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Punch Bowl Cake

This recipe was created when I was trying to use up leftovers. You can make it with cookies or bananas and pudding...anything goes!—Patricia Hardin, Seymour, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    20-24 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 3-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Additional chopped pecans, optional


  • Bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool cake completely on a wire rack. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in pineapple; cover and refrigerate. Fold coconut and nuts into whipped topping.
  • To assemble, cut the cake into 1-in. cubes; place half in a 5-qt. punch bowl. Top with half of the pudding mixture and half of the whipped topping mixture. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with additional pecans if desired. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

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  • vbbus
    Apr 23, 2011

    My mother told me one evening she needed a dessert for a meeting at church the next morning, after checking out what was in my cupboard, I found this recipe on this website, I added more pecans. It was a great hit at the meeting, all the ladies were asking my Mom for the recipe. I will definitely make it again, I may try it with an orange cake mix and mandarin oranges and the pineapple.