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Pineapple Poke Cake

This delicious dessert refreshes all year round. With several store-bought ingredients, it’s a snap to prepare any time. –Sandra Etelamaki of Ishpeming, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine pineapple and brown sugar. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 4-5 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated; cool slightly. Remove cake from the oven; place on a wire rack. Poke holes in warm cake with a fork. Spoon pineapple mixture evenly over cake; cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cake. Spread whipped topping over pudding. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 180 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • Heavenlybliss0421
    May 26, 2018

    With all of the negative reviews because of sugar-free pudding being used, or how Cool Whip contains hydrogenated oil, blah blah blah, I am trying to figure out where this recipe ever indicated that it was supposed to be healthy??? How is ANY cake truly HEALTHY with all its cholesterol laden butter, saturated fat containing eggs, and mounds upon mounds of sugar? It is NOT fair to rate a recipe with one star just because YOU do not care for the use of certain ingredients and therefore did not even try it. That lowers the overall score of the recipe, not based on the recipe itself, but solely on your condemnation of certain ingredients contained therein. As far as Cool Whip being so unhealthy, is just ONE tablespoon of heavy whipping cream which contains 52 calories and 5.5 grams of fat, including 3.4 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat really a better choice? Somehow I think not. And in all fairness and honesty, who has the right to slam others (and more often than not people they don't even know) about their choices in ingredients? If you don't like a recipe or its ingredients, just scroll on by and find one you DO like. It isn't necessary nor required that you leave the nasty comments and one star because it doesn't "fit" you. If you decide to leave ME a nasty comment on my comment, I'll simply take my own advice and scroll right past it.As far as the cake goes, it's awesome and my family LOVED it! Super easy and great for those times you need something when you're short on time.

  • dctill
    Nov 2, 2013

    Why do people continue 2 use sugar free products and think they are better for you???? NOT!!! reduced sugar products contain toxins like aspartame that are way worse than sugar !!!!

  • Vicks6
    May 26, 2012

    After reading all the reviews, I made this cake but I used a pineapple cake mix, and I doubled the amount of pineapple and brown sugar. Next time I won't boil off as much of the pineapple juice. It is a very refreshing cake. I would make this again.

  • tchr90
    Sep 20, 2011

    I have made this several times for family gatherings and everyone loves it! My sister-in-law even asked for the recipe. We all thought it was perfect the way it is!

  • Netizen
    Mar 4, 2011

    Boxed mixes and frozen whipped toppings, including Cool Whip Free (look at the ingredients for partially hydrogenated oils) have TRANS FATS and they are NOT healthy!

  • oteri
    Feb 17, 2011

    Wouldn't this be yummy, too, with carrot cake? mmmmmm . . .

  • imjstagrl0814
    Oct 4, 2010

    I do not like pineapple, however this cake is delicious! If you are a big pineapple fan, I would suggest doubling the pineapple and brown sugar. That way you are sure to get pineapple in every bite! Will definitely make again.

  • nisey1000
    Jul 12, 2010

    I made this cake for out of town company, They all loved it and couldn't get enough. There weren't any left overs.

  • DonnaLadley
    Jun 21, 2010

    I made this for work and everyone went back for seconds. I will make it again.

  • lanacoates
    Jun 2, 2010

    Everyone loved this recipe! I doubled the pineapple and brown sugar topping, and I used regular pudding (3 oz size) and regular topping, since none of us like the sugar free versions. It was a hit and a "keeper".