This easy cake is made in the style of a tres leches cake but with pina colada flavor.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch cake pan.

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  • Stir yellow cake mix, eggs, water, and vegetable oil in a bowl until moistened; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in crushed pineapple. Pour batter into the prepared cake pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cake is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with moist crumbs, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove cake from oven.

  • Whisk cream of coconut with milk in a bowl until smooth; pour mixture over hot cake. Allow cake to cool thoroughly.

  • Whip cream in a mixing bowl with sugar, using an electric mixer, until whipped cream holds soft peaks. Frost top of cake with whipped cream and sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Cook's Note:

Make sure you use cream of coconut, not coconut milk or coconut juice. It is usually found with the alcoholic beverages, as it is used to make pina colada drinks.

Nutrition Facts

503 calories; protein 4.6g 9% DV; carbohydrates 63.8g 21% DV; fat 26.5g 41% DV; cholesterol 76.2mg 25% DV; sodium 337.2mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2015
Ok so I reviewed this a few months ago and I said I added some sweetened condensed milk to sweeten up the milk & coconut cream bcuz the coco cream was not sweet at all. Today I made the cake again and this time decided to use Goya brand coconut cream and it's sweet! So there's sweet coconut cream and unsweetened coconut cream...never knew that until today! Hope this helps! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/25/2015
This was okay. Won't make again. I realize it's a Tres Leche cake but it's just too wet for us. Recommend using only half the amount of coconut cream on top. Extremely hard to find coconut cream these days so I wouldn't be likely to try this again anyway. Read More
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55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2015
Ok so I reviewed this a few months ago and I said I added some sweetened condensed milk to sweeten up the milk & coconut cream bcuz the coco cream was not sweet at all. Today I made the cake again and this time decided to use Goya brand coconut cream and it's sweet! So there's sweet coconut cream and unsweetened coconut cream...never knew that until today! Hope this helps! Read More
(34)
Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2012
I was a little apprehensive about trying this cake. I usually don't favor Tres Leches cake, as it is usually to wet for my taste. This recipe sounded promising and I found that it was perfectly moist, with the right amount of sweetness. The flavor of the cake is on the delicate side so if you are looking for an intense pina colada flavor, or something that is very sweet this cake isn't it. Otherwise enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2012
Everyone that tried it, loved it. Next time, we are going to add some rum to it. Loved the whipped topping, made it a lighter-tasting cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2013
Love this cake! I am not a fan of traditional tres leche cake. It is just too wet. This cake is moist and light and delicious! I made it last week for my family. They loved it. I want to make it again but I'm having trouble finding cream of coconut! I wish I remember where I bought it before. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2015
Amazing! I thought this might be too soggy once I pored the coconut cream on but it wasn't. Also instead of regular milk I used coconut milk. I also whipped 2.5 cups of heavy cream with 1/2 cup sugar and it turned out to be a perfect ratio. RAVE REVIEWS a!! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2013
Cake mixes are not as large now. The one I bought Duncan Heinz the only one I could find without pudding was 16.5 ounces so we added 1.7 ounces of flour. I was worried about whether or not the pineapple should have been drained or not. I didn't drain it. I used more toasted coconut on top probably about a cup. We also added a little rum to the whipping cream. The cake was a HUGE hit at the dinner party to which we took it. We'll probably cut down on the milk next time. YUM!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2013
Everyone that tried this cake LOVED it (even people who claim to NOT like cake)! It is not too sweet and not too wet for my liking...just perfect. But as other reviewers have done I also used about 1/4 of a cup of toasted coconut on top. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2013
My family loved it. I added coconut to the batter used apple sauce instead of oil and cut down the water to 1 cup. Also used light cool whip instead of whipping the cream myself. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2012
A really moist light not over-whelmingly sweet but sweet enough to hit the spot. Really simple to make. Everyone one loved it and had at least two pieces even people who claimed not to like coconuts could not resist seconds. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/25/2015
This was okay. Won't make again. I realize it's a Tres Leche cake but it's just too wet for us. Recommend using only half the amount of coconut cream on top. Extremely hard to find coconut cream these days so I wouldn't be likely to try this again anyway. Read More
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