Pineapple Pudding Cake Recipe
- 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
- 1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
- 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
- 8 ounces fat-free cream cheese
- 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, well drained
- 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- 20 maraschino cherries, well drained
- 1. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions; pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
- 2. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- 3. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
- 4. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in pudding mixture until blended. Spread evenly over cake. Sprinkle with pineapple; spread with whipped topping. Sprinkle with walnuts and garnish with cherries. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 20 servings.
1 piece: 131 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.
Reviews for Pineapple Pudding Cake
"Made it as written, turned out great. Will make again"
"Awesome awesome awesome it was so easy turned out really good can't wait to make it again. I changed two things I used French vanilla cake mix and half cup of silk vanilla soy creamer cause I ran out of fat free milk it came out great enjoy."
"Made this last week for the first time. It is addictive!! I used regular cake mix and coconut cream pudding. I toasted coconut to top with walnuts and cherries. looks sooo good. I made one tonite using chocolate cake and vanilla pudding. Haven't tasted that yet but will rate that as well. This cake tastes as good as it looks. Thank you for sharing!"
"Great easy recipe"
"Easy to make. Very light and refreshing. Made for dinner party and everyone like it--even seconds for some. Would definitely make again. I put shaved almonds on top and they tasted good on it."
"I make a cake like this except I use two 20 oz cans crushed pineapple I use the juice in place of water for the cake. I bake the cake then when it's cooling I take an 8oz cream cheese (soften) cut into chunks & 1 cup milk beat it till its pretty well broke up then add vanilla or french vanilla instant pudding(4oz) to the milk & cream cheese & beat till thickened.You will have some little lumps in pudding but it doesn't matter. Spread this on the cooled cake then put your crushed pineapple all over the top of pudding mixture then I put 8oz cool whip & top that with bakers angel flake coconut so good. :-)"
"Scrumptious cake!!! I didn't put nuts."
"very nice recipe and cake"
"This was very good, but I'm not sure what I think about the cream cheese...That part was not quite sweet enough when mixed with only pudding and no additional sugar. Otherwise great! I think it would be good with strawberries instead of pineapple to compliment the cream cheese.I used the recipe as a guideline, but made my own cake and pudding from scratch, and no fat-free or sugar-free stuff. I also topped with toasted coconut instead of walnuts.We were not patient enough to wait for it to chill so it might be better cold!"
"I made this cake last night for the family, since they love pineapple...Three cheers for this wonderful recipe. I even like it and I am not a pineapple eater. Thanks Kathleen for sharing!"
"I saw this recipe about 2 years ago in the Kraft Foods cookbook. I actually changed everything from fat-free to regular."
"Took this cake to a family gathering everyone loved it. This cake is moist and YUMMY!"
"My family loved this cake. It was refreshing especially on a nice warm day. The cream cheese and pudding..delicious. I will definately be making this again."
"Everyone just loves this cake I have made it for family, friends and my garden club with rave reviews. A winner everytime!!!"
"I make this cake all the time but I use a pineapple cake mix. More pineapple flavor that way."
"I made this cake for my brother's birthday,all the adults liked it because it wasn't very sweet and had a light texture,kids did not touched it because unfortunately they're used to the grocery store kind of cake,me,I did not liked the combination of the vanilla pudding and the cream cheese,next time I'll leave out the latter,it is a good recipe overall."
"I did not go the healthy way of making this GREAT tasting cake. I have made this several times........great flavor and moist. It is a keeper at my house."
"I got this recipe years ago from a co-worker but lost it. I am so happy to find it because I could never remember how much milk or what size pudding to use. The original recipe I had called for a full size STRAWBERRY cake mix. My husband is diabetic so I am going to try this with Pillsbury sugar free cake mix this time."
"Fabulous dessert! I used white cake mix with diet Sprite instead of eggs & oil (and a touch of leftover pineapple juice). Following suggestions by other reviewers, I poked the top of the cooled cake with a fork and allowed all the juice from the 20-oz can to sink into the cake. Everything else went according to recipe. We can't get enough of this stuff!"
