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ORANGE PINEAPPLE DREAM CAKE Dessert Recipe

This is not the finished cake ~ this is just before the top layer ~but I like this pretty picture better :) All photos property of Sharyn's Slant.

This is not the finished cake ~ this is just before the top layer ~but I like this pretty picture better :) All photos property of Sharyn's Slant.

Welcome Visitors

I’ve created this really awesome, super easy cake that everyone will love. I will give you all the necessary instructions below.

Trust me, you will not be disappointed. It is always a party favorite!

But First ~ There's a Twist

The yummy dessert I am presenting here in this article consists of three layers. The main flavors are pineapple, orange and vanilla.

HERE’S THE FUN PART ~ I WANT YOU TO FEEL FREE TO CREATE YOUR OWN FLAVOR COMBINATION

I’ve created a table to give you ideas of how to tweak my recipe to utilize the flavors that you like best. You can find my table with suggested flavor combinations at the end of this article.

Here’s an example: Although I’ve named the specific cake I made for this article Orange Pineapple Dream Cake, I’ve made this dessert before. Last time I made it, I used totally different flavors and would have named that cake something like Supreme Chocolate Coconut Fluff Cake.

No matter what flavor combination you decide to use, this cake is light and delicious ~ sure to be devoured by family and friends!

Let’s begin with the instructions.


Main ingredients.

Main ingredients.

What You Will Need

  • One boxed cake mix plus the ingredients required such as oil and eggs
  • Two envelopes Dream Whip (one box contains two envelopes)
  • Two small (4 serving each) packages instant pudding
  • One 8 oz. tub of extra creamy Cool Whip
  • 2 3/4 cup COLD Milk (2% or whole)
  • Fruit (canned and/or fresh)
  • Choice of flavoring if desired
  • Choice of garnishment if desired

NOTE: This recipe can be modified for diabetics and those trying to watch their sugar and/or fat intake by using sugar free, light, or low fat options.


I used an 11X16 Jelly Roll Pan = thinner cake = more cuts to serve more people!

I used an 11X16 Jelly Roll Pan = thinner cake = more cuts to serve more people!

One of My Lil Secrets

For this recipe, I like to use a jelly roll pan instead of using the typical 9 X 13 cake pan. You could be creative and use any cake pans you wish including two round or square pans, etc.

My theory is: using a jelly roll pan (mine is 11 X 16) allows for a thinner, larger cake that serves more guests.


Layer One of Three: The Cake

Prepare cake mix according to box instructions.

I used a pineapple cake mix.

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I use a hand mixer for this recipe.

I use a hand mixer for this recipe.

Ready for the oven!    IMPORTANT:  Cake will be done MUCH earlier if using a larger pan!

Ready for the oven! IMPORTANT: Cake will be done MUCH earlier if using a larger pan!

BE SURE TO ADJUST YOUR BAKING TIME ACCORDINGLY. If using a larger pan like a jelly roll pan, you will not find baking instructions on the cake mix box for this size. For example, the cake mix I used said bake a 9 X 13 cake for 32-34 minutes. MY 11 X 16 CAKE WAS DONE IN LESS THAN 20 MINUTES. So be sure to keep an eye on it, testing with a toothpick when it begins to look done.

Allow cake to cool before removing from pan.

Allow cake to cool before removing from pan.

FLIP CAKE onto another pan, the back of a large cookie sheet works well. THEN FLIP IT AGAIN TO RIGHT SIDE UP ONTO A SERVING TRAY. The red tray that I used measures 11 1/2 X 17.

My red tray is similar to a typical "cafeteria tray."

My red tray is similar to a typical "cafeteria tray."

Layer Two of Three: Dream Whip > Pudding > Fruit

Once cake is completely cooled, you are ready to prepare the second layer.

MIX 2 PACKAGES OF DREAM WHIP WITH 1 CUP COLD MILK. Beat on high for approximately 6 minutes until peaks begin to form.

ADD 2 PACKAGES OF INSTANT PUDDING PLUS 1 3/4 CUP COLD MILK to the Dream Whip. (I used vanilla pudding.) Beat on medium for approximately two minutes.

