This Pina Colada Cake recipe is a fun and EASY way to take a box of yellow cake mix to the next level.
The pineapple and cream of coconut whisk you away to somewhere tropical as you savor every delicious bite of this cake!
Pina Colada Cake may be the fastest way to feel like you’re somewhere sunny and 75. This rich and delicious cake recipe has citrus and creamy coconut flavors added to a yellow cake mix that make it unforgettable!
A box of yellow cake mix is made sweeter with sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut, crushed pineapple, Cool Whip and coconut flakes. This combination makes an easy and delightful poke cake that tastes like a Pina Colada in cake form!
Citrusy and refreshing flavors take us to the Bahamas! So, we also love the fresh tropical flavors in our Glazed Rum Bundt Cake, Orange Cake with Pineapple Icing and Frosting with Coconut and Cream Cheese.
Another light and tropical dessert recipe we have adds marshmallows to make an old-fashioned Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert.
My mom has made this wonderful cake recipe many times over the years!
Imagine sitting on the beach on a hot sunny day enjoying a pina colada. This dessert is non-alcoholic so you can share with your kids and it is quite a value because it can be easily made at home any time of the year. Most of us have to close our eyes while eating to maximize all the beach feelings, so it’s a pretty economical way to enjoy a little escape from the everyday routine.
If you’ve been following for long it’s no secret that we love Disney Cruises and their private island Castaway Cay. So any recipe that takes us there to the Bahamas is a winner! Here are a couple of articles we’ve written about our experiences: Dos & Don’ts for a Disney Cruise and 3-Day Disney Cruise to the Bahamas.
Tips for Making Pina Colada Poke Cake
The most difficult part of the recipe for me was finding the cream of coconut at the grocery store. It is typically in a can or plastic squeezable container near the mixed drink supplies. Next time I’ll just order it here.
Ensure a toothpick tester comes out clean so that cake is finished baking. A lot of ingredients are added, so you need to start with a firm cake.
I like to spread the whipped topping evenly over the top and then pat it with the flat side of a butter knife to make little peaks in the Cool Whip.
Any design or lack of design with the whipped topping will not affect the taste, so don’t stress if it doesn’t look exactly like you’d hope.
Storing in the refrigerator helps keep the cake firmer a little longer. We do prefer serving at room temperature.
Give the cake at least an hour to soak up all of the sweet goodness and enjoy within 24 hours for best results. After a day the cake may become a bit too soggy from all of the added liquid. For these reasons, I would not recommend freezing the cake.
How to Make Pina Colada Cake
Begin by baking a box of classic yellow cake mix as directed in a 9×13 pan.
Once the cake cools, take the small, round end of a wooden spoon and poke about 24 holes in the cake. Space the holes as evenly as possible across the cake so that all of the delicious flavors that will be added can be evenly distributed.
Pour 13 ounces of cream of coconut and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk over the holes.
Make sure the can of crushed pineapple is drained very well as the cake already has a lot of liquid. Then spread the crushed pineapple in an even layer across the top of the cake.
Cover the pineapple with whipped topping and sprinkle with coconut.
Easy Cakes from a Box Mix:
- Best Rich and Moist Chocolate Cake
- Heath Bar Cake
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake
- Pumpkin Pie Cake
- Gooey Butter Cake
- Pistachio Pudding Cake
Having so many delicious cake options means we can mix up our desserts which is always a win!
Printable Recipe for Pina Colada Cake
Pina Colada Cake
- 1 box yellow cake mix bake as directed in 9×13 pan
- 13.5 ounce can of cream of coconut
- 12 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple drained
- 1 container whipped topping
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- Prepare the box of yellow cake mix as directed, use 9 x 13-inch pan.
- Take the small, round end of a wooden spoon and poke about 24 holes in the cake.
- Pour cream of coconut and can of sweetened condensed milk over the holes.
- Spread well-drained crushed pineapple in an even layer over the top of the cake.
- Spread whipped topping across the top and sprinkle with coconut.
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Originally published November 25, 2017 with pictures and explanation updated on February 24, 2020.