Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Cream

This cake is such a big cheat. It's made with boxed cake mix, Cool Whip and boxed pudding. As you know, I don't bake, so this was right up my alley. And the results were fantastic. Everyone from the party wants the recipe. So, if you're feeling a little Sandra Lee ("semi-homemade"--that is an awful show, by the way) then this is the recipe for you.

This is my MIL's recipe that she adapted from Southern Living:

Mandarin Orange Cake
1 pkg yellow cake mix without pudding
1 [11 oz] can mandarin oranges, undrained
4 eggs
½ cup oil
1 [15 oz] can crushed pineapple drained
1 [9oz] carton frozen whipped cream, thawed
1 small pkg vanilla instant pudding

Combine cake mix, oranges, eggs and oil.  Beat 2 minutes at high speed of electric mixer.  Reduce speed to low, beat 1 minute.

Pour batter into 3 greased and floured cake pans (three 9" rounds).  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Cool in pans, remove, cool completely.  [I froze them for several days so they would be easier to frost and frosted them the day we ate them.]

Combine 3 remaining ingredients, beat 2 minutes at medium speed, let stand 5 minutes or until mixture reaches spreading consistency.  I actually refrigerated the frosting
so it would not be so runny.  Spread mixture between layers and on top and sides of cake.  Chill at least 2 hours before serving.  Store in refrigerator.


holly p said...

This cake looks delicious! I'm going to have to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

Creature Gorgeous said...

Hey Holly! Hope you enjoy it--maybe let us know how it turns out??

Mrs. Hot Cocoa said...

Looks stunning. Plus pineapple cream = the love.

michelle @ blissful musings said...

Yum, that sounds delicious and just looks beautiful

Ali @ His Birdie's Nest said...

That looks delish! I cannot wait to try it... maybe for Mother's Day :)
P.S. I don't like Sandra Lee's show either :-P

Justin said...

ha, cheats or not, that sounds good

Sugarpond said...

the cake looks so stunning, and the recipe is so simple!

Peggy from Toronto said...

Must. Make. This. :o) BTW, are you serious that you've never had fries and gravy before? Never? So, I suppose you've never eaten poutine? Fries with cheese curds on top, drenched in hot gravy, cheese melts and with one bite, you're in heaven.

M and C said...

Why do I read your blog so early in the morning? I shouldn't want cake at 7:33am. :)

Creature Gorgeous said...

HC, Ali, Sandy, Michelle, and Justin: Thanks! For those of you who are going to make it, I hope you guys enjoy creating and eating it, and like I said for Holly, maybe you could share your results on your blogs!

Peggy: Ha! Come to think of it, I HAVE had fries and gravy--in New York, at Tom's. But I forgot because the gravy was served on TOP of the fries, and not as a dipping sauce. Also, I've heard of the magnificence that is poutin, but have never tried it. I think I'm seriously missing out!!!!

Catherine: Hahahahaha!

Felicia said...

Ah this cake sounds like something I would cobble together! It sounds awesome as a refreshing cake for summer. I shall try it sometime :)

- HowJoyful - said...

This looks and sounds so delicious!! I need to try it! =)
Thanks for sharing!!

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