Can I substitute pineapple for apples in cake receipe?

terryl Gorman
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Smaug February 1, 2017
You should, however, be leery of replacing apple trees with pine trees in your garden. On a positive note, it is possible to root the leafy top of a pineapple and make a pineapple plant (a species of bromeliad).
 
PieceOfLayerCake January 31, 2017
Well...when substituting one ingredient for another in a baking recipe you have to ask yourself if its just a flavor or if it will affect the recipe's chemical structure. Then take a look at the differences between the two ingredients. Doing that, you can often get an idea how the product will differ (because it WILL be different). Pineapple usually has a lot of "apparent" liquid, but people don't realize how much liquid apples expel during the cooking process. You may have to cook it longer, but I don't think it'll mess up the chemistry too much. You just have to be comfortable with knowing when a cake is done. Don't rely on the timer and check on it often.

I say give it a go. When I'm tinkering with a recipe, I generally make sure I've made it before. I then accept the fact that when I make a change, I'll end up with something delicious, but something different.
 
Smaug January 29, 2017
Do you have a specific recipe in mind? I think it would work well in most situations, if drained thoroughly- I know I used to get dynamite pineapple fritters one place. I believe pineapple is more acidic, which could influence the leavening.
 
terryl G. January 31, 2017
Yum.... Pineapple fritters! Maybe that is my answer? Know where I can get a recipe?
 
Smaug January 31, 2017
No, sorry- it was a specialty in a Mom and Pop doughnut shop that closed decades ago. They were pretty much the same as apple fritters- less cinnamon, I think- but good apple fritters (or recipes for them) aren't so easy to find.
 
BerryBaby January 29, 2017
Pineapple contains a lot more juice versus apples. Not sure it would produce the same results. Maybe make a Pineapple Upside Down cake for best results?
 
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