Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake

This Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake is so delicious! All you need is a cake mix, crushed pineapple, coconut cream and vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and shredded coconut!

Try my Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake for a delicious, tropical dessert! All you need is a boxed cake mix, crushed pineapple, coconut cream and vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and toasted shredded coconut. This easy poke cake is perfect for potlucks and parties! #pokecake #hawaiianpokecake #pineapplepokecake #coconutpokecake #cake

Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake

Hey everyone! Today’s recipe is a delicious cake I made this past weekend for Mother’s Day and it’s the perfect summertime treat – Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake.

This Hawaiian Poke Cake couldn’t be easier to make with a French vanilla cake mix flavored with pineapple juice and filled with a delicious vanilla and coconut cream pudding that’s mixed with crushed pineapple. Top it off with a layer of creamy whipped topping and toasted shredded coconut and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation!

With both today’s Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake, my Quick Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and my most recent Pina Colada Cake, there seems to be a recurring tropical theme going on and I’m not mad about it! To me, pineapple and coconut are total summer dessert staples and poke cakes are always the perfect delicious choice for easy entertaining.

If you’re craving something tropical, then save today’s recipe below and give my Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake a try!

Try my Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake for a delicious, tropical dessert! All you need is a boxed cake mix, crushed pineapple, coconut cream and vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and toasted shredded coconut. This easy poke cake is perfect for potlucks and parties! #pokecake #hawaiianpokecake #pineapplepokecake #coconutpokecake #cake

Try my Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake for a delicious, tropical dessert! All you need is a boxed cake mix, crushed pineapple, coconut cream and vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and toasted shredded coconut. This easy poke cake is perfect for potlucks and parties! #pokecake #hawaiianpokecake #pineapplepokecake #coconutpokecake #cake Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake Recipe

In case poke cakes are new to you, I’m here to tell you that they’re seriously SO simple! Poke cakes are a great choice for family gatherings, parties, and potlucks because they’re easy to put together and don’t require a lot of cake decorating skills.

I really love all the flavor components in this Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake, and love how you can play around with the flavors based on your preferences.

Don’t like coconut as much? Switch up the toasted coconut on top for some broiled pineapple slices. Another great idea would be to add some rum extract to your cake for that yummy pina colada flavor.

Although this cake is SUPER easy to make, I did want to include a few important instructions below that will help make your Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake taste absolutely amazing!

  1. Drain your pineapple and use the pineapple juice as the water ingredient in your cake mix. If for some reason you don’t get a full cup out of your pineapple (which I always do, no problem), you can always add water until it reaches a full cup amount.
  2. Let your cake cool for about 10-15 minutes after baking before poking the holes in the cake. If you do it immediately the end of your wooden spoon will stick to the cake and make a mess.
  3. Speaking of poking holes, make sure you space out your holes evenly to ensure you get the pudding filling in every slice. There’s nothing more disappointing than getting a slice of a poke cake only to find out your piece doesn’t have any of the filling.
  4. Do not overmix your pudding. You don’t want your pudding to be fully set, but instead want it to be a pourable consistency.
  5. After filling the holes and spreading the pudding mixture on top of the cake, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or more before adding the whipped topping layer
  6. Spread your sweetened coconut flakes evenly on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 3 minutes at a time until they reach your desired toast level.
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Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake

  • Author: Kindly Unspoken
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking (Oven)
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake is so delicious! All you need is a cake mix, crushed pineapple, coconut cream and vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and shredded coconut!


Ingredients

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  • 1 15.25 oz box French vanilla or yellow cake mix
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved for cake
  • 1 3.4 oz package coconut cream instant pudding mix
  • 1 3.4 oz vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted in oven*
  • 1 16 oz container frozen whipped topping or 3 cups fresh whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherries and/or pineapple slices, for garnish if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a deep dish 9×13 pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, prepare cake mix according to the box directions, substituting 1 cup of pineapple juice drained from your crushed pineapple instead of water. If you don’t have enough to make 1 cup, add water.
  • Bake in the oven as instructed or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.
  • Remove cake from oven and place on a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes.
  • Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes in the cake evenly spaced apart.
  • With a hand mixer or whisk, beat together milk and pudding mix until it starts to slightly thicken but is still pourable. Stir in the drained pineapple and mix until combined. Pour mixture over warm cake, making sure pudding mixture goes into poked holes. You will have a nice layer of pudding on top, but depending on the size and depth of your dish, you might have some leftover pudding. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • *While the cake is refrigerated, spread your sweetened coconut flakes evenly on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 3 minutes at a time until they reach your desired toast level.
  • Once set, spread a layer of whipped topping and top with toasted shredded coconut. If desired, garnish with pineapple slices or maraschino cherries.

Notes

  • Store any leftover cake covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

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Thanks for stopping by! – Cara

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Try my Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake for a delicious, tropical dessert! All you need is a boxed cake mix, crushed pineapple, coconut cream and vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and toasted shredded coconut. This easy poke cake is perfect for potlucks and parties! #pokecake #hawaiianpokecake #pineapplepokecake #coconutpokecake #cake

Try my Easy Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake for a delicious, tropical dessert! All you need is a boxed cake mix, crushed pineapple, coconut cream and vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and toasted shredded coconut. This easy poke cake is perfect for potlucks and parties! #pokecake #hawaiianpokecake #pineapplepokecake #coconutpokecake #cake

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