Pineapple Coconut Cake

Pineapple Coconut Cake Recipe is an old fashioned recipe, made with pudding, pineapple, coconut, and nuts.

It is baked in a sheet pan.

This popular moist and delicious cake arrives at many potluck and  family gatherings because it is easy to bake and handle.

It becomes more moist and flavorful if it is made a day ahead. You will not have leftovers to take home.

If you do carry it to an event or just serve it to guests at home, have a few additional copies of the recipe to share... you are sure to get requests for them.

Pineapple Coconut Cake

  • 1 9"x13" layer Vanilla Cake Recipe

  • 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, packed in juice

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 prepared Coconut Cream Pie filling

  • 1 can flaked coconut

  • 8 oz. frozen whipped cream, thawed

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Prepare cake according to directions.

Bake this cake in a 9"x13" sheet pan instead of the 2 round layer cake pans that recipe calls for.

In a preheated oven 350F. 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, indicating it is done.

While cake is cooking, mix together pineapple and sugar.

Heat in a saucepan on low heat just until sugar is dissolved.

When cake is done remove from the oven.

Leave in pan.

With a toothpick punch holes all over top of cake.

Spoon hot pineapple over hot cake.

Set aside to cool.

While cake is cooling, prepare Coconut Pie filling according to directions.

Spoon over pineapple.

Cool cake completely.

Top with thawed whipped cream.

Sprinkle with coconut and then nuts.

Chill in the refrigerator several hours or overnight.

Cut into squares and serve.

Quick Box Cake Method

  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix (I use Pineapple flavored)

  • 1 can pineapple as above

  • 1 cup sugar as above

  • I (6oz.) box vanilla pudding mix (not instant)

  • whipped cream and nuts as above

  • 3/4 cup coconut

Mix Cake Mix according to directions on box.

Pour into 13" x 9" pan and bake as directed on box.

Continue to assemble cake as above.


This cake has been called different names, including Robert Redford cake. 

I first tasted this delicious cake and acquired the recipe sometime in the late 1980s, at work.

I have searched for the origan of it without success.

However, I did find that there was a meeting of newspaper food writers in St. Louis in June of 1981.

This recipe was passed around in that meeting between editors. 

Someone from the Pitsburgh newspaper posted the recipe and said she got the recipe from a fellow editor at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida.

That editor said she got it from someone at the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina.  

I did not find out when she got it from the Charolotte Observer.

This cake is a winner! 

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