Delicious Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake Recipe for Summer

Are you tired of the same old cake recipes? Do you want to impress your guests with a unique and tasty dessert that will transport them straight to the sandy beaches of Hawaii? Look no further than this Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake recipe.

As a baker, I can testify that this recipe is not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make. All you need are a few simple ingredients, and you’ll be able to create a stunning cake that looks as good as it tastes.

But what exactly is an ice-box cake, you may ask? It’s a throwback dessert that gained popularity in the early 20th century when refrigeration became more widespread. These cakes are made by layering cookies or crackers with whipped cream or pudding and letting them sit in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. The end result is a cake that’s both moist and creamy, with layers of flavor bursting in every bite.

In this particular recipe, we’re taking the classic ice-box cake and giving it a Hawaiian twist. With ingredients like crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, and instant banana pudding mix, this cake is bursting with tropical flavors. It’s no wonder that Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake has become a fan-favorite dessert at luaus and summer parties.

So why not try something new for your next special occasion? This Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake is sure to impress even your pickiest guests with its unique combination of flavors and beautiful presentation.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake
Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake

Listen up, folks- if you are a lover of tropical flavors and crave desserts that are as refreshing as they are delicious, then let me introduce you to the Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake Recipe. This recipe is the epitome of perfection- and I say this with no exaggeration.

First of all, who doesn’t love an icebox cake? It’s quick, easy, and requires no baking- perfect for those hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven. But what makes this dessert truly special is the infusion of Hawaiian flavors that will transport you to a tropical paradise. Fresh pineapple is mixed with cream cheese to create a luscious filling that’s spread over layers of vanilla wafer cookies, which soak up the sweetness of coconut milk and condensed milk.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the instant banana pudding mix – it adds a depth of flavor and texture that will blow your taste buds away. And for those who want to up their game, there are endless variations of this recipe including a chocolate icebox cake or even a mocha chocolate icebox cake.

The Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake Recipe is versatile too; it can be served as a unique birthday cake or as a show-stopper at any gathering or potluck. It’s also perfect for anyone looking for dairy-free options by substituting some ingredients to cater for their dietary requirements.

Trust me when I say this – you cannot go wrong with this recipe. It’s simple, yet mind-blowing in every way possible!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven on a plate
A slice of heaven on a plate

Here are the key ingredients you will need to make this delicious Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake:

Ingredients 1:

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant banana pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold skim milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

Ingredients 2:

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut

Ingredients 3:

  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup sugar

Note: You will also need a box of vanilla wafer cookies to complete this recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready for a tropical party in your mouth
Get ready for a tropical party in your mouth

Now, we get to the main event: how to make this scrumptious Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake recipe! Trust me, it’s easier than trying to wiggle out of a straight-jacket. Just follow these instructions and you’ll be chowing down on a slice of paradise in no time.


  • 1 (18 1/2 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant banana pudding mix
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk

Step 1: Preparing the cake mixture

First things first, I grab my trusty mixing bowl and combine the yellow cake mix, instant banana pudding mix, and water. Then I add in the egg whites, milk, and vegetable oil, stirring the entire thing together until all lumps are well beaten outta there.

Step 2: Baking the cake

I pour the mixture into a greased baking sheet or pan and bake it in the oven according to the instructions on the box.

Step 3: Prepare coconut syrup

After taking out the cake from oven allow it to cool then I prepare my coconut syrup by mixing condensed milk with coconut milk. It’s like a match made in heaven!

Step4: Assembling & refrigerating the cake

Once the cake cools sufficiently pour syrup over it and refrigerate until chilled for at least an hour. Simple as that! You can even make it ahead of time if you’re planning an event or something.

Serving Suggestions:

I like to top this hawaiian ice-box cake off with some whipped cream and few slices of pineapple. After all, we all could use a little extra fruit in our diet, right?


If you’re feeling adventurous (and who isn’t when it comes to dessert?), try switching out the yellow cake for chocolate or making a pina colada flavor with white cake and lime instead of banana pudding. The possibilities are endless with this versatile recipe.

That’s all folks! Enjoy your delicious Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake recipe and spread your love just like Elvis Presley who considered this recipe as his favorite.

Substitutions and Variations

 Cool off with this refreshing ice-box cake
Cool off with this refreshing ice-box cake

You know what they say – variety is the spice of life, and that certainly rings true when it comes to baking! Here are some substitutions and variations you can try with the Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake recipe.

First up, if you’re not a fan of bananas, you can swap out the instant banana pudding mix for a different flavor. Vanilla, chocolate, and lemon pudding mixes all work well in this recipe. You could also add some cocoa powder for a rich chocolatey flavor or some lemon zest to brighten things up.

