Sweet Tropical Loaves Recipe
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Sweet Tropical Loaves Recipe

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"These pineapple coconut loaves are so good and moist that sometimes I don't even bother to glaze them," shares Sybil Brown from Highland, California. The golden bread gets its tender, cake-like texture from handy boxed cake mix.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 to 2 drops coconut extract, optional
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 118 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 118 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Stir in coconut.
  2. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  3. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine sugar and milk until smooth. Add extract if desired. Drizzle over loaves; sprinkle with coconut. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Sweet Tropical Loaves in Quick Cooking May/June 2000, p38

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_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 250403
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2016

"This is a delicious quick bread with a cake like consistency.

My family loves it."

bahaokie User ID: 2608373 69654
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I would bake this again if I can find out how to make it less dry. We liked the taste but it was too dry and didn't slice very well. I hope someone give tell me what I did wrong or how to correct the problem."

Sweet Cakes User ID: 3711578 78738
Reviewed May. 5, 2009

"I tried this recipe for a Mother's Day get together. It was great! I changed it a little. I added chopped mandarin oranges to the batter and I added rum extract to the glaze instead. Wonderful tropical fun!!"

October13 User ID: 3434485 32219
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2008

"This was very good! Tastes like a cake vs. a bread loaf :)"

lizamlady User ID: 1969658 32215
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2008

"thanks for the recipe. this sounds very much like a bread we had at the Hyatt Regency on Kauaii.I have tried to get the recipe from the hotel but they just havn't sent the right one to me. Thanks so much.


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