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Easy Pineapple Coconut Cake

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


  • 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)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted


  • Prepare and bake the cake according to package directions, using a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • kdobbins613
    May 23, 2019

    absolutely amazing. beautiful cake for any occasion.

  • Ania_the_baker
    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 !!!!

    Jan 6, 2016

    Super good cake! Keeping for future occasions!

  • slicnick72
    Mar 27, 2013

    Im gonna try to bake this one.

  • kshea
    Jun 3, 2012

    Very good!

  • jenlfur
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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!