Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Hawaiian wedding cake is a refreshing cake recipe made with pineapple and coconut flavors. It’s like a pina colada in cake form, does it get any better?

Hawaiian wedding cake starts off with a basic yellow cake mix, then you add two layers to the top. A delicious pineapple layer that soaks into the cake itself and finally, a whipped cream frosting layer. If you love poke cakes, make sure you also check out our recipes for better than sex cake, banana pudding cake and lemon poke cake.

Slice of hawaiian wedding cake with fork in front of it

Slice of hawaiian wedding cake with fork in front of it

Hawaiian Wedding Cake

It’s unknown whether or not Hawaiian wedding cake is truly a traditional dessert of Hawaii or if it was ever truly served at Hawaiian weddings, but one thing we know for sure, is we are glad it made its way into our hands.

The sweet pineapple and coconut flavors that make up this light and delicious sheet cake have us feeling like we have been instantly transported to the tropical island, and that’s enough convincing for me.

While the cake itself is just your basic boxed cake mix, it is super moist and sweet once the pineapple layer soaks into it. It almost doesn’t need the whipped topping for frosting. Almost.

Using whipped cream in place of a heavy and sugary regular frosting is what keeps it nice and light, as does the coconut and pineapple fruity flavors. This cake is the perfect dessert for a summer birthday or, even, a baby shower.

I find this cake very easy to put together. It doesn’t require much preparation, since you’re starting off with a basic box cake. You just have to make the goodness that goes inside and on top. Easy as that.

Ingredients You Will Need for Hawaiian Wedding Cake:

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • Eggs (for cake mix)
  • Oil (for cake mix)
  • Water (for cake mix)
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 package of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 large container of cool whip
  • Coconut
  • Walnuts (crushed)

photo collage of how to make hawaiian wedding cake

photo collage of how to make hawaiian wedding cake

How to Make Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Follow these instructions to make this delicious and refreshing dessert. First, you will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. This is usually the temperature for a boxed cake in a 13 x 9 pan.

Make the yellow box cake using the directions on the back of the box. Mix the cake mix with the eggs, water and oil. Bake as directed on the back of the box.

When the cake is done and is still hot, make holes all over the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon, like you would do with any type of poke cake.

Next, mix the crushed pineapple and sugar. You will need to heat this mixture until these two ingredients are dissolved. Once they have dissolved, pour the melted mixture over the cake and let it cool.

Next, slice the three bananas over the pineapple glaze and cake layer, and set the cake aside.

Now it’s time to make the vanilla pudding. Follow the directions on the box to make the pudding. When finished, spread the vanilla pudding over the top of the bananas.

Finally, for the last layer, spread the cool whip over the pudding.

Garnish by sprinkling coconut and nuts over the top of the entire cake. If I’m not serving the cake immediately, I tend to wait to put on the garnishes so that they will stay fresh and crunchy and not go stale.

How Long to Bake

Baking your Hawaiian wedding cake is as simple as following the instructions on the back of the yellow cake mix box. You will want to use the instructions for a 9×13 pan. This is important. The 9 x 13 pan is the best option for the poke cake and making sure the ingredients are spread out evenly in your cake.

two slices of hawaiian wedding cake

two slices of hawaiian wedding cake

How to Serve

You can serve your Hawaiian wedding cake immediately after you’ve finished making it. But, if you don’t plan to serve it immediately, you should keep it chilled until you are ready to serve it.

Another note on storing: I like to keep the garnishes off of the cake if I know I will be storing it. They are easy to add later and it keeps the coconut and walnuts fresh and crunchy!

How to Store

Assuming you have any leftovers, which you very well might not with this delicious cake, you should store the leftovers in the refrigerator. The cake will need to stay chilled to keep it moist and fresh.

slice of hawaiian wedding cake on white plates

slice of hawaiian wedding cake on white plates

With it’s light and fruity flavors and delicious refreshing taste Hawaiian wedding cake is the perfect dessert for a summer party or even a baby shower or birthday.

One bite of this delicious dessert and it’ll have you feeling like you’re on the beach sipping a pina colada. This recipe is easy to throw together and it’s a dessert that everyone can enjoy.

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Hawaiian Wedding Cake
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • Eggs for cake mix
  • Oil for cake mix
  • Water for cake mix
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 package of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 large container of cool whip
  • Coconut
  • Walnuts crushed
  • Bake cake mix as directed. When cake is done and still hot, poke holes all over with the handle of a wooden spoon.

  • Heat the pineapple and sugar until sugar is dissolved, then pour over the hot cake. Let cool.

  • Slice bananas over pineapple.

  • Make pudding as directed and spread over bananas.

  • Spread Cool Whip over pudding.

  • Sprinkle with coconut and nuts.

Calories: 500kcal

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