May 9, 2010

Hawaiian Sunset Cake

Happy Holidays

This is a cake, despite its 'vacation themed' name, is worth making all during the year and for many holidays: A few special occasions I can think of are Easter, Mother's Day, July 4th, Birthday, Anniversary, even Christmas.

So folks, here is the recipe many of you asked for (since you devoured it with an ever so gracious "thank you, give me the recipe - right now") when I made it for the office (only to be left with a crumb filled platter).

Hawaiian Sunset Cake
12-16 servings
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white or orange cake mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
4 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
    1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained on paper towels to remove all liquid
    2 cups sugar
    1 package (10 ounces) flaked coconut
    1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
    1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
    Toasted coconut, optional
      In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients by beating on low speed for 30 seconds, then beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into three greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Bake at 350° F. for 25-30 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.

      In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, sugar, coconut and sour cream. Reserve 1-cup of mixture; set aside. Place one cake on a serving plate; top with a third of the remaining pineapple mixture. Repeat layers twice. Fold whipped topping into the reserved 1-cup pineapple mixture. Spread over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with toasted coconut if desired. Refrigerate until serving.

      Enjoy, but save me a slice.  

      Recipe and photo from Taste of Home Magazine / previously posted in June


      1. This cake was soooooo fabulous! It really would be a great summer desert since it was so nice and cool!

      2. That is absolutely beautiful! Of course, I'd eat just about anything if it had a little coconut on it.

        1. I love coconut and enjoy it as often as possible.

      3. Awwwwww.....what a pretty cake!

      4. I really know how you feel....not the same without mom around to give you praise....this cake looks amazing and she would have loved it I am very sure she is smiling down on your accomplishments as a cook for sure :)

      5. Hey, I just saw this on F.B.-looks so pretty. I always admire when someone takes the time to make a layer cake. Tell me, did you have to saw off some of the overly risen parts of the layers before icing? I think this step is what keeps me from making cakes so often.
        Oh, and Happy Mother's Day. I'm sure your mom would have loved this...

      6. How I do love cake!!! this looks and sounds so good!! thanks for sharing your masterpiece!

      7. this is gorgeous Drick!!! so sunny and tasty looking.

      8. This is a lovely cake. You are a good baker and as well as cook

      9. What a pretty cake! I like all the different flavors.