Pineapple Poke Cake Recipe
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Pineapple Poke Cake Recipe

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This delicious dessert refreshes all year round. With several store-bought ingredients, it’s a snap to prepare any time. –Sandra Etelamaki of Ishpeming, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 180 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine pineapple and brown sugar. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 4-5 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated; cool slightly. Remove cake from the oven; place on a wire rack. Poke holes in warm cake with a fork. Spoon pineapple mixture evenly over cake; cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cake. Spread whipped topping over pudding. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Pineapple Poke Cake in Light & Tasty October/November 2006, p17

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"Why do people continue 2 use sugar free products and think they are better for you???? NOT!!! reduced sugar products contain toxins like aspartame that are way worse than sugar !!!!"

Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"After reading all the reviews, I made this cake but I used a pineapple cake mix, and I doubled the amount of pineapple and brown sugar. Next time I won't boil off as much of the pineapple juice. It is a very refreshing cake. I would make this again."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"I have made this several times for family gatherings and everyone loves it! My sister-in-law even asked for the recipe. We all thought it was perfect the way it is!"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"Boxed mixes and frozen whipped toppings, including Cool Whip Free (look at the ingredients for partially hydrogenated oils) have TRANS FATS and they are NOT healthy!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Wouldn't this be yummy, too, with carrot cake? mmmmmm . . ."

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