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Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

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posted: 02/17/19

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This Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe is the stuff of legends. Everyone who tries this cake needs the recipe and then is shocked by how few ingredients you need to make it.

mandarin orange cake recipe on a white plate

You only need SEVEN ingredients to make this orange pineapple cake, and that includes the frosting!

This is a classic cake recipe that lot os of you grew up eating and loving at family gatherings, church picnics, and back yard BBQs. I got this recipe from my neighbor and fell in love immediately.

What is your favorite classic recipe?

Anywhere she takes this cake people need the recipe. And for good reason. It is moist, packed with flavor, and best of all it is super easy to throw together.

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INGREDIENTS FOR THIS ORANGE CAKE RECIPE

One of the best parts about this cake is how few ingredients you need to make it!

  • yellow cake mix
  • mandarin oranges
  • oil
  • eggs
  • cool whip
  • vanilla pudding mix
  • crushed pineapple
piece of orange cake on a white plate

OTHER EASY DESSERTS YOU WILL LOVE

I have lots of great dessert recipes that take short cuts from store bought ingredients. I love baking from scratch, but I love how fun and easy these are for the kids to make too!

If you make this great orange pineapple cake or any of my other desserts be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

fork going into a piece of orange pineapple cake
mandarin orange cake recipe on a white plate
4.91 from 22 votes

Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

Serves: 20 pieces
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
This Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe is the stuff of legends.  Everyone who tries this cake needs the recipe and then is shocked by how few ingredients you need to make it.  Only SEVEN ingredients to make this orange pineapple cake, and that includes the frosting!

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (just the dry cake mix – 15.25 ounces)
  • 1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges (undrained)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

For the Frosting

  • 12 ounces cool whip
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple undrained
  • 1 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix (just the pudding mix)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix together the yellow cake mix, the can of mandarin oranges, the eggs and the vegetable oil.  Pour into the prepare pan.  Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs, being careful not to over bake.
  • Let the cake completely cool.
  • In a large bowl whip together the cool whip, pineapple, and vanilla pudding mix.  Spread over the cooled cake and serve!
Calories: 282kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 34g (11%) Protein: 2g (4%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 37mg (12%) Sodium: 229mg (10%) Potassium: 81mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 22g (24%) Vitamin A: 200IU (4%) Vitamin C: 26.4mg (32%) Calcium: 30mg (3%) Iron: 0.7mg (4%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
mandarin orange cake recipe on a white plate

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  1. Maria says

    If I make whipped cream will it stay whipped on the cake,in the fridge until ready to eat? Would love to make this cake to bring somewhere in a cooler.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Whipped cream isn’t stable so it doesn’t stay quite as solid as cool whip. It will work. It’s just won’t stay quite as firm.

  2. Catherine says

    Yellow cake mix are hard to find in my area/markets Can any cake mix be used?

    • Lisa Longley says

      You could use another cake mix! I would stick to white though, rather than some other flavors.

  3. pat ryan says

    do you drain the oranges, or add liquid to cake mix.

    • Lisa Longley says

      The oranges go in, undrained.

  4. Candy says

    Can this cake be made as a bundt cake?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Candy! I would have to test it! Bundt cakes aren’t always the simplest because the size of bundt pan you use greatly plays into the cooking instructions.

  5. marie kulsic says

    I bake this cake yesterday, it was very good

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it!

  6. Pearl says

    This cake was delicious….I’m baking it all the time !!!!👍😊

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you like it Pearl!

  7. Raquel says

    3 stars
    Hi, just made the cake for the first time. Can I do the cool whip topping on the cake and put it in the refrigerator until ready to eat later in the day?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! You can!

  8. Cindy says

    5 stars
    Easy to make & everyone loved it.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear this, Cindy!

  9. Dee Ann says

    5 stars
    Making this cake again for the holiday weekend! It is so refreshing! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you like it!

  10. Marilyn says

    5 stars
    Made it and it was really loved by my husband. Could taste the pineapple but not the oranges. Baking it today for a friend to take to his girlfriend for her birthday.

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