Pineapple Ginger Cake

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“A mother understands what a child does not say”. How true is that! You can hide your emotions in front of the whole world but not your mom. She looks at you and bingo!!! In my case, she figures it out just by listening to the way I say ‘Hello’ over the phone. I actually like that.. You don’t have to say anything and yet, there is someone who gets the message and even knows what to say to make you feel so much better.

Although, I didn’t like it that much in my teenage days! She could easily make out if I had a fight with my best friend or even if I had a crush on someone. And then, it was followed by a lot of explanation on being careful with all those feelings. You know what I am talking about.. The age when we didn’t care much about anybody or anything except for friends.

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My Mom is a fighter and even though, she has been suffering a lot with chronic back and leg pain, she has always managed to take care of the family with her super energy. She loves to cook, invite friends and families to our home. She has a way to make sure we all stay connected and by all, I mean the distant relatives as well.

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I have learned a lot from my Mom. I learned how to stay calm in a situation which you cannot control. I learned how to have faith in you and not get worried about what people say. I learned how to smile and not let any worry creep inside your heart. I learned how to move on and never give up! And the learning is still on …

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My mom always enjoyed baking cakes and if I was with her celebrating this day together, I would have baked a cake for her. This is a very easy cake with delicious flavor combination of pineapple and ginger. It can go even perfect with coffee or tea.

This is for you Ma and for all the wonderful, fantastic, strong, rocking, lovely and beautiful Mamas out there. Keep rocking 🙂

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Pineapple Ginger Cake


  • 2 cups pineapple, pureed in a food processor
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, plus a little extra to dust the baking pan
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tbs cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup melted butter, plus a little extra to grease the baking pan


  1. In a pan, heat 2 tsp butter and then, add pineapple puree, brown sugar and star anise.
  2. We need to caramelize the pineapple. So, keep cooking in low heat until you see that it becomes light brown in color.
  3. Then, remove star anise from the pan, keep it aside and let it cool.
  4. In a bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients - egg, flour, ginger, vanilla extract, butter, milk, cinnamon and baking powder (Mix the dry ingredients first and then, mix the wet ingredients to the dry ones).
  5. Add caramelized pineapple to the bowl and keep whisking until the batter looks smooth with no lumps.
  6. Grease the baking pan and dust it with some flour.
  7. Pour the batter and bake it at 375 F for about 50 minutes. It should feel set when you press in the center.

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  • Priti
    May 9, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Looks so good n perfect ….yum

  • Manu
    May 9, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Yum! I have never thought of making a cake with pureed pineapple, what a fantastic idea! I think ginger will go very well with it! I can almost smell the cake baking in the oven… mmmmm!!!!! 🙂 Great pictures, as always my friend! And it was so touching reading about your mom… I think I know how it feels… my mom too lives so far away… 🙁 A big hug!

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise
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    May 10, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    I loved reading your words about your mother..she must be a wonderful woman..
    The cake looks delicious and the flavors in it are amazing..I bet it smelt wonderful when it was baking..
    thank you for responding to my question about the camera

  • Raji
    May 10, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    The cake is very wonderful…lovely flavours of pineapple and ginger. So lovely to read about your mom…they are our best source of inspiration.

  • Priya
    May 10, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Never prepared bakes together with pineapple and ginger, thats truly reading about ur mom, fantastic write up Kankana..

  • Joanne
    May 10, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    What a sweet post! Your mom sounds like a wonderful and amazing person! My mom can always tell how I’m feeling from a word or two as well…some kind of intuition I guess? This cake looks delicious! Love the pineapple and ginger pairing!

  • Tes
    May 10, 2011 at 4:29 AM

    Beautiful cake! Pineapple and ginger sounds like an interesting combo 🙂

  • Faith
    May 10, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment! Your blog is lovely and what a wonderful post…it’s the perfect tribute to your mother. And the cake looks fantastic!

  • Nishi
    May 10, 2011 at 5:24 AM

    I had always heard of apple and cinnamon. But pineapple and cinnamon seems too tempting to ignore. This cake looks very tasty and perfectly baked 🙂

  • yummychunklet
    May 10, 2011 at 6:17 AM

    Yum! Your cake looks great! And the pineapple and ginger combination sounds tempting.

  • jacqui
    May 10, 2011 at 6:26 AM

    Woah, what an amazing combo!! I want!!!

  • jeyashrisuresh
    May 10, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    irresistible clicks and wonderful combo of ingredients

  • Krithi
    May 10, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    Love the addition of ginger, It gives a beautiful warmth to complement the tangy sweetness of pineapple… So good..

  • Nandini
    May 10, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    The cake is so beautiful and spongy! Incredibly soft and nice flavours too…

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
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    May 10, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Loved reading about you Kankana.Such a nice way to convey a tribute to your mom.My mom never baked or made elaborate desserts but other than those, I have learnt EVERYTHING from her 🙂
    P will go crazy over this cake.He is a tropical fruit fiend! I love the spark added by ginger and the beautiful rustic looking top.Good one!

