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Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Mandarin Orange Cake

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Reviewed May. 29, 2016

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

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!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

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

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."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"This is so good and easy to make"

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!"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"Made this one before and loved it."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"very tasty and super-easy.

omitted the icing though-really good"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

"I don't usually use cake mixes but I'm very glad that I tried this recipe. Delicious! Everyone loved it. Thanks."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"I love this cake. It's light but tastes fabulous. Wonderful on a cold winter day to make you feel like summer or great for a hot summer day to cool you down!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"This is a very good cake and easy ingredients. I love it. I live in a senior building and I am making this to give everyone a peice for Christmas. It has 8 APTS. Thank you for sharing this recipe again."

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