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Hawaiian Wedding Cake Recipe

Hawaiian Wedding Cake Recipe

"I got this wonderful recipe from a cousin whose husband was Hawaiian," notes JoAnn Desmond from Madison Heights, Virginia. "I've changed it some to reduce the fat and calories, but it still tastes as rich as the original. It's very simple to make...and guests will love it. Enjoy!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cans (one 20 ounces, one 8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, egg whites and egg beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • 2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk add pudding mix until well blended. Spread over the cake. Top with pineapple and whipped topping. Sprinkle with coconut. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 18 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 221 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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pamsterhamster User ID: 2978210 130212
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"Light & tasty. easy to make."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 205843
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"Made this for my daughter's 6th birthday which was a Hawaiian theme. All of the adults loved it but some of the kids were just "so so" with it. I would definitely make this again as it was quite good and knowing that it is light made all of us adults who are watching our weight feel less guilty about indulging."

kevshi User ID: 6528621 138228
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"I have a question, wana make this cake today i mix in the ingredients from the bak of the box or only bittermilk egg and eggwhites?"

marang User ID: 2834675 138004
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011


marang User ID: 2834675 130211
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!! Thank you for the recipe! I made it for Easter dinner today--the only thing I changed was I upgraded the lo cal to regular whipped cream and cream cheese, pudding and pineapple with sugar(regular). I thought about changing the buttermilk to the pineapple juice but left it alone--the cake was extremely moist---VERY GOOD!! It is already requested for NEXT WEEK it was so good!!!"

yankeesfan247 User ID: 5803827 51385
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"This is so far the best cake I have ever tasted and the directions were so simple."

prmom User ID: 5638367 66943
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"I made this cake for a church Luau Party twice, everybody loved it, there were no leftovers."

kcable User ID: 3842268 51384
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"The instructions for the cream cheese, milk and pudding are not complete if you are not careful you will end up with a huge mess and wasted ingredients!! Thanks for being so clear."

jjr1947 User ID: 3425002 205842
Reviewed May. 15, 2009

"This was an easy, tastey cake. My grandkids were coming so I left out the pineapple (picky eaters). I had some coconut leftover so I sprinkled that on half the cake. Everyone raved about it - I think I'll try it with a chocolate cake mix next."

lancy User ID: 7438 51380
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2009

"I made this yesterday and this cake is simply delicious. It is so light and so easy to prepare.

Taste of home subscriber for so many years. L. Hebert 3/6/09
Portsmouth R.I."

October13 User ID: 3434485 56415
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2008

"Oh my gosh!! This is very good cake. Thank you


pegs88 User ID: 2257826 138002
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2008

"I made this cake and shared it with a friend. We both thought it was absolutely delicious and I will definitely make it again. Next time I might try using the pineapple juice as someone else suggested instead of the buttermild. It is moist and creamy and absolutely delicious.."

Sebringred User ID: 366330 57223
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2008

"I made this cake for Memorial paryt. Everyone fell in love with it. I did use the pineapple juice instead of bettermilk. Will definately made it again.


u2booboo User ID: 2475402 105823
Reviewed May. 13, 2008

"To add more pineapple flavor: simply replace the buttermilk with the juice drained from the pineapple. Add water, if needed to equal the 1-1/4 cup. Fold the crushed pineapple into pudding mixture. Whipped topping, if desired, sprinkle with coconut and chopped nuts, ( macadamia) for a twist.

Use whole eggs."

tetleysmom User ID: 1606100 60722
Reviewed May. 12, 2008

"First of all, how miniscule a piece of cake do you get by getting 18 servings out of a 9x13 cake?!

I made this recipe for Mother's Day and was less than impressed. I realize it's a lower fat recipe, but I found the cake itself to be very, very dry. I did not overbake it as at 25 mins, the toothpick came out a bit sticky; baked for 5 mins more. Used brand-name ingredients (Duncan Hines, Phil. cream cheese, Jello pudding, Dole pineapple; Cool Whip, Baker's Coconut). There was no distinct pineapple flavor as I expected, and the pudding/cream cheese layer offered up not much flavor either. The first thing my husband said after eating his piece of cake was plain and simple: I don't like it. I'm sorry this turned out the way it did, and I'm very doubtful I'll make it again."

jneu User ID: 1109560 91131
Reviewed May. 3, 2008

"this sounds so refreshing. Will give it a try"

Dutaxa User ID: 2356601 134975
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"Just because he has heart disease doesn't mean he can't eat it, mine does too but the key is moderation as his cardioligist says " Don't eat the whole damn cake!!!!"


cansas User ID: 1295947 57222
Reviewed May. 2, 2008


I have been making this cake for many years. When I was working and we would have a potluck everyone of my co-workers ask for this cake. Also I have been ask to make it for summer wedding receptions. It is so delish. I all ways say pray over it and then the calories don't count."

Southernmama User ID: 81270 105813
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"If the cake is too rich, too fattening, too high in cholesterol, obviously not a bowl of sugar-free gelatin, for crying out loud.. DON'T MAKE IT! I made it, my family loved it and you can bet I'll be doing it again. Worrying over what might happen, what could happen will also lead you to an early grave. This is a lovely recipe and I appreciate you sharing it. Many thanks!"

Mrs.Hamrick User ID: 2545377 144614
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"Where did she say "healthy"? I noticed that she said she made a few changes to reduce fat and calories, and she did do that. So what exactly is the problem? This is a delicious cake and I'll make it again, probably soon!"

Radojka User ID: 2572348 90581
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"This is not an healthy receipe at all. The cake mixes in the stores have hydrogenated fats in them and so does the frozen fat-free whipped topping. I have looked high and low for non-hydrogenated whipped toppings but they do not exist. I don't allow anything that is hydrogenated into my kitchen. My husband has heart problems and he wouldn't be able to eat this."

kj5263 User ID: 2462095 77129
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"For: rcbyrd3

With a knife

Pip_OH User ID: 58734 66941
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"cut it into squares with a knife"

rcbyrd3 User ID: 2859864 66940
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"How do you cube the reduced-fat cream cheese?"

julieables User ID: 2602787 144609
Reviewed May. 1, 2008

"I like this recipe. However I like to make the pineapple layer the first layer on the cake and then add the other toppings. The pineapple juices gives the cake a wonderfully moist texture and the other toppings add just the right touch. So great recipe but try switching the layers around to make it even better!"

alicepeeples User ID: 2416211 144605
Reviewed May. 1, 2008

"Made this several hours ago and it's great. Fragrance in house is super; taste is great. Maybe just a bit too much pineapple on top but that's just a personal choice."

Running_Diva44 User ID: 48847 77103
Reviewed May. 1, 2008

"Sounds interesting but the link doesn't work for me..."

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