Tropical Summer Cake

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Old fashioned (vintage) cake that just screams summer. This Tropical Summer Cake is layered with angel food cake, marshmallow, pineapple, nuts and topped with whipped topping and coconut.

Tropical Summer Cake

“This post and recipe were created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.”

Big shoutout to Dixie Crystals Sugar for making this recipe possible. Dixie Crystals is my favorite sugar for all of my baking needs.

We all have childhood memories that revolve around food.

This is one of those memories I have.

This Tropical Summer Cake made the rounds of my elementary school and was present at ever bake sale I can remember.

You really cannot find a more summer cake if you tried.

It was easy to find in an old school cookbook and I immediately got a little nostalgic.

I mean, the cake is delicious, but it’s so easy and I ate it so often as a kid.

When it comes to things like that, you just can’t help but have associated memories. Am I right?

Tropical Summer Cake

It’s not a difficult recipe.

You start with an angel food cake.

You can make it from scratch, which I did because I happened to need another one for something else.

You can also simply purchase a store-bought one. They are relatively inexpensive.

Next you just need a bag of large marshmallows and some milk,  a can of crushed pineapple, nuts of your choice (we used chopped walnuts), and either homemade or store-bought whipped cream.

Top it all with some shredded coconut and you have a cake that tastes completely homemade.

Tropical Summer Cake

I let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour but two is better, before serving.

It allows all the flavors to meld and makes cutting it much easier.

Also keeps it from falling apart when serving.

Not that falling apart is a bad thing because nobody will care once they take a bite.

As you can see we pop a maraschino cherry on top for presentation purposes. Because we can.

Tropical Summer Cake

I love old-style vintage cakes and when they are as easy and delicious as this one is, you just can’t go wrong.

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Tropical Summer Cake Recipe

Tropical Summer Cake

Tropical Summer Cake

Nicole Cook
Old fashioned (vintage) cake that just screams summer. This Tropical Summer Cake is layered with angel food cake, marshmallow, pineapple, nuts and topped with whipped topping and coconut.
4.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Additional Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Cake Recipes and Cupcake Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 1 9×13 cake


  • 1 angel food cake homemade or storebought
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple undrained
  • 1 cup chopped nuts optional
  • 1 8 ounce container whipped topping
  • 1 cup shredded coconut


  • In a large and tall saucepan, mix the milk, sugar and marshmallows. The marshmallows rise as they begin to melt so you will want to watch carefully that it not boil out.
  • Cook over medium heat until marshmallows are melted.
  • Remove from stove and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Tear the angel food cake into 1″ pieces and layer them in the bottom of a 9×13 dish.
  • Pour the melted marshmallows over the top of the pieces of angel food cake. Using a spatula, pat the marshmallow coated angel food cake down to sort of form a crust.
  • Layer the crushed pineapple over the top of the marshmallow coated angel food cake.
  • Layer the nuts over the pineapple.
  • Spread the whipped topping evenly across the top.
  • Sprinkle the coconut over the top of the entire cake.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours.
Keyword coconut cake, summer cake, tropical
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  1. This looks like the PERFECT summer dessert! All of those tropical flavors are screaming helllllo summer!

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