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One Bowl Yum-Yum Cake (No oil or dairy!)

This Yum-Yum Cake recipe is amazingly delicious and moist, without the need for any oil or butter. It’s a time-tested recipe that’s been handed down through generations.

Yum Yum Cake slice with coconut whipped cream

One Bowl Yum-Yum Cake Recipe

What is Yum-Yum Cake? Turns out, that’s a rabbit-hole kind of question that has no clear cut answers and no two recipes are the same. Most recipes involve pineapples for a tropical vibe. Some recipes are heavy on icing and some start out with boxed cake mixes.

Our yum-yum cake uses crushed pineapple and its juices to provide an incredibly tender and moist texture. It’s neither icing-laden nor does it involve a box cake mix. The best way to describe this cake: deliciously moist with a tropical flavor twist…so good on its own, there’s no need for sugary icings/frostings at all.

For those that would like more deets on your eats, here’s the lowdown:

  1. Despite the fact that there’s no oil/butter or dairy, this cake amazingly tender and moist
  2. It’s a one-bowl deal. No pile up of various mixing bowls here.
  3. It tastes like tropical paradise. The flavors here can brighten even the cloudiest of days. You can further the brilliance by serving with fresh berries of your choice. We used a light, fluffy coconut whipped cream to top it off with.
  4. It’s an age-old recipe that’s been handed down through the generations and is reliably delicious every single time.

original yum yum cake recipe

Here’s the old paper recipe given to my mom decades ago, straight from an old school typewriter. It’s a tattered piece that’s been taped and re-taped because the recipe is too good to lose. (I realize some of you have never actually seen a typewriter; whether you’re 5 or 95 or anywhere in between, you’ll fall in love with this cake.)

loaf of yum yum cake with strawberries

Baking with Kids in the Kitchen

If you have kids in the kitchen, this yum-yum cake is ideal for getting kids in on the baking action right alongside of you. If your kids are older, this one-bowl cake recipe is easy enough for them to try on their own. No electric mixer nor stand mixer is needed for this cake. And no worries about greasy messes, since this cake requires no greasy ingredients.

In fact, there are only 7 simple ingredients that go into this wondrous cake. Aside from the typical flour, sugar, and eggs, it’s the can of crushed pineapple that gives this tropical tasting cake its superior moistness. Yes, crushed pineapple is the secret ingredient to this easy, oil-free, dairy-free cake.

Use a hand whisk to combine all ingredients in a bowl, dump it all into your chosen baking pan, and let the magic happen.

slices of yum yum cake with strawberries on white plate


Yum-Yum Cake (No Oil or Butter!)

4.80 from 25 ratings
This Yum-Yum Cake recipe is amazingly delicious and moist, without the need for any oil or butter. It's a time-tested recipe that's been handed down through generations. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 12



  • Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle position. Grease a 9x13x2 pan.
  • In a large bowl, hand-whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar until well combined. Add eggs, pineapple with juices, and vanilla extract. Hand-whisk just until incorporated; do not over-mix.
  • Use a rubber spatula to evenly distribute batter into the greased pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs attached; take care not to over bake. Let cool on a wire rack completely before serving. Cake keeps well wrapped airtight at moderate room temp. Can also be frozen airtight for up to several weeks. 


We found this cake to be ultra moist and sweet enough as-is, without any need for icing or thick frosting. Instead, we opted to top it with a bit of coconut whipped cream, which is light and fluffy over this tropical style cake.
You can also use a loaf pan (as we did in these photos) in lieu of the 9x13. If using a 9x5 loaf pan, simply adjust bake time to about 50-60 minutes or just until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few tender crumbs attached.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.9g | Protein: 3.7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 271.8mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 40.8g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Lactose
Method: baking

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Recipe Rating


    • Kaz
    • 4 stars

    I like how easy it was to make. It came out a bit too sweet, so perhaps would taste better with less sugar. The top of the cake was sort of sticky, so it is hard to cut with my fork like a typical cake. Overall, it was good.

      • Amy Dong

      Thank you, Kaz 🙂

    • AnnaAnnabelle

    It should be called the yuk yuk cake. We didn’t like it at all.

    • Yolanda
    • 5 stars

    Made this yesterday and just enjoyed a piece for breakfast. No frosting needed. Cake is enjoyable without. Also I used one flaxseed egg and one chicken egg. Next time you think two flax eggs will be fine. Very moist. I could taste the pineapple but I liked it!

    • Karen
    • 5 stars

    Weird little cake, but I liked it. 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar seemed like a lot. The pineapple also has sugar. However, it really didn’t taste overly sweet and surprisingly not pineappley (yes, that’s a word). My cake had a lot of crumb and it was very sticky on the top and throughout. It gives the appearance of having crispy corners, like brownies, but it was soft so no fighting over the edges. I made it for birthday dinner for my daughter who does not eat dairy. I also liked that it didn’t have any oil in it. I had intentions of making the coconut whipped topping, but in the end didn’t feel like getting the mixer out. I served it with strawberries and blueberries. I also liked the one bowl process. All in all, it was quick and tasty and I’m glad I tried it.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Karen! Happy birthday to your girl 🙂

    • Eda J Sterner
    • 5 stars

    I have fresh pineapple coming out of my ears just now, some of it getting over-ripe and that was just perfect for this cake. I used half and half white and brown sugar and Yum Yum is the understatement of the year. I will definitely make this again. Considering lemon peel and cardamom as additions…. Thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      Wonderful, Eda! 🙂 🙂

    • Tara
    • 5 stars

    Well, I must say! This cake was most definitely yum yum! My family and I gobbled it up and it was such a cinch to make!

      • chewoutloud

      Fabulous, Tara!

    • Uma Srinivas
    • 5 stars

    This cake looks moist and delcious. I love the fact that this cake have no oil and butter!

    • Gunjan
    • 5 stars

    This is such a soft delicious cake recipe. My kids loved it and want me to make it again. Thank you for sharing.

    • Sara
    • 5 stars

    I am always a fan of both pineapple and cake. When they are together in the same dessert? I am down for a slice now, and a slice later too! Your recipe sounds and looks wonderful, I can see why it is a family recipe!

    • Amanda Mason
    • 5 stars

    I love your mom’s typewriter recipe! So amazing!! This one is a classic and was so delish! And so simple, which I appreciate so much! Thank you for such a delicious and classic recipe!!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re welcome, Amanda! 🙂

    • Aditi Bahl
    • 5 stars

    the recipe looked delicious and tempting so couldnt wait to try. Tried and it came out just awesome. Thanks for the share.

    • Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
    • 5 stars

    This dish looks soooooo deliciously good. I wish I could eat that right now!

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