Wednesday, February 17, 2016

~ Sunshine Cake ~

This is a very old recipe but oh my, is it ever good!  A family member recently asked me to make it and I'd honestly forgotten how light and refreshing it is.

Sunshine Cake 

1 box yellow cake mix
1 can (11 oz.) Mandarin oranges, with juice
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Add all ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer and mix until all the orange pieces are broken up and batter is fluffy... 2-3 minutes.  Divide among 2 or 3 cake pans that have been sprayed with Baker's Joy.  (I use 2)  Bake at 350 F approximately 18 - 20 minutes, depending on your oven.  When you remove pans from the oven, allow to cool about 10 minutes and then turn out layers on cooling racks until totally cool.  


You just won't believe how good this is!  :)

 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, with juice 
1 container (8 or 9 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
1 pkg. (3 oz.) Vanilla Instant Pudding

Mix well and frost cake. You *must* keep the cake refrigerated!

 See all that incredible frosting?

That's why I use 2 cake pans and not 3.  Makes such a wonderful, thick frosting and you will absolutely melt right there in your kitchen!  The cake is light, not too sweet and tastes refreshing since it's refrigerated and always cool.

I do hope you'll try it!
Joining ~


  1. SOUNDS and LOOKS delicious!!!! I have a similar one in an old church cookbook. It's called "Better than Sex Cake!!!"

  2. Oh Pat the cake looks so darn yummy, but the recipe will have to wait until after Lent, sending Gyspy hugs to you.

  3. Oh dear, that is calling my name:) I will be making it VERY soon! Enjoy your day and thanks for making me drool, HUGS!

  4. i love this cake...and find it has several names. I could just eat this for breakfast! Ha!

  5. This cake looks heavenly and moist. Such a great flavor too with the mandarins. xo

  6. Hi Pat, oh this looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Perfect warm weather dessert!! I will be trying this one for sure. Have a great day. Blessings, xo

  7. I should have known this would be your recipe! It looks amazing, and like you full of sunshine. Thanks for sharing Pat.

  8. Oh my gosh, this looks YUMMY! I wish I had a piece to go with my coffee right now. :) Enjoy this Sunshine Cake, Pat!


  9. Well, who wouldn't love something called "Sunshine cake?" Sounds divine! And that frosting...oh my goodness...YUM!!!

  10. This sounds so delicious! It would be a perfect Easter dessert!

  11. OH!!!! My husband will love this!!!!
    Thank you!!!!

  12. I love recipes like this! Easy and delicious. Pinned! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  13. Oh goodness, that sounds delicious!
    Thank you for sharing it with us!

  14. I've made this cake, but it was called Pig Lickin' Cake! It is very tasty!! Thanks for the yummy reminder, Pat.

  15. Hi Pat, So good to meet you! I am copying this recipe and changing it to gluten free-can't wait to make but will wait for a special occasion. Looking forward to getting to know you.
    Hugs, Noreen

  16. Oh Pat, I've had this and I love it! So light and yummy!

  17. I love this cake
    where I use to work the name
    for this cake was
    Than Sex Cake LOL

  18. I cannot believe this!!! Saw your recipe from rattlebridge farm and I am in shock. LAST WEEK,I pulled out a very old recipe book that I used when I was first married, 39 yrs ago, ALL THE TIME. It was one of those police dept cookbooks that the wives had made. Pages are yellow with spills all over it. and dog-eared was the recipe for this very cake. I'm needing to thank a your gift next week and decided I would make it for old times sake. And then last night, I saw your post. Exact same cake!!!!'s serendipity and now I know I have to make it!!! So cool.....and thanks!

  19. Delicious looking cake, Pat! I love all the comments with the different names it's called.

  20. Oh my goodness...this looks heavenly! I am making this for the weekend! Thank you SO much for the recipe...great for Spring!!!

  21. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your week and your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen


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