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Pineapple Cream Cake

(11 Votes)
SERVES
15
COOK TIME
30 Min

Need a yummy dessert for a covered-dish supper? Then this is your ticket! You can even make it a day or two ahead, and grab it from the fridge on your way out the door!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside.
     
  2. Combine pineapple juice, cake mix, eggs, mandarin oranges, and mayonnaise in a large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed with an electric beater until blended. Pour batter into a greased 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Bake 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in dish on a wire rack.
     
  3. Combine drained pineapple, whipped topping, and pudding mix in a mixing bowl; beat at low speed until blended. Spread mixture evenly over cake. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator.


     

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very easy, delisious! as a rule, I always add a little almond extract to any cherry dessert I make, just a capful or so, which really enhances the cherry flavor. left out cinnamon to please certain family members..... we all have em!

What recipe are you referring to? There's no cinnamon or cherries in the recipe!

I've seen recipes that you can put holes in cake be adding topping, would you agree with doing that with this recipe? It sounds so delicious, but hubby don't care for cool whip, so maybe putting holes it wouldn't be quite as sweet new noticeable. I hope you answer quickly, I plan on making tomorrow. Lol

Hello - You can certainly try turning this cake into a "poke cake." You would need to make the pudding thinner, so that it can be easily poured into the holes. We recommend making the pudding without the whipped topping, and then just adding some milk to thin it out. Let us know how it turns out!

this is a very good recipe

what is 0.5 mayonnaise?

0.5 mayonnaise is the same as 1/2 cup.

what is 0.5 mayonnaise

Im confused due to two different things bein said..The recipe says set pineapple aside and use it for the topping and use juice for cake, but the opposite of that is bein said in a reply to another commentor. I would really like to make this for my family so which is the correct way :)

I see your confusion and we apologize. You will drain the pineapple and add the reserved juice to the cake batter and add the crushed pineapple to the topping. I hope this clears up any confusion. Thank you for reaching out to us.

You said undrained pineapple in cake and then call for pineapple juice in topping

what is the fat, calorie and cholesterol content?

Do you add the pudding straight from the package. You don't make pudding by directions on box do you.

No, you do not make the pudding. You just add the mix from the package.

Yum. I have made this cake twice, by the recipe and it has dissappeared both times. Everyone raves about how good it is.

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! Made some changes, though, one quite by accident. The Duncan Hines box mix was 16.5 oz., so I decreased the pineapple juice in the batter by 10%, same with the mayo (subbed 7 Tbs. low-fat mayo plus 1 Tbs. and 1/2 tsp. of cannola oil for the full-fat mayo). Quite by accident, I bought an 8 oz. container of Lite Cool Whip--the frosting was VERY thick, but still good. Next time I think I will try a lemon cake mix, and I think I would still make a lesser dose of frosting, since the Cool Whip is a chemical cocktail. An 8 oz. container has a total of 500 calories and 25 gms. of fat (all 25 gms. are SATURATED FAT), and contains about 3 cups of mixture. Since heavy cream whips up to about twice its original volume, you would need 1-1/2 cups of unwhipped cream to make the same amount as is in the small Cool Whip container. So, the heavy cream comes in at a whopping 1200 calories and 120 gms. of fat (84 gms. of which are SATURATED). So, which is worse? A chemical cocktail or artery-clogging fat? Anyway, it's DELICIOUS AND VERY EASY!!! ENJOY!!!

Is it really 5.1 ounce of pudding? Not 1.5 ounce??? Just wandering. They don't even make a 5.1 ounce box and that seems like a lot of pudding mix!

Yes they do make 5.1 ounces of pudding. It is the 6 serving size box.

After all the posts about this cake, I still cannot determine if anyone has subbed light mayo for the full fat kind? And, how did it turn out? Any help would be appreciated, as I really want to try making this cake--it sounds DELICIOUS!!!!

Do you know if this recipe works with the sugar-free cake mix ?If so it will make a great recipe to use for church suppers as we have a lot of diabetics in our church family.

Yes, you can use sugar-free cake mix. Enjoy!

I do not find, as did another person who commented, that Mr. Food recipes are disappointing or unappetizing. On the contrary, I am pleased that most of the recipes use ingredients that I usually have on hand. And one can often substitute ingredients or make adjustments to their liking. Keep those recipes coming!

