Easy and delicious scratch cake topped with coconut walnut sauce. The mandarin oranges make it very moist.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
1 - 8 inch square pan
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square cake pan.

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  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center and add the egg, vanilla, mandarin oranges and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.

  • Pour batter into an 8 inch square cake pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

  • While the cake is baking, prepare the sauce. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, milk and butter. bring to a boil and stir in coconut and 1/2 cup walnuts. While still hot, pour over cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Nutrition Facts

371 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 59.3g; fat 14.2g; cholesterol 30.8mg; sodium 323.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2002
My husband and 15 yr. old son thought this cake was "the greatest"! It is very simple and the topping makes the cake. I used pecans and also added 1/2 of the mandarin orange juice to the cake mix making it delicious and very moist. A wonderful easy supper dessert! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
It was okay something easy to make for potluck Read More
(5)
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
My husband and 15 yr. old son thought this cake was "the greatest"! It is very simple and the topping makes the cake. I used pecans and also added 1/2 of the mandarin orange juice to the cake mix making it delicious and very moist. A wonderful easy supper dessert! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2007
This is a nice easy and quick recipe. At first I couldn't believe there was no butter in the batter. But then I realized the more I mix it the more liquid it becomes because the mandarin oranges becomes flakes. You don't taste the orange but it is a light and refreshing cake. If you are looing for something not overly sweet and can stand alone without a glob of icing on top this is a good recipe Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
It was okay something easy to make for potluck Read More
(5)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2004
I made this yesterday and it's almost gone! My husband said "I can't stay away from this cake!"...and this from a man who doesn't like desserts without chocolate. I didn't have coconut and didn't feel like using nuts so I made it without. The frosting really makes this cake! Read More
(5)
Rating: 1 stars
03/26/2006
I followed the directions perfectly and then when it was finished baking I put a cake tester in it and it cake out with all this stuff on it... so I put the cake back in the oven and it wound up baking for another half hour. But when I toook it out and tried to flip it it wouldn't flip so I then decided to loosen the sides and it finally did flip but when it finally flipped I found out that the bottom was a sticky substance and stuck to the bottom not allowing the cake to filp. So I then cleaned out my pan and re-greased it. I put the mixture back in and tried to let it re-bake. It turned out weird again and I finally decided to give up. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/15/2003
easy good. you don't taste the oranges though but it a nice light snacking dessert. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2008
OMG!!!!!!! This cake really caught me by surprise it is delicious! If you have not tried this recipe you are missing out on a real treat. this is a recipe that I will keep. I can't wait to make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2009
I made this healthier by using white whole wheat flour and cutting the sugar a little. I used pineapple instead of oranges. It's what I had on hand. I put the icing on as soon as the cake came out. Then put it under the broiler 6 in. from heat for 3-4 min. until toasty brown. Very very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2008
I liked making this cake because it was very easy and quick. I agree with everyone else that it doesn't taste much like oranges but my friends and I enjoyed the sugary topping and overall it was a big hit. Read More
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