Mandarin Orange and Pineapple Cake Recipe

Pineapple and orange are the perfect combination in this cool and creamy cake recipe. Just the thing for summer gatherings or any time you need a light and refreshing dessert.

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mandarin cake with pineapple frosting

Mandarin Orange and Pineapple Cake Recipe

An easy to make cake with sweet tropical fruits mixed right in. A cool and creamy crowdpleaser perfect for potlucks.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
cooling 2 hours
Serving Size 16 slices


  • 9 x 13 baking dish
  • Large mixing bowl


For the cake

  • ingredients on box to make cake usually eggs and vegetable oil
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 15 ounce can mandarin oranges drained

For frosting

  • 16 ounce container whipped topping
  • 15 ounce can crushed pineapple and juice
  • 15 ounce can mandarin oranges drained, to lay on top
  • 3.4 ounce package vanilla pudding mix


  • Prep. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13-inch cake pan with nonstick spray.
  • Make the batter. Prepare the cake batter according the mix directions. Add in the drained mandarin oranges and mix well with a spatula. The oranges will break up a bit; this is fine.
    mixing bowl of cake batter
  • Bake. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake 25 to 35 minutes. Cool completely, in the pan, for at least 30 minutes.
  • Make the topping. When the cake is cool, blend whipped topping and dry vanilla pudding mix in a large bowl. Carefully fold in pineapple and juice. Spread the topping gently over the cake (it will thick).
    bowl of whipped topping and crushed pineapple
  • Garnish and chill. Top with canned mandarin orange slices. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.
    9 x 13 glass dish with orange cake
square slice of cake with thick white frosting and orange on top

You’ll need the following for this easy dessert:

  • yellow cake mix plus what’s needed to make it
  • canned mandarin oranges 
  • whipped topping such as Cool Whip
  • canned crushed pineapple (NOT fresh! It has too much texture and won’t be right.)
  • vanilla pudding mix
ingredients on counter
  • 9 x 13 baking dish
  • Large mixing bowl

🥫 Storage instructions

Keep any leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator. The cake will stay good for about 2 days. After that it will be too soggy.

This recipe does not freeze well.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Don’t overbake the cake! Check it at 25 minutes. You should have a few crumbs on the cake tester.
  • For extra flavor, try adding a teaspoon or two of orange extract to the frosting. I rarely have it. No big deal.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this cake!!! My whole family flipped over this cake. I made it and it was gone the same day. Their comments were “I can’t stop eating it!” This is by far the best cake I’ve ever eaten!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this cake for my father. His Mom,my grandmother, made it for him and for some reason my Mom didn’t or couldn’t make it. He loved this cake.

    1. Hi Tammie! I’ve never tried it. i worry about the frosting being too soft. the whole thing is very soft and creamy so i don’t know how it would hold. please let me know if you try it! 😊

      1. I made this in Ohio. My grandmother called it The Great Cake. I tried using both fruits in the cake mix and the frosting and that cake was gone in one day and everyone begged me to make it on e a week. I didn’t drain the mandarin oranges before putting it in the cake mix which made it extra moist. It was a GREAT SUCCESS!!

    2. I’ve made this kind of cake in 2 9” layers. It’s the original way I had it. It’s a little messy to put together but lovely when finished.

    3. Yes! you definitely can. We call this Grandma’s cake because my Grandma made it every year for my birthday growing up , & she always made 3 layer.