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Pineapple Sunshine Cake

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One of the best cake mix cakes I've ever made! Moist, fluffy pineapple cake with an easy peasy recipe using cake mix, crushed pineapple, instant pudding mix, and Cool Whip. A potluck favorite.

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Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, DIVIDED (half of it will be used in the frosting)
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 small (4 serving size) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Reserved bowl of the chilled pineapple-lemon mixture (about 1 1/8 cups)
  • 1 (8-ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed

Details

Servings 12
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 35mins

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray.

Divide the can of pineapple and juice in HALF into 2 separate bowls. (You should have about 1 1/8 cups in each bowl.) Stir 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice into each bowl. Place one bowl of it in the refrigerator until ready to make the frosting.

In a large mixing bowl and using a mixer on medium speed, beat the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and 1 "bowl" of the crushed pineapple-lemon mixture until combined well, 2 - 3 minutes.

Pour into baking pan and bake for 27 - 30 minutes, or until center tests done with a wooden toothpick. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Make the Frosting:
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the reserved bowl of chilled pineapple-lemon mixture and the dry pudding mix until smooth and thickened. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the Cool Whip until no yellow streaks remain. Spread over the top of cooled cake.

NOTE:
If a pineapple garnish is desired, after halving the can of pineapple and juice into 2 bowls, reserve 2 - 3 tablespoons of pineapple from the bowl to be used in the frosting (before adding the lemon juice). Drain it on paper towels before garnishing top of cake.

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