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Mandarin Orange Cake

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  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 4, room temperature Eggs
  • 1 Can (11 ounces), with juices Mandarin Oranges
  • 1 box Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 1 Can (8.25 ounces) Crushed Pineapple
  • 1 Large Carton, defrosted Cool Whip

Mandarin Orange Cake

Take a regular box cake mix to a whole new level without much extra work!

60 minutes + cooling time

Serves: 12-15


A delicious and super easy cake that has a wonderful tropical taste with sweet mandarin oranges and pineapple.

This Mandarin Orange Cake is a real treat and couldn’t be easier to make. With the addition of some simple ingredients, you can elevate a boxed cake mix to something special. And the best part is you might have all the ingredients in your pantry! With the tropical flavors of orange and pineapple, this cake is perfectly refreshing in the summer or can give you a tropical taste during the middle of winter.

Making the cake portion of the Mandarin Orange Cake is quite easy. Just dump the cake mix, oil and sugar in a large bowl. After that, lightly beat your eggs in a separate bowl and then add to the large bowl. If you think of it, room temperature eggs work best. Try to leave them out on the counter the day before you plan to bake. If you forget, it’s ok, you can still use them right out of the fridge. Next add the mandarin oranges. I wasn’t able to find an 11 ounce can like the recipe called for, so I weighed out 11 ounces of the orange pieces AND the juice and saved the rest to garnish the cake. Once all the elements are in the big bowl, just stir to mix. Hand mixing here is best as it’s very unlikely that you’d over mix the batter if you’re doing it by hand. Just mix the batter until it becomes smooth and there are no longer any dry bits of cake mix.

For the frosting, just beat together the pudding and pineapple for about 2 minutes. Use a stand or hand mixer for this as you really want to get the two ingredients mixed together fully. Then fold in the defrosted Cool Whip gently. To fold it all together, just stir with a whisk or rubber spatula gently with big, sweeping motions until it’s all one color. To make sure your Cool Whip is defrosted, put it in your fridge the night before you plan on baking.

I hope you enjoy this fun Mandarin Orange Cake. If you give it a try, let me know what you think in the comments and please share a picture of your creation with me on Instagram (@BDHBakes).


  • Preheat oven to 350º 
  • Make the cake batter 

    In a large bowl add the oil, cake mix and sugar.

    Mandarin Orange Cake Add Cake Mix, Oil and Sugar
  • Beat eggs and add 

    In a small bowl, add the four eggs and lightly beat. Add to the cake mix mixture.

    Mandarin Orange Cake Beat Eggs
    Mandarin Orange Cake Add Eggs to Mix
  • Add mandarin oranges and combine 

    Add the mandarin oranges to the cake mix and mix it all, preferably by hand, until it's all combined and mostly smooth.

    Mandarin Orange Cake Add Oranges
    Mandarin Orange Cake Mix Batter
  • Prep a 13x9 cake pan 

    Lightly spray a 13x9 cake pan with baking spray, or just regular PAM if you don't have baking spray.

    Mandarin Orange Cake Prep Baking Pan
  • Pour batter and bake 

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. About 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

    Mandarin Orange Cake Cool Cake
  • Combine Pineapple and Pudding 

    Once the cake has cooled completely, it's time to make the frosting. In a large bow, add the crushed pineapple (juice and all) and the packet of instant pudding. Beat together for about two minutes.

    Mandarin Orange Cake Pudding and Pineapple
    Mandarin Orange Cake Pudding and Pineapple Combined
  • Fold in Cool Whip 

    Add the large container of Cool Whip to the pineapple mixture and gently fold it in until it's all a unified color and fully combined.

    Mandarin Orange Cake Add Cool Whip
    Mandarin Orange Cake Fold In Cool Whip
  • Top the cake 

    Spread the topping all over the cake and smooth out the top. The cake will keep in the fridge for several days.

    Mandarin Orange Cake Finished



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