Guava Cake

I just got back from a trip to Hawaii to watch my husband play his game. It was a week of no worries or cares. We had fun but a week was way too long to leave my kids. I felt like I was leaving a double life. There I was with freedom to do whatever I wanted with a lingering thought in the back of my mind of the life I had back home as a mom with four kids and responsibilities. Don’t get me wrong, I love my little responsibilities. The things that drive you nuts about your kids become endearing when you have time away.

Thanks to all of your suggestions on Facebook, we ate our way through Oahu. We ate at Roy’s, Teddy’s, Nico’s on Pier 38, Duke’s, Hula Dogs, and  malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery.


I made this cake when I got home to give my kids a little taste of what they didn’t know they were missing. Although we didn’t actually eat this while we were in Hawaii, we used to eat it in college at our local Hawaiian joint. And nothing says I miss you like cake. guava-cake

The cake starts with adding guava juice to a strawberry cake mix. A cream cheesy whipped topping layer is lathered on top and topped with a guava gel. Mmm.


Guava Cake
Prep Time
22 hrs 1 min
Cook Time
22 hrs 1 min
  • 1 strawberry cake mix
  • 1 cup Guava juice if your cake mix calls for more or less water, replace the entire amount of water with guava juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Cream Cheese Layer:
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 8 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
Guava Topping:
  • 2 cups guava juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions replacing the water called for on the box with guava juice (mine happened to call for 3 eggs and 1/3 cup oil but if yours is different follow the box directions). Bake cake in a greased 9X13 pan according to package directions. Let cake cool completely.
  2. While cake is baking prepare the cream cheese layer and guava topping.
  3. For the cream cheese layer: In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with hand mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla and beat in.
  5. Slowly fold in the Cool Whip and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. For the Guava Topping: In a medium sauce pan, bring the 2 cups guava juice and sugar to a boil.
  7. Make a paste out of the cornstarch with about 2-3 tablespoons of water.
  8. Remove guava juice from heat and stir in the cornstarch mixture until combined well. Return mixture to heat and bring back to a boil and boil for one minute stirring constantly. Cool in refrigerator.
  9. To assemble cooled cake: Thickly ice the cake with all of the cream cheese mixture. Glaze the top of the cake with guava topping. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Speak Your Mind



  1. This is such a pretty cake, and it sounds like it would taste amazing! You should definitely post some fun Hawaii pics! It seems like a beautiful place!

  2. OMG I need to make this. Looks so pretty too. Need to find a place to get guava juice !

  3. Uh yeah… totally jealous! (Wink!) What a dreamy vacation and pretty cake!

  4. YUM! This reminds me of whenever my auntie from HI would come visit us in the states. She always made this for us! I can’t wait to try this version.

  5. I was born and raised in Hawaii and after moving to Utah, we’d visit Hawaii and would always have to bring back a Guava Cake and Passion Fruit Cake from Dee Lite Bakery. They’d freeze the cakes so you could carry them onto the airplane. I am looking forward to trying this recipe–guava is one of my favorite flavors!

  6. I had a very hard time finding the guava juice to make this cake the other night. Looked all over Walmart. Used Peach Mango juice instead. It was still delicious and everyone loved it. Today I found Hawaii’s Own Guava juice at Winco. It is only 10% fruit juice but it’s the best I can find so will try that this week.

  7. I made this cake and took it to work for Valentine’s Day. The cake was gone by 3:00p.m. and someone even washed my pan for me as a thank you. Thanks for the delicious recipes Christy!

  8. Thanks for the recipe! It looks great, but what can I use if I can’t get hold of a strawberry cake mix? Thanks!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Ahh. I don’t know of a good substitute. Strawberry can be morphed into guava flavored but any other flavor I don’t think it would.

  9. I made the recipe for a dinner a month ago. Everyone loved it and I ended up eating way too much, despite usually not liking cake or sweets. Thank you for the great recipe!

  10. Omg! Guava cake from King’s Bakery in Oahu is my favorite! When I would visit, I would order a frozen one & hand carry it on the plane ride home to San Diego. And I used to do this when I was still in elementary school. I gotta make this cake! I miss it! Have you had a Dobash cake?

  11. Hi I was wondering if I can make the cream cheese topping and the guava topping and refrigerated it and the next day put it on the cake????

  12. Honestly delicious!!!! Just made this as cupcakes and they came out so moist and so delicious! Easy recipe! Thank you!!!! Amazing!!!

  13. just made this cake last weekend for a hawaiian/probowl themed lunch and it was amazing!! baked the cake the evening before and did the toppings the next morning. real quick and super easy. thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  14. This sounds amazing! I would like to make these into cupcakes. Any tips please (bake time, fill height, how many it makes)? I assume I can follow the box’s directions? Thanks!

  15. Would guava nectar be the same as guava juice?

  16. Hello do I used the frozen Guava juice that comes in the can? or use Nectar guava? Thank you

  17. I was disappointed in this recipe. The strong strawberries completely overpowered the guava flavor in the cake. Also, I think a guava jam/jelly topping the cream cheese mixture would be much better.