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Almost Heaven Cake

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Almost Heaven Cake is a fluffy yellow cake with a pineapple jam filling and frosted with a cream cheese and whipped topping mixture. Finally the cake it topped with toasted coconut and pecans. It’s a sweet (not overly sweet) treat that is perfect to bring to a family dinner or a potluck. It’s fruity and fun!



For the pineapple layer:

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh pineapple diced into small pieces (or a 20 ounce can of pineapple)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested

For the cake: 

  • 1 (15.25 oz) box cake mix (use a yellow, white, coconut, pineapple or lemon cake mix)
  • Plus the ingredients listed on the box to make the cake

For the frosting:

  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut


  1. Add the pineapple, sugar and lemon juice into Instant Pot and stir. Set aside the zest for later. Let sit for 5 minutes. 
  2. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 5 minutes. When time is up move valve to venting and remove the lid.
  3. Use a potato masher to mash the pineapple or pulse in a food processor or blender. Set aside to let it cool. 
  4. Follow the directions on the cake mix box and bake the cake. 
  5. While cake is baking prepare the frosting. Use a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese. Fold in the cool whip and lemon zest. Set aside.
  6. Toast the coconut by preheating the oven to 325ºF. Place coconut evenly on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Put the baking sheet in the oven, on the middle rack, and bake for 3 minutes, or until most of the coconut is golden brown.
  7. When the cake is done pierce the cake all over with a wooden skewer or a fork. Pour the pineapple mixture evenly over the top of the cake. Gently spread with a spoon. Let the cake sit until it has cooled. 
  8. Spread the frosting over the top of the cake with a rubber scraper. Sprinkle the cake with pecans and toasted coconut. 
  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve. This cake gets better if you can let it sit for at least a couple hours and up to 24 hours. Slice and serve. 
  • Category: Dessert