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Millionaire's Cake

(29 Votes)
35 Min

You don't have to be a millionaire to feel like a million bucks when you serve this decadent recipe for Milliionaire's Cake. It's got layer upon layer of creamy goodness that willl be the hit of dessert time!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 (8-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained, with 6 pieces reserved for garnish
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (4-serving-size) package instant vanilla pudding and pie filling
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Stir oranges into prepared batter. Evenly divide batter between cake pans.
  2. Bake 32 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool; remove from pans. Cut each cake horizontally in half, creating 4 layers; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and pudding. Stir in crushed pineapple and whipped topping.
  4. Place one cake layer on platter and spread with one-quarter of pudding mixture. Repeat with remaining layers. Decorate with reserved orange pieces and sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Could you tell me how to make the whippy frosting the use in the grocery bakeries. We love it, it's not real sweet and it melts in your mouth

Could this be made in a 9X13" pan?

Yes, you can make Millionaire's Cake in 9 x 13-inch pan. Just be sure to follow the cooking times on the cake mix package for a 9 x 13-inch pan. A little extra frosting never hurt anyone. :)


Have had this recipe for years. It is called a mandarin orange cake. Same ingredients different name, but delicious.

Made this for years. Mix dry pudding with whipped topping ,cream cheese and pineapple. It is wonderful.

I can not have sugar. Does anyone think I could use the sugar free cake mix and use Splenda with the cream cheese, pudding and pineapple mixture? Thank you for your help !

Just bake the sugar free cakes.

I make those adjustments all the time with no issues. Sugar free pudding, sugar free cake mix, the only difference is I prefer Truvia to Splenda.

Those asking about the pudding mix...In a large bowl, whip cream cheese until soft, and then gradually mix in confectioners' sugar. Stir in the pineapple with juice and the drained mandarin oranges, reserving about 5 mandarin orange slices to decorate the top of cake. Mix in the dry pudding mix. Fold in the whipped topping. (this is a recipe I submitted to another recipe site back in the early '80's.

For everyone asking about the 'pudding,' ............ it is combined (dry) as is and beat along with the cream cheese and sugar. This cake taste delicious, so don't hesitate to try it; you'll be glad you did! Little ole' Ohio cook, Sherry

If your in a hurry I use a store made Angle Food cake. My other thing is I cut the cake in small bite size squares and put in a huge dessert bowl and layer accordingly. It's much easier then trying to cut all the layers of the cake.

dbbie ........ that is a great idea for a delicious recipe

I think this recipe needs to be revised so it can CLEARLY let us know whether or not to make the pudding or use it dry...

I'd say yes. You would combine the the pudding mix with the cream cheese, sugar, pinapple and whipped topping. My mom used a family recipe for pistacio salad, for years, having much the same ingredients. I consider it more of a dessert side dish combining: (dry) instant pistacio pudding mix, whipped topping, (mostly) drained crushed pinpple, marshmallows and walnuts. This salad was a family favorite. The moisture from the whipped topping, canned crushed pinapple, and cream cheese should really do the trick. I'd definately give this recipe a try. :-D

The comments would be so much easier to read IF YOU WOULD PROOFREAD. The word is pineapple. The word is cream. It doesn't take long to check your comments for mistakes.

I too am confused. Are we supposed to 'make up the pudding' before we mix it in with the cram cheese mixture or do we just combine it in the mixture right out of the package?? Thanks much for the help here!! :)

Since the list of ingredients doesn't tell you to prepare pudding according to package directions, follow #3 in the directions and add it dry to the other ingredients.

make the pudding according to package instructions. I too was confused!

I have made this before and you add the pudding dry

Do you use the pudding mix or prepare it as pudding before mixing?

I bet your could mix the cream cheese filling mixture and just put it on top of a 9 x 13 cake, maybe punch holes in the hot cake and bring it on. Bet it would work. This is just basically a spin on the mandarin orange cake recipe. Yummy!

murrillotn, I bet it would work, too. Suffice it to say, I'm a big fan of cakes baked in 9"x13" pans. The recipe sounds rich, delicious-and great for serving to a number of people.

I have made a cake similiar to this one, and believe me theres no such word as 'overloaded'! It is incredible; please try it, you will like it and never regret it! :) Thank you (again) Mr. Food! Little ole' cook from Ohio, Sherry

I am only going to change the nuts to pecans. but I cant wait to make for thanksgiving.

Overloaded, maybe. But how can anything with fruit, cheese, and nuts be bad for you:) I think I just found a fantastic new fancy recipe that I can convert to gluten free!!!!

Do you think you have to have all the layers or just 2?

You would just half the 2 original layers.


It is one of those things that if it doesn't appeal to your senses, you simply don't make it. I think it sounds scrumptious.


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