Tropical Cake (Kokomo Cake)

When I was younger, I was obsessed with The Beach Boys song Kokomo. Not just because Uncle Joey (from Full House, duh) played that song with them but I'm sure that had something to do with it, LOL. I also thought one of the lines was "tropical cake melting in your hand" and always wanted a piece of tropical cake. It wasn't until I was older that I realized they were saying "tropical drink melting in your hand", which made WAY more sense. But, I still catch myself thinking about that magical tropical cake I imagined as a child whenever I hear that song. I heard it yesterday and it inspired me to make that dream into a reality. 

However - I've been doing some serious baking lately and really didn't have the room in my waistline for another high calorie creation. So, I did some Pinterest searching (Pinterest is pretty much my Google, anyone else find that the case?) and found some great ideas for lower calorie options. It seemed, I could simply add canned fruit to an Angel Food cake mix and viola: cake! I was pretty excited about it, easy and not SO bad for me. 
1 Angel Food Cake Mix
1 Can of Pineapple Tidbits
Fresh Strawberries
Cool-Whip (for frosting)

1.) Mix the Angel Food cake mix and a full can of Pineapple Tidbits. No need for an electric mixer, just fold it together by hand.
2.) Pour the combined mixture into a greased 9x13 pan 
3.) Bake at 350 for 24-28 minutes, until the top is brown and cracking (do not under bake!)
4.) After the cake cools completely, frost with Cool-Whip (mmmmmmmm!) and top with fresh strawberries
I wanted to get a close-up of how light and airy the cake comes out and how the pineapple pieces are baked right in! So here you go:
AND, in to be completely honest, I ate a piece for breakfast this morning! I mean, it has fruit in it and it's not too heavy, so I figured why not! It.Was.So.Good! 

I'm linking up with Coping with Frugality, Full Time Mama and Eat Drink & Be Mary for Delicious Dish Tuesday! Don't forget to check out all the amazing recipes they featured this week! 
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  1. YUMMMMMM. Please bring some to the office... right now. NOW!

  2. I love that this only requires a couple ingredients (and yay for fruit!). :D Thanks for sharing this! :]

    1. Fairyburger it is SO SIMPLE to make and so yummy! Hope you try it out :)

  3. LOL! I love your inspiration behind this. Uncle Joey makes everything better. ;) This cake looks SO good, and I love that's it's simple and has few ingredients. Those are my favorite. :)
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday! We hope to see you back again tomorrow will another great recipe!

  4. what temp do i need to cook it on and do i need to keep it in the fridge because of the cool whip

    1. Hi! Bake at 350 and yes, I kept mine in the fridge because of the cool whip!