If you’re looking to make this recipe a little healthier, consider using coconut milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. It’s still creamy and delicious, but with fewer calories and less sugar. You could also use Greek yogurt in place of the cream cheese, or try using almond milk instead of skim milk.

For a fun twist on the classic Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake, try using crushed pineapple and shredded coconut in place of the bananas. This will give your cake a tropical vibe that’s perfect for summer parties or backyard barbecues. You could also add some chopped macadamia nuts for crunch or drizzle some caramel sauce over the top.

And finally, if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not try making a different type of icebox cake? There are endless variations out there – from mocha chocolate to pina colada to s’mores. Check out some recipes on websites like Yummly or Allrecipes for inspiration.

No matter how you choose to make this Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake recipe your own, one thing is for sure – it’s going to be delicious!

Serving and Pairing

 Indulge in a taste of the Hawaiian islands
Indulge in a taste of the Hawaiian islands

Now that your Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake is ready to serve, let’s talk about how to enjoy this tropical dessert to the fullest.

First of all, feel free to garnish the top and sides of your cake with toasted coconut flakes or sliced pineapple before serving for a touch of Hawaii-inspired decoration. You can also sprinkle some crushed pecans or macadamia nuts on top for added crunchiness and nuttiness.

As for pairing, this sweet and creamy cake pairs well with a variety of beverages. For an ultimate Hawaiian experience, you can serve it with a Mai Tai cocktail or a fruity punch made with citrusy juices and coconut water. A glass of iced tea or lemonade will also work nicely, especially on hot summer days.

If you want a richer and creamier pairing, you can serve your Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top. The contrast between the cold ice cream and the soft cake creates a heavenly balance in your mouth.

Another option is to serve small slices of the cake as part of a dessert platter, alongside other tropical treats such as mango sorbet, guava jam, or passionfruit cookies. This way, you can create a mini Hawaiian feast that everyone will rave about.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair your Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake, one thing is for certain: it’s always better shared among family and friends. So invite your loved ones over and share this deliciously nostalgic dessert together – maybe even reminisce on lost times.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Layers upon layers of creamy deliciousness
Layers upon layers of creamy deliciousness

You know what’s better than a delicious slice of Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake? Having a pre-made, already chilled cake in your refrigerator, waiting for you to enjoy! Yes, this cake can be made ahead of time and stored for easy access when dessert time arrives.

Once the cake is assembled and layered with the creamy filling, simply cover it with a plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in the refrigerator. The cake should chill for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow all the flavors to meld together and the texture to set up properly.

When you are ready to serve, remove it from the refrigerator and garnish with some extra whipped cream, slices of banana or crushed pineapple, and some sprinkles of shredded coconut. This is a perfect dessert to make for your kid’s birthday party or any gathering where you want to impress your guests.

If you have any leftover cake, don’t discard it! You can store it in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to three days. Just make sure you take out the cake from the steady environment of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving. Allow for it to come back to room temperature before serving so that it is easier to slice through all those scrumptious layers.

And if you want a little variation from the traditional Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake recipe, why not experiment with some different toppings like chocolate chips or some caramel drizzle? Or play around with adding different fruits on top like strawberries, raspberries or blueberries? The possibilities are endless!

So next time you are craving something sweet and indulgent, whip up this iconic Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake recipe and let it chill in your fridge until ready to serve. It’s convenient and oh-so-delicious!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Embrace the aloha spirit with each bite
Embrace the aloha spirit with each bite

As a seasoned baker, I know that every recipe comes with its own set of challenges, and the Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake Recipe is no exception. That’s why I’m here to share some tips on how to achieve perfect results every time you make this delicious cake.

First and foremost, it’s crucial to follow the recipe instructions and measurements precisely. Small variations can result in significant changes in the final product, so make sure you have all your ingredients on hand before you start making the cake.

To ensure a smooth texture for the cake mixture, use an electric mixer to whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Conversely, be careful not to over-whisk them as they can become dry and have an adverse effect on the finished product.

When it comes to the instant banana pudding mix for this recipe, try changing it up by swapping out for vanilla or coconut pudding for different flavor combinations. However, bear in mind that these substitutes could alter the thickness of your cake mixture.

Another tip is to let your ice-box cake chill in the refrigerator overnight or for at least six hours after preparation. This helps set the mixture properly and develop rich flavors with every bite.

It may be tempting to adorn your Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake with various toppings such as whipped cream or chocolate shavings. Still, because this cake is already quite rich and flavorful, adding more layers or textures can quickly become overwhelming. Therefore it’s best to keep things simple by garnishing only with small pineapple chunks and shredded coconut.

