This flamingo cake recipe is a light and fruity summer dessert I created myself. It combines a fluffy white cake mix with cherry gelatin, which is then topped with icing made with crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, vanilla pudding, and whipped topping. It has to be tasted to be believed!
This flamingo cake recipe I dreamed up and my mother and friend, Jyl, helped me name is light, fruity, and perfect anytime.
Now, I love cakes that start with a cake mix. If you’re like me and love the magic of a mix, hang around here because this flamingo cake is just amazing. Another reason I love this recipe is that it’s best if you make it 2 to 3 days in advance and let it sit in the fridge. Therefore it’s ready for when you next have company.
Besides the white cake mix, what else do you need to make a flamingo cake? Well, we use buttermilk to make sure it’s super moist and tender and cherry jello to give it that signature bright pink color. But my favorite part of this recipe is the icing. I don’t know if you folks are ready for it 😉. It’s made with whipped topping, vanilla pudding, maraschino cherries, and crushed pineapple. It’s so refreshing and fruit and the perfect complement to the moist cake.
A very popular saying right now is “In a world full of pigeons, be a flamingo.” I’ve seen it all over Pinterest, happened upon random memes with it on Facebook, and even contemplated cross-stitching it. But the closest I got to any of those was making this pink flamingo cake and I sure do hope you enjoy it!
- White cake mix
- Cherry jello mix
- Vegetable oil
- Buttermilk (not pictured, it was shy)
- Crushed pineapple
- Instant vanilla pudding mix
- Thawed Cool Whip (or make your own homemade whipped topping)
- Maraschino cherries (along with their juice)
How to Make Flamingo Cake
Toss all of those cake batter ingredients into a medium bowl and beat it with an electric mixer until well combined and smooth.
Pour the cake batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until the center springs back when pressed lightly.
See how quickly a cake mix recipe comes together? Let’s move on to the icing…
In a medium bowl, place the crushed pineapple (juice and all).
Sprinkle the pudding mix over and stir with a spoon until well combined.
Stir in whipped topping until fully incorporated.
Chop cherries in half and add those in along with enough cherry juice to tint the mixture light pink (about 1/4 cup of juice).
Stir until well combined, adding more cherry juice for color if need be.
Frost the cooled cake.
Cover cake and place in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days before serving. Enjoy!
Store leftovers, covered, in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- In place of buttermilk, you can use one cup of whole milk and one tablespoon of lemon juice.
- Save some maraschino cherries to use as a garnish.
- You can also use a vanilla cake mix or add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the cake batter for added flavor.
You may also enjoy these scrumptious cake recipes:
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- 1 box white cake mix I use Duncan Hines
- 1 3.5-ounce packet cherry gelatin
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup buttermilk*
- 3 eggs
- 8 ounces crushed pineapple
- 1 3.4-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding
- 16 ounces thawed whipped topping
- 1 8-ounce jar cherries plus some juice
- In a large mixing bowl, place the cake mix, gelatin, oil, buttermilk, and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined (about two minutes).1 box white cake mix, 1 3.5-ounce packet cherry gelatin, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup buttermilk*, 3 eggs
- Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until the center springs back when pressed lightly. Allow it to cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, place the crushed pineapple (juice and all). Sprinkle pudding mix over and stir with a spoon until well combined. Stir in whipped topping until fully incorporated. Chop cherries in half and add those in, along with enough cherry juice to tint the mixture light pink. Stir until well combined, adding more cherry juice for color if need be. Frost the cooled cake.8 ounces crushed pineapple, 1 3.4-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding, 16 ounces thawed whipped topping, 1 8-ounce jar cherries plus some juice
- Cover the cake and place it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days before serving. Enjoy!
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OMG this cake is absolutely amazing. It’s a hit with my family. My son is wanting this cake for his birthday on Saturday so I am going to make it today.
We have a funny memory to this cake that everytime we mention flamingo or flamingo cake we all laugh. The 1st time I fixed it my 2 youngest (daughter & son) children helped me. A year or two later my youngest daughter asked if there were real flamingoes in it even though she helped me make it.
It’s def an enjoyable memory
Thank you for creating a cake that will always hold a special place in my families hearts.
Love this story! Sure did make me smile! It truly means so much that it holds a special place in your family’s heart. Brings a little tear to my eye 🙂 And I appreciate you so much for your comment and your rating.
Have a wonderful holiday season
So glad you love it. And I love that story about your daughter. So precious. Thank you for the comment and the rating.
I’m trying this!!! Looks so good! Have you ever make a layered cake with it
Hi Hevan, let me know how you like it. I have not made a layered cake with this particular cake recently but I don’t see why you couldn’t. Thanks for commenting 🙂
Sounds really delicious and unique! Never thought of using pudding mix for frosting..will give it a try. Thank you!
O yea, this just went into my recipe box. It has summer written all over it. Might even try making into cupcakes.
I love the cupcake idea!! Enjoy 🙂