Mandarin Orange Cake

Mandarin orange cake with pineapple frosting is a very refreshing dessert perfect for spring and summer. It is a tropical and fruity cake great for celebrations and potlucks.

This tasty mandarin orange cake is served chilled adding even more to the citrus flavor to the fluffy and light texture.

mandarin orange cake slice on a plate in front of the cake.

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Why This is the Best Recipe for Mandarin Orange Pineapple Cake

This orange mandarin cake is so good and the best recipe around because it is absolutely moist and delicious. Plus, it is a super simple recipe to follow and you wouldn’t know it from the taste of the cake.

Why is this Recipe Different?

For this recipe, you use actual mandarin oranges to get the flavor, not just a flavor additive. So not only does that make the flavor on point, but provides wonderful color to the cake itself that is natural.

Plus, the frosting on this cake is out of this world delicious. People will be thanking you for bringing this amazing cake. Be prepared for people to ask for the recipe for mandarin orange cake. It is just that good.

Recipe Ingredients

Be sure to have all of these ingredients on hand to be able to make this cake whenever the mood strikes! I promise you will have cravings for it after you’ve had it once.

  • Yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines or Better Crocker)
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Canned mandarin oranges – This provides the amazing flavor of the cake, also make sure to keep the juice.
  • Canned crushed pineapple
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Cool Whip – Be sure to use Cool Whip and not whipped cream because the consistency is key for the frosting.
mandarin orange cake ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Mandarin Orange Cake

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Then in a large mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix, flour, eggs, oil, and the whole can of mandarins (including the juices) until it is well combined.
mandarin orange cake batter ingredients in a bowl.
  1. Pour the batter into a 9×13-inch pan that has been greased and floured ahead of time.
  2. Once the cake has been evenly spread in the pan, place it in the oven and let it bake for 30 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the center of the cake and it comes out clean.
  3. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely.
  4. When the cake is almost done cooling, mix together the whole can of crushed pineapple (pour the juice in too) with the instant vanilla powder and Cool Whip.
mandarin orange cake frosting ingredients in a bowl.
  1. After the frosting is fully mixed together (this will not be smooth because of the pineapple chunks), spread the frosting over top of the cooled cake.
  2. Place the cake in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
overhead view of a frosted mandarin orange cake.

Recipe Variations

If you are not a huge fan of pineapples you can always use another can of mandarin oranges in place of the pineapples or even change it to your favorite frosting recipe. Cream cheese frosting would work well too.

Another idea would be to use peaches instead of oranges. If you choose to do that, blend up the peaches slightly before using them in the cake.

Peaches do not break down as easily as mandarin oranges. But imagine what a peaches and cream cake would taste like.

How to Serve Mandarin Orange Cake

A lot of cakes you generally keep at room temperature, but not this cake. Mandarin orange pineapple cake is served cool and it adds even more to the cake by serving it cold.

This is such a fresh and refreshing cake. Serving it cold makes this fruity dessert stand out even more.

slice of mandarin orange cake and a fork on a plate next to the cake.

What Goes Well With Orange Mandarin Cake?

Since this is such a refreshing cake, it is often served with fresh fruit and a sweet cream cheese dip. Or if you are having a little get-together you can make up a fruit pizza or fresh fruit salsa to go with the mandarin cake and serve it with cinnamon sugar chips.

If you are having this cake later in the day, this would also work well with a wonderful mint mojito!

How to Store the Orange Cake

It is essential that this cake is either wrapped with foil or plastic wrap or has a lid on it and is stored in the fridge. The cake will be best for 2 to 3 days. After that, the frosting will begin to break down a bit.

Can You Freeze Mandarin Orange Cake?

I’ll be honest, this cake does not freeze well whole, and so I would not try it that way.

If you do want to freeze it, I would suggest just making the cake part and freezing it. Then you are ready to serve the cake, pull it out of the freezer and let it thaw. Frost it after it is completely thawed.

mandarin orange cake slice and a fork on a plate.

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Mandarin Orange Cake

Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Frosting is a delicious fruity dessert great for any occasion.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake Mix Recipes, Cake Recipes, Mandarin Magic Cake, Mandarin Orange Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 161kcal



  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges

Pineapple Frosting

  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
  • 10 ounces Cool Whip



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9×13-inch pan.
  • Mix together the cake mix, flour, eggs, oil, and mandarin oranges (with the juice).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until done.
  • Let the cake cool completely.

Pineapple Frosting

  • Mix together the pineapple (with the juice), pudding powder, and Cool Whip.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled cake.
  • Keep the cake refrigerated.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Kathy Hall

    5 stars
    I Made this cake yesterday, It was very good. Not too sweet. Would make this one again. The family loved it!

  2. Cher

    I made this cake and it was a hit, my S/o couldn’t stop eating it, so light and fluffy. It is a keeper.

  3. Mary

    I have made this cake for many years. This cake makes a beautiful presentation when done in 3- 9″ pans. I save a few of the orange slices to decorate the top and it is so much better if the cake is allowed to chill before serving.

  4. Cheryl

    Is the vanilla pudding the one you cook or is it the instant vanilla pudding? Sounds really good. Thanks Cheryl

  5. Sue

    looks delish! any suggestions on how to make the mandarin magic cake without using Cool Whip ?? not available in Australia :o(
    perhaps substitute cream cheese, or cream ?

      • mia

        I send my brother in law 3 huge blocks of Velveeta every 3 months or so his family loves my hot dip I make in the crock pot and I have to send him eeverything that goes in it but the meat and the corn chips do dip it with

    • Anonymous

      Cool Whip is a brand of whipped topping.. whipped cream. Like what is put on top of an ice cream sundae. Is there no version of that in Australia? Interesting.

  6. Anonymous

    I remember this, to make it lighter, has anyone tried to leave the oil out? It has the liquid of the oranges.

    • Stephanie

      I personally wouldn’t try this. I don’t think it would work well. I think you needsome oil in here for structure, but if you do try it this way, please let us know how it turns out.

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