Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  247
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  44 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  40 mg
  • Sodium  172 mg
  • Potassium  66 mg
  • Phosphorus  33 mg
  • Calcium  16 mg
  • Fiber  0.4 g

Pineapple Cake

Not only is pineapple delicious and refreshing, it’s also good for you. Rich in vitamin C, but naturally low in potassium, pineapple is a great choice for people following the renal diet. Another great way to enjoy pineapple is this recipe for Pineapple Cake by Laura, a DaVita dietitian from Georgia. Nutritious, delicious and easy to make, this kidney-friendly dessert will sweeten any day.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Laura from Georgia.

Portions: 20     Serving size: 1/20 of cake


    • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 20 ounces canned crushed pineapple in juice
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Combine flour, sugar, soda and eggs.
    3. Drain juice or syrup from pineapple into above mixture, stirring to combine. Beat to mix; batter will be thick.
    4. Fold in pineapple, mixing well.
    5. Pour into a greased and floured 13” x 9” x 2” cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched.
    6. To make frosting, beat together butter and cream cheese.
    7. Gradually stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
    8. Spread frosting over cake as soon as it is removed from oven, while still hot.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1/2 starch
    • 1/2  fruit, low potassium
    • 1-1/2 high calorie
    • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • For a lighter dessert serve cake without the icing—it still tastes great.
  • This cake is a great source of calories if you need to gain weight. 



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Pineapple Cake

Maricuchy says:


For a healthier approach reduce the sugar to 1 1/2 cups for the cake and use Splenda for the icing, also use pineapple in their juice rather than in syrup. To reduce phosphorous use 2 egg whites and 1 egg yolk.

Mar. 11, 2012, 11:02 AM - Inappropriate review?

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slank says:


Really good!

Feb. 28, 2012, 11:25 AM - Inappropriate review?

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dogdazed says:


Really yummy cake, warm or cold. Everyone loved it!

Jul. 05, 2011, 4:33 PM - Inappropriate review?

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raymond_ says:


I made this tonight for my mother in law when she got out of dialysis and she loved it and so did the rest of my family. It was still baking while we ate dinner so it was hot out of the oven with the cream cheese icing and it was so good. I only made 1/2 recipe and it was just enough, with snack pieces left.

Apr. 12, 2011, 6:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Very easy recipe and the icing gives it just the right amount of sweetness. Also keeps really well.

Mar. 20, 2010, 10:20 AM - Inappropriate review?

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barney says:


I love the pineapple cake. I love pineapple anyway and this cake is nice and moist. My husband likes it even better than I do.

Mar. 03, 2010, 5:48 AM - Inappropriate review?

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gdadof3 says:


I have been soooooo hungry for a pineapple upside down cake. I haven't made this yet but I will be soon. It looks easier than any recipies I've seen so far and for once I have all the ingredients. Thanks. I'll give top rating even before I try it!!!

Feb. 25, 2010, 5:03 PM - Inappropriate review?

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