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chocolate haupia cake

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a recipe by
Julie Madawi
Clermont, FL

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
serves 12 - 16
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For chocolate haupia cake

  • 3 can
    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