"this cake was yummy awesome ! 0:-)"
"This was a fabulous cake! My 12 year old usually asks for a pineapple upside down cake on his birthday, but he said this year, he may ask for this one instead! I bought a regular sized cake mix and just split it in half (1.25 cups of the mix). I baked it cholesterol free by using egg whites and applesauce in place of oil. Then I followed the instructions as directed, except that I used neufchatel cheese instead of fat free cream cheese because it has even fewer calories, and then I omitted the walnuts because my husband doesn't like them. So with even less calories, I increased the serving size so there were 16 slices instead of 20. It was excellent! Even my 4-year old ate a whole piece! Very light dessert, not too sweet, and full of flavor and texture. We really liked it a lot."
"This is a recipe we have made and enjoyed many times. Easy, tasty, lasts good in the fridge and healthy. Who could ask for more?"
"THis cake is very moist and refreshing."
"This is definitely going to be a go-to recipe. Nobody can believe it is healthy. Make sure to use the small cake mix box (jiffy size), not the regular size."
"I have made this cake several times, and it is definitely one of my favorites. It has been a big hit at family gatherings. I use white cake rather than yellow and omit the cherries."
"this is such a delicious cake and so easy to make! :)"
"very good recipe and its easy to make"
"Wonderful recipe! The whole family enjoyed it. Great for those of us watching our weight. This is a very light, refreshing cake."
"I make a cake very similar to this - try this, when the cake comes out of the oven and has cooled, poke with a fork and put the crushed pineapple with juice over the cake, taking care to spoon it on all over the top to spread the juices over the cake. it does not get soggy at all! then spread the cream cheese mix over the pineapple and top with the cool whip. i like to top it with coconut for a more tropical take."
"For an even more moist cake, add one small can of mandarin oranges to cake mix. I don't like yellow cake....However, I LOVE this recipe....it's yummy!"
"great cake for pot lucks never any leftovers"
"I TAKE THIS CAKE TO OUR WEEKLY GET TOGETHER AND WHEN I DON'T I'M ASKED WHEN WILL I BRING THE CAKE AGAIN. WHO WOULD THINK SURE A RICH TASTING CAKE WOULD BE GOOD FOR YOU."
"I can't wait to make this cake again. My family loved it! I will recommend this recipe to everyone!!!!"
"I made this cake for a potluck supper. It went so fast I could have made two!!! This is my hubby's favorite cake.. Truly it's a sure winner!!"
"I used an 18 oz. pineapple cake mix, and used the juice from the pineapple instead of water. I made one layer of the pudding, cream cheese, and crushed pineapple, and pecans instead of walnuts (don't like 'em). I made this for Easter, and it was such a huge hit that my mom requested it again for Mother's Day. Definitely a keeper in my diabetic house! Thanks for sharing!"
"This is a great recipe. I also used the regular sized cake mix but used the new "Reduced Sugar" mix that is now out by Pillsberry. It turned out great. I also used sugar-free cool whip and tried it with cut-up peaches and it was GREAT!"
"I made this for Easter (my side of the family) and got rave reviews. My brother in law came over the next day and had the left overs. Told me it was a keeper. So I made it again today. It looks and tastes great."
"AS IS only a 2 because there is no taste/flavor. I may make this again with these changes. 1) I'd put the pineapple juice in the cake in place of the water. 2) I may tried putting a 2nd can of pineapple in the cake to for more flavor. If that doesn't do it, then I could try the trifle as others suggested. This is something that "feels" light after a meal."
"Used a regular cake mix.........turned out as a nice looking dessert and everyone loved it."
"WHAT A NICE RECIPE AND A LIGHT ENDING TO A COMPLETE MEAL. I LOVE ALL THE SUGGESTIONS THAT PEOPLE MADE.NEXT TIME I WILL USE IT IN A TRIFLE."
