This was definitely la pièce de résistance of the Luau Party. It was super easy to make, but still really delicious and cool looking. The original plan I had come up with called for a fondant-wrapped Tiki statue on this cake island, however when I reevaluated the physics of fondant in a hotel room kitchen I decided there wasn’t enough rum to attempt it. (to calm my nerves after trying, of course)
This is a cake mix recipe, I do these a lot if there are going to be lots of time-consuming or complicated things for me to do for a party to help save time. If you have a really great Lemon or Orange cake recipe, by all means use your recipe, for the rest of us mortals this is how I put it all together.
You Will Need:
2 boxes Lemon cake mix (and all the ingredients on the boxes)
1 box Orange cake mix (ditto on the ingredients)
2 cans Lemon frosting
1 can chocolate frosting
3 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk (whatever milk you use at home- I use 2% for cooking)
The rest of the bag of coconut
1/2 box Nilla Wafers (or any vanilla off/store brand cookie like it)
2 ziplock baggies
Wooden skewers (like you would use to grill with)
Green liquid food color
About 20 Triscuts
1 full (no nibbles, sorry) container Pirouette Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Wafers
1 Extra Large rectangle cake pan ( I used 17 x 14 inch, whatever you use you need to adjust the proportions of the cake batter and all the pans)
2 small (I used 6 x 2 inch) round cake pans
1 muffin pan
1 can non-stick cooking spray for baking (the kind with the flour in the spray)
1 or 2 paper drink umbrellas
Mix each type of cake as directed on the package with the following tweaks:
In bowl mix with hand mixer on medium speed all “wet” ingredients plus pudding and milk (2 boxes and 2 cups for lemon cake, 1 box and 1 cup for orange cake). After well blended ( will have a slightly soupy pudding consistency) add cake mix powder, mixing until just blended.
DO NOT over mix, this will cause peaks, cracking, etc in your cake! It is better to leave a few small unmixed bits, those will cook out.
Preheat oven as directed. Spray all the bake wear.
Pour Lemon cake mix into rectangle pan. Bake in oven as directed on package. (will take longer because this cake is bigger and thicker than anything on the package, but use those directions as a base line. When this large cake is done, set aside to cool over night.
Pour Orange cake mix first into round cake pans, then the remainder into the muffin pan. Do not overfill the round pans, they should be about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake all of this according to the directions for cupcakes on the package. Keep in mind the cupcakes will be done about 10 minutes before the round pans, but you will want to keep a close eye on them once the cupcakes are done. When these are all done, set aside to cool overnight.
Go have a drink and read a book or something, relax because tomorrow there’s lots more to do!
Visit the Luau party page for all the recipes and posts involved in this party!