Lastly, since cooking permits some level of creativity, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of this recipe. Whether its adding new ingredients or altering their quantities slightly, experimentation guarantees excitement in producing a delicious outcome.

Following these tips will undoubtedly bring you one step closer towards creating an exceptional icebox cake worthy of rave reviews and a crowd favorite at birthday parties and other special occasions.


As you prepare to whip up this refreshing Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake, you may have some questions about the recipe or its ingredients. Don’t worry! In this section, I’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about the Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake Recipe. From substitutions to serving suggestions, read on to find the answers you need to make this delicious cake a success.

How do you make a box cake moist and fluffy?

For the perfect cake, starting with the box instructions is always a good idea. However, with a few simple additions, you can take your cake to the next level. Consider adding an extra egg to your cake batter for added moisture, or switch out the water for dairy to make your cake even richer. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different liquids like pineapple juice or espresso to enhance the flavor profile. Using butter instead of oil can also add richness to your cake. For an extra moist cake, try adding a few spoonfuls of mayo to the mix.

What is ice box cake made of?

Icebox cake is a simple, yet delicious dessert that requires no baking whatsoever. This dessert is typically created by layering ingredients such as cream, condensed milk, and wafer cookies, and then letting it set in the refrigerator. The beauty of this dessert lies in its flexibility, allowing for endless flavor possibilities, as long as you use a cream-and-cookie base. So, get ready to impress your friends and family with this easy and adaptable treat.

What was Elvis Presley’s favorite cake?

According to folklore, a cake that was beloved by none other than ‘the King of Rock and Roll,’ Elvis Presley, was a tantalizingly succulent pineapple and pecan cake that was made by his grandmother at his behest during his visits.

How do you make a box cake like a bakery cake?

Welcome to my baking tips and recommendations! As an experienced baker, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make your baked goods even more delicious.

First off, try using milk instead of water in your recipes. This will create a creamier texture and add a touch of richness to your baked goods.

Another tip is to add extra eggs to your recipes. This will not only add more moisture, but it will also make your baked goods richer and more flavorful.

For a sweeter taste and a softer texture, try adding sugar and flour to your dry mix. This will create a more tender crumb and a more satisfying bite.

If you’re baking a chocolate cake, consider using coffee instead of water in your recipe. This will enhance the chocolate flavor and add a subtle depth to your cake.

To add moisture and rich flavor to your baked goods, try using sour cream. It’s perfect for adding a tangy kick to your desserts and will make them even more irresistible.

Lastly, consider adding pudding to your recipe. This will make your baked goods more moist and flavorful. Plus, it’s an easy way to elevate any recipe and impress your guests. Happy baking!

Bottom Line


Now that you know how to make this delicious Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake, there’s no reason for you to wait any longer. Go to your kitchen and start cooking now! This cake is the perfect dessert for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday party or just a good old fashioned family picnic. With its dreamy combination of sweet condensed milk and crushed pineapple, this cake is sure to become your new favorite.

But why stop here? Don’t be afraid to experiment and create your own variations of this recipe. Maybe try swapping out the crushed pineapple for some fresh berries or add in a different flavored pudding mix. The possibilities are endless, and the end result will always be a mouth-watering delight.

If you’re looking for something sweet but also easy to prepare, then this Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake should definitely be at the top of your list. Its simplicity and versatility make it the perfect choice for any baker, from beginners to experts. Plus, it’s sure to impress all your friends and family, so you’ll definitely want to add it to your go-to dessert repertoire.

So what are you waiting for? Give this amazing recipe a try today, and I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake

Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake Recipe

Recipe from the "Women Who Can Dish It Out -- Junior League of Springfield, Missouri" cookbook. I love cakes that can be stored in the fridge -- this allows my hubby to sample a piece each night after dinner. This recipe calls for the "lighter version" of ingredients in order to avoid any guilt in having a piece night after night until its gone.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 260.7kcal


  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 (18 1/2 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant banana pudding mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can unsweetened crushed canned pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, toasted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix water, egg whites and cake mix in a large bowl at low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Pour batter into a 13x9x2 inch baking dish that is coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 35 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center. Let cool in pan on a wire rack.
  • Beat milk and pudding mix in a medium bowl at low speed for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cover and chill for 5 minutes. Stir in pineapple. Using handle of wooden spoon, pierce 48 holes in top of cake. Spread pudding mixture over cake and spread whipped topping over pudding mixture. Toast coconut in flat pan for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently for even toasting. Sprinkle topping with toasted coconut. Refrigerate.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 123g | Calories: 260.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.8g | Protein: 4.7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Cholesterol: 1.7mg | Sodium: 451.9mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 28.7g

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