piña colada cake

Pina Colada Cake

Remember the strawberry starburst cake that I made for the wedding shower for two work friends? Well, it was a potluck dinner and I was one of three people bringing dessert, yet I still found it necessary to make two cakes because I always worry about there being enough food (and yet there is always, always way too much). See, the strawberry cake is only a single decker (as I call one layer cakes) and the thought of being responsible for a dessert shortage at a function just terrifies me. So I figured, why not make another easy single decker?

Pina Colada Cake

This piña colada cake had already made my shortlist for my dessert for the shower, but I was just so excited about really good strawberries at the market that I couldn’t pass up the strawberry cake. The more I thought about it, I couldn’t not make this piña colada cake. It just made sense in so many ways! The shower itself was a stock-the-bar party (we gave each couple a pretty impressive amount of booze) so a cake inspired (and spiked!) with alcohol seemed apropos. And it’s so easy to throw it together that there’s really no reason not to make it.

Pina Colada Cake Brushed with Rum

The cake gets a splash of rum three times over: it’s baked into the cake, drizzled onto the cake when it comes out of the oven, and yup, it’s in the glaze too. The cream of coconut and the juice and little bits of pineapple make this the perfect solid form of what is already a perfect drink. It’s moist, mildly boozy, and conjures up images of sandy Puerto Rican beaches. What more could you want (you know, other than actually being on said Puerto Rican beaches)?

Pina Colada Cake

Did we end up with way too much dessert? Yes. Could I have easily gotten away with just the strawberry cake? Absolutely. Would I do it any other way? And miss getting to try this cake?  Never!

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