Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe
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Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

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If you want to make cake but are squeezed for time, count on this recipe for a fast solution.—Charlene Wahlenmaier, Grants Pass, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, undrained
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 308 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 399mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, applesauce and oranges. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In another bowl, beat whipped topping, pineapple and pudding mix. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Chill. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Mandarin Orange Cake in Country Woman May/June 1996, p35

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 255740
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"Simple cake but a refreshing flavor and different than other cakes."

debpenns User ID: 5553562 248783
Reviewed May. 29, 2016

"so love this cake! my step-son Brandon always request it!! awesome! recipe"

Mistydawn012 User ID: 8174687 215518
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"I initially made this cake 22 yrs ago; for a potluck at work. It received rave reviews, and I received regular requests from coworkers to make it afterwards. I'm making it now, for a new group of coworkers; and feel very confident that it'll be well received. I add a little mandarin oranges AND crushed pineapple to the cake mix. Yummy!"

pattycake10 User ID: 2475727 9705
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

"I have made this cake for years. My version uses one yellow cake mix, one stick of butter, one can oranges w/juices, 1/2 cup oil and 4 eggs. Frosting is the same. Wonderful every time."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4090387 9055
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"This is a wonderful light tasting cake. I made it for a card group and they all had seconds. Will make this again."

CHIEFCOOLEY User ID: 1241981 11017
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"This cake is so delicious, it is very moist and sooo easy to make!"

MmeBlaise User ID: 1081390 13001
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"For my version, I created the pudding and whipped cream frosting from scratch and substituted mandarin oranges peeled by hand, not from a can. Otherwise, I followed the recipe. My family loved this delicious cake, even with the changes."

katten37032 User ID: 7129772 18428
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"This is so good and easy to make"

jm_robertson User ID: 5692565 200669
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"I have to say...I found this recipe in a TOH book years ago and made it. It was an instant much so, that my husband requested it as our wedding cake! I actually supplied the recipe to our baker and she made just a couple adjustments - like adding orange liqueur and a different frosting. Its been fabulous both ways!"

QBELL User ID: 6263446 11494
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"Made this one before and loved it."

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