My grandmother always kept this cake in the freezer for unexpected company. A nice change of dessert from the usual bar or square recipe. Garnish with icing sugar sprinkled over the top if desired.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
55 mins
1 hr 25 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Pineapple Filling:
Streusel Topping:


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or your hands until coarse crumbs form.

  • Whisk milk, egg, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Add to flour mixture and knead until just combined, adding a little more flour if too wet or a little more milk if too dry. Divide the dough into thirds; 2/3 will be for the bottom, save 1/3 for the top.

  • Roll 2/3 the dough out onto a lightly floured surface into an 11x15-inch rectangle. Place dough into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan, making sure it comes at least halfway up the sides.

  • Combine pineapple and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pour reserved pineapple juice into a bowl and add cornstarch; stir until dissolved. Add to the saucepan and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and let filling cool in the refrigerator, about 15 minutes.

  • Scrape filling onto the bottom dough in the baking pan and smooth out.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Roll remaining 1/3 dough out onto a lightly floured surface into a 9x13-inch rectangle. Roll the dough onto the rolling pin and unroll on top of the pineapple filling, making sure edges of the dough reach the edges of the pan.

  • Combine flour and sugar in a small bowl. Add vanilla extract and cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle streusel topping over dough.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. Cut into 24 squares.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; protein 1.9g; carbohydrates 22.4g; fat 8.1g; cholesterol 28.3mg; sodium 97.2mg. Full Nutrition