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April 3, 2013

Pineapple Poke Bars

Pineapple Poke Bars

These Pineapple Poke Bars are perfect served warm as a Winter dessert with ice-cream or whipped cream or they are equally delicious, served cold as a Summer dessert or sweet treat.

The Pineapple are sprinkled over the cake batter but distributes throughout whilst baking resulting in an already moist treat. The sour cream pour over mixture adds to the Pineapple and the end is a heavenly dessert.

You can serve these Pineapple Bars without any whipped cream during Summer, but I prefer a little, especially unsweetened or very lightly sweetened cream, as the Bars are a sweet-tooth's dream treat. The cream balances it out nicely for me, but the kids reckon it tastes much better without.

Pineapple Poke Bars

Many people do not like **Cardamom and this can easily be left out of the recipe. I actually do like the extra flavor, therefore I used it.... up to you!

The Sauce does not get soaked up completely and there will be a top layer, almost like a thin layer of Icing - most delicious !

Pineapple Poke Bars

8 Servings


1/2 cup Water
350ml Sugar, {divided}
4 Cardamom Pods, husks removed and slightly crushed  {**see above}
1 Large Pineapple, peeled and cubed
2 Extra-Large Eggs
2 TB Butter, melted
1/4 cup Milk
1 cup Self-Raising Flour


1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 t Vanilla
1 cup Sugar

Ice-Cream or Whipped Cream, to serve


1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray a 20 x 20cm oven dish with cooking oil.
2.) Bring the Water, 100ml Sugar and the Cardamom to a boil - add the Pineapple cubes - simmer for 5 minutes - remove from heat and let cool completely.
3.) Beat the Eggs and the remaining 1 cup Sugar together - add the Butter and Milk - beat well.
4.) Fold in the Flour and stir until just mixed - pour into the prepared oven dish.
5.) Drain the cooled Pineapple cubes and sprinkle over the batter - bake for 40 minutes {cover with a piece of aluminium foil if it browns too quickly} or until cooked through and a tester comes out clean.
6.) Make the SAUCE a few minutes before the cake finishes baking - heat the Sour Cream, Vanilla and Sugar over medium heat just until the Sugar has dissolved.
7.) Remove cake from the oven - poke a few times with a fork - pour the Sauce over.

This can be served immediately, reheated later, or enjoyed cold.

Pineapple Poke Bars


  1. This looks and sounds delicious! I love pineapple! I'm not sure if I like cardamom? Not sure if I've had it before.

  2. Anything with pineapple in it I just love love love. And I love that these are good cold, too. I love warm desserts, but sometimes a nice cold dessert tastes just-so-good.

  3. These are decadent Linda...and I love the name of them! This is a must have this Spring for sure! Thank You so much for sharing the recipe

  4. I would like to enjoy this right now! I love pineapple and I've never baked with fresh pineapple. Can I use canned pineapple in this recipe? I'm so lazy!!

  5. Pineapples are really cheap at the moment yum, but I will skip the cardomon the kids are fussy on spices but I love them

  6. this looks so yummy!!! thanks so much for sharing, Linda!

  7. Thanks so much for linking up at Swap N Share Sundays at Spatulas ON Parade

  8. My family would love these!

    Thanks for linking up at the Link Up this week! :)

  9. Oh I bet these are good. I love using cardamon in my recipes! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Not Just a Housewife :)

  10. Yum! I've never had these before, but they sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love pineapple but have not had any experience with cardamom. Sounds like an interesting pair and it's about time I give it a try.

  12. I'd like to poke these into my mouth! YUM!

  13. This looks really good. I too have never used cardamom pods, only the jarred spice. It would be interesting to work with. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend. Linda

  14. This looks amazing! My hubby will love this. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week.

  15. They just stared selling fresh pineapple again in my area, I need to try this. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great weekend and come back soon!

  16. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up an awesome project! Stop by again and link up another creative creation!

    Have a great week!

  17. Oeehhh, that looks absolutely yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe at the recipe linky party. Love this!


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