- Large mixing bowl
- Dry measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- 2 C powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free cream cheese or dairy-free/nut-free butter—more info below)**
- 1 tsp pineapple juice from can (or 1 T puréed fresh pineapple)
Food Allergen Substitutions
- Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free cream cheese or dairy-free/nut-free butter for cream cheese.
measure + whisk
Measure 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 pinch of salt, and 4 ounces of softened cream cheese into a large bowl and whisk together until creamy.
add + whisk
If you're using canned pineapple for your cake pops, add 1 teaspoon of pineapple juice from the can OR, if using fresh pineapple, blend and add 1 tablespoon pineapple purée** to bowl. Whisk again until smooth, and the juice or purée is incorporated.
adjust + drizzle
Add more pineapple juice or puréed pineapple as needed to make the frosting nice and smooth. Then drizzle onto your cooled cake pops and enjoy!
Hi! I’m Pineapple!
"When you see me, you can't help but think of a tropical paradise! I'm Pineapple, possibly the queen of tropical flavors—I even wear a crown! Of leaves, that is. Try slicing me and making a pineapple upside-down cake, or grill me to serve with pork or seafood. Also, I pair well with another tropical favorite, Coconut, in salads, desserts, and drinks!"
History & Etymology
- Pineapple is one of the world's favorite tropical fruits. The wild pineapple plant is native to South America, originating in a river drainage area between southern Brazil and Paraguay. There is evidence that indigenous people cultivated and used it in Peru as early as 1200 to 800 BCE. The Aztecs and Mayas grew it in Mexico sometime between 200 BCE and 700 CE.
- Spanish and Portuguese explorers eventually discovered pineapple and introduced it to European and other countries in the east. In 1493, during Columbus' exploration of the Caribbean Islands, he came across pineapples growing on the island of Guadalupe.
- The Spanish may have introduced the pineapple to Hawaii. Today, one-third of the world's pineapple comes from Hawaii.
- The botanical name for pineapple is "Ananas comosus." It was called "ananas" by an indigenous South American people. European explorers may have called it pineapple because of its resemblance to the pine cone. The English word "pineapple" was first written down in the 17th century. Several languages still have the word "ananas" for pineapple.
- Pineapples are the only edible members of the bromeliad family of plants.
- The pineapple is not a single fruit but a multiple or collective fruit, with a cluster of 100 to 200 tiny fruitlets or berries.
- A pineapple plant produces only one pineapple. The fruit grows slowly and can take up to two years to reach full size.
- Unripe pineapples are incredibly sour and can be quite toxic. Pineapples do not ripen after harvesting, but they might turn more yellow if they were green.
- You can grow a pineapple at home! If you want to give it a try, twist off the crown of a store-bought pineapple, allow it to dry for a few days, and then plant it.
How to Pick, Buy, & Eat
- Bromelain, an enzyme in pineapples, breaks down proteins, which means you can use pineapple or pineapple juice as a meat tenderizer. For this reason, you can't add fresh pineapple to jelly or jello because it will break down the gelatin. To prevent this, you can boil pineapple chunks in their juice or use canned pineapple, which was heated during the canning process.
- If you find yourself on a sailing trip in the tropics without any powdered cleanser, you could use pineapple juice mixed with sand instead.
- Pineapples are good for you! They are an excellent source of vitamin C, which aids the body's immune system and wound healing, and manganese, which assists with bone formation and nutrient metabolism. In addition, the pineapple's natural enzymes help you digest all of your food!