Pina Colada Poke Cake

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If you are looking for a tropical dessert to celebrate the few remaining days of summer, look no further than this Pina Colada Poke Cake. This cake is absolutely made for summer time.

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This recipe uses a cake mix so it’s super quick and easy to throw together. I add some crushed pineapple to the cake mix plus I spread more pineapple on top of the baked cake.
Ingredients
  • 1 (16.5-ounce) box French Vanilla Cake mix or yellow cake mix
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans crushed pineapple, undrained
  • ingredients needed for cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 (14-ounce) can cream of coconut, not coconut milk
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (16-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, defrosted
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract, optional
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sweetened shredded coconut
  • maraschino cherries
Instructions
  1. Spray either a 13X9-inch or slightly smaller baking pan with cooking spray with flour. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cake batter according to package directions, except reduce water by 1/4 cup and add 1 can undrained crushed pineapple and 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract. Save the second can of pineapple.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 26-29 minutes for 13×9-inch pan and 30 -35 minutes for 11X7-inch pan.
  4. Let cool completely. Poke holes all along top of cake.
  5. Stir together cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk. Slowly pour on top of cake.
  6. Spread second can of pineapple on top of cake.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  8. Spread Cool Whip on top. If using rum extract, gently fold it into the Cool Whip first.
  9. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
  10. Top with cherries.

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