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Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake

5 from 1 vote
This recipe for pineapple coconut poke cake takes a regular old boxed cake mix and turns it into something truly magical. Pineapple coconut poke cake is great for summer.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Featured image showing the finished pineapple coconut poke cake ready to eat.

This recipe for pineapple coconut poke cake takes a regular old boxed cake mix and turns it into something truly magical. Pineapple coconut poke cake is great for summer.

It’s light, flavorful, and indulgent. Packed with all those summer flavors we crave all year long. If summer had a taste it would be this delicious poke cake.

If you’ve never made a poke cake, don’t worry, it’s super simple and the name comes from the holes we will poke in the cake so that there’s extra space for all the delicious filing to soak into the cake and make it even more moist and delicious.

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Pins showing the finished pineapple coconut poke cake ready to eat.

Another delicious summer must try recipe are these layered red white and blue cupcakes, don’t miss out! Another poke cake to try is this Firecracker red white and blue cake for the summer holidays!

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried a poke cake. If you are more interested in chocolate recipes you’ll want to head on over to this chocolate turtle poke cake for all the chocolate caramel goodness! Chocolate Peanut Butter Dump Cake is another really easy chocolate cake dessert for the chocolate lovers out there.

What the heck is a poke cake?!

Poke cake is just a regular cake recipe that is 100 times better because we poke some holes in it while it’s still warm and then add some filling. Today we’re adding pineapple and pudding but in some recipes you add whipped cream, sauces, fruit filling, etc.

Essentially you can add anything to the poke cake that will soak in better and fill in the holes to create a simple way to have a filled cake recipe. Poke cake is a great way to make sure that you never end up with a boring, dry, run of the mill cake for dessert.

Featured image showing the finished pineapple coconut poke cake ready to eat.

Looking for the best kitchen accessories for baking tasty desserts?

If you are trying to pick out some of the best supplies to stock your kitchen for cake mix recipes and baking in general, these are some of our favorites and must have items.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing cake mix recipes which can settle and become thin at lot easier than traditional cookie dough.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixer, spatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

A side view of the finished pineapple coconut poke cake ready to eat.

Here’s what you will need to make a pineapple coconut poke cake at home:

To make this really simple dessert recipe you’ll need a few ingredients from the pantry and some from the refrigerator as well.

Start with a boxed yellow cake mix and the ingredients directed for making it on the back. We will also need sugar, crushed pineapple, vanilla instant pudding, cold milk, eagle brand condensed milk, cool whip topping that is thawed, and some shaved coconut!

All the ingredients needed to make a pineapple coconut poke cake laid out before we begin cooking.

Can you believe that it’s that easy?! There’s nothing complicated in this recipe. Just some regular, easy to grab staples from the grocery store. You can keep a lot of these items on hand in the pantry or the freezer which makes it a great recipe to pull out at a moments notice when heading to a potluck, party, family gathering, etc.

How to make the best summer poke cake recipe:

This recipe is great for summer because what says summer better than pineapples and coconuts?! Nothing! BUT you can make this recipe whenever you want. It’s like a taste of summer even in the dead of winter so feel free to bust this tasty dessert recipe out whenever you need to be transported to your favorite beach locale for some rest and relaxation.

cake mix ingredients being put together so it can be mixed and baked.

Like most of my recipes here at Cake Mix Recipes I keep things simple. There’s nothing super complicated going on here but I’ll lay it all out for you step by step so you can see just how simple it is to make pineapple coconut poke cake.

Cake mix being mixed up.

The first thing we need to do is prepare the cake mix. You’ll follow the directions on the back of the box.They can vary slightly between brands so just follow the directions for whichever type you bought! 

Poke cake holes being poked.

Next, take the cake from the oven and use a wooden spoon to carefully poke holes in the cake. You can do it randomly or go in rows like I do, either way will work. Do this while the cake is still warm.

The cake with all the holes poked into it.

The next thing we need to do is boil the crushed pineapple with the sugar for about 2 or 3 minutes. You’ll pour this over the still warm cake after you have finished simmering it for a few minutes. You can prepare this during the last 10 or so minutes of bake time on your cake if you like! 

cooked pineapple sugar mixture ready to go on the cake.

Let the cake cool completely. Then make the pudding with milk and condensed milk, we will spread that on top of the cake when it’s done being mixed and is soft set.  

Pineapple mixture on top of the cake.

Next up we have the whipped topping. Spread the cool whip on top of the layer of pudding.

cool whip layer being added.

Finally, top all of that with coconut! It looks incredible and you’ll want to dive right in but you should let the cake get nice and cold before serving…trust me the flavors all need just a little bit of time to come together!

coconut being added to the top of the cake.

Refrigerate the cake and let it get nice and cold before serving. 

Another look at the finished pineapple coconut poke cake ready to eat.

Do you want to make more cake mix recipes?

If you are looking for more cake mix recipes you could not have landed in a better spot on the web. Here’s a few of our favorite recipes made with boxed cake mixes that I think you’ll love.

A close up view of the finished pineapple coconut poke cake recipe.

There’s something for everyone and each of these recipes is simple and straightforward, no muss, no fuss. Just simple desserts that the whole family will enjoy.

Try out Apple Pie Cookies, Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, Twix cookies, brownie batter dip, key lime cookies, chocolate cherry cookies, vanilla cake with strawberry filling.

More options are these butter pecan cookies, banana bread with cake mix, 3 ingredient cake mix cookies, cinnamon donutsfunfetti sugar cookie trufflesred velvet cake mix cookies.

There’s more! Don’t miss out on these lemon cake mix cookies, and even cream soda cake mix cupcakes!

Printable Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake Recipe:

Featured image showing the finished pineapple coconut poke cake ready to eat.

Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake

5 from 1 vote
This recipe for pineapple coconut poke cake takes a regular old boxed cake mix and turns it into something truly magical. Pineapple coconut poke cake is great for summer.
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Servings: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix ingredients needed to make cake as directed, soft butter, eggs and water
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large box vanilla instant pudding 5.1 ounces
  • 2 ½ cups cold milk
  • ½ cup Eagle brand condensed milk
  • 1 8oz. Cool whip topping, thawed
  • 1 bag coconut

Instructions

  • The first thing we need to do is prepare the cake mix. You’ll follow the directions on the back of the box.They can vary slightly between brands so just follow the directions for whichever type you bought!
  • Next, take the cake from the oven and use a wooden spoon to carefully poke holes in the cake. You can do it randomly or go in rows like I do, either way will work. Do this while the cake is still warm.
  • The next thing we need to do is boil the crushed pineapple with the sugar for about 2 or 3 minutes. You’ll pour this over the still warm cake after you have finished simmering it for a few minutes. You can prepare this during the last 10 or so minutes of bake time on your cake if you like!
  • Let the cake cool completely. Then make the pudding with milk and condensed milk, we will spread that on top of the cake when it’s done being mixed and is soft set.
  • Next up we have the whipped topping. Spread the cool whip on top of the layer of pudding.
  • Finally, top all of that with coconut! It looks incredible and you’ll want to dive right in but you should let the cake get nice and cold before serving…trust me the flavors all need just a little bit of time to come together!
  • Refrigerate the cake and let it get nice and cold before serving.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 415mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g

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