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Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

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!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Cool1 hr
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mandarin orange cake recipe, orange cake, orange cake recipe, orange pineapple cake
Servings: 20 pieces
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


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)


  • 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 | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 26.4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.7mg