so pineapple mixture is not soggy. 

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    12

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

    Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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    SHANIKA

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    This Lemon and Pineapple combo sounds so amazing! I love how fluffy and moist this cake looks!

    simplylowcal

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    Thank you, Shanika. :)

    Andrea Metlika

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    Such a fantastic flavor combination. Looks so light and perfect for spring.

    simplylowcal

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    Thanks, Andrea. :)

    Anita

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    Such an easy cake with a lovely flavor. Lemon and pineapple unexpectedly work well together.

    simplylowcal

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    Thanks, Anita. :)

    Bry

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    Gorgeous!! This was so easy to make and tasted so yummy. Will definitely be making this again - thanks so much for sharing!!

    simplylowcal

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    Thanks, Bry. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

    Pam

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    After all the calories I've been consuming lately a lighter version dessert is just perfect, and I love love love pineapple and lemon. Great recipe!

    simplylowcal

    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    Thanks, Pam! :)

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