Chocolate Haupia Cake

Julie Madawi


Haupia cake is a traditional Hawaiian dessert made with white cake, topped with coconut (haupia) pudding and whipped cream, that my children frequently request as a special birthday dessert.

My son asked me to tweak it and make it a chocolate cake instead of the usual white cake. I added chocolate to the whipping cream to complete the chocolate update.

The whole family loved it, and now it is our new favorite special cake!


★★★★★ 1 vote

12 - 16
20 Min
30 Min



  • 3 can(s)
    coconut milk, unsweetened, divided
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • CAKE

  • 1 box
    duncan hines chocolate cake mix
  • 3
  • 1/3 c
    canola oil
  • 2/3 c
    coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 2/3 c

  • 2 c
    whipping cream
  • 1/3 c
    coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1/4 c
    cocoa, unsweetened
  • 2/3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp
    espresso, brewed
  • 1 pinch

How to Make Chocolate Haupia Cake


  1. Make the haupia pudding first.
  2. Heat the coconut milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Mix water and cornstarch together. Slowly stir into the coconut milk, stirring constantly until it boils and thickens. Boil and stir for one minute.
  4. Remove from heat. Allow to cool, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin from forming.
  5. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using the coconut milk and water. Bake in a 9" X 13" pan. Cool.
  6. Once cake is cooled, "frost" with the haupia pudding and place in the fridge to set.
  7. Place a medium bowl and beaters in the freezer to chill. Mix the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder together in a small bowl, set aside.
  8. When you are ready to serve the cake, beat the whipping cream, adding the sugar mixture, until thick enough to hold it's shape. Spread over cake and serve.
  9. Refrigerate any leftovers

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About Chocolate Haupia Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian
Dietary Needs: Soy Free

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