Cooks and Crafts: Jersey Shore No Bake Cake

Enjoy a sugary Jersey-inspired treat, no baking required (photo by Amy Rose).
Enjoy a sugary Jersey-inspired treat, no baking required (photo by Amy Rose).

To continue with the Italian theme that permeates this issue’s Lifestyle section, I thought I should share a recipe as an homage to one of the most Italian places in the U.S.—New Jersey.

As a Jersey native, I could go on about the culinary joys that only the Garden State has to offer. From boardwalk pizza to massive bagels, New Jersey—excuse the pun—takes the cake. However, New Jersey not only masters the art of grease and lard, but it also has some of the best tasting fruits and vegetables including corn, tomatoes and blueberries.

With the latter being New Jersey’s state fruit, I decided to use it in this no-bake Italian cake that any person with a pan and a fridge can make. I also added strawberries because they are delicious.

Video by Silvia Pak

Jersey Shore No Bake Cake


1 box of vanilla wafers

 1 can crushed pineapples with juice

¼ cup lemon juice

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 package of coconut shavings

1 (8oz) container of Cool Whip

10 strawberries cut in halves (20 strawberries in total)

A handful of blueberries



  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice and condensed milk. Once mixed, add the pineapples and mix all ingredients together.

  2. Line the bottom of pan or dish with vanilla wafers.

  3. Take the lemon-milk-pineapple mixture and pour over the vanilla wafers layer.

  4. Add second layer of wafers over mixture. Top with cool whip, coconut, strawberries and blueberries.

  5. Refrigerate overnight. 
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