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Hawaiian Dessert - Recipe

Inspired by the flavors of Hawaii, this rich dessert combines moist cake, creamy pudding, toasted coconut, and sweet pineapple into one fabulous treat. Another delicious dessert with coconut and pineapple is Pina Colada Pie, which has that same tropical flair.
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Hawaiian Dessert Recipe
  • Prepare cake according to package directions.
  • Pour into 2 (9") greased and floured cake pans.
  • Bake according to package directions. Cool completely.
  • Toast coconut. To toast coconut, spread in even layer on baking sheet. Place on top rack of oven while cake is baking. Check after 2 minutes, stir around, bake another 2 minutes or until nicely browned. Let cool.
  • Beat pudding, milk and coconut extract.
  • Add softened cream cheese, beat well.
  • Stir in crushed pineapple.
  • Lay 1 round cake on serving platter. Spread 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture over top. Place 2nd cake on top. Spread 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture on top.
  • Spread Cool Whip over entire cake.
  • Sprinkle all over with toasted coconut.

Note: The coconut can be toasted ahead of time and frozen for up to 1 month.

Note: You will have leftover pudding mix. To use up the pudding mix, you can make a 9x13 lemon cake, spread pudding mixture over top, then Cool Whip, then coconut.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
-1 package yellow cake mix (18.5 oz)
-2 packages (3-4 oz.) French vanilla instant pudding mix
-1 package (3-4 oz.) coconut cream instant pudding mix
-4 cups milk
-1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
-1 package cream cheese - softened (8 oz.)
-1 can pineapple (20 oz.) crushed, well drained
-16 ounces Cool Whip - thawed
-2 cups coconut - toasted