Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe Made from Scratch without a Cake Mix

Mandarin Orange Cake

A fresh twist on an old classic - Mandarin Orange Cake made without Cool Whip or cake mix. Just fresh, flavorful, beautiful cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 383kcal
Author Julie Blanner


  • 1 c butter softened
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 1/3 c mandarin oranges crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 2 c cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 3.4 oz vanilla pudding mix instant
  • 16 oz pineapple fresh, crushed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8" round pans and set aside.
  • In a large bowl/mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, Cuties and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift cake flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • 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.
  • Beat heavy cream until stiff. Add powdered sugar, vanilla pudding mix and crushed pineapple. 
  • 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.


 For Christmas, garnish with rosemary


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 16.1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 0.5mg