ADD FRUIT IF DESIRED. For my recipe, I only had "chunked" pineapple in a can. I drained the juice and cut the pineapple even smaller making it more like "crushed" pineapple. I squeezed all the juice out and blended the pineapple into the Dream Whip/pudding mixture.

NOTE: Depending on what flavors you are combining, you may like to add fresh fruit such as strawberries. Diced mandarin oranges would be good. You could also do something like banana or kiwi slices on top of your second layer. Be creative.

Preparing the Dream Whip.

Preparing the Dream Whip.

Add the pudding and additional milk into the Dream Whip. Mix according to instructions above.  Then add fruit if desired.

Add the pudding and additional milk into the Dream Whip. Mix according to instructions above. Then add fruit if desired.

Folding crushed pineapple into the Dream Whip & pudding mixture.

Folding crushed pineapple into the Dream Whip & pudding mixture.

Spread evenly over entire cake.

Spread evenly over entire cake.

Just a side view of cake with second layer.

Just a side view of cake with second layer.

Layer Three of Three: Extra Creamy Cool Whip

I blended several drops of orange oil flavoring into the Cool Whip adding a yummy orange flavor to compliment the pineapple.

SPREAD ONE 8 OZ. TUB OF THAWED COOL WHIP EVENLY OVER THE ENTIRE CAKE.

Top layer.

Top layer.

Just a side view of cake with top layer.

Just a side view of cake with top layer.

Ta Da: Delicious Orange Pineapple Dream Cake

This did not photograph well but  IT TASTES WONDERFUL!

This did not photograph well but IT TASTES WONDERFUL!

Let's Be Creative

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS DEPENDING ON THE FLAVORS YOU CHOOSE:

  • Add fruit in between layers OR blended into the second layer OR directly on top
  • Add a flavored oil or extract to the Cool Whip
  • Garnish top with chocolate shavings, toasted coconut, candy sprinkles or fruit slices

My Suggested Flavor Combinations Plus

YOU COULD ALSO FLAVOR THE COOL WHIP!
Examples: strawberry, lemon, vanilla or almond extract, orange oil, etc.

CAKE FLAVOR > > >

PUDDING FLAVOR > > >

ADDITIONAL IDEAS

Chocolate

Vanilla

Chocolate Shavings

Strawberry

Banana Cream

Sliced Strawberries

Butter

Chocolate Fudge

White Chocolate Shavings

Lemon

Cheesecake

Sliced Kiwi

Coconut

Devil's Food

Toasted Coconut

Orange

Lemon

Diced Mandarin Oranges

German Chocolate

Coconut

Toasted Coconut

White

Pistachio

Finely Chopped Pistachios

Fudge Marble

White Chocolate

Chocolate Shavings

Banana

Chocolate

Sliced Bananas

Pineapple

French Vanilla

Crushed Pineapple

Orange Pineapple Dream Cake

Have fun choosing your flavor combinations and additional garnishments.

This is your creation. No doubt, it will be fantastic!

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Comments

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 14, 2014:

Hi OliversMum ~ Thank you so much for your compliments. I think I'm going to make this cake for the holidays since everyone always enjoys it. Let me know if you try it. Happy holidays!

Sharyn

oliversmum from australia on December 14, 2014:

Sharyn,s Slant Hi. Your recipe sounds and looks absolutely delicious . The step by step instructions and photograph,s are extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing your Orange pineapple dream cake recipe with us. Thumbs up. :) :)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 08, 2014:

Hi velzipmur ~ thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you try this recipe, it is delicious. Happy Holidays!

Shelly Wyatt from Maryland on November 30, 2014:

Yummy excellent recipe thanks for sharing

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 01, 2014:

Hi Debra ~ I looked briefly and didn't see a previous comment. No, I did not put a version on Bubblews, just this one. Thank you so much for your comments and sharing too. I saw the shares when you did them-sorry I didn't get to comment back until now. Thanks again!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 01, 2014:

Hi snerfu! Let me know if you try it. Thanks for the compliments.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 25, 2014:

Hi Monis ~ thank you so much. Let me know if you try it!

