Easy Pineapple Coconut Cake Recipe
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Easy Pineapple Coconut Cake Recipe

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Pairing pineapple with coconut lent a tropical flavor to the dessert served as the finale to our theme party. Shared by a former co-worker, this recipe has been in my file for 20 years and never fails to delight those who try a piece. -Gina Mueller, Converse, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 envelope whipped topping mix (Dream Whip)
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted


  1. Prepare and bake the cake according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Stir in pineapple. Spread over cake. Prepare whipped topping mix according to package directions; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in 1 cup whipped topping. Fold in remaining topping. Spread over pudding. Sprinkle with coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Hawaiian Cake in Taste of Home October/November 2000, p37

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Ania_the_baker User ID: 8712903 242454
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"My husband made it for our wedding anniversary. It might have been his first cake ever, but it turned out great. easy to make yet very tasty. Difficult to stop eating it !!!!"

BIGJOHNSGAL User ID: 6260528 241176
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"Super good cake! Keeping for future occasions!"

slicnick72 User ID: 7201502 42117
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"Im gonna try to bake this one."

kshea User ID: 2698812 74888
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"Very good!"

jenlfur User ID: 5000289 42113
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I made this for a coworker's birthday last year and he requested it again this year. I have made it many time in between too. Everyone just loves this cake!!"

LittleMomma0405 User ID: 715646 63833
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"I made this recipe for the adults at my daughter's Birthday party, and it was a hit. Have since made it again. It hits the spot on a hot day, nice and light."

davinsmama User ID: 4587829 28684
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"This cake was easy, very delicious and we all loved it! The only thing I did different was that I used lemon pudding instead of vanilla. Can't wait to make it again!"

autumvaught User ID: 2059000 28683
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"This is a very refreshing cake. Not too tropical, but nice hints with the coconut. Not extremely light, but pairs well with a lighter meal."

alexismd User ID: 4533558 63807
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"This recipe deserves 5-stars but I have no idea how to fix this online. But this cake recipe by far is one of the best and easy cakes to make. My husband constantly begs me to make it. Light and fluffy. I used fat-free cream cheese in place of regular and still tastes great!"

jannski User ID: 1231804 28681
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"I've made this cake several times. Excellent crowd pleaser, several compliments. Light, fluffy; a perfect ending to a meal."

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