Pineapple cake is a traditional Taiwanese confectionery that was originally a ceremonial food. Taiwan became one of the largest producers and exporters of pineapples in the 1930s under Japanese rule due to Japanese industrialists establishing numerous processing plants and cultivars. There was a shift from export towards domestic sales and this led to Taiwanese bakeries incorporating this surplus of fruit into their pastries. Pineapple cakes have become an icon of Taiwan. This Cho Fu pineapple cakes feature a butter pastry filled with a flavorful paste made from fresh pineapple fruit.
Cheaper variants will substitute some (or all) of the pineapple for winter melon. This pineapple cake filling uses only pineapple with no filler.