Can I use something beside mayonnaise? Maybe miracle whip?

Sure, you can substitute the mayo for Miracle Whip.

Can anything be substituted for mayonnaise?

Hello; I am new to this website and I think it is very good. I will be making this cake for my son's birthday this coming weekend and I was wondering how much vanilla extract can I use instead of vanilla pudding mix. Thank you

Hi, welcome to our site! For this particular recipe you have to use the vanilla pudding to make the recipe work. Enjoy!

Do you have to add the oranges? We are not fans of them but are huge fans of pineapple !!

The oranges can be omitted, just check the cake for doneness 5 minutes sooner.

Have had this recipe for years and it is really delicious. But mine is called a mandarin orange cake. A lot of desserts on this website have a different name but the same ingredients.

Im new to this site but I have to say I find most of these recipes to be disappointing and unappetizing. So many call for heavily processed foods like Cool Whip, instant puddings, canned fruit, packaged rolls or packaged dough, etc. Where are the real baking tips here? I would feel embarrassed serving some of these Home made desserts to guests.

Many of the recipes on "Mr. Food" websites or affiliated websites, never claim to be "SCRATCH" recipes. They are recipes for the busy cook who want great dishes to serve to family and friends. Many of the folks who make the recipes ARE NOT "advanced cooks" or chefs. If you find the recipes disappointing and unappetizing, I recommend you find and choose recipes from websites like Food Network, Cooking Channel or go to your nearest public library and borrow cookbooks with "Scratch" tried and true recipes like Good House Keeping, Better Homes and Gardens, or The Joy of Cooking.

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want to make soon. sounds really good. Thanks for recipe

sure looks good. I love pineapple cake

Can I use Miracle Whip instead of Mayonnaise?

You probably could, but I would not recommend it. If you read the ingredients on Miracle Whip and Mayonnaise, they are not both created equal. Using Miracle Whip may change the consistency or taste of your cake. I would recommend buying a "pint" of mayonnaise (my preference is Hellmans). Then use the remaining 3 cups of mayonnaise (with Miracle Whip) in 1 part mayonnaise to 2 parts Miracle Whip for tuna, chicken or egg salads

If you add the oranges at the same time you add the ingredients and beat the batter, they become almost invisible. You only see specks of oranges. It adds to the flavor and the moisture of the cake. I am careful to not beat them too hard, I like pieces of oange in the cake.

I ate this cake at a Club meeting but it did not have any mandarian oranges in it. Perhaps they just left them out , which is fine with me as I do not care for them. I want to make it and bought the pineapple, vanilla pudding( instant) and cake mix but did not know how to put it togather. Guess I will try this way. Thanks.

I made this cake for my mom on Mothers Day, She loved it and so did everyoI also Used French vanilla pudding instead of regular in the topping Really Good

again I would use real whipped heavy cream not that fake whipped topping loaded with chemicals

What can you use in place of canned mandarin oranges? Not a fan of them canned, only fresh from the tree.

I brought this cake to a church meeting. Everyone loved it so I will make it again.

Can light mayo be used instead of regular?

Fixed this for dessert one night, substituted French Vanilla for the yellow cake. Loved it.

The pineapple goes in the topping and not in the cake, yet the photo looks like there is pinapple IN the cake. Am I missing something?

That is the mandarin oranges

I can't find a boxed cake mix of 18.25oz - usually they're 16.25 or even 15.25. Would there be any change to the recipe?

Great question! Use whatever you can find that is closest to the recipe. You will not need to adjust the recipe for the difference in the size of the cake mix. Enjoy!

The Cake Doctor suggests the following as a smaller cake mix fix Many cooks have been frustrated to watch cake mix package sizes shrink lately. But do not despair! If you are accustomed to baking my recipes with 18.25-ounce mixes, there is a simple way that you can add flour to the smaller mixes and still bake Cake Mix Doctor recipes. Pour the cake mix into a large bowl and whisk in 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Now proceed as the recipe instructs. Not only will the cake achieve good volume, but it will have a nice structure and slice evenly. I learned this trick years ago before the mixes were downsized. If I added a little flour to the cake mix, then the cake seemed to have more body, and it did not sink or shrink when cooling. I hope you enjoy this simple solution!"

