Orange cake with pineapple frosting - perfect for spring!

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine cake mix, eggs, 1 package of pudding, vegetable oil, orange extract, and mandarin oranges and beat well for about 3 minutes.

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  • Bake in 3 - 9 inch greased and floured round cake pans for 20-25 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven.

  • To Make Frosting: Fold pudding and pineapple into whipped topping and frost cake. Keep refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts

156.3 calories; 1.5 g protein; 20.8 g carbohydrates; 21 mg cholesterol; 183.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (45)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2004
Great cake, disgusting frosting! I think I must have taken the difections too literally, because I folded the pudding mix right into the cool whip, which made it all gritty; it was like having granulated sugar all through the frosting! I must say that I'm the only one in the house who thought that, though; my husband and daughter gobbled it up. I frosted two cakes separately; one with this frosting and one with a cream cheese frosting that I added some pineapple and orange extract to, and I thought that was delicious! The cake itself was to die for, and I'm definitely making it again. I did vary it slightly by adding a little grated orange peel to the cake, which gave it a little more orange flavor. Yummy! I'd really like to try this as a bundt cake with an orange glaze drizzled over it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2003
A nice change from the same old thing. Not as good as the reviews led me to believe though. Read More
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55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2004
Great cake, disgusting frosting! I think I must have taken the difections too literally, because I folded the pudding mix right into the cool whip, which made it all gritty; it was like having granulated sugar all through the frosting! I must say that I'm the only one in the house who thought that, though; my husband and daughter gobbled it up. I frosted two cakes separately; one with this frosting and one with a cream cheese frosting that I added some pineapple and orange extract to, and I thought that was delicious! The cake itself was to die for, and I'm definitely making it again. I did vary it slightly by adding a little grated orange peel to the cake, which gave it a little more orange flavor. Yummy! I'd really like to try this as a bundt cake with an orange glaze drizzled over it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2004
Great cake, disgusting frosting! I think I must have taken the difections too literally, because I folded the pudding mix right into the cool whip, which made it all gritty; it was like having granulated sugar all through the frosting! I must say that I'm the only one in the house who thought that, though; my husband and daughter gobbled it up. I frosted two cakes separately; one with this frosting and one with a cream cheese frosting that I added some pineapple and orange extract to, and I thought that was delicious! The cake itself was to die for, and I'm definitely making it again. I did vary it slightly by adding a little grated orange peel to the cake, which gave it a little more orange flavor. Yummy! I'd really like to try this as a bundt cake with an orange glaze drizzled over it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2008
This is a great cake that I made for Easter. I made it in a 9 x 13" pan, due to the fact that someone mentioned that the layer version might slide, and I had to travel with it. It was moist, and the flavor was great. I did make the pudding first and did not add the dry mix to the whipped topping, so thank you to the reviewer for the advice. Additionally, the stores are now selling a "reduced sugar" yellow and chocolate mix. I used the yellow reduced sugar mix, and it was great. I also used fat-free, sugar-free vanilla pudding and light whipped topping. I don't think anyone eating it had any idea, either! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2003
This has been my favorite cake since I was a kid! The only problem with it is that I can't stop eating it! When I make this to take somewhere, I make it as a sheet cake, and frost it after I get there. (sometimes if you make it as a double layer, the top layer will slide off when transporting it) I would recommend this for anyone...it's an incredible cake! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2006
This cake tastes EVEN BETTER when you use the Duncan Hines Orange Supreme cake mix in place of the yellow cake mix. It's not available in all stores, but if you can find it the cake tastes even more fabulous. (If using the orange cake mix, omit the orange extract from the recipe). Either way though..this cake is perfect for summer and is to die for. Definitely one to take to family functions or potlucks..you will get rave reviews and tons of compliments. Be prepared to share the recipe, because everyone will be asking for it :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2005
This has become my signature dessert. Everyone always asks me to make this cake. It's perfect in the summertime. Light and fruity and not too sweet. Delicious! And it's easy to make! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2006
My family loves this cake at Easter!! I do it with a bit of tinted green toasted coconut, Peeps and jelly beans on the top...too cute! I am not a fan of frozen whipped topping and my family is. I beat an 8 oz. package of SOFTENED cream cheese with the pineapple and then the whipped topping. It doesn't taste nearly as fake that way! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2007
mmm...awesome! I have made this a few times. And my audience is mostly people who are trying to lose weight or maintain theirs. I make the cake with egg whites and applesauce and it tastes AWESOME...and i use fat free cool whip. I have even done a double layered with two cakes for a baby shower- one yellow one green..it was a raving hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2012
I can't speak personally as I didn't get to eat any. It was wolfed down in minutes at a 4th of July cookout! Almost followed the recipe completely, but I accidentally got the 8oz container of Cool Whip. I was afraid I didn't have enough icing for 3 layers, but it worked wonderfully and wasn't too sweet! I will say the instructions aren't very clear when making the frosting. I learned the hard way. Don't make the pudding to fold into the whipped topping & pineapple. Just fold in the pudding mix. I had to end up with 1 batch of liquid icing to figure that out :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2014
Excellent. I followed suggestions of others and made the frosting out of 8 oz softened cream cheese 8oz whiped topping and i lessened the crushed pinapple by half. Lessening the pinapple helped the consistancy by keeping it thick and easy to spread and not so runny-like. Also this cake is three layers and is baked in 3 seperate pans so it cooks quicker! Toothpicks came out clean after 18 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2003
A nice change from the same old thing. Not as good as the reviews led me to believe though. Read More
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