The Pineapple Mistake Cake, cooked in our Weber

I’m convinced that some of the best recipes made are those that aren’t planned, or intended. Whilst staying in Exmouth, I turned around to a giant sigh from Sarah, who’d opened a can of crushed pineapple, thinking it was the normal slices. As it turns out, she’d purchased them too, not realising they weren’t our regular side to a BBQ when camping!

Now, what would you do with a can of crushed pineapple? We debated for some time, and then Sarah had a great idea; make it into a cake! This recipe is one of the most simple and delicious going, and we’ve coined it the Pineapple Mistake Cake.

Pineapple Mistake Cake
The ultimate dessert after a day in the bush

You can do this with a heap of different fruits, but Pineapple seems to have the perfect blend of sweetness, texture and fluffiness.


  • Packet cake mix (vanilla or butter cake). The cheap ones are fine
  • One can of tinned crushed pineapple, drained
Pineapple cake preparation
Making the cake
Cake mixing
Mixing it all together


  • Make up packet cake mix as per directions on back of packet.
  • Pour cake mix into a cake tin (or what ever you choose to cook it in).
  • Scatter pineapple on top of the cake mix.
  • Cook in your weber, camp oven or normal oven. Time will vary depending on your cooking method and the weather/wind. For us, it takes about 30 mins in the weber at 150 – 180 degrees on a still evening
Camping cakes
The Pineapple Mistake Cake in all its deliciousness (excuse the fact that its half eaten!)

For more awesome recipes, and cooking information check out our Camp Cooking page. If you want another amazing dessert, check out the Chocolate and Marshmallow Damper!

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