Incredibly Cool and Refreshing Mandarin Orange Cake

"This is sooooo refreshing on a hot day and is the perfect ending to a BBQ (or any) meal. Everyone who has ever tried this has raved about it. It is so yummy and light and does not last a day in our house! If you do have any left, store it in the refrigerator. (Cooling time is not added to the prep or cook times.)"
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Ready In:


  • 1 (18 1/2 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 (11 ounce) cans mandarin oranges
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip or store brand)
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan (I use a pyrex baking pan so I can serve the cake right in the pan).
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, oil and ONE can of oranges with juice.
  • Mix by hand or with mixer until smooth (you will still see bits of oranges).
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until thin steak knife inserted in center come out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely on rack.
  • In a large bowl, mix whipped topping, the other can of mandarin oranges with juice and dry pudding mix until well combined and smooth.
  • Spread on cooled cake.

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  1. Karen, this was just as you said, wonderful for a hot day. We had a BBQ yesterday and I made this the night before. Very quick and easy to make and I had it done in no time. I had other desserts as well, so there was some left over (but I'm glad about that, because now I can enjoy it today). Everyone really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for a recipe I intend to make again.
  2. I made this for our "end-of-summer/daughter's-birthday party-barbecue" and it was a hit! Citrus has always been one of my favourite flavours and this was just great. Moist cake and frosting that's not too sweet...mmmm......gonna go sneak a piece as we speak! Thanks Karen! Sorry Karen, I'm reposting this as I forgot to rate it the first time!
  3. Sorry Karen, I didn't mean to rate this without comments! I made this for a co-workers birthday. She (along with everyone else) loved it! It's so easy to put together, and the "frosting" is so creamy, it just makes the cake! Thanks for posting, this is a definate keeper!
  4. This is a wonderful cake. It was very easy to make. It's a good dessert to have on a hot day.
  5. A very nice, light and refreshing cake recipe. My cake didn't taste very "orangy", but I realized that the mandarin oranges I used were packed in pear juice - maybe this is why. It was very good and everyone liked it. Will definitely make this one again. Thanks!


  1. We too love this cake in the summer. As a change of pace, I usually substitute 1 can of crushed pineapple for the 2nd can of oranges in the icing. Either way, a great cake with a yummy topping that is loved by most! Thanks for posting.
  2. This was a tasty and refreshing cake! I used vanilla yogurt instead of the oil as an earlier reviewer suggested and it was good that way. I imagine the cake would be a bit lighter using the oil instead, but the slightly dense consistency was fine to me. Other than that, I made this as listed using lowfat ingredients for the whipped topping and pudding. It went over very well at the church potluck. Thanks for sharing!!
  3. This is a great recipe! I have made it in the past many times. My recipe calls for pineapple in the "frosting" instead of another can of oranges. I also usually substitute a cup of vanilla yogurt for the oil. (I don't usually cook that way, I like full fat!) The yogurt makes a dense, moist cake and everyone (even those dieting) are willing to try it once they hear there's no oil! I've also used 4 extra large egg whites.


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