Mandarin Orange Cake

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Serves: 12,Yield: 1nine x thirteen inch cake
  • About This Recipe

    “My aunt made this for Easter, and everyone loved it…no leftovers:(It is very simple and makes a nice presentation. I am not a big fan of mandarin oranges, but this cake is divine. I chop up the oranges just because I don’t like big hunks of oranges, but you can leave them whole if you wish. A must try!! Baking time is approximate.”



  • 1boxyellow cake mix
  • 4eggs
  • 1/2 cupoil
  • 1 (11ounce) cans mandarin oranges, with juice( I coarsely chop, but they may be left whole)
  • 1cupcoarsley chopped pecans
  • Frosting

  • 1 (12ounce) containers Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 (20ounce) cans crushed pineapple, drained well
  • Directions

  • Spray 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Beat together all cake ingredients for 4 minutes.
  • Bake cake according to time on box.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Mix together all frosting ingredients.
  • Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate until serving.
  • Reviews

  • “Made this yesterday for my mom’s birthday and everybody loved it.I used a cup of coconut instead of the pecans.I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to add the mandarin oranges with the cake stuff, so I just threw everything in and after beating for 4 minutes, there was no trace of the madarins.Perhaps I was supposed to add them after beating, but it tasted good anyways!”

  • “delicious, light & refreshing. Thanks!”

  • “This is an excellent cake.Light, refreshing, and not too sweet.Everyone should try it.”

  • “I’ve been making this cake for a long time. I love how light and refreshing it tastes.Just made it today for my birthday!I reduced the eggs to 2 and also used 1/2 cup of applesauce and 1/4 cup of oil.Still came out very moist.I didn’t use the pecans in the cake, but I topped the frosting with some chopped almonds as that is what I had on hand.”

  • “This is such a nice summer cake. My Nanny used to make this in the summertime for us.Great recipe ! I fold the oranges into the mix so they do not all break up.”

  • “It was very good, used Orange cake mix, took to Easter Dinner.”

  • “This cake is absolutely delicious; so refreshing this time of year.Due to personal preference I did not add the pecans; however, I did add about 3/4 cup coconut to the frosting.Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this lovely dessert.”

  • “This was a very good and easy cake to make.I beat the orange segments into the batter and also added a bit of orange extract.I did not bother with the dressing.Just put on some cool whip and found it was enough.Thanks for the easy dessert Manda”

  • “This cake was a hit at our family reunion.Very moist and delicious.Handed out the recipe many times.”

  • “This is also known as a Pig Picking Cake.I suppose because it would be good to serve at a “Pig Picking”. 🙂 It’s a geat cake. I’ve always added the oranges before beating.”

  • “This is a good cake,everyone liked it. It will be a good summer recipe.”

  • “I’ve been making the exact same cake recipe for years only without the nuts and I make as a 3 layer cake.So I added the nuts this time (but I still did the 3 layers).Great addition to my long time favorite cake.Thanks!!!”

  • “This is one of the best cakes that I have ever made. I did exchange mandarine oranges for the pineapple in the frosting and I used coconut rather than pecans in the cake. It’s a keeper!!”