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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.

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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."

[email protected] 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."

JudithRN3 User ID: 1949591 10708
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"very tasty and super-easy.

omitted the icing though-really good"

ronayne User ID: 2783099 7341
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."

KInlow User ID: 4373558 23724
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!"

booksgalore User ID: 2395780 23524
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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