Nothing says spring and summer to me like a fruity dessert. Especially if that fruity dessert is accompanied by a fruity adult beverage.
What could be better, you ask?
If you combined them into one!!
After some midnight thinking sessions on how to come up with a great flavor combination, (who said insomnia had to be all bad?), I came up with this little idea.
I box of yellow cake mix
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of oil
1/3 Cup of Malibu Coconut flavored Rum, plus extra for brushing
2 Cans of Pineapple tidbits, drained
1 1/2 C. flaked coconut
1 lg. tub of cool whip
2 lg. boxes of vanilla instant pudding, made and refrigerated.
1 lime (optional)
First, Mix the eggs and oil, 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup of rum.
Pour into your baking dish and bake according to package directions for a 9X13 pan. (NOTE: I did 2 8X8 pans and made half with the rum, and the other half substituting pineapple juice for the rum for a non-alcoholic version!).
After cooling slightly, use a pastry brush to brush some additional rum over the top of the cake, (about 1/8 of a cup or so...or if you're a lush, use more. Whatever you like). Allow the cake to cool completely. While the cake is cooling, make the vanilla instant pudding and allow it to set in the fridge until it comes to the right consistency.
When the cake is cooled, cut into 1 inch squares. Place them in the bottom of your Trifle dish, around the edges, and then filling in the middle with additional pieces.
Then, Scatter the Pineapple and coconut over the cake pieces, making sure to push some to the ends so that it gives the final product a pretty layered effect.
Mix the tub of cool whip with the pudding mixture and then spread over the pineapple and coconut mixture.
Repeat the layers at least once, or twice depending on the size of your bowl.
You can jazz up the presentation effect by scattering some coconut and putting a lime slice on top, with some lime zest to make it pretty!
Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve, or at least 2 hours to let all the flavors come together!
Hope you Enjoy!
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