Happy Cake

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Happy Cake
Happy Cake 1967.jpg
Happy Cake 1967
Type Cake
Place of origin United States
Region or state Hawaii
Created by Dick Rodby
Main ingredients Pineapple, macadamia nuts, coconut
Cookbook: Happy Cake  Media: Happy Cake

Happy Cake is a tropical cake made in Hawaii. It is often referred to as Hawaii’s version of a fruit cake.[1]  The Happy Cake is made from pineapple, macadamia nuts, and coconut.


The Happy Cake was invented at Kemo’o Farms Restaurant in Wahiawa, Hawaii in 1967 by Dick Rodby,[2] owner of the restaurant famous for live Hawaiian music.[3] The restaurant was also featured as ‘Choys’ tavern in the Frank Sinatra film, From Here to Eternity.

Surrounded by pineapple fields, Rodby was inspired to create his own version of a Hawaiian Fruit Cake and named it the Happy Cake registering the trademark ‘Happy Cake’ in September 1969.[4] Cakes were ordered from all over the country as a gifts and were popular in Hawaiian themed parties.[5][6]


The Happy Cake is a dense cake, made from local pineapple, macadamia nuts, and coconut.[7]


  • Over the years customers have included presidents[8] and Hollywood elite.[9][10][11]
  • Rodby opened a sister restaurant in California in 1982 to also promote and sell the Hawaiian Happy Cake.[12]
  • Baked in Honolulu, the Happy Cake still remains popular with local Hawaiians.[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kasher, Robert (2005). Tropical Bob’s Where to Eat in Hawaii. Perpetual Summer Publishing. P. 86. ISBN 0-9734333-2-9
  2. ^ "Richard Rodby Obituary: View Obituary for Richard Rodby by Borthwick Mortuary, Honolulu, HI". Obits.dignitymemorial.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame Photo Gallery". Hmhof.org. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ ”Benefit Features Polynesian Theme” The Daily Register, Red Bank – Middleton, New Jersey. August 1st, 1972. P. 11. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  6. ^ "Luau Cake Ideas". Enjoyhawaiivacations.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Happy Cakes Live Up To Their Name". Govisithawaii.com. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Field Guide: Samsung Plaza - Honolulu Magazine - March 2011 - Hawaii". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  9. ^ "The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines - Current Issue". Hana Hou. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  10. ^ "Hawaiian Happy Cakes". Reallyhawaiian.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  11. ^ "Frank Sinatra Cake Designs, Decorating Ides and Pictures". Cakechannel.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  12. ^ Lodi News Sentinel, November 10, 1982. P. 11. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  13. ^ "StarBulletin.com | Features | /2005/12/14/". Archives.starbulletin.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  14. ^ "The new Keeaumoku | The Honolulu Advertiser | Hawaii's Newspaper". The Honolulu Advertiser. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 

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