Tuesday, 13 October 2009


I'm in particular is not a big fan of pineapples but a few years back I read somewhere online that it helps in muscular pains especially the after exercise ones. which sort of inspired me to learn this recipe and work to make it work in best ways for me. I love baking cakes and experimenting different flavours, over the years I can just bake the cake right to my taste and thought its best to share my techniques and give the confidence that I have to others that anyone can cook if you know your basics well then all you need is practice them till you get to a point where not only your guests,friends and family say its yummy but you like them too.

In this cake the other main key ingredient is ground almonds that's add to the flavour of pineapples. I'm no chef and cook but I can certainly say this combination works well for reason of its own. when I first baked the cake it was the biggest disaster ever but over the last 3 years I made it over and over again so many times than tried making for school fare's,one dish parties and you name it first few times people said it was nice but as I kept making it people praised it more and more every time, even more which gave me two things in particular one the confidence to bake and two to try out things and practice even more. If a person ever looses the confidence then he can't do anything I would advice Don't start with the thought of being a pro because that can make one over confident resulting in a disaster.
In this cake you need to cut half way and people who are perfectionists may want proper tools but a knife works equally well if your hand is sturdy. You can use any sort of decorating ingredients for example if your like chocolate more you can have chocolate icing or strawberry frosting and so on but just plain double creams works best, yet again I would say anything that's works well for your taste buds will work well with others too. Fresh pineapple cakes are not normals cakes they do require some patience in terms of making with a relaxed mind would be best, and make sure you're not making or doing anything other than this sponge cake. Sponge cakes can go wrong greatly if the timing is not right. I hope your family will enjoy this cake for lots of occasions and festivities in all different parts of the world....:)

  • 1 400g Pineapple can.( keeping the syrup from the can)
  • 1/4 Pineapple juice.
  • 1 Cup Self raising flour.
  • 1/4 Cups Ground almonds.
  • 1/2 Cups caster sugar(you can add 1/2 cups more if you like it sweeter).
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder.
  • 5 Medium sized eggs separated.
  • 300g Butter (soft but not melted, leave it out the night before).
  • 1-2 tsp Vanilla extract.
  • Pinch Salt.
  • 200-300g Double cream for frosting.


  1. Line the tin preferably a round tin. (but if you don't have one its OK to use a square one too)
  2. Pre-heat oven at 180 deg.
  3. In a bowl separate egg whites and egg yolks.
  4. Mix sugar,vanilla extract and egg yolks and beat well at medium speed if using electric beater.Beat until its become airy and fluffy.
  5. In a bowl sift flour,salt and baking powder.
  6. Add to the egg an sugar mixture, fold in very carefully making the shape of 8.
  7. Then add ground almonds and mix very lightly not too much.
  8. In a bowl beat egg whites at high speed, until they start to form soft peaks. don't over do it otherwise the cake will not rise enough and won't be light and airy.
  9. Fold into the mixture now and with a spatula mix only till you don't see the egg whites, but still see the bubbles.
  10. Pour the mixture in the tin and bake for about 35-40 Min's.
  11. Once out of the oven let it cool down completely.
  12. Cut it diagonally in half keeping hand steady and in the center, keep them both on separate plates facing the insides out facing you.
  13. Now take the can syrup and pineapple juice mix them in a jug and with the help of a big soup spoon pour it oer both halves.
  14. Don't have to use all the juice just use enough to soak you cake.
  15. Leave them over night to soak well and the work well as a sponge.
  16. Beat the double cream to make peaks.
  17. Then apply a very thin layer of double cream to the side that you want to keep as the bottom of the cake.
  18. Cut your pineapple in small pieces and spread it all round the cake over the cream.
  19. Place the other half of the cake on top carefully since it will be ell soaked and fragile.
  20. Now cover the cake all over with the double cream as lavishly as you like or as scarcely as you like according to you liking and decorate to challenge your creativity.

Remember this cake is not difficult to make and every one can bake provided they're timing is right,the temprature is right. Your frosting can have food colouring added to it so don't just stop at decorating it white get colourful and add some variety to life. Also there in no hard and fast rule that you have to use double cream you can use single cream of no cream at all. Its always great to remember that this is adding and subtracting from the basic recipes to your liking these recipes are what I like but is not compulsory that you may like the same taste. So feel free to be wild and creative and confident enough to try new things in life so you know what's you ad whats not....hope you enjoy making this cake will soon update this particular blog with more pics to make it easy for everyone...tata...:)

PS NOTE:- next up is "DO NUTS"


  1. Dear Mayazs I have been following your website for almost 9-10 months now, and I like everything you have done on it. You are mashallah very talented. Please keep it up, and I tried the Pathani Gosht it was delicious.

    One suggestion please put some of these on this website too: table decorating ideas, dining table flower arrangements, Crockery/cutlery arrangements, innovative ideas for place mats etc -- with a desi touch. that would be great.
    Bless you.

  2. hi there..
    thank you so much for liking my blog..i'm glad you liked pathani gosht...
    i love your idea i will certainly keep that in mind and will add that also in my next blogs comming up thanks a million for writing in..:)

  3. Great blog, Maya. And very good pics. Keep up the good work!

  4. hi mayasz, i was wondering wether you could hold cake decorating lesssons. i live in the north west (hope you dont live too far!) and i want to make a cake for my phabi (siter-in-laws) niece's anniversary! by the way money isnt a problem for the classes, plz reply soon!

  5. Hi there , yes I can hold a cake decorating class .my emails tcotes@yahoo.co.uk , please email me there for details. When do you need the cake for your sister in law

  6. You could find me on Facebook to and I live in northwest too. Look forward to meeting you soon.:)

  7. Hi mayaz, i just wanted to ask, do you add any sugar to the double cream and what do you usually beat the cream with (by hand/electrical whisk/blender? etc).

    THanks =D

  8. hi there sorry have not been working on my blog for a while..answer to your question is that , yes i do add icing sugar to the cream and i use a whisk attachment to whip my cream till soft and forms peaks. hope i was not too late..enjoy.:)


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