I still remember the first time I tasted pineapple fluff. I was 16 years old and just started my first job at a local steak house where I served it on the buffet. I got to enjoy a small bowl during my break one day and it has been one of my favorite desserts ever since. I also learned how to make this dessert soon after and found that it was super easy to prepare! The things you learn at your first job are a great way to prepare for the future…and here I am 20 years later, still making pineapple fluff. ha!
I wanted to share the recipe with you in time for the holiday, and though I often see this dessert around Easter, I think it’s good to have anytime.
There are so many different ways to enjoy pineapple fluff. It’s good by itself but even better with angel food cake. I have seen it prepared in a trifle between layers of cake and fruit, with chunks of angel food cake mixed in (that’s how we served it at the restaurant), or used as an icing between layers of cake. I enjoy it as a topping on a slice of angel food cake with strawberries on top.
This recipe is SO easy to put together, but you will need to prepare it about 6 hours before serving to give it time to chill…and make sure the Cool Whip is softened before preparing. Don’t substitute cook and serve pudding for this recipe…you’ll need to use the instant because it’s mixed with the canned pineapples and not with milk.
Recipe provided courtesy of The Kraft Heinz Company
Total time- 6 hrs. 5 min. (This recipe took me less than 5 minutes to prepare, and 6 hours to refrigerate)
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple with juice
1 box (3.5 oz.) Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
12 oz. Cool Whip, room temperature (softened)
Directions: Mix together pineapple and Jell-O Pudding Mix (instant only), fold in Cool Whip that is room temperature (soft), and refrigerate at least 6 hours.
For the cake– I just buy a box of the Duncan Hines Angel Food Cake mix and prepare it by the directions on the box. I bake it in a bundt pan, which explains the rounded slice of cake you see in the photo. I like Duncan Hines cakes and they are just as good or better than anything I have made from scratch, unless it’s one of my Grandmother’s cakes, such as the applesauce or coconut cake…which I’ll share some other time.
And…don’t forget the strawberries!!
I have seen some recipes call for strawberries and blueberries on top. I’m sure the blueberries are delicious with the pineapple fluff as well!
It’s funny how the strawberries in the next picture looked like a heart when I looked down at the plate from above, which perfectly shows how I feel about this delicious treat. This was purely by accident, as I am not a food blogger and know very little about styling food. I enjoyed photographing this dessert to feature here on the blog and the best part was that we all got to enjoy this after my husband made some delicious wings for supper!
I hope you will enjoy the pineapple fluff as much as we do! Our guests have enjoyed it as well! It’s definitely something easy to throw together, especially if you’re having company and want to lighten the load while preparing a meal.