Melissa's Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

  • 1 (18.25-oz.) package orange or pineapple flavor cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (11-oz.) can mandarin oranges with juice
  • Frosting :
  • 1 (15-1/4-oz.) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 (16-oz.) carton whipped topping
  • 1 (3.4-oz.) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  •  Pecan halves to decorate (optional)
  •  Extra mandarin orange slices to decorate (optional)


Cake: Do not follow cake package instructions, except for preheating the oven temperature. In an electric mixer, beat the cake mix, oil, eggs, and undrained mandarin oranges for 4 minutes. Prepare 3 layer cake pans with Baker's Joy. Pour the batter evenly in the 3 pans, and bake in the preheated oven for the time listed on the cake package directions. Allow cakes to cool 15 minutes before turning out of pans; then cool cakes completely. While cakes are cooling, drain the pineapple for the frosting using a colander.

Frosting: In a large bowl, mix all frosting ingredients with the drained pineapple. Refrigerate the frosting until cakes are cooled. Frost tops of cakes, and stack the layers; then frost the entire cake. Decorate the entire cake with pecan halves, and extra mandarin orange slices, if desired. Refrigerate the cake for several hours before cutting. Keep cake refrigerated.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store candied pecans?

To keep your candied pecans fresh after baking, we suggest storing them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. For optimal freshness, we recommend storing them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Can I make candied pecans without sugar?

If you're looking to make candied pecans without sugar, you can certainly do so! Simply substitute the sugar with a sugar alternative, such as monk fruit sweetener or stevia. These sugar substitutes allow you to enjoy the deliciousness of candied pecans without compromising on taste.

Can I make candied pecans on the stovetop?

Making candied pecans on the stovetop is easy and quick. Simply melt sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, then add pecans and cook, stirring constantly, for 5-7 minutes until the pecans are coated in the sugar and golden brown.

How can I make candied pecans different flavors?

If you're looking to add a different flavor to your candied pecans, try experimenting with different spices or extracts. Some popular choices include cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and maple. With the right combination of spices, you can create a world of flavors that are uniquely your own.

What are some other ways to use candied pecans?

Candied pecans are a versatile ingredient that can be used in many recipes. Whether sprinkled on salads, used in cakes, pies, and cookies, or enjoyed as a sweet snack or dessert topping, these candied pecans are perfect for just about any occasion. Get creative and let the Southern charm of candied pecans inspire you in your kitchen.