"I can't believe all of the five star ratings for this cake. It was very bland and boring. The picture looked so pretty and the recipe sounded great, so I tried it. We ended up throwing out the whole cake, minus two pieces.Maybe it was the Jiffy cake mix, which I thought had a strange taste, I don't know. It may have been better if the pineapple was in the actual cake too, who knows. But it definitely needed something else."
"definately will make again"
"4/13/10 I made this cake for my husband's birthday. It was absolutely delicious and people did not say no when I offered them a piece to take home:)"
"Also used a regular cake mix."
"This was a huge hit with my co-workers. I increased the pudding to 2 boxes with 3 c of milk. Crumbled the cake and layered in a trifle bowl with the pineapple and added strawberries. Very pretty and delicious!"
"Absolutely delicious plus is a light dessert after a big meal."
"Jiffy cake mix comes in 9 oz. Have made this cake many time, except I buy pre baked pound cake instead of cake mix. I slice the cake, cover the bottom of glass 9x13 pan then follow the rest of this recipe. Also I do not use the fat-free or sugar-free, but thats just the way I am."
"This cake was absolutely delicious!!!! Would make again, and again, and again, etc."
"I MADE THIS FOR Easter. IT WAS GREAT. I ALSO ADDED COCONUT AND I USED SUGAR FREE WHIPPED TOPPING.NEXT TIME I AM GOING TO TRY IT IN A SMALLER PAN SOTHE CAKE IS THICKER OR ELSE I'LL USE A FULL SIZE CAKE MIX."
"What brand cake mix comes in 9 oz? All I can find are 18 ox mixes."
"I made this cake 3 times already since march 21,2010. Husband loves it, coworkers went crazy for it and I made it for the family for Easter and they loved it and all asked for recipe. Great lite cake"
"Easy to make and was a hit with my family, especially my grandson"
"loved this cake imixed the pineapple in with the pudding & cream chz mixture, will try the coconut next time sounds delish"
"Light and delicious!"
"Wonderful light dessert! Nothing but compliments for this recipe. Will definitely make again!!!"
"I did modify a little, I squeezed out the juice from the pineapple and added it to the cream cheese/pudding mixture before adding to the cake. YUMMY"
"very very delicious and I used regular cake mix"
"A simple ,easy cake to make,that is very yummy"
"Absolutely delicious. One of my goals this year is to lose weight and this will definitely be on my list of things I can eat. Took to a church luncheon and did not bring any home. Had several requests for the recipe."
"Very easy to make. The taste is light and great for spring potlucks. Best of all, you can indulge without added calories. Excellent and delicious!"
"This was very good. My family thought it was delicious. I could not find a 9 oz.cake mix, so I bought the regular size. I also used no fat free products. By using the regular size cake mix, I thought there was too much cake, next time, I will measure out the 9 ounces. Other than that, I am definately making again."
"I made this for potluck and I didn't get to bring one crumb home, so it was delicious.Definitely will make this again."
"I fixed this for the 1st time for a group of women and it was a hit. Very easy and simple to make."
"I also used Eggbeaters & it was perfect! I tried the roasted pecans, instead of walnuts. It was DEE-LICIOUS!!! Will absolutely make again!!! (I even dried the pineapple overnight to make sure it would not be too watery.)"
"Excellent cake! I was suprised at how yummy this was. I usually never use FF cream cheese but the pudding really hid it well. I did use the 9 ounce cake (Jiffy cake) and it came out perfect!"
"I used a regular yellow butter cake mix.......2% milk, sugar free vanilla pudding, cool whip and light cream cheese and can of crushed pineapple.......why would anyone use less than a whole cake mix.that must have been a mistake. The Baker's coconut and walnuts, really topped it off. Didn't even use the cherries...even though i bought them. I think everyone likes it, because it is not too sweet as most cakes!!"
"This was great!!! I used light cream cheese, low fat cool whip, everyone loved it!! I also added Baker's coconut all over the top! I have been asked to bring for Easter Brunch to family'."
