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Pina Colada Squares

Decadent Pina Colada Cake Squares with thick creamy icing. These individually portioned treats are a must for parties and end of year after-school snacks.

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There are certain flavors that were just meant to go together….

Steak and potatoes. Chocolate and peanut butter. Bacon and eggs. Make that bacon and anything.

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And of course coconut and pineapple.

That’s what makes a pina colada such a special beverage. It’s part cocktail, part dessert, and all creamy dreamy decadence.

Making Pina Colada Cake Squares #summer #pinacolada #coconut #pineapple #cake

There’s a rumor going around, that this girl I know once gained 13 pounds in TWO WEEKS by drinking virgin pina coladas everyday in Hawaii, whilst pregnant.

I will not cannot verify whether this is truth or fiction. Just know, pina coladas are dangerous!

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Even so, I took the risk today by turning this luxurious beverage into cookie bars!

Or maybe they’re more like pina colada cake squares.

I can’t decide… these luscious little treats are somewhere in between bars and cake.

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They have the tenderness of a great pina colada cake, yet the slight density of cookie bars.

So we’re calling them Pina Colada Squares.

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To make the pina colada cake base, I used smooth and dependable Gold Medal Flour, butter, creamy coconut milk, and just a touch of rum.

Then I covered the top with a rich pineapple icing that drips down over the edges in decadent layers.

Like this…

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Sigh. the contrast of the creamy coconut base and the tangy pineapple icing is to die for!

I can think of nothing I’d rather have at this very moment.

These little squares are tender and sweet with tropical appeal that makes me feel like I’m on vacation, if only for a moment.

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I think I’ll have another one.

Pina Colada Cake Squares

Yield: 20-24 squares

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Pina Colada Cake:

  • 3 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tb. white rum
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

For the Iced Topping:

  • 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 7-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup toasted coconut for garnish

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer, add the softened butter and sugar, cream until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and rum, then slowly add the flour mixture and coconut milk until well combined. Scrape the bowl and beat again for 30-45 seconds.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Smooth it out with a spatula and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Once the pina colada cake is out of the oven and has had time to cool, dump the pineapple in a colander and press with paper towels to remove as much excess moisture as possible. Dry pineapple = better icing.
  5. Place the cream cheese in a clean mixing bowl and beat to soften and remove clumps. Then add the crushed pineapple and beat to combine. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the powdered sugar, until the consistency is like really thick school glue.
  6. Pour the icing over the top of the bars and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Once chilled, lift the whole sheet of pina colada cake squares out of the baking dish and cut into squares. The icing will still be be slightly loose and will ooze over the edges. Serve immediately or allow the icing to sit and set all the way.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. All opinions are my own.

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44 Responses to “Pina Colada Squares”

  1. Robin @ Simply Southern Bakingposted May 19, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Saw this in my Bloglovin’ feed this morning and just had to take a look. Oh my goodness….amazing! Can I have for breakfast?

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  2. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted May 19, 2014 at 6:23 am

    This looks like my sort of cake. Love me some coconut! Pinning to our coconut board.
    Have a marvelous Monday Sommer!
    P.S. Hope you had a blast at BlogHer!

    Reply

  3. Tieghanposted May 19, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I agree, coconut and pineapple are the best together. So good! These bars look awesome!

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  4. Jenny Flakeposted May 19, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Soooo good! Love pina colada flavors, perfect for your cute little cakes!

    Reply

  5. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

    What a delicious looking cake! Love the flavor!!

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  6. Naomiposted May 19, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I love this flavor combo!

    Reply

  7. Mariaposted May 19, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Love this dreamy dessert!

    Reply

  8. Anna@CrunchyCreamySweetposted May 19, 2014 at 7:51 am

    This cake looks fabulous! The frosting sounds amazing!

    Reply

  9. Heather Christoposted May 19, 2014 at 7:57 am

    i gained 10 in Hawaii in ONE week while pregnant and I was just mostly eating fruit, so I believe the tail! This cake looks like it has the most incredible texture!

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  10. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted May 19, 2014 at 8:21 am

    These are so perfect, Sommer! Love the flavor! And it was so good to see you over the weekend!

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  11. marlaposted May 19, 2014 at 8:47 am

    These look great Sommer!

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  12. Gabyposted May 19, 2014 at 10:03 am

    What a fabulous summer treat!

    Reply

  13. Meredithposted May 19, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Looks perfect for backyard barbecues!

    Reply

  14. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted May 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

    This cake sounds incredible! Perfect for summer gatherings!

    Reply

  15. Teresaposted May 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Do you think it would turn out right if the rum were omitted?

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  16. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted May 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Pina Coladas are one of my all time favorite drinks. If I am driving, I order a virgin one. Its just as good. You know its cheaper, so I should order the virgin one all the time. Duh. Anyway I of course love it replicated in a cake. It looks so airy and summery too.

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  17. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted May 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Oh Sommer, these look SO good! I love the summery coconut flavor. Great little treats!

    Reply

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  19. Christine @ Cooking with Cakesposted May 20, 2014 at 7:46 am

    eeek Sommer this looks awesome!!! I love me some coconut + pineapple deliciousness, plus this cake looks SO fluffy and light :)

    Reply

  20. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted May 20, 2014 at 8:03 am

    These squares sound so good! Love the coconut pineapple combo!

    Reply

  21. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted May 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Super fun and delish!

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  22. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted May 22, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I’ll take all the individual portions. These bars are dripping with deliciousness. Pinned.

    Reply

  23. Annie @Maebellsposted May 22, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    These look so moist and fluffy! And that frosting looks incredible! Can’t wait to try these!

    Reply

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  25. Linda Hughesposted May 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks Sommer for posting this. David and I really enjoyed them at the Birthday Party.

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  26. Liddyposted May 31, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Will the flavor of these be good if I don’t have rum to add?

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  27. Seemaposted May 31, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Love the taste and texture

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  28. Jennyposted May 31, 2014 at 10:59 am

    A m a z I n g ! We’re having a staycation, I’m serving this tonight! #yum

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  29. Kay Littleposted May 31, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Yum…these are the perfect portion! Cake is fluffy and the icing is magic!

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  30. Francescaposted May 31, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I think this could be my birthday cake!

    Reply

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  32. Svidhaposted June 25, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Waiting for it to come out of the oven.. :) Already smells like heaven.!!

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  33. Cherylposted December 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I too need to know if you can omit the rum or replace it with something else?? Want to make this asap.

    Reply

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