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Luscious Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe With a Pineapple Frosting

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Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe With Pineapple Frosting

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!

Gather the Ingredients

Gather the Ingredients


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


  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. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 30 minutes.
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Pineapple 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.


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


  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.

Pig Pickin' Cake Recipe Video

Questions & Answers

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

Answer: 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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