“Recipe taken from the Duncan Hines website. I was searching for a birthday cake to meet some dietary restrictions of the guests (no seeds, no citrus, no chocolate). Apricot preserves, generously spread between layers of cream cake, present a delightful alternative to berries. Garnish with coconut flakes to create a tropical contrast.”
1hr 45mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 ounce) package Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe yellow cake mix
  • 13 cup vegetable oil (per cake directions)
  • 3 large eggs (per cake directions)
  • water (amount per cake directions)
  • 1 (18 ounce) jar apricot preserves (for filling)
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 34 cup milk
  • 1 12 cups whipping cream
  • 14 cup toasted flaked coconut
  • apricot halves (I couldn't find fresh, so bought Lite canned. Drained and patted dry several of the firmer halves an)
  • mint leaf


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Prepare, bake and cool cake as directed on package.
  2. Split each cake layer in half horizontally. (I used dental floss while my husband gently held the cake in place with a clean kitchen towel. It was very easy to do!) Reserve 1 tablespoon preserves. Place one split cake layer on serving plate. Spread one-third remaining preserves on top. Repeat with remaining layers and preserves, leaving top plain.
  3. Prepare pudding mix as directed on package using 3/4 cup milk. In a large bowl, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold whipping cream into pudding. Spread on sides and top of cake. Garnish with coconut, apricot halves and mint leaves. Warm reserved preserves to glaze apricot halves. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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