Mandarin Orange Cake – Made From Scratch
This beautiful made-from-scratch Mandarin Orange Cake is easy to make, especially with the help of little hands. This post is sponsored by Cuties, one of our favorite snacks!
I love the holiday season and all of the parties, traditions and family fun that comes along with it. For a moment, it seems everyone is more focused on family, friends and giving – the way it should be all year. It brings me so much joy.
The holidays remind me a lot of my mom and the fun we shared together during the holidays. I feel blessed that my sister has been joining me in the kitchen for a little family fun and the girls enjoy holiday baking as well. My sister, Isla and I made this beautiful Mandarin Orange Cake to celebrate. It’s a fresh twist on an old favorite, because it’s made from “scratch”.
My mom always made Mandarin Orange Cake with cake mix, Cool Whip, and canned pineapple, but I’m convinced that’s simply because the 80’s made everyone feel like they couldn’t do it on their own. This Mandarin Orange Cake recipe is truly quick and easy and worth the extra steps for fresh flavor. It’s now one of our summer favorites as well!
I was so excited when I discovered that Cuties are back in store, ripe and ready to enjoy. It truly is the most magical season.
I couldn’t decide how to decorate the cake – to use Cuties whole, quartered, sliced or peeled. So Isla peeled a few for me to test with – and snacked on them to reward herself for her efforts. That’s one of the many things we love about Cuties, the kids can peel them themselves! After a few trials, we decided we liked using them sliced to create a star and garnishing with rosemary to make the Mandarin Orange Cake feel festive for the holidays.
The easy Mandarin Orange Cake recipe:
Mandarin Orange Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8" round pans and set aside.
Gradually incorporate into wet mixture alternating with milk until just incorporated.
Pour into baking pans and bake 25-28 minutes when cake springs back after being touched. Allow to cool 20 minutes before turning onto rack or pedestal.
Place one layer of cake onto your serving dish and fill with icing before placing the second layer on top. Ice, garnish and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Wishing you and your family #100DaysofSunshine and plenty of quality family fun time baking this season.