Pineapple Orange Cake Recipe
- 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
- 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, undrained
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 carton (8 ounces) reduced-fat whipped topping
- 1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, oranges, egg whites and applesauce on low speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- 2. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
- 3. In a bowl, combine the pineapple and pudding mix. Fold in whipped topping just until blended. Spread over cake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 15 servings.
1 piece: 231 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 310mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
Reviews for Pineapple Orange Cake
"It's a toss up between a 2&3. I was not impressed w this cake at all. I thought it was dry and did not taste orange at all. The pudding size is a typo too. This recipe has potential and I will remake it but not without making my own tweaks to improve it to my own liking. Topping was great I have made the same topping using coconut cream pudding and pineapple!!"
"My daughter made this as written, it was dry and not enough flavor. I do plan on making this my way by adding back all the quilt. I always use beaten heavy cream as a replacement for whipped topping, I just cannot stand that stuff. In the cake I'll swap out the apple sauce for melted Irish butter, use 3 whole eggs instead of 4 egg whites and add 2 tsp of grated orange zest."
"I have been making this cake for about 20 yrs. and I know it as the Pineapple Dream cake, I bake it in 2 round layers and have always drained the crushed pineapple for the icing. It has always been a big favorite of my family & friends and since moving to SC it has become a favorite of my neighbors. Love it"
"I wanted to make this cake for a long time. However, i can't eat gluten so I was dragging my feet. Pilsbury recently came out with a gluten free yellow cake mix that is made in a 9x13 pan so I figured I would give it a try. First of all let me say that the cake baked up fabulously. In fact I followed the cake recipe only changing to a gluten free cake mix. I did make the frosting with a 12 oz. size whipped cream. I had some left over and and figured why not. This cake was so moist and delicious. Even better the second day. If you need to eat gluten free go ahead and make this cake. I know I will make this cake again and again. Next time I think I will put some maraschino cherries on top."
"I made this cake for a Memorial Day party. I made the "full-fat" version and added more orange juice to the batter to bump up the orange flavor. I also made it with a golden butter cake mix as that was all I had in the pantry. For decoration I put tons of red, white, and blue sprinkles on top. It looked really festive and the kids went crazy for it. The hostess put out all the desserts and (no lie) everyone pointed to my cake for a piece. The taste was buttery and flavorful with all the fruit in it. The pudding made the whipped topping silky and delicious. This recipe is a keeper!"
"My mother in law introduce the original version of this cake to me in 1974. And I have loved it every since I tasted it. I am only going to rate the original because I haven't tried the non reduce version yet."
"I made this cake for the first time this week and its so delicious and refreshing. The topping is almost like a creamy fruit salad. I, too, made a non-reduced version. I'd rather have a small piece of the real deal than a bigger piece of artificial sweeteners, fat free whatever, etc. So, the changes I made upon reading the reviews were: to the cake, I added a tsp. of orange extract, used three whole eggs (as called for on the cake mix box) instead of egg whites and used canola oil instead of applesauce.To the topping, I used regular instant pudding and regular frozen whipped topping."
"My family loved this dessert! I have now made it several times by special request. My only advice, to be sure to FOLD the whipped topping. The first time I didn't pay close attention and used a mix master. Came out runny but still tasted great. Thanks for sharing this new favorite for our family!"
"This is one of my families favorite cakes! Moist, delicious, and refreshing."
"My husband loves it, me too"
"Need more orange (use larger can) .... Idea add banana on cake before the topping"
"For the reviewers interested in using Orange cake mix--I purchased some on Mar. 26 for this recipe (but I have not made it yet). It was Orange Supreme by DH's."
"I made this cake for our church bingo and it was gone in a flash. We were surprised that people offered to pay two dollars for a second slice because it was so good."
"Have been making this non-reduced cake for almost 40 years. I do. however, add orange and pineapple extracts to intensify the flavor. Especially good on a hot summer day right out of the fridge."
"I, like other people, prefer not to use sugar-free ingredients. So I use regular pudding mix and regular cool whip. :) Tastes great! :)Also: WRONG Cklee. I'm not sure why you felt the need to correct people? A simple google search would have told you it is PIG PICKIN' - NOT pig lickin'. I have no idea why you'd try to correct people without first making sure YOU were correct. (You're not.)"
"I also made this as a poke cake with orange sugar-free gelatin. It is incredibly moist and adds more orange flavor. Sometimes I sprinkle it with toasted coconut. Love it!"
"very moist super easy to make definate make again"
"I made this cake and it was good. Moist and lemon-y! But I used lemon pudding, instead of v as nilla. I gave 8 people a piece and they all wanted the recipe!"
