Meryl Hausner Recipe

Pineapple Coconut Surprise Cake

By Meryl Hausner MeMe1130

Recipe Rating:
 4 Ratings

Meryl's Story

When I was a school teacher, one of my fellow teachers made this cake and everybody asked her for the recipe. Now I am passing the recipe along to my online friends.
*This cake tastes better made day ahead.


1 box
yellow cake mix
large can of crushed pineapple
1 pkg
coconut, flaked
1 pkg
cream cheese
1 1/4 c
1 pkg
vanilla pudding, instant
1 large
cool whip

Directions Step-By-Step

Bake cake mix in a 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 X 1 inch pan, according to box directions.
While cake is baking, drain pineapple. Let cream cheese stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
In a bowl place cream cheese, gradually add a little milk at a time beating at medium speed to blend mixure smoothly.
Then add pudding and beat at low speed for 12 minutes. Spread mixture over cake.
Top with crushed pineapple, sprinkled evenly.
On top of this spread cool whip.
Sprinkle coconut over everything.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

  • Comments

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    Julie Hatley julescakes - May 23, 2010
    Sounds wonderful. I love cakes like this! I'm putting it in my recipe box! Thanks for sharing.
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    Karla Everett Karla59 - Jul 21, 2011
    Karla Everett [Karla59] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
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    Jean Campbell gwashington1961 - Feb 22, 2012
    Prior to WWII my Dad was a Navy Chief Radio Operator stationed in Pearl Harbor. He was a young man and felt called on to work with a Sea Scout Explorer Post for the young Hawaiian boys & girls. The Dole family was a sponsor of the Sea Scouts. My Dad & one of the Dole sons became friends. Dad ate at the Dole's on many occasions. His ship sailed out on a duty assignment 12/6/1941. They missed being in Pearl when the attack came on 12/7/1941. As an after effect of the attack, Dad's ship was forced to join a few other ships to sail as the only protection West of the Hawaiian Islands. Eventually the Navy was supposed to resupply the provisions for the ships. When they reached the rendevous site they found the ship that was supposed to resupply their ship had been sunk. They fished a few cases of food [that they could find]from the ocean. Even cooking very carefully the entire crew got Dysentary. Eventually their ship was relieved and the crew was hospitalized in Alaska.

    After the war, Dad came home still missing the Hawaiian foods he had learned to enjoy in 1939-1941. He was thrilled that Mom had a recipe for Glorified Rice she had come across in a magazine [perhaps Woman's Day or Family Circle?]. To cooked & chilled white rice, she added drained Dole Pineapple Tidbits & halved red Maraschino Cherries. She whipped a pint of Whipping Cream, sweetened with 1-3 Tbsp. of white sugar until stiff peaks are formed. She then folded the Cream into the Rice-Fruit mixture. Dad requested this delicious dish more than once a week. He said it reminded him of happier times prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He lost many friends that day at the start of WWII. Of course the memories of the foods those young men survived on while fighting to beat back the horror's of that war, they most assuredly were not anything more than survival rationing.

    When I started Home Economics in 1957 [my freshman year in high school], we were given a series of recipe booklets by our teacher. One of them carried a Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe. I made it as a surprise for both my parents. We all fell in love with it. My bother figured out how to bake it over a campfire on a Boy Scouts of America Troop weekend campout.

    In 1967 my son was born. As he grew I enrolled him in Cub Scouts then Boy Scouts, again we brought out the Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It is a treat well loved in our family. This Pineapple Coconut Surprise Cake is a recipe that will be a major thrill for family & friends.

    Thenk you for sharing this recipe, Ms. Meryl. LOL :-)
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    Jean Campbell gwashington1961 - Feb 22, 2012
    I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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    Meryl Hausner MeMe1130 - Feb 22, 2012
    Thank you for this beautiful & heartwarming story.