Debra Allen from West By God on June 22, 2014:

I swore I commented on this before. Did you put a version of this on Bubblews? Anyway I love the table and all the varieties of cakes that one can make. I will visit this again and I am going to share it too. Voted up

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 22, 2014:

Hi Jackie ~ Sooooooooo, how did it come out? I truly hope you enjoyed it!

Vivian Sudhir from Madurai, India on June 22, 2014:

So lovely reading about the cake, I can almost smell it. Nice article -- makes me hungry.

Agnes on June 18, 2014:

Thumbs up!!! This sounds (and looks!) too yummy :-)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 16, 2014:

I am going to make the orange pineapple right now; I love fruit cakes and this is such a great idea!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 03, 2013:

Hi Peg ~ glad you like the variety of combination choices. Of course, one of my favorites is the pineapple-orange. I just made it again to sell at my little cafe this past week. It sold out quickly! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharyn

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 30, 2013:

The alternate combinations are an added bonus to this exquisite looking dream cake. You will be the star of the gathering with this dessert.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 21, 2013:

Hi Kathryn ~ I'm so glad to hear you liked this and the options I presented too. Thanks for saving the link. I hope you do try this cake, it's really good! I appreciate you stopping by!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 18, 2013:

Hi Pinto ~ Thanks!!! Please let me know how you like it. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 16, 2013:

Cyndi shared and endorsed this recipe on Google +, and I'm glad I checked this out! I like that you gave us so many options for this one cake. Yay! I will save this recipe (the link to it, I mean), and use it for a special occasion. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Subhas from New Delhi, India on May 16, 2013:

Hi Sharyn! Your nice and interesting recipe is going to rock in my party this weekend.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 15, 2013:

Hi faythef ~ I really don't mean to brag but this one is worth bookmarking. It's so simple and so good. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Faythe Payne from USA on May 15, 2013:

YUM!!!..bookmarking this recipe..as a must try..voting up

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 25, 2013:

Hi SRae ~ I think I am going to make my pineapple/orange version for Easter. I hope you try it. I am positive it will be a hit. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

Shelia Wadsworth from Central Pennsylvania on March 25, 2013:

this sounds amazing! going to have to try one soon. Maybe for Easter dinner??

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 15, 2013:

Hi onegreenparachute ~ great to see you. This cake will be great for your pot luck. If you'd like, send me a private email and I will explain to you about Pinterest and how to get started. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 14, 2013:

Hey CC ~ I think it's about darn time you make this cake too. I'm confident you and your hubby will love it. Keep me posted. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 14, 2013:

Hi truthfornow ~ I'm so glad to hear you like the flavor combinations chart. I hope many people find it interesting and helpful. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 12, 2013:

Hi Vicki ~ Thanks, I'm so glad you love the "twist." I think it's fun deciding what flavors to use. "Chocolate coconut fluff" sounds great. Thanks for pinning and sharing.

Sharyn

Carol from Greenwood, B.C., Canada on February 10, 2013:

Hi Sharyn - this recipe looks too yummy!! I'm going to make this for our RV Park potluck. Wish I knew how to pin it - whatever that means lol.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on February 10, 2013:

Drool. And some more drool. HAHA. This looks soooo good! I'm wishing I was at home right now so I could make some of this. I know it's about damned time I make it and I keep seeing people share this hub and I need to get my act together. I'm going to have a big celebration and share it all over FB when I make it, too. In the meantime, I'll still share on Facebook. HAHA!

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on February 10, 2013:

I like the chart of flavor combinations, very helpful.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on February 10, 2013:

I love the twist! I think the chocolate coconut fluff cake would be my choice. Must pin this for later. Sharing, too! yums!!!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 09, 2013:

Hi Mo ~ I love "revisits." Please let me know what you think if you make this cake. Thanks so much for the votes and shares.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on February 08, 2013:

Hi Sharon, I came back to revisit this recipe for this weekend. This recipe is just one of those that takes me back to something my great Aunt and grandmother used to make. Absolutely delicious. Thanks for all the tips and instructions. Voted up and sharing - again :)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 10, 2012:

Hiya CC ~ well, gosh, I think it's time you tried this cake. It really is extremely good. I have never found anyone that does not like it. Thank you so much for stopping by again. I hope maybe you make it for the holidays!