"This has been a family favorite for years. Have no idea why people have had tasteless, dry results. Never had that happen. Have been asked for recipes whenever I have served it at parties or brought to gatherings. Always make sure I have copies available. Wonderful summertime dessert! We are a family of diabetics so this treat is special"
"I can't wait to try this although I won't use sugar free because my daughter in law doesn't like the children to eat anything with artificial sweetener . Oh by the way it's Pig Lickin not Pig Pickin"
"I was very disappointed with this recipe. I agree with Tilda 04, it was dry and had no flavor. I was expecting an orangey tasting cake and could taste no orange. I made this for my grandson, age 13, and he did not care for it at all. He loves everything I make for him and is so easy to please, but this did not please. Had to throw it away."
"I don't know what all the ravening is about. This cake was not good at all. Made it yesterday, I didn't think it was moist. In fact it was a little dry and didn't have a taste. I will not make it again."
"Nice, light, refreshing cake. My husband does not have a sweet tooth, so he appreciated this cake the most. He can't stand super sweet buttercream type frostings. The mixture of pudding, pineapple and whipped topping was perfect. The cake was much more spongey than most cakes which made it come out of the pan without any problems at all. I think I over-mixed it because there were very few discernible bits of mandarin orange in it. Next time I'll mix it less for sure. Thanks for this lovely alternative to the heavier, sweeter, quick desserts."
"I don't get what all the fuss is about. I made this for my family of 4 plus my mother-in-law who was visiting. None of us thought it was anything special. It was okay, but I can't see that I'll be making it again."
"On my gosh, is this wonderful!!! Refreshing and so tasty! My Group loved this, ate it up within 5 minutes. This is a definite keeper.....in answer to Marykauhi, I just used the small package of Jello Instant Pudding.......I think that 1 oz pkg is a typo. Try this!!!!!! I'm not a fruit type dessert fan, but wow, is this yummy!!!!"
"I originally got all mixed up and put the pineapple in the cake and the mandarin orange in the topping which I made with 8 oz cream cheese instead of the whip topping! Yesterday I made this again and was careful to follow directions exactly. I very much preferred my mixed up version and will be making it that way from now on."
"This has been a hit with everyone who has tried it from family, friends and coworkers. Many have asked me for the recipe."
"Light and delicious and a hit with everyone who's tasted it. I prefer to make the topping with regular instant pudding instead of sugar-free, so there's no hint of an aspartame aftertaste..."
"I made this the other day and it was fantastic! A keeper for sure!"
"I made this exactly according to the recipe and took it to a funeral dinner. It was loved by all! Had several requests for the recipe. Light and moist, definitely a keeper!"
"I made exactly as directed! easy and a good recipe. My family of 4 enjoyed and my husband just took the leftovers to his card night so hopefully the guys will like it also. :-)"
"This is one of my husband's new favorites! I made it the "less-healthy" way and followed the yellow cake directions with added mandarin oranges. I also added coconut to the coolwhip/crushed pineapple frosting. Out of this world good!!!! Next time I plan to use the mandarin orange juice in place of the water in the cake mix and also add chopped mandarin oranges to the frosting."
"I took this to work and it was a bit hit!"
"Love this cake!"
"This is one of my favorite cakes! It is flavorful, moist, and guilt-free! But I've also made it using all the normal type ingredients (regular instant vanilla pudding, regular cool whip, etc) with phenominal results! So good!"
"Very light and tasty. Will make again soon."
"easy to make and a very good desert!"
"Simple and good. (However, I didn't do the lo-cal, lo-fat, no-yolk method. w/o guilt.) Next time I will use mandarin oranges instead of pineapple in the topping as well as in the cake. The pineapple overpowers the orange flavor, which I love, to almost non-existent."
"Made this cake as part of my Mother's Day menu and it was a hit!! It was so moist and light......everyone loved it!! I will be making this one again!!!"
"I made this for Easter and it was a huge hit! Everyone loved how moist and flavorful it was. I will definitely make this again!"
"This was fantastic! A HUGE hit with all 5 of my boys and my husband - not an easy task! Will definitely make this again and again!!"
"This is delicious! Next time I might add some coconut to the topping."
"I've made this one so many times. It is such a great light summer dessert. I always get requests for the recipe. The fact that it is almost guilt free is a bonus because it tastes so good!"
"I made this recipe as part of our Mother's Day menu and it was a total hit! My father is diabetic, so after reading another review I purchased the reduced sugar yellow cake mix by Pillsbury. I also used a can of light mandarin oranges, used the egg whites from a carton in the egg section rather than cracking eggs and used sugar free Cool Whip. It was delicious and my dad's sugar didn't shoot through the roof - perfect! The cake tastes MUCH better after being in the fridge for at least 12 hours, and got even better after that. Wonderful light dessert!"
