Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Hawaiian Wedding 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.

This Hawaiian Wedding Cake is a basic cake mix cake with three layers on top – a crushed pineapple layer that seeps into the cake, a creamy pudding layer, and then whipped topping and coconut on top.  What I like about the topping on this cake is it is not too sweet. It is flavorful and light.  It’s a nice change from heavy, sugary frosting.

A couple of tips on making this cake – first, when I use pudding and milk in a recipe, I always use 2% or whole milk (using skim milk or 1% milk will not thicken the pudding as well); and second, when using cream cheese in a recipe make sure it is softened.  If the cream cheese is not completely softened it will leave clumps in the pudding mixture.

Cream cheese can be softened by leaving it on the counter in the packaging.  Depending on the temperature in your house it can take 30 minutes to an hour.  Press on the outside of the package to test if it is completely softened.  Another way to soften the cream cheese is to take it out of the package, cut it in cubes, place it in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 20 seconds.  Stir well.  If it is not completely softened, cook for additional 10 second increments.  The cream cheese should not become hot, just softened enough to blend well with the other ingredients.  If I am preparing this cake in advance, I will hold off adding the whipped topping and coconut until just before it is served.

Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Ingredients (with Amazon Links)

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 15 oz can crushed pineapple not drained
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk 2% or whole
  • 12 oz whipped topping
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes


  • Bake cake mix according to package directions in a 9x13 pan. Cool completely.
  • While cake is baking, mix cream cheese, pudding and milk together in a mixer or with electric beaters until blended well and thickened. Place pudding mixture in refrigerator. It will continue to thicken until cake is cooled.
  • When cake is cooled, poke holes evenly in the top of the cake with the round handle end of a wooden spoon. Spread crushed pineapple evenly over the cake.
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