Millionaire's Cake

Vickie Parks


As simple as this dessert is to make, it's amazing how delicious it is. It has a tropical touch, and everyone seems to love it. The recipe was created years ago, before manufacturers began to economize and downsize boxed foods, with cake mixes going from 18.5-oz boxes to 15.25-oz boxes now. And the instructions were use only half the batter (discarding the remaining batter or using it to make cupcakes). But with smaller cake mixes now, it's easier to use all of the prepared batter. It produces a loftier cake, but that's better than wasting cake batter.

It's sometimes called Hawaiian Cake.


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35 Min
25 Min


  • 15.25-oz box
    yellow cake mix, plus ingredients listed on the box (such as eggs, oil, etc)
  • 1 (3.4-oz) box
    instant vanilla pudding mix, plus ingredients listed on box (milk, etc)
  • 1 (8-oz) pkg
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (20-oz) can(s)
    crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 1 (8-oz) pkg
    whipped topping (cool whip), thawed

  • 1/3 cup
    finely chopped nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, etc)
  • 1/3 cup
    shredded coconut
  • about 36
    maraschino cherries, stems removed

How to Make Millionaire's Cake


  1. Spray 9x13x2-inch baking dish with nonstick baking spray; set aside.
  2. Prepare cake mix for 9x13 baking dish according to box directions. Pour batter into 9x13 baking pan, and bake as directed on box. Let cake cool completely.
  3. Prepare pudding as directed on package. Add the softened cream cheese, and beat until well blended. Spread pudding mixture over the surface of the cooled cake.
  4. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the drained pineapple (too much pineapple juice will make the frosting runny). Distribute pineapple evenly over the pudding mixture.
  5. Spread Cool Whip evenly over the pineapple layer.
  6. Garnish the top with chopped nuts, shredded coconut, and maraschino cherries, as desired. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  7. To get 18 servings, cut 3 rows across and 6 rows vertically.

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About Millionaire's Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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