Pineapple Sunshine Cake

When both of my kids were babies I started singing them a bedtime song. They each have their own song that is special to them. The song I sang to my son was "You are my Sunshine" 


For many, many, many years that song was sung at bedtime to my little boy. Y'all, he just turned 21!! How in the world did that happen? Mind you, I have not one bit of vocal ability but it meant the world to my kids and that was all that mattered. 





I took a little time recently to step back from cooking and baking. On January 2nd my world came crashing down. My father, who fought a long and hard battle with Parkinson's Disease finally lost his battle. I knew when that time came it was totally going to break me but I had no idea just how broken I would be. This has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through. During my grieving process I had no desire to get back in the kitchen at all. 



It did take me quite a few weeks to get myself back into the kitchen. One of the first things I made was this Pineapple Sunshine Cake for our sons birthday. I had to make sure my boy had a special cake for his special day. As soon as I told him the name of the cake, his eyes lit up! 



This cake is super simple to make using a cake mix. Adding the pineapple to the cake mix changed up the boxed cake mix flavor just a bit. A white cake mix is perfect for this cake as well. 


But what brought this cake over the top was the frosting. You really have to make this cake just to try the frosting. 


It is just something about that whipped topping, pineapple, and vanilla pudding combined that makes you want to skip the cake and just eat it with a spoon. 


AND even though my boy is too old for his moma to sing him a song, my daughter still has to have her special song sung every night before bed. She is my "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" 



Pineapple Sunshine Cake

1 box yellow cake mix 
4 eggs 
½ cup oil 
2 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, do not drain (I used one large can)
1 (8 oz) container whipped topping, thawed 
1 small box instant vanilla pudding 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and 1 can of crushed pineapple with the juice (or half of a large can) and mix well. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 25 - ­30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. In a medium sized bowl, fold together whipped topping, box of vanilla pudding, and 1 can crushed pineapple with the juice (or other half of can). Spread over the top of cooled cake. 

26 comments:

  1. thank you!! our anniversary is coming up March 4th and I will make this for my hubby!! He loves pineapple and I rarely bake as I am diabetic and its too big a temptation for me,but he will truly love this I know!

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    1. Hope he loves it as much as we do! You will have to stop back by and let us know how it turned out for you.

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    2. My husband is prediabetic & we try our best to watch carbs/sugar in our household; want a few tips to make this recipe diabetic-friendly? Pillsbury sugar-free yellow cake mix, sugar-free Cool Whip, & sugar-free instant vanilla pudding--you can enjoy this recipe, too!

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  2. This dessert sounds moist and irresistible. I'm so sorry about your dad's passing. I SO know about the desire to be in the kitchen leaving you. I say..you take all the time you need to process your grief. You'll come around in time. Hugs to you hon. XO

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  3. My condolences on your father's passing. I understand the heartache. This cake sounds so inviting. Living here in Arizona and all of our sunshine I will be trying this soon.

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  4. Thank you for this great recipe and I will be making it soon for family when they
    visit. Sending sympathy and love.

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  5. I'm sorry that you lost your Dad.

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  6. I am so sorry for your loss in the passing of your father. I can empathize. Thank you for getting back to your recipes, b/c staying busy helps some to overcome a heartbreak.

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  7. So sorry that you have to go thru the heartache and grief of losing a loved one. Staying busy helps I know. Lost my son not that long ago

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    1. Thank you, so sorry you lost your son. It is a pain that is indescribable. Sending much love your way.

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  8. Sending you prayers for strength and faith. Treasure your memories as those do not leave and try to accept that your father no longer has pain and strife.

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  9. my aunt gave this recipe several years ago and I have made it several times and people just love it, the lightness of the cake and the topping. I always add some sour cream or yogurt to the cake which keeps it moist. thank you for sharing this recipe again it really brought back great memories.

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  10. I am so sorry about your loss. May the God of comfort and peace help you and your loved ones has you begin you journey.

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  11. My heart hurts for you, the pain never goes away but does get easier to bear. Thank you for getting back in the kitchen and sharing your wonderful recipes with us.

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  12. I feel for the loss of your father. My father passed 4 years ago and I can tell you the pain will fade but the memories will flourish. My father is always in my heart. As for the pineapple sunshine cake - i have all of the ingredients so I am going to make it for my sister's birthday this week. Thank you

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  13. I love pineapple and I love cake! Gonna dooo it.

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  14. Does it need to be refrigerated?

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  15. Is this a print friendly recipe? I could not find the print icon. I don't want to print 6-8 pages just to get the recipe. I guess I will have to do it the old fashion way with pen and paper. It does sound delicious, I also love anything pineapple. Thanks!!!

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    1. Those buttons to the left at the very bottom is a print friendly button. Click that and you shouldn't have any trouble. Hope that helps.

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  16. Awwwe Melissa, I'm so sorry for your loss.. and you're right, it's a pain that is unlike any other pain.. it's like it cuts right through your heart.. lost my husband back in 2001 and I went through my own hell for at least 10 yrs.. have 1 Son who was 6 when he passed and that made it even more heartbreaking.. but it's true what they say.. take the time you need to grieve.. no one can tell you when your grieving time is up but you.. now as for this recipe, OMG I can't wait to make it tomorrow.. thank you Melissa and keep your chin up because your Dad is looking down making sure your doing what you love.. :) <3

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