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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
5 from 13 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. Ofelia says

    Can you make cupcakes instead of the cake

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, I haven’t tried this as cupcakes.

  2. Lani Trinh says

    I only have 8 oz cool whip container. Would this work for the frosting?

    Thank you.

    • Lisa Longley says

      It won’t be quite the same, but it will work. I have frosted cakes with just plain cool whip before.

  3. Carol says

    Are there whole orange slices in the cake or do they break up?

    • Lisa Longley says

      The orange slices break up during the mixing. You don’t end up with bites of big giant chunks of orange.

  4. Genene says

    I like to know do you use the direction also on the cake mix .

    • Lisa Longley says

      Nope, just use the mix and follow the directions I have listed here.

  5. Janet M Russell says

    I made this cake and was very heavy think too much oil.Next time I Will try half the oil.

  6. Lynn says

    Hi I live in Australia I’m sure we don’t have cool whip what else could I use
    Thanks a lot
    Lynn mcmillan

    • Lisa Longley says

      You can replace it with homemade whipped cream!

  7. Zenaida says

    If not serving right away, do you refrigerate it?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes!

  8. Judy Narducci says

    5 stars
    The cake was fantastic. Should it be refrigerated because of the cool whip frosting?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it, Judy! Yes, it should be refrigerated.

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