I have no explanation for the name of this cake. I however had heard of it before from a friend who had raved about a cake she had made. When she was describing the fruit and the whip cream topping I was sold, then when my favorite blogger posted this from her blog with pictures that made my mouth water and my tummy rumble, I decided that I needed to make it.
For the cake:
~1 box (18.25 Oz. Box) Yellow Cake Mix
~1 stick Margarine (softened)
~1 can (14 Oz. Can) Mandarin Oranges, Drained, 1/2 Cup Juice Reserved
~4 whole Eggs
~1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
For the topping:
~1 package (4 Oz. Box) Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
~1 can (20 Oz. Can) Crushed Pineapple, Juice Reserved
~½ cups Powdered Sugar
~4 ounces, fluid Frozen Whipped Topping (such As Cool Whip)
~Extra Mandarin Orange Slices, For Garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the cake, combine cake mix, margarine, 1/2 cup juice from the mandarin oranges, eggs, and vanilla. Beat for four minutes on medium-high. Add drained oranges and beat again until pieces are broken up and small. Pour batter into greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Remove from oven and cool completely. If desired, turn out cake onto a large platter.
Once cake is cool, blend juice from drained pineapples with the vanilla pudding mix. Add powdered sugar and mix, then mix in whipped topping. Stir in drained pineapple. Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate several hours.
To serve, cut cake into squares and top each square with a mandarin orange slice.
~ Have a happy mouth!
Photo/Recipe courtesy of http://thepioneerwoman.com/