I was never a big fan of coconut cakes untill someone brought this to a chuch function and said you will fall in love with this cake.. just take one bite. After one bite I HAD to have the recipe! Now everyone even the kids ask for this cake!


  • 1 box yellow butter cake mix (or any home made butter cake recipe will do)
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4-1/2 bag of coconut (depeneds on how much coconut you like)
  • 1 16 oz can of crushed pineapple (drained really well)
  • 2 12 oz tubs of cool whip
  • (optional) 1 small container of cream cheese
  • 1 Mcdonalds straw


  1. Bake cake accrording to directions.
    While baking,in a seperate container, mix the coconut milk and the sweetened condensed milk.
    Once the cake is out of the oven poke holes with the straw all over the cake. This is to help the liquid soak in. Proceed to poor all of the milk over the cake. Sprinkle as much coconut as you want over the milk and cover with wrap and put in the fridge for at least a few hours, but its better if left over night.

Now here is where your options come in. If you want it to have a neat star design you can mix both tubs of cool whip with the cream cheese and it makes it thick enough to pipe with a star tip. I just use a large gage tip and make thick stars that fill the whole cake.
If you are not a fan of cream cheese just leave it out .. smooth the cool whip over top and then sprinkle the crushed pineapple over the top and sprinkle with just enough coconut to decorate the top!


Dizzymaiden Says... 2010-06-03 13:12:52

This sounds like a jello cake my mom use to make. I can't wait to try. I assume you bring the cream cheese to room temp to make mixing with cool whip easier?

crazyladybaker Says... 2010-06-05 11:54:25

Sounds yummy. Reminds me of Tres Leches cake :-)

erinalicia Says... 2010-06-05 12:50:23

This is one of my favorite cakes- we always refer to it as "better than sex" cake. I love it during the summer months. If you're making it for adults only you can add a little Malibu rum to the milk mixture. YUM!

jcampbell3595 Says... 2010-06-07 08:23:53

I've made a version of this cake for years now. It's one of the first cakes I learned to make and it is one of my favorites. The only difference is I haven't used the cream cheese, just cook whip on top. I'm sure it's even better with the cream cheese mixed in. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe. I have a church dinner I need to make several cakes for and this may just be one of them!

donuts Says... 2010-06-07 15:39:24

think i'll give this a try sound good

Elba28 Says... 2010-06-10 11:04:43

As soon as I can, I'm going to try it. Thank you.

SharonK1973 Says... 2010-06-14 08:15:06

Thank you very much for this recipe. I made it for a bbq and people literally swooned over it! They were all in love with this cake! It is really good!

Rosey1120 Says... 2010-06-15 17:05:32

My daughter does a version of this cake (does not use the milk) and makes cupcakes with the yellow cake mix. She then puts each cupcake in a plastic drink cup - the clear, hard plastic ones - and then layers the other ingredients on top. It really looks great and is so easy to serve.

meharding Says... 2010-06-20 19:06:57

I made this cake for Father's Day. It was a huge hit! The frosting is cool and light. The cake is not just moist but wet. I was worried it might not hold together well when cut but it cut beautifully. The pineapple on top is the perfect touch. Wonderful recipe.

danyell2 Says... 2010-06-23 15:12:40

I have made a cake like this for years called "Better then Sex". You make a box chocolate cake as directed on the package. When you take it out of the oven poke the holes into it, and pour a can of evaporated milk, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce over it. The chocolate and caramel sauce are however much you want. I usually don't use too much as it becomes way too sweet. Then put it into the fridge overnight. The next day whip a pint of whipping cream and use that as frosting. Do not sweeten the cream, again it will be way too sweet. Then sprinkle with a crushed up toffee candy bar. Oh so yummy! I will have to try this tropical version!

Monique1 Says... 2010-07-07 06:31:44

I made this cake for my co-workers and it was so delicious. I had to have 2nd's.

April6617 Says... 2010-08-06 15:56:44

I made this cake this weekend. EVERYONE is loving it!!! My niece came to the house 4 days in a row to eat more. My husband was fussing because I was giving it away lol. He said he will never eat any other Coconut cake again. Definately keeping this recipe. I have never tasted a Coconut cake this good!!! Thanks!

AngelCakes37 Says... 2010-10-05 07:03:03

I've always called this cake Pina Colada cake. Great at summer BBQ's.

marlakay226 Says... 2011-03-06 18:48:15

"POKE CAKE": We used to bake an 11"'x13" white cake, let it set until warm, and set it aside. Meanwhile, we'd mix Jello (any flavor) as directed on it's package, with hot and cold water. Then we'd make poke holes in the cake with a drinking straw, about 2" apart. Now the Jello comes in . . . slowly and evenly pour it all over the top of the cake. Let it soak in and sit in the frig for half an hour. Last comes the Cool Whip...spread a small carton all over the top. The finished cake is best when it can sit in the frig for an hour or a bit more so it's all chilled through. YUM....the BEST when it's hot outside!!

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