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easy mandarin pound cake

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Thanks to Dole Packaged Foods for partnering with me for this easy mandarin pound cake recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here!

In today’s world, I think lots of young people want to head to their kitchen and cook. But, because of time and other distractions, they want to cook quickly and still get some really great results. As the mother of GenX’ers and the grandmother of Millennials, I hear them say they love eating at home but need quick, easy and simple recipes.

Well, this mandarin pound cake is about as easy as it gets. And, it’s about as good as it gets in taste! You’re going to get a double wowzeee of these fresh juicy mandarins baked into the cake batter and almost ‘melted’ on top as the cake bakes. And, because you’re using a cake mix, you’re skipping some steps of pulling out ingredients that can make cake-making kind of overwhelming.

Some Cake Ideas

Moist and tender, this cake is perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. But, if you want to really dress it up and add more then think about ice cream, maybe lemon Greek yogurt, whipped cream, and, yes, even more mandarin oranges. Making a mandarin sauce would be so simple. Just mash up a cup of mandarins in a small sauce pan, add one-half cup of orange marmalade, let it come to a simmer slight sizzle boil, add a fourth cup of your favorite liqueur. Let it simmer, then drizzle on top this luscious cake slice!

You see these mandarins, full of vitamin C and nature’s perfect naturally sweet treat are truly versatile whether you’re thinking savory or sweet. For another quick and easy Dole Packaged Foods easy cake, check out this Apple Parfait Cake! In the world of Ally’s Kitchen, we want you in and out of the kitchen and serving up beautifully healthy and delicious food to friends and family. That’s because I truly believe that life happens around the table and in the kitchen! xoxo ~ally

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easy mandarin pound cake

Yield: One bundt cake pan


  • Preheat oven to 325
  • 1 jar (23.5 oz.) Dole Packaged Foods Mandarin Oranges, drain juice, reserve
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) vanilla pudding mix, Vanilla or French Vanilla
  • 1 cake mix (15.25 oz.), White or French Vanilla


  • Grease well a bundt pan. Select 20-24 of the best mandarin orange slices and lay in the bottom around the bundt center. Set aside.
  • Put the vanilla pudding and cake mix in a large mixing bowl. Prepare the cake mix as outlined on the box swapping the water for one cup of the mandarin juice.
  • Add the remaining mandarin oranges to the cake mix. Blend well with a hand mixer on medium speed for about 90 seconds. The mandarin oranges will break up and disperse into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the bundt cake pan.
  • Bake in a preheated 325 oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean from the center.
  • Remove to a cooling rack. Cool completely then invert onto a plate.
  • Optional: Dust with powdered sugar.
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  1. This is such a fabulous cake!!

  2. This cake looks so beautifully moist! And I love anything with oranges this time of year!!

  3. What a delicious flavor for a pound cake! Looks incredible!

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