"This is an awesome combination of “light” ingredients pulling together a taste beyond expectations. The flavors of pineapple mix very well with the yellow cake and combination of FF cream cheese and sugar-free pudding. Everyone was most impressed.The next time I make it I might try a white cake and ever so slightly increase the crushed pineapple, perhaps using 1.5 cans.As rated, this is a 5 star in the light desert category!"
"I made this cake with lemon cake mix, and it was yummy! Everyone loved it!"
"I couldn't find a 9 oz cake mix, so I made it with an 18.25 oz mix. I substituted toasted almond slices for the toasted walnuts. I brought it to work and every raved about it."
"I made this right after I got the recipe and my family loved it. I will definitely make it again. LF from WA."
"Substituted Egg Beaters for the eggs. Good to the last crumb including a granddaughter who is not a big dessert eater. Definitely will make it again. D from MN"
"i give it 5 stars. easy to make."
"yum,yum. A croud pleaser. Good for pot lucks."
"5 starVery, very good!!!!"
"Great and light recipe! I did add vanilla to the cake mix and the pudding, and also added orange flavoring to the pineapple. My family loved it!"
"this cake is delic. and easy to make better the next day after being in the refigerator."
"This cake was excellent; it was just perfect after a special roast beef dinner. I garnished with strawberries since they are my favorite."
"15 women at work loved it!! Light & refreshing. Will make again"
"This cake not only tastes delicious, it is very easy to prepare. The cake is quite moist and still tastes good the second and third day. The calorie count is great and the sugar content is very low. I would recommend this recipe to anyone."
"I made this for a large group of coaches. They really enjoyed this very moist dessert. I enjoy using buttermilk in all box cake mixes. This modification worked well in this recipe."
"I used egg beaters and substituted half the oil for applesauce. The cake was so moist. EVERYONE loved it. This is a definite keeper. Even people who don't like cake, loved it."
"Took this cake to a church pot luck. It was a winner!!Idaho-karen"
"I have this same recipe and it is WONDERFUL! It always receive raves from my company."
"My husband is not much of a cake eater, but loved this one. I am a diabetic and have a cholesterol problem and this recipe was great."
"This was delicious. I never saw a dessert in my house disappear so fast."
"Awesome! I agree with the reviewer who commented that it stays moist in the fridge for several days. Will definitely make this one again. My guests loved it!"
"I made this as a birthday cake. Doubled the recipe. Instead of cherries, used strawberries all over the top of cake, omitted the walnuts. It was delicious."
"I going to fix this cake next week for cards & I'm sure the girls will love it."
"Very good and great eye appeal. Got raves on it and was asked for recipe"
"I forgot to tell you, the cake mix I used was a 50% reduced sugar with splenda, since I am a diabetic. 9grams"
"This cake was simply delicious. Diabetics and dieters both loved it. I did not put the whipped topping on. I whipped the pudding and the cream cheese and put it on the cake and then the pineapple and nuts and cherries. Everyone said YUUUUUM!"
"Check your ingredients lists. Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker angel food cakes both have hydrogenated oils/trans fats."
"We both enjoyed this cake. It stayed very moist & flavorful for 5 days in the fridge!"
"i made this cake for my father in law who is watching his calorie in take. He now said this cake must be made at all family get togethers! It's he's new favorite."
"What toppings do you use? Whipped toppings in tubs have hydrogenated oils/trans fats."
"I have a similar recipe using angel food cake mix and a 20 oz can of unsweetened crushed pineapple mixed together and baked in a 13x9" pan. Then I add the toppings. This would be a trans fat free cake recipe."
"I mad e this cake and my husband loved it! You would never know it was a healthy cake! He said "just like my Auntie use to make, super moist". Yummy!!!"
"This was a big hit! I used a regular cake mix and made a layer cake. I used the pudding mixture and pineapple as the middle layer and put the whipped cream on the top and sides. Added the toasted coconut and everyone loved it! Definitely a keeper."
"This is a great recipe everyone in house loved it which is odd in our family to get everyone who agrees. Will make it again."
"How does a cake with trans fats in both the cake and the frosting get a heart healthy rating??"
