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Mandarin Orange Cake

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


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 325°. 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.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In another bowl, beat whipped topping, pineapple and pudding mix. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Chill.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 308 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 399mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Dianne
    May 14, 2018

    This sounds yummy but just an FYI, it is not vegetarian if you use jello. Jello is made with gelitan which comes from animal bones.

  • Joanne
    May 10, 2018

    This was a "HIT" and I'm making it today for the "3rd" time! It makes me look like a star!

  • justmbeth
    Oct 21, 2016

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

  • debpenns
    May 29, 2016

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  • Mistydawn012
    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
    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.

  • sallyguenther
    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.

    Apr 3, 2013

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

  • MmeBlaise
    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
    Feb 9, 2013

    This is so good and easy to make