  • Vimitha
    May 10, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    What yummy flavors are into that gorgeous looking cake… Perfectly baked…

  • Swathi
    May 10, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    I like the way you write about your mom, yes they are unmatchable. My mother never baked cakes,pineapple ginger cake looks awesome perfect to honor her.

  • Tiffany
    May 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    This cake sounds wonderful! I’m not a frosting fan, so this cake is right up my alley… and of course, I love the pineapple and ginger!

    [email protected]
    May 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    OH what a lovely post!!! I got goose bumps… sounds like you have a wonderful MOM!

    That cake – WOW! I am loving the flavor combo and the photos! Gorgeous!

  • Priya Mahadevan
    Priya Mahadevan
    May 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    I am totally bookmarking this one to try – what brilliant flavors with pineapple and ginger 🙂 just my kind of experimenting!

  • Sanyukta
    May 10, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    First time here..u hv a wonderful space with mouthwatering recipes n pics…
    Visit mine as time permits…
    And this looks so yummy n packed with lovely flavors

  • Sarah
    May 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    wow! loved reading about your mom! And what an interesting and yummy combination – pineapple and ginger! love it!

  • tasteofbeirut
    May 10, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    I made a pineapple cake a while back and would love to make another one; this one sounds wonderful with the caramelized pineapple bits!

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    May 10, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Hi Kankana! This cake is amazing! I actually never had pineapple (and ginger) cake before and I’m so curious now how it would taste like! This pineapple and ginger sounds very interesting combo! Great post dedicated for your mom. She must be a great bake just like you. 🙂

  • RS
    May 10, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Looks very fabulous 🙂

  • Ellie (Almost Bourdain)
    Ellie (Almost Bourdain)
    May 10, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Such a sweet post about your mom. Wonderful pineapple ginger cake recipe.

  • Dewi
    May 10, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    I can imagine how delicious this pineapple cake is.

  • nisha
    May 11, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    im not a big pineapple fan, but the combo with ginger sounds interesting

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    May 11, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    Great combo and it looks fantastic!

  • Deepa
    May 11, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    Yes Kankana I’m Bengali 🙂 it’s been ages since i made anarosher chatney….Mom’s have super power…No matter how much tired or in pain they will still treat you with a smile.
    Wonderful cake with great combination !!

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • torviewtoronto
    May 11, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    flavourful cake wonderful combination of pineapple and ginger delicius post 🙂

  • Anncoo
    May 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    This is a pretty and healthy cake. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    May 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Yum!! This sounds so delicious, I love the idea of combining pineapple and ginger!

  • Soma
    May 11, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    such an inspiring post Kankana.. I miss my ma:( Love pineapple and ginger together. When I had baked mine, it became an instant favorite.. Looks beautiful.

  • Padma
    May 11, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Looks super cute and very inviting.

  • sally
    May 11, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    What a great looking cake! The combination of pineapple and ginger sounds fantastic!

  • Swathi
    May 11, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Kankana, thanks for hosting and linking with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    May 11, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Thanks everybody.. glad you guys liked reading it. 🙂

  • aipi
    May 11, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    What a heart warming write up ~ loved reading it! All the moms sound so similar , loving you unconditionally no matter what!!
    The cake is a stunner, a great summery n delightful combo!
    US Masala

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    May 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Oh such a lovely post Kankana, oh yes i do wonder how does mum understand, may be that why they are called mom…and wonderful cake to show ur love for her! so good 🙂

  • Cheryl and Adam
    Cheryl and Adam
    May 12, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    A beautiful tribute to your mother, what sweet women you both are! Lovely cake, pineapple and ginger, yes please!

  • A little bit of everything
    A little bit of everything
    May 12, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    your mom must be a wonderful person. wonderful post.
    the cake looks great, as usual.
    thanks for sharing mt friend 🙂

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    May 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Beautiful! simple, elegant, delicious and perfect for any time of the day!
    Fantastic photos!!

  • Meghna
    May 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    this cake sounds out of the world… I have have pineapple coconut cake, but have not had pineapple ginger… I have to add this one in the long of list of thing i was to try:)

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    May 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I love the cake, Kankana! I can imagine myself eating it with a cup of tea. 🙂
    Your post reminded me of my mother! That’s exactly how she was to me — someone who knows me inside out. She knows what I think & feel even if I don’t say anything. Now that she’s gone, I felt I lost my bestest friend ever! I really miss her! 🙁

  • leaf (the indolent cook)
    leaf (the indolent cook)
    May 15, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    What a beautiful tribute to your mum. And that pineapple cake really speaks to me – I would love a slice of that!

  • Deborah
    May 16, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    What a great cake to honor your mom! I love the flavors in this!

  • Deepika@everydaydelightful
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    May 19, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Wow…I can tell just by looking this is going to be good! I am bad at leaving comments but love your recipes and photos.

  • Mama tattoo
    Mama tattoo
    August 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    I looked and looked and this was the only pinapple puree recipe that i could find! I was lucky enough to have some Ginger on me. It turned out beautify I made one and another with peaches. Thank you for this recipe and making my day.
    I will be making this cake again!

  • Louise
    November 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Looks delicious, what size pan did you use?

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