Hawaiian Cake Recipe
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Hawaiian Cake Recipe

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Estella Traeger of Milwaukee, Wisconsin dresses up a boxed yellow cake mix with pineapple, coconut and a delightful blend of instant pudding, cream cheese and whipped topping. "This is a favorite dessert that suits any occasion. Try it once and you're sure to make it again," she promises.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cake tests done; cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding mixes; beat in cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled cake. Top with the pineapple, cherries, coconut and walnuts. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Hawaiian Cake in Quick Cooking March/April 1998, p14

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Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"This cake is wonderful, and easy to make. My husband is so happy when I make this for him, and have made it many times. Thank you for this recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"I made this for a luau themed party and it was a HUGE hit!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Very moist, and the taste is awesome, I am making again for the 2nd time today!!"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"I have made this many times. I am making it again for our Easter dinner at my church."

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"Very easy, refreshing, and always a hit."

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