Can you omit the oranges?

Yes, you can omit the oranges if you like. Thank you for the question and enjoy!

the recipe says undrained pineapple and then later says to add the drained pineapple

Good question! If you take a look at Step 1, the instructions are to drain the pineapple, reserving the juice. You then use the reserved juice in Step 2 and the drained pineapple in Step 3. Thank you!

the term is correct -drained pineapple means (UN) drained in other words you have "drained" the juice from the pineapple -now it is drained

Another winner. My father would have loved this. RIP papa.

This is a very delicious cake!!! Recipe I have is called; "Mandarin Orange Cake," and I make a double layer round cake with the creamy topping between the layers. Then I use another can of 'mandarin oranges,' drain it, and decorate around the whole bottom of the cake. Makes for a nice presentation. I've heard many 'yummy' sounds coming from relatives and friends. Thanks again for all the tasty recipes! 'little ole' Ohio cook'

strange, i've made this several times and never notice, it says pineapple, undrained, yet use the juice in with cake mix? Would you like to correct this and say drained? It is so very good and moist. 10/3/12 Thanks

Delicious everyone loved it

I made this cake the other day, it was very good!

Thanks Dee L B, but I live in the U.K. And have yet to find it. Is there a substitute you know of ?

Where can I get instant pudding mix?

You can get instant pudding mixes at any grocery store by the boxes of "Jell-O".

What if we left the MAYO out?????? Trying to eat a little healthier, could yogurt be substituted. I am a retired male who never made cakes until I reached 65.

They're using mayo instead of veg. oil. I wouldn't use yougurt. Try one of the mayos made with olive oil. Mayo will make the cake super moist and you won't be able to taste it. It might be healthier to use real whipped cream instead of that fake stuff (Cool Whip).

I forgot that you can sub unsweetened applesauce for oil, so you should be able to use that instead of mayo.

I made this cake the other day. It was so good

Comment to 'kittenzkatz'......... normally cakes call for eggs; egg is in 'Hellmann's mayo.' Not sure how your cake will come out with (sour cream). You can not taste the 'Hellmanns Mayonnaise' brand in cake recipes. Hope it works out good for you. Sherry

This cake sounds great...except for using mayonnaise. I am making it with sour cream.

My boyfriend hates mandarin oranges so I used a 20 ounce can of pineapple and used the overage of pineapple in the cake. The whipped topping/pudding frosting is amazing. Mr. Food, you never let me down!

It was a hit on Sunday dinner.

I can only find a 20oz. can of pineapple so how much juice would I use? Thanks

I used all of it!

I can only find a 20oz. can of pineapple so how much juice would I use? Thanks

I would use just 15 oz of the 20 oz can.

I used the whole 20oz can.

I would love to make this yummy sounding cake, however, where I live I am unable to buy instant pudding. I have found many recipes that use instant pudding but cannot try them for this reason. Anyone have a substitute or suggestion? Thanks.

Vanilla extract.

You should be able to find instant pudding anywhere. Try drug stores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, or Walmart. Dollars stores will have it too.

Any suggestions for an ingredient to sub for the mayo? I really don't like mayo, or any condiment for that matter, and I'm always looking for something to sub for it in various recipes.

You can actually taste a half cup of mayo with all those other ingredients??? Hmmmmmm. Well, it looks like the may takes the place of a fat so I'd try maybe a half stick of butter softened. Good luck!

I used sour cream; I think you can also use applesauce.

Use sour cream

My grandmother used to make a similar version also. It didn't have mayo in it and I love her name of the cake much better. She called it "Sunshine Cake".

I've made a similar version of this cake, but added toasted coconut to the topping. It's wonderful!

One can of pineapple for the recipe. The juice goes in the cake and the solid pineapple goes into the frosting.

I have this recipe and it's called Mandarin Orange Cake. I love making it during the summer. I such a refreshing dessert on a hot day.

The cake sounds good but am confused about the ingredients.Are there 2 cans of pineapple ? One for the cake and one for the icing?

No, use the pineapple juice in the cake mix and drained pineapple in the frosting.

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