Mandarin Orange Cake with Whipped Pineapple Frosting

This delicious and easy Mandarin Orange Cake is the perfect summer dessert! Sweet mandarin oranges delicately flavor a boxed cake mix & crushed pineapple added to Cool Whip adds a sweet whipped frosting that complements the citrusy cake. 

Mandarin Orange Cake | 2 Cookin Mamas Mandarin Orange Cake is the perfect easy summer dessert! Sweet mandarin oranges delicately flavor a boxed cake mix & pineapple Cool Whip adds a sweet touch.

I love baking but sometimes the summer heat here in Florida is just a little too much for the air conditioner to handle. In that case, when I need to make a dessert for company, I fall back on something simple, quick and easy.

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I usually opt for my One Bowl Surprise Cake, Chocolate Magic Cake or Banana Crunch Cake but, when my sister introduced me to this Mandarin Orange Cake, I knew it just might become my new favorite.

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All you need is a large bowl, your favorite yellow boxed cake mix, eggs, oil and a large can of mandarin oranges. Don’t you just love those little sweet bites of sweetness?! I can still remember when I was little, Mom used to give my sister and I mandarin oranges for a summer treat. I thought they were as good as candy as they were cool, sweet & super juicy. I still love them to this day, so adding them to a cake seemed like a no-brainer.

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It takes less than 10 minutes to gather the ingredients for the cake and whip them together. Then just pour in a pan and bake.

Mandarin Orange Cake frosting | 2 Cookin Mamas

While the cake is cooling you can make the whipped pineapple frosting. This is even easier to pull together than the cake! Just Cool Whip, a large package of vanilla instant pudding and a large can of crushed pineapple in heavy syrup. Mix it up, yep that’s all there is to it, and you’re ready to frost your cake. I love how light and airy this frosting is compared to the cake. It seems to complement the citrusy cake with its own touch of tropical flavor.

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Now pop it in the refrigerator and wait an hour or so while the frosting sets. It tastes great even without cooling it, I know, I know, I just couldn’t wait, but it’s even better after letting it set. OK, now bring on the company! Oh, just look at all that deliciousness!

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Go on take a bite! Ummm, the perfect cool summer dessert. I’ll just bet this Mandarin Orange Cake will become a favorite of yours too. Enjoy!

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Easy Peach Cobbler – this cobbler couldn’t be easier with only 3 ingredients and one baking dish. Delicious to eat and easy to clean up.

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Mandarin Orange Cake with Whipped Pineapple Topping
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Mandarin Orange Cake is the perfect easy summer dessert! Sweet mandarin oranges delicately flavor a boxed cake mix & pineapple Cool Whip adds a light citrusy touch.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: mandarin orange cake, mandarin orange cake with cake mix, whipped pineapple topping
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 11 oz can mandarin oranges, not drained
Whipped Pineapple Frosting
  • 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • 3.4 oz vanilla instant pudding (dry)
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of an 8x11-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  1. In a large bowl combine cake mix, oil, eggs and mandarin oranges. Beat for 1-2 minutes or until well combined.
  2. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.
Whipped Frosting
  1. In a large bowl, combine Cool Whip, dry vanilla instant pudding and crushed pineapple.

  2. Fold all ingredients together until combined.
  3. When cake is cool, spread whipped frosting over top of cake.
  4. Chill several hours prior to serving.
Nutrition Facts
Mandarin Orange Cake with Whipped Pineapple Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 110mg5%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 293IU6%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




Mandarin Orange Cake with Whipped Pineapple Frosting


  • Reply
    Doryl Tomain
    03/22/2020 at 1:00 pm

    Can you use mandarin oranges in the frosting instead of pineapple?

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/22/2020 at 2:43 pm

      I’ve never tried it with mandarin oranges in the frosting but I think if it is the same quantity as the pineapple and they are packed in a heavy syrup (which helps sweeten & flavor the frosting) that it would turn out delicious. Let me know if you try it because I think it would make a great option.

  • Reply
    Sharon Medvecz
    10/01/2018 at 10:34 am

    I would love to try this recipe, however, I do not have an 8 x 11 pan. Would it work in a 9 x 13 or an 8 x 8 size pan? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      10/01/2018 at 11:20 am

      I believe it would work in a 9X13 pan but it won’t be quite as thick. I would cut the cooking time and start checking if the cake is done after 25 minutes. I’m guessing it will probably take between 30-35 minutes. Let me know how it works out for you.

      • Reply
        12/23/2018 at 6:22 pm

        Am I supposed to drain the crushed pineapples before putting them in icing mix?

        • Reply
          Linda Warren
          01/11/2019 at 4:03 pm

          I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. I was away for Christmas and am just returning. The pineapple goes in as is, no draining. Hope you got a chance to try it and it came out well.

  • Reply
    Sherry Briwn
    09/20/2018 at 2:06 pm

    I loved this recipe….it was so easy and I had the ingredients on hand. It was delicious.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      09/30/2018 at 5:02 pm

      Glad you liked it! It’s an oldie but a goodie! It always hits the spot during the warm weather and the kids would gobble it up if I let them.

  • Reply
    08/15/2018 at 10:33 am

    Is a large package of instant pudding equal to two 3.4 oz

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/15/2018 at 10:40 am

      Just use one 3.4 oz package. The large description is a little misleading and I have changed the recipe to reflect the appropriate size.

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