"me and my mom made it but it did not tast done so we put it in up to an 1hr but it steel was not done):"
"how long do u leave it"
"One of the best if not the best ever. I have made it several times and always a hit. Shared the recipe with lots of friends"
"This should be 5 stars, but the website won't let me give it 5 stars!"
"One of the best desserts on the planet!"
"We like plenty of topping, so I used about 12 oz of the whipped topping and about 1 1/2 pks of the pudding mix, added a half cup of coconut, spread it over the cake, popped it in the fridge overnight and it was a wonderful, light, cool dessert, perfect for the hot Texas heat! I will definitely make it again!"
"So good and easy to make. It is delicious and takes the guilt away from eating something sweet."
"Fantastic recipe!! I further reduced the sugar by using the new Pillsbury reduced sugar cake mix.Marilyn"
"I have made this for guests and they loved it. It is cool and sweet but most of the ingredients are sugar free. My family loves jello cake and thought this was a wonderful addition to our recipe box!! Thank you, Cindy"
"Sounds so refreshing -- can't wait to try it!"
"This cake was good, not too sweet, just sweet enough! Would make it again."
"I used the Jello brand Cheesecake pudding instead of Vanilla-DELICIOUS! I may add a little orange extract next time. And one small note, my texture tongued daughter did not like the crushed pineapple "things" in her frosting."
"Light and delicious; simple to make. The 20 oz is a lot of pineapple, but is great if you're a pineapple fan. I think I'll try putting a little coconut in the frosting next time - even though it adds to the sugar and fat content - just seems like it would be good."
"This was a big hit at Easter....nice and light and very flavorful....everyone wanted the recipe! And it is so easy to make!"
"This cake is very good."
"Anyone have an idea whether of not this could be used to make cupcakes???Grandma "Sam""
"I made this recipe for a large family gathering. Every woman there asked for the recipe - even those who usually bypass lite desserts. I will definitely make it again....and again....and again...."
"Very good Easter desert...I added 2 tbspoons of shredded orange rind to the cake mix.It gives it a tang. Franbash Waterville, Quebec, Canada"
"I've made 3 of them in the past 2 weeks. Wonderful, refreshing taste. One was for my dinner I do each year to raise money for the ACS Relay for Life. It was all gone in no time!"
"Delicious and oh so easy to make. I added coconut to enhance the tropical flavor."
"Delicious! My husband says it's one of the best desserts he has ever tasted. I will definitely be making this cake again."
"Was very easy to prepare but kind of lacked flavor."
"everyone loved the topping but thought the cake was dry. even though it's low in calories don't think I'll make it again"
"This cake is VERY good, gets moister as it sits in the frig."
"MMMMMMM - this was delicious. I took it to work and everyone wanted the recipe for it. Very moist. A good summer dessert."
"I made this with lite cool whip, sugar free,fat free pudding, and reduced sugar cake mix. It turned out great, and lower sugar and fat content."
"I made this cake and it was delicious! My kids and husband also loved it!Donna"
"i thought this cake was very very good i used egg beaters instead of the eggs"
"This cake is delicious...good for diets and also diabetics."
"I made this over the weekend. Nice light dessert. I'll definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing.Linda Lu"
"I made this cake last sunday when I had friends over fo a wrestling show and they loved it some asked for seconds it was very good"
"My family and me thought this to be a excellent and yummy cake. Would not change a thing."
"My cake totally flopped. I made sure all the ingredients were correct. The cake was only about 1/2" high. The worst part was I took it to a potluck. The only thing I can think of was I sprayed the dish with Pam like the receipe said & maybe it got on the sides. Never used spray before to grease a cake dish. Any thoughts on what happened would be appreciated."
"Tasty! My family really liked the texture of the cake, and will definitely make it again. I was surprised that it didn't have much of an orange flavor, but loved the topping."
"Have made this by the original recipe and think this updated lower fat version is much better. The topping could served in small dishes sprinkled with nuts or some other topping for a great light dessert."
"My family loved it. It was refreshing at the end of the meal."
"Tastes great and very easy to make using ingredients I had on hand. Very moist after refrigerating."
"This is great !! I made it for our coffee group at church and the Friars want one for Easter.So, I'm making two . Thanks. Betty Dyer"
"This was very good. Light and not too rich. Will make again."
"I made this for my work (the guys are self-conscious and want to keep their girlish figures) and everyone raved about it. My hubbie, who isn't a big sweet eater, said he could eat more than 2 pieces!!"
"This is just delicious, my Husband has not stopped raving about it. He does not like overly sweet deserts and this is just right level of sweetness. I will be passing this recipe on to my friends."
