Orange Crunch Cake


This orange cake with orange-lemon frosting is loaded with citrus flavor and has a nutty crunch layer baked right in.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 2-layer 9-inch cake


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest

  • 1 (16 ounce) can prepared vanilla frosting

  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

  • 3 tablespoons grated orange zest

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch pans. Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, walnuts, and butter. Divide mixture evenly between the prepared pans. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix together cake mix, water, orange juice, and oil until blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in orange zest. Pour mixture evenly over crunch layer in the pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack and cool completely before frosting. Frost (crunch-side up) between layers, on top and sides. Arrange mandarin orange segments on top; refrigerate.

  4. To make frosting: In a medium bowl, beat vanilla frosting until light and fluffy; mix in whipped topping. Stir in orange and lemon zest. Use frosting on completely cooled cake layers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

773 Calories
42g Fat
94g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 773
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 53%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 606mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 94g 34%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 65g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 185mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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