Sharyn

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on December 10, 2012:

What a fabulous-looking recipe! Oh my goodness, I've been back here like three times and still haven't made this! I need to make it already! I'm drooooooling. I loooooooove pineapple. You found my weakness. Okay, next time I go to the store, I'm getting the ingredients for this. :)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 10, 2012:

Hi HWM ~ well thank you for the compliments. I have heard of Hawaiian Wedding Cake but don't know much about its ingredients. The other cake you describe where you actually bake the cream cheese mixture into the cake sounds really awesome. See, and you changed the flavors up like I do in this recipe, and is was delicious. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving great feedback.

Sharyn

Ruth R. Martin from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York on December 10, 2012:

Sounds delicious! I love how you added the flavor combo chart - there's some great ideas there! This pineapple version reminds me of a cake I love called Hawaiian Wedding Cake. I recently tried a new cake recipe that used a strawberry cake mix, then you topped it with a cream cheese mixture with strawberries mixed into it, before you baked it. I changed the flavors to choc. cake mix and switched the strawberries to choc. chips instead. It was delicious!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 19, 2012:

Hi Raj ~ great to see you. I appreciate your compliments. So glad you bookmarked and shared too. Thank you so much.

Sharyn

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 19, 2012:

Sharyn, the pictures not only are make the recipe so easy to understand but make the hub look stunning. The cake as such looks so yummy. I've bookmarked this. Voted up on all counts but one and sharing on G+1 and pinned.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 18, 2012:

Hi simplysmartmom ~ I love your Hub name. Sounds like a great blog name too. This cake IS really moist and delicious. If you do "experiment" - I suggest either buying orange oil or simply using the zest from an orange. Makes a huge difference that is SO good. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 18, 2012:

Hi Cristina ~ That's awesome, let your daughter make it and then share it with you, ha. Seriously, I hope your family enjoys this. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 18, 2012:

Hi sgbrown ~ YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY, I am SO thrilled to hear you made this cake and loved it. That means so much to me. I do believe that even those that do not care for cake will love this because it is so light. So glad to hear it was a hit. Thanks for letting me and the readers here know.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 18, 2012:

Hi mvillecat ~ well then you and your hubby will love that flavor combination. It's one of my favorite other than the chocolate. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Sharyn

simplysmartmom from North Carolina on September 18, 2012:

I love love love this kind of cake! The layers make the cake so moist and yummy. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas for different flavors - I've always just had the basic pineapple kind. I will have to experiment and try something different! Thanks for a fabulous hub!!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 18, 2012:

Hi Cyndi ~ I'm glad to hear you are trying this cake. It really is good and very easy. Enjoy, let me know how it is. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 18, 2012:

This is fabulous! My daughter will definitely love this. Forwarding her your link. She likes baking and I like eating. Lol!

Thanks for sharing your secret. Up and useful.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on September 18, 2012:

I fixed this cake this past week-end. It is soooo delicious! My husband loves it and he doesn't really care for cake. It's really easy and so good! Just wanted you to know it is a big hit at my house!

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on September 18, 2012:

I have tweeted and pinned for future use. I love orange and my husband loves pineapple, so this is a win win cake. Thanks!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 18, 2012:

I've said it before and I'll say it again: NOM NOM NOM. I had to come back here and say that my mouth waters every time I see this recipe. OMG - I can't wait to try this. I need to get a few ingredients, but then I'll be trying this. MMM.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 16, 2012:

Hi Daisyjae ~ so glad to hear you are going to try this cake. Let me know what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

daisyjae from Canada on September 16, 2012:

This cake looks amazing and easy to make. I will try it for sure.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 27, 2012:

Hey sgbrown ~ I am so glad you stopped back. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful weekend too!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 27, 2012:

Hi Lord ~ I bet you were so busy with the 30/30. I envy all those that can complete that challenge. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 27, 2012:

