My nurse friend shared this recipe with me as it was a staff favorite, and it always used to brighten my day. Now I'm sharing it with you.


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In a rural area whose history is as old as the country itself, there is a dessert that has been making people happy for decades. The Pineapple Coconut Surprise Cake has been handed down through several families, with each new generation improving upon the original recipe. If you're looking for a sweet treat with a hint of tropical flavor and the afternoons are getting long, this is the cake for you. Ignoring the weather outside, one might even argue it's a ray of sunlight. Asking why you should bake this cake? Well, it's not too complicated for a potluck but elegant enough for Sunday dinner, and it has all the taste and character that comes from a cake baked with love.

Perfect accompaniments for this delicious cake are a scoop of handmade vanilla ice cream or a dab of lightly whipped cream. If you're in the mood for something decadent, try serving the Pineapple Coconut Surprise Cake with a glass of chilled milk or a hot cup of strong coffee to really bring out its natural sweetness and cozy, homey flavor.


Cake with Pineapple and Coconut Decadence

Eight to ten servings are available.

To make the cake: - One box of yellow cake mix

- One container of vanilla instant pudding mix, measuring 3.4 oz.

– four sizable eggs

- A measure of 1 cup of vegetable oil

1.5 ounces of water

- Empty can of crushed pineapple (8 oz) (set aside the liquid)

- Grated coconut that has been sweetened, measuring 1 cup

- Chop 1 cup of nuts (walnuts or pecans would be great alternatives)

What to do:

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Preheat a 9x13-inch baking pan and dust it with flour. Or, to make cake removal easier, line the pan with parchment paper.

2. In a large basin, whisk together the cake mix, instant pudding (vanilla), eggs, oil (vegetable), and water. Combine all components by beating thoroughly. Make sure there isn't any lump in the batter.

3. Finally, if utilizing chopped nuts, sweetened coconut, and drained pineapple should all be folded in. The "surprise" part stems from the fact that each mouthful reveals new flavors and textures.

4. Spoon the batter onto the pan that has been preheated and use a spatula to level the top.

5. After 30–35 minutes of preheating the oven, or when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, remove from oven.

6. Gently insert a fork into the cake while it is still warm, and then evenly pour the pineapple juice that has been set aside over the cake. This will give it a wet, sour sweetness that will make this tiny miracle come to life.

7. Place the pan on a wire rack to let the cake cool, and then slice it into squares for serving.

Making it lighter: - Instead of vegetable oil, try using applesauce and a low-fat instant pudding mix.

- A Toasting the coconut flakes before incorporating them into the batter might enhance their coconut flavor for those who want a stronger coconut taste.

- A After the cake has cooled, combine powdered sugar with a little pineapple juice to produce a lovely glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the cake.

- A Last but not least, if you're making this for a special event, a few maraschino cherries sprinkled on top may make every dish visually and gustatorily delightful.


This Pineapple Coconut Surprise Cake is one of those soothing constants that stays the same no matter what the seasons are like or how many years pass. The simplicity of life, the love of family, and the pleasure of sharing a delicious treat are all reflected in it.

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