This Pineapple Lush Cake Takes 10 Minutes to Make

Pineapple Layered Cake Topped with Strawberries.

Cake recipe that takes minutes to assemble and flavored perfectly with a combination of canned pineapples in the juices and topped with fresh strawberries. This dessert is perfect for summer parties and almost any occasion that calls for sweets. This Pineapple Lush Cake takes a ready made angel food cake right from your local grocery store and takes it to all new levels. Don't plan on having leftovers with this one! This amazing creation is so delish that nobody will even wonder if it was made from scratch or not. It's kind of brilliant.

Pineapple Layered Cake Topped with Strawberries

I shared this recipe back in 2014 originally and even made an amazing spinoff dessert from it since it was so well liked. The original recipe might look familiar to you because it's a classic recipe Kraft developed. I had worked with them to share some easy desserts back then and this was one of the recipes I selected to share. I was reminded of this recently when I saw this recipe still going strong on a pack of their JELL-O. This is truly a cake that has stood the test of time and I thought it was time for a fun refreshed post to share it again.

If you remember or have ever seen it, you know that this recipe is made with JELL-O Vanilla Pudding, Cool Whip, crushed pineapple, fresh strawberries all to be layered into a store bought angel food cake. The best part is that it only takes 15 minutes to put together. Can I get a whoo, hoo?

You have 15 minutes for awesome, don't you?

Layered Angel Food Cake

This is a great recipe to get kids involved in the kitchen, too. When I first made this, it was easy to have my son help. It really is a confidence booster. While I cut the pre-made angel food cake into three equal sections, he whipped together the pudding and pineapple layer. Fast forward to today and he actually helped me record the video tutorial for this cake. Funny how things have changed. Until I originally made this, I had no idea that you could use pudding mix, canned fruit and Cool Whip to come up with the perfect filling for a cake. It's been quite life changing, I have to admit. Makes me want to go cake crazy and start experimenting with different flavors. And, I think I might just do that. They have another variation option where you can use JELL-O Lemon Pudding instead. Sounds yummy! Either way, I don't think my family will complain one bit! So very clever, indeed!


This angel lush cake is one of the easiest desserts you'll find. To sum it up, it's angel food cake with pineapple and vanilla pudding. You can top it however you like but strawberries are perfect. Then, a choice of whipped cream or a little frosting can take it up an extra notch if you're feeling fancy. It's definitely the most simplified crushed pineapple cake recipes on the internet.

This easy recipe proves that you don't have to spend hours and hours to serve up amazing food! You also don't need to have extensive kitchen skills. Ideas like this one have really kinda made me feel like kind of a wiz in the kitchen.Β  On that note, check out this heavenly recipe for yourself. I think you'll love it. But first, let's chat about some things.

Slice of Layer Cake


As far as I can tell it's a cake with layers generally including whipped cream and pudding. This lush cake recipe calls for whipped topping and pudding set between layers of angel food cake that you can either buy ready-to-eat at the store or make yourself. Cakes like this are an easy way to make one, but you can also create lasagna style layered cakes which are popular too.


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Pretty fresh fruit is always a good idea. Think fresh strawberries or pretty maraschino cherries. Fresh mint is also another fun color pop that compliments many desserts and cakes. Then, something a little extra sweet can be piped up such as frosting, fresh whipped cream or whipped topping. If you're a chocolate fan, this easy glaze is amazing.

Pineapple Layered Cake Topped with Strawberries.

Pineapple Lush Cake Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Pineapple lush cake with an easy 3 ingredient filling. Store bought angel food cake filled with layers of crushed pineapple and pudding.


  • 1 can (20 oz.) DOLE Crushed Pineapple in Juice, undrained
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup thawed Whipped Topping (Cool Whip)
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) round angel food cake, cut into 3 equal layers
  • 10 small fresh strawberries


    MIX pineapple, dry pudding mix and whipped topping until pudding is fully dissolved.

    STACK cake layers on plate or cake dish, spreading pudding mixture between layers and on top of cake.

    REFRIGERATE the cake for one hour.

    Garnish the cake with fresh berries and/or other garnish.

