Luscious Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe With a Pineapple Frosting

Updated on June 28, 2018
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Here are some great southern-style recipes for any occasion.

Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe With Pineapple Frosting

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Mandarin orange cake is also called a Pig Pickin' or Pig Lickin' cake! I guess it was named that because you make a pig of yourself eating it!

This cake is so moist, creamy, and filled with distinct flavors of mandarin oranges and pineapple. The recipe is made easy with a cake mix and mandarin oranges. It's deliciously topped with a lightly sweeten frosting made with cool whip, pineapple, and instant pudding.

This scrumptious dessert will be enjoyed for any occasion, a superb choice for a birthday cake!

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Ingredients for Mandarin Orange Cake

  • 1 box yellow or butter cake mix
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges and juice
  • 1 stick margarine

Instructions for Making Mandarin Orange Cake

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (325 degrees Fahrenheit for dark pans)
  2. Beat with an electric mixer in a large bowl, the cake mix, canola oil, eggs, mandarin oranges, and the margarine
  3. Beat on low-speed for 30 seconds to mix, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into the greased or sprayed a 13-inch x 9-inch pan.
  5. Place the cake in the preheated oven, bake for 35 minutes or when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake come out clean.
  6. Set the cake aside to cool, about an hour.
  7. Or you can make a layered cake by pouring into two greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 30 minutes.

Mandarin Orange Cake Makes a Awesome Birthday Cake

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Ingredients for Pineapple Frosting

  • 1-6-ounce box vanilla instant pudding
  • 1-8 ounce Cool Whip
  • 1-16 ounces can crushed pineapple and juice

Instructions for Making Pineapple Frosting

  1. In a medium bowl stir together the crushed pineapple and instant pudding.
  2. Gently fold in the cool whip, spread on the cooled cake.
  3. Keep the cake refrigerated.

Video on How to Make Cool Whip Frosting

I love the cool whip frosting because it had a lighter taste and is not so sugary sweet! This frosting is like the cakes you buy at the supermarket bakery.

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Video Making A Pig Pickin' Cake Recipe

Questions & Answers

  • Can I add the pineapple to the mandarin orange cake mix instead of the frosting?

    No, I would not do that. There are recipes for pineapple cake. You do not want too much moisture in the cake batter or it will not turn out correctly.

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    • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Southern Accents 

      5 months ago from the USA

      Hi Larry! I know you will love this yummy cake. It is hard to just have one piece. A lot of these recipe I have had in my recipe box for many years.Thanks for stopping by!

    • Larry Fish profile image

      Larry W Fish 

      5 months ago from Raleigh

      That cake looks delicious. I can't wait to try it myself. Margie, you have a lot of tasty looking recipes.

    • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Southern Accents 

      6 months ago from the USA

      You are very welcome Janisa!

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      Janisa 

      6 months ago from Earth

      @MargieLynn, thanks for the suggestion. I plan to try to make it soon!

    • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Southern Accents 

      6 months ago from the USA

      Linda it is yummy according to me! I love sweets and this one is a very good dessert! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The cake definitely sounds yummy! I love the look of the creamy frosting and the thought of the orange and pineapple flavor.

    • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Southern Accents 

      6 months ago from the USA

      Hi Dora, it is a very yummy cake! Hope you will try sometime!

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the recipe. The mandarin orange should make it special. It looks that way.

    • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Southern Accents 

      6 months ago from the USA

      Mary it is a favorite at our house! Hope you enjoy it!

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      Mary Wickison 

      6 months ago from Brazil

      This looks very good, I love citrus cakes, cookies, and muffins.

      I will have to make a few adjustments because of my location and availability of products but I can see this becoming a favorite in my household.

    • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Southern Accents 

      6 months ago from the USA

      I just love having fun! I thought they were cute names! I am sure the name was chosen by people who ate more than one piece! Hee, hee!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      I love the name Pig Lickin. This looks delicious.

    • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Southern Accents 

      6 months ago from the USA

      Hi Janisa, I have even recipes to make this from scratch! Just google it! It is so yummy!

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      Janisa 

      6 months ago from Earth

      Interesting cake! I never thought of mixing pineapple and mandarins for a cake, seems like a delicious combination. I want to try making this completely from scratch, if I do make it.

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