Archive | February 2015

Cathy’s Pineapple Layer Cake

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We visited our friend, Cathy, last week and she made a quick, delicious, easy dessert for us to enjoy.  She calls it “Pineapple Layer Cake”.  It was a big hit and I decided to try it out for myself, with a few added ingredients.

The dessert looks like a trifle and is constructed the same way, but Cathy called it a layer cake, so that’s what I’ll call it, too.  I tried to find a recipe online that matched the ingredients so that I could give credit where due, but the ones I found were slightly different, so Cathy’s getting all the kudos for this one.

Cathy’s Pineapple Layer Cake

Basic Ingredients:

One (1) – 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple (with the juice)

One (1) – 3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding (dry)

One (1) – 8 oz. Cool Whip Topping (thawed)

Pound Cake – I used a store bought Sour Cream Pound Cake (loaf pan size)

My added ingredients:  Blueberries and Sliced Strawberries

Use your imagination as to adding your favorite ingredients.  I think peaches, mango, or raspberries would be delicious.

Choose a pretty serving bowl for a nice presentation.


In a large mixing bowl, mix the pineapple (with the juice), instant vanilla pudding powder and Cool Whip together well.

Thinly slice the pound cake so there’s enough to make a couple of layers.  (Don’t worry if the pieces break, it doesn’t matter.)  Portion out to make at least 2 layers of each (cake, mixture and fruit).  If using fruit, keep some extra on the side to decorate the top.

Line the bottom of the serving bowl with a layer of cake.  Then add a layer of the pineapple/pudding/Cool Whip mixture and spread to cover.  Then sprinkle some of the blueberries and strawberry slices in a layer.  Continue layering. The top layer should be the pineapple/pudding/Cool Whip mixture spread to cover the top.

Decorate the top of dessert with some blueberries and strawberries.  I added a sprig of mint leaves in the center.

Can’t get much easier than that!

Cathy said sometimes she adds a little Amaretto to the pound cake for some extra flavor.  That sounds yummy.

Note:  In the photos, the blueberries look frosty because they were frozen.  I always freeze and keep a few containers of frozen blueberries to throw into cereal, yogurt, etc., or eat right out of the freezer.  Try it, they’re delicious frozen.

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