Hawaiian Dream Cake Recipe

Hawaiian Dream Cake ~ a layered delight with pineapple-and-coconut laced yellow cake base, a layer of creamy pineapple pudding, and freshly whipped cream and coconut topping.  Featuring two types of milk, it’s the perfect cake for celebrating National Dairy Month!


1 (15.25 oz.) package yellow cake mix + oil & eggs to prepare cake
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, well-drained & juice reserved
1/3 c. coconut
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 c. cold REAL® milk
1 (3 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding
2 c. REAL® whipping or heavy cream
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 c. coconut
1/4 c. chopped pecans


  1. Drain pineapple and reserve the juice. Place pineapple in the refrigerator to be used later.
  2. Prepare cake as directed on the package, using reserved pineapple juice for the liquid instead of water. Fold 1/3 cup coconut into batter. Bake in a 13×9″ pan according to package directions. Once baked, cool cake completely.
  3. Beat softened cream cheese with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds; add milk and beat for another 30 seconds. Add dry pudding mix and beat until well combined and smooth. Fold in drained pineapple.
  4. Visit Hawaiian Dream Cake @ thekitchenismyplayground.com for full directions.

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