"This recipe was really delicious. My family loved it!! I wouldn't change a thing about it."
"This is a very simple recipe, and so refreshing! Will definitely make again, especially this summer! I shared the cake with my co-workers, got very positive comments.Sandra sanborn"
"This is a delicious recipe;and I have made it many times;very light; one of my husbands favorite."
"I made this for a small group of my friends and everyone really loved it. It is very light and delicious."
"I made this for a fun party... EVRYONE LOVED IT.. they wanted the recipe.. I am going to make for Easter and add a little coconut on top and some PEEPS!!!"
"Yes, thank you for all your recipes, the orange cake went it in a hurry, delicious , will make againJacqueline Spencer"
"I have a local Hawaiian recipe very similar. The icing is a bit different, calls for 8 oz. cream cheese (use light or fat-free), 1 cup cold non-fat milk and 1 box vanilla instant pudding. (I haven't tried it with sugar-free pudding). It also called for a 20-oz can of crushed pineapple, drained. The pineapple juice was used as liquid in the cake mix. For icing, beat cream cheese and pudding together, slowly beat in milk to desired consistency. Fold in drained pineapple. Fold in 1 carton fat free Cool Whip. Spread on top of cake. Sprinkle with chopped macadamia nuts if desired. Refrigerate."
"AMAZINGLY moist cake! Family didn't care for the icing though--mostly a texture thing, but also thought it made it too sweet. Used plain whipped topping instead."
"i fixed the cake for the first time turned out great !!! i think you can drain the pineapple juice ,,and would be fine"
"The sugar free instant pudding is 1.5 oz. That should work just fine."
"The package they are referring to is the 4-serving instant sugar-free pudding. Without sugar it weighs almost nothing. I have also used lemon or butterscotch sugar-free instant pudding for something different. Two very ripe bananas are also good instead of the oranges. It's one of my favorites also."
"does anyone know how much pudding to use? recipe says 1 oz but you can't buy 1 oz pkgs."
"will a 102g vanilla instant pudding mix be the right amount to use in this recipe"
"Pineapple Orange cake,Is the 1 oz. pudding mix correct size?SB"
"BANANA WILL WORK IN PLACE OF APPLESAUCE"
"A though to try other than apples; pumpkin. I have used this in recipe to bring down the fat and add nutrients that are good for you. After reading this recipe I think it would be good with pumpkin."
"I'm allergic to apples. Does anyone know of another ingredient I could use instead of applesauce. I have this difficulty with all recipes that are low in fat and use applesauce to provide the necessary moisture."
"THAT SOUNDS GREAT AND NICE AND REFESHING AND WILL BE GOOD FOR MY HUSBAND. ALMOST LIKE MY OTHER ANGEL FOOD cake. GRACE"
"Sounds yummy and can not wait to try."
"yes you do !!!!!"
"the pudding mix will act as a thickener for the undrained pineapple."
"I am confused, is the recipe wrong then? The pineapple needs to be drained? JS"
"The recipe says 1 can (11 ounces) crushed pineapple, UNDRAINED."
"Do you drain the pineapple or not? It seems that the pudding would need some liquid. JF"
"I make this cake and the pineapple needs to be drained.SMC"
"the pudding is dry and the pineapple with juice is added instead of mixing the pudding as directed on the box. i have used this topping recipe with the cool whip to make a dream pie. it is very good. but it depends on what flavor pudding you use."
"thank you for comment about adding the pudding mix dry, I agree and will make it for Easter"
"I make a similar topping for a dessert, and the pudding IS NOT prepared first. The juice and pineapple provide the liquid, and when the whipped topping is added it makes a creamy topping with enough stability to spread. If you prepare the pudding according top package directions, it will be much too runny.It doesn't include "prepare according to directions" because that is not what is to be done. It states "pudding mix" instead, so it should be added dry. Try it! It is a great easy top layer for the cake!"
"Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that the liquid in the topping ingredients of undrained crushed pineapple and the whipped topping is enough to achieve the desired results for the topping of this cake."
"andrrea, I believe the pudding mix is added dry to the topping. Normally instructions would state that you must prepare the pudding according to package directions if that is what is required."
"please post above comment about the pudding mix. Is it added without milk or made up first and then added to whipping. I am going to make it for Easter"
"This is a fantastic recipe. It just gets better and better until the pan is empty. The pineapple really penetrates the flavor of the cake. It is so much better the second day."
"Sounds delicious but do you add the pudding mix dry to the pineapple?"
"This is such an awesome recipe. I have made is so many times. No one can believe it is low fat, it tastes so good. On top of it all, it is easy, that is very important these days. Thanks for sharing it with us all"
"This is one of my favorite recipes. I prefer to use white cake, though."