Graham Cracker Cake


Graham Cracker Cake

For a dessert that's bursting with tropical flavor, look no further than this graham cracker cake with coconut!

Graham Cracker Cake
45 Min

When you think of graham crackers, you might think of crushing them up to make a pie crust, or maybe sandwiching chocolate bars and toasted marshmallows between a couple of 'em for s'mores. Well, now we've taken it a step further by making a super moist, Graham Cracker Cake that's packed with flavor! Trust us, this is a recipe you'll want to get your hands on.

What You'll Need

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) package graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat 1-1/2 sticks butter and the granulated sugar 3 to 4 minutes or until creamy. Add graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla, and beat until well mixed. Stir in coconut and pecans until well mixed, then spread batter into baking dish.
  3. Melt remaining half stick butter in microwave. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, and pineapple until well mixed; pour evenly over batter.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool, then cut and serve.

Test Kitchen Tip

  • Yup, we know you're gonna love this Graham Cracker Cake. For more fun and yummy ways to use graham crackers, try our 8-Layer Pistachio Squares or our nostalgic Chewy S'mores Squares!
  • Need a few more cake ideas? Well, if you're having a get-together or heading out to a potluck let us suggest our Apple Cinnamon Dump Cake or, if you want to bring a bit of the tropics to your guests, try our Hawaiian Poke Cake! Either way, everyone will be asking for the recipe! 

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 15

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 722
  • Calories from Fat 179
  • Total Fat 20g 31 %
  • Saturated Fat 9.4g 47 %
  • Trans Fat 0.5g 0 %
  • Protein 4.7g 9 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 95mg 32 %
  • Sodium 336mg 14 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 136g 45 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6 %
  • Sugars 118g 0 %

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This cake sounds delicious but it really seems to have a lot of sugar. Is 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar and 3 cups confectioner's sugar correct? Yikes... 4-1/2 cups sugar? Maybe 3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar?

This cake is awesome and simple! Tastes like an old-fashioned cake and it is just excellent. Highly recommend.

I made this cake for Super Bowl Weekend It was AWESOME I think this is going to be my new favorite cake It was so easy to make The cake was extremely moist and the graham cracker was very subtle and not overpowering The pineapple ended up on the bottom of the cake I love coconut and pineapple it is so good We had the cake warm the first night and room temperature the next day it was fantastic either way I did mess up and added sticks of butter to the batter and it was still amazing I am almost afraid to try it with sticks of butter which is what the recipe calls for I am always looking and trying new recipes because about years ago I offered a Sweet Treat of the Month package to be auctioned at our local FFA Banquet to support the FFA Alumni ScholarshipRead More Fund I know this is going to be a huge hit at the Agri-Center who always purchases Huge's Sweet Treat of the Month It will be their February Treat Thank you for sharing this amazing cake

Does the coconut have to be added?

Not at all!

May I substitute walnuts for the pecans?

Absolutely! Substitute walnuts and enjoy!

So incredibly rich and sweet. Almost to sweet. Stored it in the fridge and it tasted different cold. Even better if that is possible! I might try making it with splenda next time to spare my pancreas. Oh SO good!

Can this cake be frozen?

I was wondering if there is a way of making this a little less sugar and butter?

Instead of pineapple, can you use some chopped apples (like Comstock apples used for fillings) ?

Tried this with 1 cup of chopped Comstock apples and it came out pretty well. Very tasty.

What am I missing? How much pineapple?? I don't see it in the ingredient list.

It says 1 can crushed and undrained

Hi there! It's the last ingredient on the list. 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained.

Wonderful old fashioned cake !

This looks like a combination of gooey cake and hummingbird cake. With all that sugar, butter, and pineapple, this has to be amazing! I love recipes with coconut, pecans, and pineapple. My only problem is I like it too much! I need to make this cake to take to work and then I will have to share.

This is a great with the coconut, pineapple, and pecans! I put mine in the frig because I like it cold! lol I toasted some coconut and sprinkled on the top.

I have not made this cake yet.How about adding a can of coconut pecan frosting to the mix ?

I prefer to crush my own graham crackers. How many sleeves of crackers is equivalent to a package. Can't wait to try this one!

Hi there! One 14.4-ounce box of graham crackers crushed is equivalent to one 13-1/2-ounce box graham cracker crumbs. Enjoy!

Thanks for all of the great recipes.

I remember this delicious cake being served at a local lunch counter at our ole Roses store when I was a child, I really loved it and have wanted the recipe. Thanks will be making it soon.

Could you leave the pineapple out?

Yes, you can. Enjoy!

OOOOHHH ITS SO GOOOOD!!! We love this cake... Roll Tide


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