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Hawaiian Sunset Cake

This three-layer orange cake is pretty enough for company, but it's so simple to fix that you'll find yourself making it all the time. A boxed mix keeps it convenient while the pineapple-coconut filling makes it a crowd-pleaser. -Kara De la vega, Suisun City, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 1 package white or orange cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Additional coconut, toasted, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, sugar, 3-1/2 cups coconut and sour cream. Set aside 1 cup for frosting. Place one cake on a serving plate; top with a third of the remaining pineapple mixture. Repeat layers twice.
  • Fold whipped topping into the reserved pineapple mixture. Spread over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with toasted coconut if desired. Refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 548 calories, 23g fat (12g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 384mg sodium, 80g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Joanolmstead
    Mar 28, 2020

    I liked this cake a lot but thought the coconut/pineapple layer was a little too sweet. If I make it again, I will decrease the sugar in this layer by half. Because I couldn’t celebrate my 60th birthday with dinner out due to COVID-19, I decided to make this special cake, and it was.

  • raudabaughbull54
    Oct 2, 2014

    I make this cake all of the time , it is wonderful but I add cream cheese to the pineapple mixture.

  • JoycemRhodes
    Jun 21, 2013

    I baked this for a family dinner. There were just 5 of us so I had a lot left over, but I like it so much I had a piece for every meal till it was gone. Family like it to. I like the coconut and fruit filling. It really makes the cake taste like hawaiian sunset.

  • renalunsford
    Apr 15, 2013

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  • fclark8
    Aug 23, 2012

    This is a very delicious cake and really simple to make. Taste all home made, no one will ever know unless you tell.

  • crummies
    Apr 5, 2012

    I took this cake to a family gathering, and it was a hit. I had someone ask me for the receipe so they could make it for their son's wedding reception...

  • mom1956
    Nov 9, 2011

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  • Heather224
    Oct 3, 2011

    Loved this recipe! So moist. Of course mine didn't look at pretty as the one in the picture lol...I to didn't let the pineapple drain enough...but I think that it let the juice get down into the cake and make it even more moist.... was YUMMY!!!

  • sibertt
    Mar 2, 2011

    This is a wonderfully moist, refreshing cake. Make sure to drain the pineapple well so that the icing isn't too "soupy".

  • Ladybug23_50
    Jan 20, 2011

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