Hawaii is known for many things. Locals believe the Aloha spirit is one that embodies the tradition, lifestyle, and leisure that the city of Islands offers.
Asides from the beautiful beaches, wildlife and landscape, the Islands of Hawaii are popular for exquisite baking treats and desserts. These treats are a delight to locals and visitors who troop in daily to absorb the wonders of Hawaii.
When we think of Hawaiian baking treats, we often think of fresh fruits and tropical flavors. But it’s so much more than that. If Hawaii is on your bucket list, you should look forward to fun-filled moments with desserts that can rival any home-made treat you may have had (no offense intended). This post presents the top 10 best Hawaiian baking treats you should try out when you do visit.
- Banana Nut Bread
We all know how banana bread became a baking fiesta in 2020. If you’re yet to recover from that, you may be tempted to skip this, but just give us a minute. This is a whole different level of banana bread altogether. Super ripe banana, crushed Pineapple, chopped cherries and toasted coconut will do the magic and take you onto a whole new world of dessert delight.
- Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple
This is one of the best summer desserts you can have. Even though we all chase after the big cakes with large frosting or sugary ice cream, Grilled fruit may just be what you need. It is a popular delight in Hawaii. It is made with Pineapple and brown sugar, giving a deep, char-like, caramel flavored dessert that easily melts in your mouth.
- Chocolate Haupia Pie
If you have ever lived in Hawaii, you must’ve heard of Haupia. It’s a popular pudding in the tropical Islands made of coconut layer. When you have this thickened pudding set in cornstarch as a first layer and add a second filling made of the same coconut haupia mixed with chocolate chips, you have yourself a creamy, velvety, silky-smooth pie. You can top it with coconut-flavored whipped cream if you want.
- Guava Cake
From the bright flavor and creamy smooth layers to the distinct flavor and taste, Guava Cake is a delight in Hawaii. Whether it’s a small piece for your family or a large batch for a large gathering, this is a special baking treat in Hawaiian homes and parties and should be in yours too.
Malasadas are one of the most popular baking treats in Hawaii. It is great as a go-to snack on a regular day or as a dessert at a Hawaiian party anytime of the year. It’s not strange to find people queue up in popular bakeries in Hawaii for a hot Malasada. In simple terms, they are the Hawaiian version of the popular doughnut, sometimes filled with haupia, and dusted with sugar.
- Kimo’s Hula Pie
This looks like a giant ice cream pie glazed with chocolate cream topping. You’ll certainly find the original at Kimo’s in Hawaii, but a Copycat is also available at Duke’s in Waikiki. It has the Oreo pie crust with lots of ice cream filled in. It’s an amazing treat anytime of the day.
- Cheesecake Bars
Buttery shortbread base, Pineapple Cheesecake filling and chewy coconut topping; these three make such a good combination launching this amazing bake treat to our list of top 8 treats in Hawaii. This scrumptious Cheesecake dessert is a superb side dish that has a strong persistence and can be frozen for later.
- Hawaiian Dream Cake
The Hawaiian Dream Cake is a truly tropical treat. Made with Pineapple juice (and sometimes water), it is a moist and tender pudding-like Cake with a faux-cheesecake layer filled with crushed Pineapple. Sweetened whipped cream can also be added sprinkled with toasted coconut to give it crunch.
You can get most of these Hawaiian treats at Maui Bread Company a bakery in Maui Hawaii. They have a great collection of Hawaiian Artisan desserts.