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No-Bake Italian Cake

Creamy pineapple filling sandwiched between wafers and topped off with whipped topping and a pile of coconut. This easy no-bake dessert will have them coming back for seconds!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: cakes, desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: italian cake, no bake recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 179kcal


  • 1 - 2 boxes Vanilla wafers you'll need at least 1 box, but I advise getting 2
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple in juice
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (EU readers see NOTES)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 8 oz tub whipped topping (EU readers see NOTES)
  • coconut -OR- chopped pecans use as much or as little as you like
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish optional--but they taste great on this


  • Place a layer of vanilla wafers in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch pan.
  • Place pineapple in a large bowl; drain off about 1/4-1/2 cup of the juice.
  • Add the condensed milk and lemon juice; stir to combine.
  • Pour over the wafers in the prepared pan.
  • Place another layer of vanilla wafers over the filling.
  • Top with whipped topping.
  • Sprinkle coconut or chopped pecans on top of the whipped topping.
  • Chill overnight. May be frozen as well.


Make sure you get the sweetened condensed milk--the kind that's thick and pours really slow. I believe that what we in the USA call evaporated milk, some people in the UK call "condensed milk"--that is not the same thing!
Real whipped cream may be substituted for the non-dairy whipped topping. If you can get Dream Whip (a powder sold over by the jellies (gelatine desserts) that can be made up and substituted as well


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg