Hawaiian Sunset Cake Recipe

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Hawaiian Sunset Cake Recipe

Indulge in the tropical flavors of Hawaii with this delicious Hawaiian Sunset Cake. This moist and fluffy cake is reminiscent of a beautiful Hawaiian sunset, with layers of vibrant colors and fruity flavors. With its combination of pineapple, coconut, and citrus, this cake is a true taste of paradise.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • Red and yellow food coloring
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir well to combine.
  3. Add the softened butter, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla extract, coconut extract, lemon zest, and orange zest to the bowl.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the ingredients on medium speed until well combined and the batter is smooth.
  5. Divide the batter into three equal portions.
  6. In one portion of the batter, add a few drops of red food coloring and mix well to create a vibrant red color.
  7. In another portion of the batter, add a few drops of yellow food coloring and mix well to create a vibrant yellow color.
  8. Leave the remaining portion of the batter uncolored.
  9. Spread the red batter evenly into one prepared cake pan.
  10. Spread the yellow batter evenly into the other prepared cake pan.
  11. Bake the cakes in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Once baked, remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.
  13. In the meantime, spread the sweetened flaked coconut onto a baking sheet and toast it in the oven for about 5 minutes or until lightly golden.
  14. Once the cakes are cooled, place the red cake layer on a serving plate. Spread a layer of frosting on top.
  15. Place the yellow cake layer on top of the frosting and spread another layer of frosting.
  16. Top with the uncolored cake layer and frost the top and sides of the entire cake.
  17. Sprinkle the toasted coconut on top of the cake, gently pressing it into the frosting.
  18. Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the frosting to set.
  19. Serve chilled and enjoy the tropical taste of this Hawaiian Sunset Cake!

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 1 cake

Indulge in the tropical flavors of Hawaii with this delicious Hawaiian Sunset Cake. This cake features moist layers of pineapple and coconut-infused batter, colored to resemble a stunning sunset, and is topped with a toasted coconut finish. With its vibrant colors and fruity flavors, this cake is not only visually appealing but also a delightful treat for your taste buds. The combination of pineapple, coconut, and citrus creates a refreshing and tropical flavor profile that will transport you to the sandy beaches of Hawaii. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging your sweet tooth, this Hawaiian Sunset Cake is sure to delight both your eyes and your palate.

Nutrition information:

Calories: 280

Total Fat: 9g

Saturated Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 55mg

Sodium: 220mg

Total Carbohydrate: 44g

Sugars: 30g

Protein: 4g

Enjoy this scrumptious Hawaiian Sunset Cake with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a glass of iced tea. Its tropical flavors and beautiful presentation make it a perfect dessert for parties, celebrations, or simply a delightful treat for yourself. So go ahead, take a bite, and let the flavors of Hawaii transport you to a blissful paradise!