As much as I cook mostly from scratch, I will periodically buy cake mixes when they go on sale. Plain cakes get a bit boring and predictable however and there are some fun recipes that start with a cake mix.
Here’s one with mandarin oranges and pineapples in it that is moist and looks quite special with its mound of white frosting. The fruit adds a lot of moistness and flavor.
For the cake:
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 10 oz can mandarin oranges, undrained
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup oil
Beat all the ingredients together on high for 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl now and then. Bake as directed. Cool the cake completely before frosting it or you’ll end up with a huge mess!
For the frosting:
- 15 oz can crushed pineapple
- 9 oz container whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
- small box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
Mix the frosting ingredients together on medium until well blended, about 2 minutes. Spread it over the cake. Refrigerate the cake if you’re not serving immediately.