This super moist & delicious Mandarin Orange Cake starts with a cake mix and is super easy to make and it’s packed full of delicious ingredients like mandarin oranges, pineapple, and cool whip.  It’s great anytime you make it, but it’s so light and refreshing that my favorite time to make it is Summer.  

A slice of Mandarin Orange Cake with a forked bite on a blue plate.

Over the years I’ve heard this cake called various names.  Today, I’m posting it as “Mandarin Orange Cake”, the name on my stained little recipe card.  My aunt had this recipe years ago, and her recipe was called “Pea Pickin’ Good Cake”, and I have a friend that calls it “Pig Lickin’ Good Cake”.  I’m sure if I had the time to investigate, I’d see it floating out there somewhere in recipe land with other names as well. Regardless of what it’s called, I think any of us that’s had this cake will agree that it is very light and refreshing.  I guess that’s why my favorite time to make this cake is in the Summer.

I’m not posting any special steps for making this cake.  It’s that easy!!

Left The cake, All you do is mix up a cake mix and add some Mandarin Oranges to it.  Then bake it either 2 round cake pans or a 9 x 13 pan.

Right – The frosting, It’s as simple as mixing together cool whip, instant pudding, and crushed pineapple.

A Mandarin Orange Cake sliced on a blue cake plate.

You’ll need to refrigerate the cake of course, since the frosting contains cool whip, but you’ll impress your guests when you place this cake in front of them.  They’ll think it took hours to make it.

A slice of Mandarin Orange Cake with a forked bite on a blue plate.

Check out these other yummy recipes…

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A slice of Mandarin Orange Cake with a forked bite on a blue plate.

Mandarin Orange Cake

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This light and luscious cake is loaded with lots of light and delicious ingredients…mandarin oranges, pineapple and cool whip.  It’s so light and refreshing anytime, especially Summer!


Units Scale

For the Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix, with or without pudding, (I use Duncan Hines)
  • 1 small 10.5 ounce can mandarin oranges, not drained
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs

For the Frosting

  • 1 can crushed pineapple in syrup, 20 ounces, drained really well*
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 carton cool whip, 8 ounce
  • Mandarin oranges for decorating the top, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the Cake

  1. Cut out two 9″ rounds of wax paper. Grease and flour the tops of the paper and the insides of two 9″ round cake pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the cake mix, oranges with syrup, oil, and eggs together on medium speed until well combined.  If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment.
  3. Divide the batter equally between the two prepared cake pans.
  4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Run a knife around the insides of pans. Invert cakes onto a wire cooling rack. Peel off the wax paper and let cakes cool completely.

For the Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, mix together the cool whip, drained pineapple, and pudding on medium speed until combined.   Continue to mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes, giving the pudding time to slightly thicken.
  2. Frost the cake and decorate the top with mandarin oranges if desired.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  •  It’s very important to thoroughly drain the pineapple.  I recommend transferring the pineapple to a strainer before starting the recipe.  If you do not thoroughly drain the pineapple, the frosting will become too thin and runny.
  • This cake can also be baked in a 9″ x 13″ pan.

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