My nurse friend shared this recipe with me as it was a staff favorite, and it always used to brighten my day. Now I'm sharing it with you.

Nestled deep in the heartland, where traditions are as rich as the soil, there's a dessert that's been bringing smiles for more years than I can count. The Pineapple Coconut Surprise Cake is a treasure that's been passed down through generations, each adding their own little twist to perfect the surprise inside. It's the kind of cake that you whip up when the afternoons get long and you're craving something sweet with a touch of tropical flair. One might even say it's a slice of sunshine, no matter the weather outside. Why make this cake, you ask? Well, it's simple enough for a potluck but special enough for a Sunday supper, and it's loaded with the kind of charm and flavor that only a cake made with love can deliver.
To enjoy this delightful cake to the fullest, a dollop of softly whipped cream or a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream makes fine accompaniments. And if you're feeling extra indulgent, a steaming cup of strong coffee or a cold glass of milk would bring out the sweetness and the homely comfort that the Pineapple Coconut Surprise Cake brings forth.
Pineapple Coconut Surprise Cake
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
- 1 box of yellow cake mix
- 1 (3.4 oz) package of vanilla instant pudding mix
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, drained (reserve the juice)
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional, pecans or walnuts work well)