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 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.

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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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Mandarin Orange Cake with Whipped Pineapple Topping

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.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 255kcal
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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of an 8x11-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.


  • In a large bowl combine cake mix, oil, eggs and mandarin oranges. Beat for 1-2 minutes or until well combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.

Whipped Frosting

  • In a large bowl, combine Cool Whip, dry vanilla instant pudding and crushed pineapple.
  • Fold all ingredients together until combined.
  • When cake is cool, spread whipped frosting over top of cake.
  • Chill several hours prior to serving.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

This post has been updated and was first published on June 18, 2017.


Mandarin Orange Cake with Whipped Pineapple Frosting