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Pineapple Sunshine Cake

The Pineapple Sunshine Cake is a quick and easy cake dessert consisting of layers of pound cake or yellow cake with a creamy pineapple filling in between them.

If you don’t have much time, you can buy a pre-made pound cake, such as Sara Lee, or you can use a yellow cake mix and make layers. I usually make several pound cakes at one time and freeze them. Then whenever I need to throw a dessert together quickly, I can prepare this pineapple cake.

How to Make Pineapple Sunshine Cake

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Cut the pound cake lengthwise into thirds, creating 3 long layers. The easiest way to do this is to lay the bread on its side and use a serrated bread knife to cut through.

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If you’re using a yellow cake you can use unflavored dental floss to cut through the cake. Here’s what the layers should look like once they’re cut.

pineapple sunshine cake layers
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pudding mix, milk, and cream cheese until smooth. Add the pineapple.
Fold in the whipped cream or Cool whip, but don’t beat it as it will separate. Refrigerate the filling mixture for 10-15 minutes to give it time to thicken.

Set one layer of the cake on a serving dish; top with one-third of the pineapple mixture.

layering pineapple sunshine cake

Add the middle layer of cake and another one-third of the filling mixture.

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Lastly, add the final layer of cake and the final third of the pineapple mixture.

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Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. There’s another version of this cake as well that doesn’t use cream cheese or milk, that Pineapple Sunshine cake recipe is available here.

If you’re going to be moving the cake around a lot, for example, if you planned on bringing it to a potluck picnic, it would be advisable to secure the layers together by inserting wooden skewers into the cake. This prevents the cake layers from sliding off the cake. Top each skewer with a cherry so you can find them easily when it’s time to cut the cake!

pineapple sunshine cake finished

Or just bake the cake in a 9×13 pan and spread the pineapple topping over the entire top. Decorate with maraschino cherries & bits of pineapples if you want to dress it up a bit.
pineapple sunshine cake bite

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