Haupia Cake

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Annisette

I made this cake for our Hawaiian Luau, and several times since then! It's a pretty white cake layered with haupia filling, a Hawaiian coconut pudding. If you like coconut, this cake is really nice. Not too sweet. It's a little work, but well worth it in the end. If you don't want to do the layering, just make it in a 9x13 pan and only make a half batch of the haupia filling. Please note that preparation/cooking times are approximate and don't include chilling times.

Top Review by Yorkie mama

Fabulous! Instead of the 4 layers, I simplified it and made 2 9" cake layers, trimming the mounds on the top. I also used a "super moist" white cake mix with 2 whole eggs, instead of egg whites for the cake, to make it moist. I made a 1/2 recipe of the haupia filling to fill the two layers, and because my family loves it, I frosted it with White Mountain frosting from an old Betty Crocker cookbook (see recipe on recipezaar), sprinkling the top with angel flake coconut. The BEST cake ever!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. MAKE CAKE & WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING: Preheat oven according to directions on cake mix. Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Prepare the cake according to the package directions, using 2/3 cup of the coconut milk, water, and egg whites.
  3. When cakes are finished baking, cool and cut each cake horizontally into 2 layers. If your top layers are mound-shaped, cut them so they are flat. (If your layers aren't flat, your filling/frosting will seep off the cake and you'll have a mess.)
  4. Soften gelatin in remaining 1/3 cup of coconut milk. Dissolve over hot water. Cool completely.
  5. In a bowl, whip the heavy cream. Fold the gelatin mixture, sugar, and extract into the whipped cream. Chill frosting until it is of spreading consistency.
  6. MAKE HAUPIA FILLING: In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, cornstarch and water. Set aside.
  7. In a saucepan, heat the coconut milk. When hot, add the sugar mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and cool.
  8. Chill the filling until it is of spreading consistency.
  9. ASSEMBLE THE CAKE: Spread the Haupia Filling between each cake layer (spread it on pretty thickly, about 1/2" thick or so). You'll have the following layers: cake, filling, cake, filling, cake, filling, cake.
  10. Refrigerate assembled cake until set.
  11. Frost entire cake with whipped cream mixture. Sprinkle coconut all over the cake sides and top.
  12. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  13. NOTE: Cooking times are approximate and do not include chilling times.

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