Easy Hawaiian Cake

Hawaiian Cake

Hawaiian Cake starts with a simple cake mix. Add a splash of coconut and pineapple and it becomes a refreshing cake that tastes like a piña colada.



Hawaiian cake pina colada

Hawaiian Cake


We were having a luau at young women’s and I thought that it would be awesome to have a Hawaiian dessert. What is better than coconut and pineapple?!


My sister hates pineapple-like refuses to eat anything with pineapple in it! She loved this dessert! I may not have told her that there was pineapple in it, but when I did, it didn’t stop her from eating it!


Sisterly love at its finest! This is really good so try it out! This recipe makes 2 Hawaiian cakes.


1 package yellow cake mix

2 packages (5.1 oz each) instant vanilla pudding mix

4 cups cold milk

1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract

8 oz cream cheese (softened)

1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained

3 cups heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups flaked coconut, toasted


 1. Mix cake batter according to package directions. 

2. Split the batter in half and pour into two greased 13"x 9" baking pans. 

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cakes test as done. Cool completely.

4. In a large bowl, combine pudding powder, milk and coconut extract; beat for 2 minutes. (Do NOT make the pudding and then put it in)

5. Add the cream cheese to the pudding mixture and beat well. Stir in the pineapple. Split the mixture in half and spread over the two cooled cakes.

6. Put whipping cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar in a bowl. Whisk until peaks form and then spread the whipped cream over the pudding on both cakes.

7. Spread the coconut evenly on a cookie sheet. Heat the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 7-8 minutes or until light golden brown. Spread the toasted coconut over the top of the homemade whipped cream.

8. Chill for at least 2 hours!!



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66 thoughts on “Easy Hawaiian Cake”

  1. Isn't it nice to be able to torture our siblings now an again by feeding them something they don't like without them knowing? 🙂 This Hawaiian cake sounds delish!!

  2. Ah, what else are sisters for? This cake looks delicious and I for one happen to love pineapple. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  3. Deceptively light and low cal!


    Isn't anything cloudlike free of calories?

    That's my theory anyway!

    Thanks for a delicious link for the letter L.

    I love this idea!


      1. You can also use mandarin oranges spotted across cake, or in a design — lines, circles, one up one down, frames..

    1. I just made yesterday and I can’t stop eating it. Thank goodness I brought one over to my daughter’s house.

  4. This looks delicious, but at the risk of being a negative Nellie, how do you get 2 – 13×9 cakes out of one boxed cake mix? Is that a typo?

  5. i also don’t understand the 2 cakes but one box thing… is it supposed to make 2 desserts? I’m supposed to make this tomorrow for my moms husband- help!

    1. The directions say to use 2 pans… so it will be 2 cakes, very thin layers…..notice you are only baking for approx. 15 minutes. Sounds like a good deal to me!

  6. This sounds delis and I want to make it but do you put one cake on top of the other and what all goes in between?

  7. So there is a pudding layer then a whipped cream layer then you put cool whip on top of that?

  8. This looks really good, but why couldn’t you put filling between the layers and stack them? Put half the filling on the first layer, the rest on top of the second layer, then cover all with the whipped cream? It would be nice and thick, but the more the merrier!!

  9. Ladies, Again this makes 2 cakes. No stacking, no spliting. Two cakes. Just right for large group potluck or leave one home for family. Or give one to the neighbors. Please chill out and just follow the instructions. You can do this. LOL

  10. Can you please tell me if this cake can be made the day before you serve it? I wondered about the whipped cream and pineapple filling making the cake soggy. I want to make this tomorrow.

    Thanks so much.

    1. I haven’t made it before and I would afraid of the same thing. maybe if you just don’t add the whipped cream until right before you serve it.

  11. Leave the coconut out and you have what we call “pig licking cake. We also use half of a box cake in a rectangular cake pan for a thin bottom cake layer. The rest of the batter usually goes into cupcakes for the kiddos. Yummy!

  12. First of all your Instructions couldn’t be any clearer. Yes it’s possible to make 2 ..13×9 inch cakes from one cake mix. Just pour half in one 13×9 pan and the other half in the other 13×9 pan. Yes the cakes will be thinner which is what you want it to be for this type of dessert.
    This cake looks fabulous! I can’t wait to get to the store to pick up the rest of the ingredients! Thank you for sharing and just right for this Easter holiday!

    1. I agree the instructions were very well said. I am going to the store now to make one to try and save one for a few days for my sister in laws birthday ???? yeah this is going to be delicious ???? thank you for the recipe ????

    1. not sure. I haven’t tried freezing it before. if you do, let me know how it turns out!

  13. Years ago I used to make something very similar to this, but it went in one 9×13 pan. I think it was a variation of a POKE CAKE, since the crushed pineapple was spooned over the baked cake (including the juice) after poking the top of the cake all over with a fork to create holes. Then it was then frosted with a prepared package of warm, cooked (not instant) pudding, cooled and topped with cool whip and coconut and/or nuts. It was crazy good, super moist and easy. These cakes should come with a warning label! Too darned good.

  14. This cake is fabulous and was a big hit at my work potluck! I baked it in a half sheet pan for 15 minutes. Will absolutely make again. Thank you!

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