"I have made this recipe many times but I add a can of mandrin oranges in the cake mix for a bit more flavor"
"I have made this cake in one form or another for years and it is always a big hit with family, friends and co- workers."
"This is fantastic, everyone loved it and yes I will definitely make this again."
"Sorry, I used 6 ounces of diet soda to the 9 oz. cake mix, (I just measured half of a regular cake mix since I could not find a 6 oz. one.) You use a 12 oz. soda with a regular cake mix. Can you make this with a full cake mix or is it too high? Everyone raved about it, it is one I will make over and over again!"
"This recipe is a 5 star ... sorry!!!"
"This us a definite "OMG". Tastes sinful and a lot less fat content."
"Nice flavor and pretty presentation. I used a full-size cake mix in a 9 x 13 pan, which made for a very tall dessert. I thought the flavor of the cream cheese/pudding mixture might be improved with just a little added sugar."
"This is a lovely cake. I piped the whipped topping on top and it looked so fancy."
"Jiffy cake mix is 9 oz. This makes thin layer hence the short bake time. Delicious!"
"Where do you find a 9 ounce cake mix???? I read the recipe over a few times because I couldn't believe you baked the cake only 10 to 15 minutes. I used half a regular cake mix since I couldn't find the 9 ounce one. BTW, I made the cake with the soda (Weight Watcher's) and no oil or eggs or water to make it even lighter. A 12 ounce can of soda with one box of cake mix, beat together and bake. You can use any flavor cake mix and any flavor soda, try them all. Yummy!"
"I added a can of madrian oranges to the cake mix."
"I have made this cake before. I use the drained pineapple juice as part of the liquid for the cake batter. I have also folded the crushed pineapple into the cream cheese/pudding mixture and then topped with the whipped topping! Excellent!"
"I used the cheesecake pudding, replaced all sugar free ing. added a touch of pineapple Kula. Was Great!! Thank you and your Momma"
"This is for Labounty. A friend of mine makes a frosting out of a large tub of whipped topping and a package of any flavor pudding mixed together. The french vanilla is very good.You can do the low fat/sugar free version."
"Husband does not like cream cheese. What can I substitute for it?"
"This cake is Yummy with a capital Y. Try substituting a pineapple or coconut cake mix for the yellow cake mix. There are never any left overs."
"I've made this cake for years but use a pineapple cake mix instead of yellow. Much more flavorful."
"My mother in law has made this for years and it is always a hit. You can substitute a can of cherry pie filling instead of the pineapple for variety. It's also quite yummy!!!"
"I used to make this cake all the time, until I realized that box mixes (the ones I've looked at anyway) have hydrogenated oils. Does anyone know of a cake mix that doesn't have hydrogenated oils/trans fats? I stopped using cake mixes for this reason. Same with whipped toppings. They claim no trans fats but they have hydrogenated oils, which are trans fats! I only use the cans of topping now."
"This not only taste good . but easy to make and real pretty to serve or give as a gift to someone ..Thanks for the recipe"
"Pineapple pudding cake turns out so light and airy, it's just plain delicious. It's a keeper for sure and one my family makes any time we have the ingredients. It's going in my recipe box as we absolutely love this recipe."
"I have made this cake often, and is very good and moist. And is always gone. Even the crumbs."
"I am allergic to walnuts, so I substituted toasted coconut instead. It is delicious!"
"Yes! This recipe is well known in our family too. We know it as Hawaiian Wedding Cake. No matter how big a cake I make, it is ALWAYS gone! Funny to watch how many linger around for seconds... and thirds.."
"It was a big , huge hit at our cook out last night. Everyone had seconds so I had to cut the remaining slices smaller! I had all the ingredients except for the marachino cherries and so I left those off since I didn't want to go out just for those. Definately a do again."
"Very good!!! Moist and light. Perfect summer dessert"
"I made this over the weekend and it was a hit. Cought my husband sneeking seconds. Not a crumb left. This is a family favorite now."
"Made this for bookclub and it was delicious. Took the rest to work the next day and it was a hit!"
"Sounds great, I am going to make it this week"