Craving a sweet dessert for your next potluck? Give this Luscious Strawberry Pineapple Cake a try! Made with a yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding, light whipped topping, fresh strawberries, and pineapples, this pineapple cake is the perfect, easy summer-time treat with a tropical twist!
Luscious Strawberry Pineapple Cake
For months now I’ve been dying to make this Luscious Strawberry Pineapple Cake that’s the perfect sweet, summer treat, so when strawberries went on sale last week I jumped at the chance to get my baking on!
Featuring a delicious pineapple-orange flavored cake, a whipped vanilla pudding topping, and of course fresh strawberries and pineapple, this tropical cake is basically heaven sent. The flavor alone will have you wanting to make it every chance you can get and this cake’s beautiful presentation will have everyone thinking you’re a master baker.
If you’ve been around my blog for any time now, you’ll know there’s two main qualities I look for when choosing desserts to make. 1. They must taste absolutely incredible and 2. They must be super easy to make.
I’m happy to report that this Strawberry Pineapple Cake knocks it out of the park with both of those qualities and it’s gorgeous- making it a triple win. My husband and boys loved it so much they all ate two slices of it each. 🙂
The star of the show is of course the fresh strawberries and pineapple which add the perfect summer-time flavor and double as beautiful decorations on the cake.
It couldn’t be easier to put together the cake either- simply grab a gorgeous cake stand (I love this clear glass one that comes with a lid), and layer the cakes placing the whipped vanilla topping and fresh fruit in between and on top. Easy peasy.
Did I mention my boys helped decorate it? Yep- so easy a 6 and 8 year old can do it, so it’s definitely perfect for those who struggle in the cake decorating department. 😉
I mean have you ever seen such a beautiful cake? This Luscious Strawberry Pineapple Cake is the perfect easy treat for taking to a potluck or summer barbecue and trust me when I say it’ll go fast.
Luscious Strawberry Pineapple Cake
- 1 package Yellow Cake Mix
- 3/4 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Orange Juice Pineapple-Orange preferred
- 3 Eggs
- 2 tbsp Canola Oil
- 1 cup Fresh Strawberries diced, patted dry
- 1 cup Canned Unsweetened Pineapple Tidbits drained, patted dry (use juice in whipped topping recipe)
- 1-2 whole Strawberries for garnish, if desired
- 5.1 oz Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
- 8 oz Light Whipped Topping thawed
- 20 oz Pineapple Juice from Tidbits
Coat two 9-inch round baking pans with cooking spray; line bottoms with waxed paper. Coat waxed paper with cooking spray, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, orange juice, eggs, and oil. Mix on low for 30 seconds and then on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Pour even amount into cake pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
While cake is baking, drain pineapple tidbits saving the juice for the whipped topping. Place pineapple tidbits on paper towels in a bowl to fully drain.
Clean and dice up strawberries in bite sized pieces. Place strawberries on paper towels in a bowl to fully drain. If desired, sprinkle lightly with sugar. Place both the pineapples and strawberries in the refrigerator until later.
Mix together vanilla instant pudding, light whipped topping, and pineapple juice from the tidbits. Place in refrigerator until it is time to decorate.
After cake has cooled, place one layer on cake stand. Spread half of the whipped topping mixture and half of the fruit on top, decorating as desired.
Top with second cake layer. Spread remaining whipped topping mixture over the top of the cake and decorate with remaining fruit. Feel free to add additional strawberries for garnish, if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
I just love how the pineapple juice adds the perfect flavor to both the cake and the whipped topping, and the vanilla pudding complements the fresh strawberries marvelously.
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I hope you’ll give my Luscious Strawberry Pineapple Cake a try this summer and hope you and your family love it as much as we do. Are you a huge strawberry and pineapple fan like me?
Let me know in the comments if you’ll be making this cake soon!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara
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