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Hawaiian Wedding Cake Recipe

Hawaiian Wedding Cake Recipe
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Yield: 12 to 15 servings

We're delighted that this Hawaiian weddding cake recipe, which uses pineapple as its main ingredient, made its way to New England. It's quick, easy, and absolutely delicious -- great for a party. The cake itself is so moist and full of flavor that it would be almost as good without the frosting.

How to Make Hawaiian Wedding Cake

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Hawaiian Wedding Cake
Photo/Art by Jen Perez

For the Cake


  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, with juice (do not drain)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan.

To make the cake, sift the flour and soda into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix by hand. Pour into the baking pan.

Bake for 45 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

For the Frosting


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


To make the frosting, combine all the ingredients and beat until smooth. Once cake has cooled completely , smooth frosting over the Hawaiian Wedding Cake and top with a cherry, if desired.
Updated Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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8 Responses to Hawaiian Wedding Cake Recipe

  1. November 5, 2002 at 7:42 pm #

    The pineapple and coconut make this a very moist but not too sweet cake. The icing is very tasty as well.

  2. Anonymous November 19, 2002 at 3:50 pm #

    This cake is true to its word: light, moist and delicious.

  3. Anonymous November 24, 2002 at 4:26 pm #

    The recipe I had included maraschino cherries and it was a big hit.

  4. Diana Wendt July 2, 2004 at 2:10 pm #

    The true test of success for this particular recipe: It’s now a hit in Hawaii! It’s like an Hawaiian carrot cake, with it’s moistness and dense texture. I used finely chopped macadamia nuts as an ingredient.

  5. Anonymous April 21, 2005 at 5:58 pm #

    I have baked this cake several times and have received nothing but raves. Yesterday I baked it for a pot luck dinner and received 18 requests for the recipe.

  6. Anonymous June 26, 2005 at 10:24 am #

    This was very easy to put together, delicious, and enjoyed by everyone. I will definitely make it many more times again.

  7. marylee tharp June 26, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    I made this for a get together of classmates, at a cook out..needless to say, came home with an empty pan and doz. of request for the recipe..very moist and the men especially liked it. Will be making this often in the future.

  8. Carla Hill September 14, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I made this cake when I saw it on Facebook and loved it! Today I am making it again because it is my husband’s birthday and I asked him what cake he wanted me to make. It was the Hawaiian Wedding Cake hands down!

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