HawaiiHeart ~ great to meet you! The pineapple combination is really good. You have lots of options too if someone is allergic to chocolate. I have made the pineapple combo twice in a row recently and it was a huge hit. I'm thinking the next time, I will try pistachio. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 27, 2012:

Hi Moonlake ~ Yeah, not being able to easily bookmark is a lil frustrating. But copy and paste is good :) I love that red tray too. It used to be my Mom's. We have a white one too which is perfect for this cake but a cookie sheet works good too! Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 27, 2012:

I had to come back to this again...wanting to make it this week-end! This just sounds soooo good! Shared on my blog too! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 27, 2012:

Hi dappledesigns ~ I agree that typical cake can be very heavy and not something that is my favorite either. But this recipe you will love. Make sure you use a larger pan like a jelly roll pan. This way, the cake is thinner which takes away from that "heaviness".

Pineapple - French Vanilla - Crushed Pineapple IS A GREAT COMBINATION and the one that I have used the last two times I have made this. BUT, if you have orange oil, mix a few drops into the Cool Whip, it makes a huge difference. I hope you enjoy, let me know how it goes!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 27, 2012:

Hi Sinea ~ No doubt this may be similar to your friend's recipe because this cake really goes fast. Because it is so light, it seems like guests frequently say YES to seconds. Thanks so much for your votes and shares!

Sharyn

Joseph De Cross from New York on April 27, 2012:

I missed this hub with my 30-30 challenge. Will bookmark it. Thanks for your efforts Sharyn sweet! What a dream of a cake! Superb!

LORD

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on April 27, 2012:

OMG...this sounds so divine! I've had dream cake before - but not pineapple dream cake! Thanks for sharing! I'll have to make this at our next family get together - one of my relatives is allergic to chocolate so she'll love this!

moonlake from America on April 27, 2012:

This looks so good. I would bookmark it but we can't anymore. I will copy it and save it. Love your red tray.

Voted up.

dappledesigns from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest on April 27, 2012:

I'm not normally a cake lover because it's normally so heavy - but this looks amazing! So light and tasty! Thank you for posting. There are a few that I would want to try - but this looks like it's going to be my first attempt: Pineapple

French Vanilla

Crushed Pineapple

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on April 27, 2012:

This recipe is a keeper! My friend makes something similar and when it shows up at a party it is no time at all before it's all gone! You have to act fast if you want a piece. Voted up, useful and SHARED!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 24, 2012:

Hey Alicia ~ I am so glad you like this. This cake is very light and creamy so I am sure you will enjoy. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 23, 2012:

This cake sounds so delicious, and I love all the possible flavour combinations! I like moist, creamy cake. This is going to be an extremely useful and versatile recipe.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 06, 2012:

Hello hectordang ~ you could try, but it won't taste the same, lol. Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

hectordang from New York on April 05, 2012:

YES! That looks so yummy I could eat it right off of my computer screen!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 05, 2012:

Hi SG ~ This is definitely NOT a dry cake so your hubby may love it. I hope you try it. I really appreciate your comments and votes. Thank you,

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 05, 2012:

Hey JS ~ I love orange and pineapple too! Thank you so much for your feedback and sharing as well. Very much appreciated!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 05, 2012:

Hi Jeannie ~ I do hope you make it for a potluck. Your friends will love it. And if you do just keep it at home, well, two days is better than one! Thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 05, 2012:

This looks sooo good! My hubby doesn't care for cake much as he says it is too dry. He prefers pies. This looks like a cake he would like. I am definitely going to try it! Thanks for the great recipe. Up and useful. Have a great day! :)

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on April 05, 2012:

This looks and sounds very delicious! I love orange and pineapple and I also like cake! I will have to try this. Voted up and sharing!

JSMatthew~

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on April 05, 2012:

This looks so very beautiful. Now I am starving and I want this cake. Hehe. I might just have to fix this for the next potluck at work. If I kept it at home, I might just eat the whole thing in 2 days! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 25, 2012:

Hi ReuVera ~ so you are a dessert lover, great! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. If you make the cake, please let me know how you like it. Take care,

Sharyn

ReuVera from USA on March 24, 2012:

For a total dessert lover like I am this cake is a total blast! Thank you! Bookmarked!