Hawaiian Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting


Aloha!  This is a lightly-spiced cake full of coconut, pineapple, and walnuts. The star of this cake is the brown sugar frosting, it’s a boiled-milk frosting. It’s light like whipped cream with the addition of brown sugar– it tastes just like caramel. Everyone loved this cake, and it won rave reviews. I promise it will become one of your family favorites.

Here’s my Notes

1)As always the nuts are optional

2)You could use two 9-inch cake pans and bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes.

Hawaiian Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Cake recipe was adapted from HERE

Frosting recipe was found HERE

Yields:12 serving

Cake Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 eggs

2 cups (16.oz) crushed pineapple, undrained

1/4 cup oil

1 cup crushed walnuts

1 cup coconut

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting Ingredients

5 Tablespoons flour

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup salted butter, room temperture

1 cup packed brown sugar


Prepare a 9×13-inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk all the dry ingredients together in large mixing bowl. Then mix in eggs, vanilla, the undrained pineapple, and oil. Mix batter until well combined.

Pour batter evenly into prepared cake pan and bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes, turning halfway.  Cool cake completely before frosting.

While cake is cooling prepare frosting, in a medium saucepan, whisk the flour and milk. Cook over medium heat, whisk continuously until thick. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and let cool to room temperature. (This mixture must be cooled before adding it to the butter. If it’s still warm it will melt the butter, I suggest placing it in the fridge for to cool)

Place the butter and brown sugar in the of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl and using a hand mixer. Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add cooled milk mixture and beat it on high speed until it’s a whipped cream consistency.


Once cake is completely cool remove from baking pan and place on a serving dish. Frosting cake and serve !





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