Mandarin Orange Cake

No one will believe this cake starts with a cake mix! Best ever Mandarin Orange Cake is one of the easiest cake recipes. It’s light and fruit-filled…delicious!

Everyone LOVES this pig pickin’ cake. And when I say that I’m not exaggerating. I haven’t met anyone who dislikes it! There are mandarin oranges whipped into the cake batter and a fluffy pineapple frosting covering the top.

Make it as a layer cake or in a 9×13 pan as we show here. You’ll love it for picnics and potlucks!

mandarin orange cake on a spatula

Why you’ll love this cake:

  • semi homemade with a box cake mix and pudding mix
  • extra moist from the mandarin oranges
  • orange and pineapple flavor
  • fresh and light
  • great make ahead cake

What is pig pickin’ cake?

I have seen this mandarin orange cake called every name under the sun. Pig pickin’ cake, pea pickin’ cake, mandarin orange cake, pineapple sunset cake. It’s easier than ever because it starts with a box cake mix. It has mandarin oranges beaten in the batter and pineapple in the whipped frosting.

ingredients for mandarin orange cake on a table

How to Make Mandarin Orange Cake

Get ready for the easiest fruit cake ever. Ready? Because if you’re not, it’s so quick you might miss it.

  • Prepare. Prepare cake batter according to the directions on the box.
  • Mix. Beat in the drained oranges until blended.
  • Bake.Pour into a greased 9×13″ baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool.

**And here’s a pro tip for even more flavor. Save the pineapple juice when you drain the pineapple and use it in place of water when whipping up the cake batter. Delicious!**

Pineapple Pudding Frosting

This whipped cream frosting has to be one of my favorites…and not just because it is easy! It is light, fluffy and fresh. Not too sweet, but cool and creamy.

If you want to keep it easy, use Cool Whip. For those of you who don’t like whipped topping use a stabilized whipped cream and make as directed.

piece of mandarin orange cake on a plate

How to Store Mandarin Orange Cake

Be sure to store this cake in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You won’t want that whipped frosting to melt off!

mandarin orange cake on a plate with a bite out
mandarin orange cake on a plate with a bite out

Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

4 from 10 votes
No one will believe this cake starts with a cake mix! Best ever Mandarin Orange Cake is one of the easiest cake recipes. It’s light and fruit-filled…delicious!
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (plus ingredients the box mix calls for)
  • 11 ounces mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix (dry)
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip or stabilized whipped cream

Instructions
 

  • Prepare cake batter according to the directions on the box.
  • Beat in the drained oranges until blended.
  • Pour into a greased 9×13" baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool.
  • In a bowl, combine the drained pineapple and dry vanilla pudding mix.
  • Fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spread the frosting over the top of the cake.
  • Store this cake in the refrigerator.

Video

Notes

You can also make this into a layer cake! Bake the cake layers in 2 8″ cake pans for 22-25 minutes or until they test done.
The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 12 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 273
Keyword easy cake recipe, fruit cake, layer cake, orange cake

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this except I used orange jello powder instead of the pudding for the frosting because that’s what I had on hand. It was so delicious. Family loved it.

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