Cherry Pineapple Punch Bowl Cake

A deliciously fresh cake recipe that is perfect for warmer weather! Make this easy Cherry Pineapple Punch Bowl Cake recipe your go-to dessert for summer entertaining!

This Cherry Pineapple Punch Bowl Cake is the perfect recipe to feed a crowd for summer barbecues, picnics, and parties. The red and yellow colors blend together in a trifle dish, making this a beautiful dessert that couldn’t be easier to make!

Guests will love the tangy/sweet flavors of the cake, fruit, and Cool Whip combo that melts in the mouth. You’ll love that this recipe uses cake and pudding mix from a box, making it extremely easy to make and serve!

punch bowl cake with cherries and pudding

What is Punch Bowl Cake?

Served in a traditional punch bowl or trifle dish, this delicious dessert is just like its name. Layers of cake, cherries, pineapple, and Cool Whip fill your punch bowl for a dessert that will please a crowd!

Best of all, you can prepare it in advance and let it cool before your summer event.

Much like icebox desserts, this punch bowl cake comes together with simple ingredients, making it an elegant dessert that is great for gatherings!

ingredients for punch bowl cake

How to Make Cherry Pineapple Punch Bowl Cake

  • Bake. Bake the cake according to the directions on the cake box.
  • Make. Make the pudding according to the directions on the pudding box.
  • Prepare. Drain the pineapple well.
  • Assemble. Now it’s time to put together the layers of your cake. Grab your punchbowl or large trifle dish and crumble half of the cake into the bottom.
  • Layer. Follow by spreading half the pudding over the cake, half of the pineapple over the pudding, one can of cherry pie filling over the pineapple, and half of the Cool Whip over the cherry pie filling.
  • Repeat. Repeat the layers: cake crumble, pudding, pineapple, cherry pie filling and Cool Whip.
making a punch bowl cake with cool whip
  • Top it. Sprinkle the top with chopped pecans. 
  • Cover. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
top view of punch bowl cake with whipped cream and nuts

Here is the order of the layers, starting from the bottom:

  1. ½ of the cake, crumbled
  2. ½ of the pudding mixture
  3. ½ of the crushed pineapple
  4. 1 can of cherry pie filling
  5. ½ of the Cool Whip
  6. Remainder of the cake crumble
  7. Rest of the pudding mixture
  8. Final crushed pineapple
  9. Second can of cherry pie filling
  10. Remainder of Cool Whip
  11. Topped with chopped pecans

You’ll have 11 layers total of goodness that will melt in your mouth!

What You’ll Love About this Cake

There’s a lot to love about this punch bowl cake! Here are some of my favorite things:

  • It only requires six ingredients.
  • Box cake mix and box pudding make this recipe so easy to put together.
  • The bright colors of the pineapple and cherries layered together make this a recipe that presents beautifully.
  • Feed a crowd easily with this simple dessert!
  • Easy to modify. See our modification options below to make this dessert gluten-free or a lower calorie option.
cherry pineapple punch bowl cake

What Brands of Cake and Pudding Should I Use?

You can use any brand of cake mix or pudding mix for this. Even a gluten-free cake mix will work to make this recipe gluten-free.

Lower Calorie Options

Make this dessert lower calorie / lower sugar by making simple modifications. Choose a few of these modifications, or make them all, depending on your preference.

Here are the swaps you can make to create a lighter version of the cake:

  • Sugar-free pudding. Reduce sugar content by using sugar-free pudding.
  • Sugar free cake mix. Reduce sugar content by using sugar-free boxed cake mix.
  • No Sugar Added pie filling. Reduce sugar content by using no-sugar added cherry pie filling.
  • Fat-free or sugar-free Cool Whip. Reduce sugar and/or fat content by swapping out a lighter version of Cool Whip.
cherry pineapple punch bowl cake with pretty layers
cherry pineapple punch bowl cake with pretty layers

Cherry Pineapple Punch Bowl Cake

5 from 1 vote
A deliciously fresh cake recipe that is perfect for summer entertaining. Cherry Pineapple Punch Bowl Cake is easy to make and feeds a crowd.
Servings 20
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (prepared according to package directions)
  • 5.1 ounces vanilla instant pudding (1 large box, prepared according to package directions)
  • 3.4 ounces vanilla instant pudding (1 small box, prepared according to package directions)
  • 40 ounces crushed pineapple (drained) (2 cans)
  • 42 ounces cherry pie filling (2 cans, 21 ounces each)
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions
 

  • Bake the cake according to box directions.
  • Make the pudding (both large and small boxes) according to box directions.
  • Drain the pineapple well.
  • In a punchbowl or large trifle dish*, crumble half of the cake into the bottom.
  • Spread half of the pudding over the cake.
  • Spread half of the pineapple over the pudding.
  • Spread one can of cherry pie filling over the pineapple.
  • Spread half of the Cool Whip over the cherry pie filling.
  • Repeat the layers.
  • Sprinkle the top with chopped pecans.
  • Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Notes

*I used a 12.6” footed cake dome that can be used as a punch bowl. This used up all of the ingredients shown and the bowl was full. If you use a large bowl (435 ounces or more), you may need more ingredients. If you use a smaller bowl, you may have leftovers and you could make individual servings with the extra.
 
The calories shown are based on the cake serving 20, with 1 serving being 1/20 of the recipe. Note…the calories for this cake will vary greatly since there are so many variations you can make and not all punch bowls may be the same size. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 262
Keyword picnic, potluck

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You need 2 40oz cans of pineapple and 2 21oz cans cherry pie filling? That was a little confusing

Can you use condensed milk and cream cheese instead of pudding?