Easy Hawaiian Guava Cake Recipe

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Hawaiian Guava Cake is a classic Hawaiian dessert that is made using strawberry cake mix, guava nectar, cream cheese and a guava gel glaze. It is easy to make and totally delicious!

slice of hawaiian guava cake on a white plate

My family and I took our first Hawaiian vacation last year to Kauai, Hawaii and one of the things we loved the most was this famous Hawaiian dessert.

As soon as we got home, I just knew that I had to figure out how to make this classic Hawaiian dessert so we could enjoy the flavors of Hawaii again and again.

slice of guava cake with coconut shreds on top

If you’ve never tried guava cake before, it’s a fruity and sweet cake with just the perfect amount of a creamy frosting covered in a guava glaze. It has a tropical flavor and is not overly sweet.

The guava cake was first introduced in the 1960s at the famous Dee Lite Bakery in Honolulu, Hawaii. It has since become a famous Hawaiian dessert served in kitchens around the world.

I truly think this is one of those Hawaiian recipes you’ll enjoy for years to come. It will bring a little piece of Hawaii into your home with every bite.

serving spatula with piece of hawaiian guava cake on it

Looking for more cake recipes? Try our 2-Ingredient Dr. Pepper Cake, 2-Ingredient Mountain Dew Cake or our 2-Ingredient Coke Cake.

fork getting a bite of guava cake

Helpful Tips:

  • The cake is meant to be spongy as it pairs well with the whipped cream cheese layer and guava glaze.
  • If you want a brighter pink color, use a few drops of pink food coloring in the cake mix before baking.
  • The cake tastes best when it has time to chill in the refrigerator overnight allowing the cake to cool, flavors to infuse, and the glaze to set.
  • Guava juice, guava nectar and guava concentrate are all pretty similar and will bring that guava flavor to this cake.
  • Cover the cake with tin foil or plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to a week.
  • You can make these into cupcakes by putting the cake batter into cupcake liners before baking. Continue making the toppings as-is for Hawaiian Guava Cake Cupcakes.
  • You can top off with chopped pecans, walnuts, freshly sliced strawberries and coconut shreds.

Ingredients Needed to Make A Hawaiian Guava Cake

For The Cake

  • Strawberry Cake Mix
  • Guava Nectar or Guava Juice (Kern’s, Jumex, or Goya)
  • Eggs (room temperature)
  • Coconut Oil (liquid)

For The Guava Gel Topping

  • Guava Nectar or Guava Juice (Pink is better)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Sweetened Coconut Flakes to garnish (optional)

For The Cream Cheese Layer

  • Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cool Whip (thawed)

Items needed:

  • 13×9 Baking Dish
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
guava cake ingredients on table

How to Make Hawaiian Guava Cake

This guava cake recipe is quite easy to make. It requires baking a homemade cake using boxed cake mix and adding in a few extra ingredients.

You will then layer the cake with a homemade cream cheese frosting followed by a thin layer of a guava paste.

The full step-by-step process is in the recipe card below. Enjoy!

step-by-step showing how to make homemade guava cake

Hawaiian Guava Cake

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Brittanie Pyper
Hawaiian Guava Cake is a classic Hawaiian dessert that is made using strawberry cake mix, guava nectar, cream cheese and a guava gel glaze. It is easy to make and totally delicious!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12 Slices


For The Cake:

  • 1 Strawberry Cake Mix 15 oz
  • 1 ½ cups Guava Nectar or Guava Juice Kern’s, Jumex, or Goya
  • 3 large Eggs room temperature
  • cup Coconut Oil liquid

For The Whipped Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 10 oz Cream Cheese room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 8 oz Cool Whip thawed

For The Guava Gel Topping:

  • 2 ½ cups Guava Nectar or Guava Juice Pink is better
  • ½ cup granulated Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons Water
  • 4 tablespoons sweetened Coconut Flakes to garnish optional


For The Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and coat a 13 x 9 baking dish with vegetable spray.
  • Mix together the Cake Mix, Guava Juice, Eggs, and Coconut Oil in mixer, and blend 30
    seconds on low, scrape bowl, then beat 2 minutes on medium-high.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake 24-26 minutes, until light golden on edges. Cake is done when inserted toothpick comes out clean, or with a few crumbs.
  • Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

For The Cream Cheese Layer

  • Beat Cream Cheese with mixer until fluffy. Add Sugar and Vanilla and mix well. Slowly fold in the Cool Whip, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • When cake has cooled, spread cream cheese mixture evenly over cake. Place in fridge (or freezer) until cream cheese layer sets.

For The Guava Glaze Layer

  • In a medium saucepan, bring the 2 1/2 cups Guava Juice and sugar to a low boil over medium heat for 2 minutes. Make a slurry of the Cornstarch and Water. Remove Guava Juice mixture from heat and stir in the Cornstarch mixture with whisk.
  • Return to heat and bring back to low boil, and boil for one minute. Cool in refrigerator.
  • Glaze the top of the cake with Guava Gel, gently spreading it over the cream cheese layer.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Slice and garnish with Coconut Flakes if desired. Enjoy with milk, guava juice, or ice cream!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 136mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 44g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Hawaiian
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