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Pina Colada Trifle

This is a great make ahead recipe, and it will keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator.



  • 1 (18.25 ounce) box butter yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water or coconut milk
  • 4 eggs


  • 3 cups sour cream
  • 2 (6 ounce) packages frozen fresh coconut or 2 cups fresh grated coconut
  • 1 (7 ounce) can flaked coconut (reserving 1/4 cup for garnish - may be toasted)
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar


  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Yellow food coloring

For serving

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 (7 ounce) can pineapple slices, well drained
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup reserved coconut

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  1. Cake: Place all ingredients except rum in mixing bowl and beat for 4 minutes.
  2. Pour into 3 (8-inch) cake pans which have been greased and floured.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool.
  4. Split to make 6 layers. Sprinkle split side with rum.
  5. Custard: Mix ingredients together.
  6. Fruit: Drain pineapple syrup. Put cornstarch into a saucepan.
  7. Add food color and cook on low heat until thickened.
  8. Remove from heat and add drained pineapple and cool.
  9. To layer, place cut side up of one cake layer in bottom of an 8-inch trifle bowl.
  10. Spread with about a cup of custard.
  11. Over custard, spread a light layer of crushed pineapple mixture.
  12. Continue layering cake and mixture until all is used up, ending with cut side down of top layer and only a layer of custard.
  13. Cover and store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  14. For serving: Whip cream until stiff.
  15. Add confectioners' sugar.
  16. Mound on top of trifle and garnish with pineapple slices, maraschino cherries and toasted coconut. Or substitute the above with Cool Whip and 1 teaspoon rum flavoring.