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  1. Love this lush cake. I made the mistake yrs ago & read 1 tub cool whip instead of 1 cup. Oops. But everyone loved it!!
    I now use 1/2 tub cool whip. I use fresh strawberries when gifting this cake. Otherwise I slice the angel cake in squareish pieces, put on a platter, spoon coolwhip pineapple mixture, then buy the tub of sweetened sliced strawberries for guests to spoon on top. It helps with leftovers [rare ] That way it wont get soggy in the fridge. You can substitute can mandarin oranges instead of pineapples. My SIL did that & it was delicious too!! Sometimes I buy store bought angel cake or pound cake to use. Great cake for all seasons!!

  2. How does this cake work in terms of left overs? Should I only put the pudding mix on the slices we will be eating that day? Or will it last a few days all put together, inside the fridge?

  3. Mom & Aunt first made this cake 30+ years ago. So easy & great for parties like graduations, showers, bbqs, etc. You can knock this out in no time.

    1. WOW! That is so cool! I love stories like this and thank you so much for sharing it with us! I agree, this cake is SUCH a breeze to whip up so quickly! That is one of the best parts!

  4. You are such a queen in the kitchen! I would like to move into your guest room and be your official taste tester. πŸ™‚

  5. This looks amazing! I love pineapple in absolutely anything. Even better when it is in cake!!

  6. i'm falling in love with dessert all over again. love fun and easy stuff the kids can help with. mine ALL always want to help!

  7. Dawn, you always have the best recipe! This one looks really yummy! And seems really easy to make. πŸ™‚

  8. What a work of art! My kids love to help in the kitchen but at their ages help = 10x ,ore work and a huge mess!

    1. Years ago my stepmother in-law made this cake but,she cooked the pineapple juice with the vanilla pudding and put in the refreg over night than the next day mixed in the crushed pineapple in it and then iced the whole cake with the topping she slice a store bought angel food cake horizontal 3 slices and then iced the whole thing It was fantastic

  9. Oooh, that looks delicious! I love pineapple. I'm going to attempt a fancy spring roll cake for Easter this year, if I can get everyone healthy enough for me to have the time to do it!

  10. Is it totally sad that when I read "lush cake" that I thought it had something to do with adding alcohol into the center ring of the angel food cake? I've mixed canned pineapple with other puddings before but never added them to a cake before. Sounds wonderful.

  11. Really, really pretty...and so perfect for the upcoming spring strawberry season!

  12. This looks delicious and i love that you can include kids in the process of making it. I can't believe how incredibly easy the directions are for this!

  13. Thank you for sharing such an EASY recipe!! I have been on the hunt for one for Easter and this will be perfect!

  14. Kraft really does have amazingly easy recipes πŸ™‚ I love this one! My kids love all things pineapple so I bet they'd love this!

  15. Looks sooo yummy! Big fan of the fresh fruit on top! I totally want to make these for Sunday but will have to look for vegan alternatives so I can eat it too!

  16. Wow that looks incredible! The strawberries here in California are so sweet right now, it's a great season for berries!!

    1. Strawberries aren't in season here yet, but I can't wait for them to be fresh and local so I can make this!

  17. Wow! That looks so easy to make. I had never thought of putting Jello on top of cake. I'm definitely trying this recipe! Thanks.

  18. That is such an impressive cake considering how easy it is and how little ingredients. I can make this anytime - extra whip please!! πŸ™‚

  19. This looks and sounds amazing! When summer weather starts to arrive I'm always looking for light, fresh fruit recipes like this! Lemon is another favorite summertime flavor of mine!

  20. Every time I visit your blog I have the sudden need to raid my fridge wonder why. Anyways the recipe looks awesome thanks for the cravings!!!!

  21. Thanks for the easy to follow video. It really helps, especially since some recipes we look at around the web can be difficult to follow. This looks way too delicious not to attempt!

    1. Oh Barbara, it's SO easy to make. I couldn't even believe it. The pineapple and pudding together makes an amazing filling and it soaks into the angel food cake! So good! Hope you can try it sometime! Thanks for stopping by, love when you visit πŸ˜‰

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