Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake is bursting with flavor, and topped with cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts. Make it for a tropical party, afternoon tea, or for whenever you crave a sweet treat from the tropics!

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Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake

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Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake

I love tropical flavours in food, and with the pineapple and coconut in this Hawaiian cake, I of course love this recipe!

The cake is baked and frosted in a rectangular (glass) baking dish, making it portable and perfect for taking on picnics, or to potlucks. Or cut it up into small squares to serve at parties or a Hawaiian luau.

This cake is made without any oil or butter, and each bite is bursting with coconut, walnuts, and pineapple. The cream cheese frosting is light, creamy, and tart, not overly sweet.

It’s one of those cakes that gets better with time – it’s just as delicious on day four as it is on day one!

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Ingredients for Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake

Ingredients used in this Hawaiian cake recipe

To make this cake you will need flour, sugar, baking soda, and eggs – usual cake making ingredients. You are also going to need canned, crushed pineapple, coconut flakes, and chopped walnuts.

To make the frosting you will need cream cheese, butter, powdered (icing) sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.

For my UK readers: This recipe uses American cup measurements. Since I use this type of measurement often, I find it handy to have a set of these cups in the kitchen.

Hawaiian pineapple coconut cake

Equipment used in this recipe

The cake itself is made with a good, old fashioned wooden spoon and mixing bowl. And the frosting is whipped up using an electric mixer – whether you have a stand mixer or handheld mixer, it’s all good.

You will also need a 9″ x 13″ baking dish (33cm x 23cm), this can be Pyrex/glass type or regular aluminum baking pan. As long as you grease it well, and it’s oven proof – use what you got!

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How do I make Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake?

This tropical cake is so easy to make! Simply place all of the cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and mix well with a wooden spoon until combined.

hawaiian cake ingredients being added to mixing bowl
add chopped walnuts to Hawaiian cake mix
walnuts and coconut in mixing bowl
Mixing Hawaiian cake batter
Mixed Hawaiian cake batter

Once the cake batter is mixed together, transfer to a greased 9in x 13in baking dish

Transferring Hawaiian cake mix to dish
transferring Hawaiian cake batter to dish

Bake for 45 minutes until cooked through. You can test the doneness of the cake by inserting a cocktail stick or skewer into the center of the cake and it should come out clean.

Cool in the pan and then make the frosting by beating the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

Then add softened butter, powdered (icing) sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt and mix until well combined.

frosting ingredients
whipped frosting

Using a spatula, spread the cream cheese frosting over the cooled Hawaiian cake, and add a sprinkling of finely chopped walnuts.

spreading frosting on cake
frosted Hawaiian cake
chopped walnuts

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Frosted Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake cut into squares on a cake stand
Squares of pineapple coconut Hawaiian cake with cream cheese frosting
Hawaiian Cake

Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake Recipe

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This delicious Hawaiian cake is packed with pineapple, coconut and walnuts and topped with a cream cheese frosting. It is best on the second day and keeps well for several days in a container in the refrigerator.


For the cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 x 20oz/570g canned crushed pineapple, in its own juice (do not drain juice)
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1 x 8oz/225g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick/½ cup/115g unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered (icing) sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


    1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and grease a 9" x 13" (33cm x 23cm) baking pan.
    2. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, eggs, crushed pineapple and juice, coconut flakes, and walnuts. in a large mixing bowl by hand until well combined.
    3. Pour cake batter into greased baking pan.
    4. Bake for 45 minutes until cooked through. (Insert a cocktail stick into the center of the cake, it should come out clean.)
    5. Cool completely in pan.
    6. Beat cream cheese in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add butter, powdered (icing) sugar, vanilla extract, and salt then beat with an electric mixer until well combined.
    7. Spread cream cheese frosting over the cake and sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts.
    8. Cut into 24 pieces and serve immediately. Or cover cake (uncut) and refrigerate until serving.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 32gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 3g

This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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