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Hawaiian Cake

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
    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 sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cake tests done; cool completely.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 316 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Cupcake_k9
    Jul 25, 2020

    Super moist cake. Tropical and easy to make. My husband is allergic to walnuts so I used macadamia nuts....yummy. Great for a summer treat

  • lvarner
    Dec 1, 2019

    This cake was easy to prepare and it tasted great! I used pecans instead of walnuts, since that's what I had on hand. It is cool and refreshing and a really nice addition to a potluck or other gathering

  • Cheryl
    Jun 29, 2017

    I've been making this cake for years, since I saw it in my Taste of Home magazine. It's a perfect summertime treat that everyone just loves! For a little extra pineapple flavor, use the juice from your crushed pineapple in place of the water for the box cake mix!

  • Rosemary Swope
    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.

  • tammytaryn
    Sep 16, 2012

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

  • fulrtn1
    Sep 3, 2012

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

  • LouannPearson
    Apr 7, 2012

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

  • 3BROS
    Jul 28, 2011

    Very easy, refreshing, and always a hit.

  • chirey
    Jan 28, 2011

    This is soooo good! It has great flavor. I took this to a carryin at work. It would be hard to store this cake in the refrigerator since it is made on a large cookie sheet and with all the loose topping it would be hard to cut up and store in smaller containers. But it is a great cake for get togethers!

  • JoanMyrtle
    Apr 26, 2010

    Yes this is a wonderful cake - made it and took it to work - they loved it!