Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mandarin Orange Cake

This is a nice refreshing cake for Summer and you can make use of the Cake Mix {with coconut oil} that I shared with you last week {and it's easy so less time in the kitchen for you!}! The recipe came from one of my aunts and was included in a collection of recipes they gave me when I got married {almost 20 years ago!!}.

Start out by mixing up the Yellow Cake recipe from last week until it's as smooth as you can get it. You can also make any from-scratch yellow cake or use a boxed yellow cake mix. Then you'll mix in the mandarin oranges.

Mix the vanilla pudding and crushed pineapple together and refrigerate to thicken.

3 cake layers cooling - yum. :)

One potential problem with this cake - the batter plus mandarin oranges makes for a very moist cake, which can be difficult to remove from pans. Grease and flour your cake pans WELL and let cake cool some before attempting removal {any other tips for this?}. I just shoved the cake that stayed in the pan back onto the layer - LOL. On a happy note - I knew exactly which layer would be the bottom one!! :)

Once you add the Cool Whip {or whipped cream} to the pudding/pineapple mixture, you have your frosting! Frost each layer top and then frost the sides.

I love 3-layer cakes! They look so pretty and you have better frosting distribution - just sayin'.

Mandarin Orange Cake

Batter for 1 yellow cake {made from Cake Mix w/ coconut oil}*
1 6 oz. can mandarin oranges, undrained**

1 large box instant vanilla pudding
1 large can crushed pineapple, undrained
10 oz. Cool Whip {can use sweetened whipped heavy cream}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 8-inch round cake pans. Prepare yellow cake batter and mix until smooth. Add in mandarin oranges and gently stir or pulse a couple times with mixer. Pour batter evenly into 3 pans. Bake for about 25 minutes, until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove pans to wire rack. Cool for 10-15 minutes and remove cake from pans {carefully}. Cool completely.

While cake is baking, mix vanilla pudding and crushed pineapple in large bowl. Refrigerate. When cake is cool, add 10 oz. Cool Whip to pudding/pineapple mix and fold in until well-mixed. Frost layers, tops, and sides. Keep refrigerated.

* Can substitute any from-scratch yellow cake or use 1 boxed cake mix and follow directions on back to make batter.
** The cans of mandarin oranges I usually find are about 15 oz. so I do drain them and then use all the oranges in the cake.

Yum! Perfect for hot weather!

If you like 3-layer cakes, you might also enjoy:
 ~ Cafe Latte Cake
 ~ Nutella Macadamia Cake

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  1. Where I'm from, we call this cake "Pig Lickin" and you won't find a church potluck that doesn't have this cake! It's a funny name. I guess it comes from the Southern saying, "Pig lickin' good!" lol

  2. Mmmmm, orange and pineapple! Looking forward to giving this a try (when it's cool enough to bake again!) Thanks Lisa!

  3. I'm really glad I don't like mandarin oranges because that looks REALLY good. Oy! I can't wait till my birthday because I will be making my favorite cake ever. GF of course but I still can't wait. YUM!
    Big I can't wait to get to Heaven so I can eat cake till it's coming out of my ears size hugs to you!

    Love ya!

  4. This looks divine! I love the combo of orange and cream, so I'll definitely be pinning this to make ASAP!

  5. If you trace and cut out a circle of parchment paper to line the pan with, your cake will come out easily. Grease the pan lightly with shortening, add the parchment circle, lightly grease it and flour the pan. Parchment used to be a specialty item, but now most stores have it. I do this with all my cakes. It kind of annoys me to take the time to do it lol but really it takes less than five minutes. It makes the surface of the cake much nicer too. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'll stop back by and tell you how good it was after I try it for my next occasion.


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