Thursday, March 21, 2013

Coconut Orange Cake







I went totally picture crazy with this cake, but as you can see, it was so adorable that I couldn't help myself. It tastes as good at it looks. A moist orange and coconut cake is frosted with even more orange and coconut. It is divine. Many thanks to Sweet Tea and Cornbread for this delicious recipe. This would be a perfect dessert for Easter. Enjoy!







Coconut Orange Cake
Makes a 9" layered cake

  • Frosting:
  • 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, do not drain, crushed
  • Note: If you are using mandarin oranges for garnish, be sure to set a few aside
  • 1 (5 oz.) large instant vanilla pudding mix (not prepared)
  • 1 cup flaked, sweetened coconut
  • 1 (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1. Preheat oven to 350-f degrees. Line two 9" cake pans with parchment paper and then spray with nonstick baking spray.

2. Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. After the cake has been mixed well, stir in 1 cup of coconut. Bake according to cake mix instructions for two 9" cake pans. After cooked through, remove from oven and let cool.

3. Prepare frosting: In a large mixing bowl, crush the mandarin oranges with their juices with an electric mixer. Mix in the instant pudding mix and coconut and mix well. Fold in the whipped topping until combined.

4. When the cakes are cool enough to handle, remove them from the pans and set on a flat surface. Using a cake leveler, cut the tops off both of the cakes to get a flat surface. Take one of the cakes and place the cut side down on the cake plate. Add a layer of frosting. Place the 2nd layer cut side down on top of the frosting layer. (This will give you a perfectly flat surface on the top of the cake for great looking frosting). Frost the top and sides of the cake. Garnish with a few mandarin oranges if desired.

5. Let chill in the fridge for several hours before serving.

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15 comments:

  1. Yuuuum!!!!! This looks so good! I love those flavors, and with whipped fluffy frosting! Perfect for Easter, you are right!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  2. Def pinning this! Thanks so much for the recipe.
    hugs-Kari

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  3. Made it today for my husband's birthday. Big hit!

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  4. The Coconut Orange Cake sounds like a winner!. I like Mandarin Oranges & Coconut so that makes it even better.

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  5. This was yummy! Grocery didn't have orange cake mix so I used pineapple. Also, I made it in 13x9 pan because I was lazy. Lol. Husband loved it too!

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  6. I've got mine baking in the oven now. I can't wait! Yummo

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  7. This is the cake I chose for my husband to make for my birthday. He's about to bake it right now and I was wondering if "large" means the 6 1/2 serving box, or the regular box. I've made a similar frosting with pineapple that used just a regular box so I was nervous that the large box might be too much. Thanks!

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  8. Sounds delicious. I love coconut. Husband does not! Would it taste bad if I left the coconut out?

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  9. I couldn't find a Creamsicle cake mix so I used a white cake mix, dissolved 3 tablespoons of orange jello mix (1/2 sm box) in 1/2 cup water in microwave, then added ice/cold water to bring it back up to 1 cup of liquid. That replaced my water called for in directions. I also added a dash of vanilla extract and it came out great.

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  10. I'm not a fan of raw shredded coconut, but I plan to try this. I'll leave the coconut in the cake (it'll get cooked) but I'll leave it out of the frosting. Can't wait to try it.

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    1. Keep in mind that this is sweetened coconut from the baking section. I'm not sure if 'raw coconut' is the same thing or not - just wanted to mention that.

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  11. Made it and it was great. I think next time I will use a white cake mix and replace the liquid with pureed mandarin oranges with the juice and water. LOVED the icing, but wasn't a huge fan of the orange cake mix. Just me...but I found it a little overwhelming and artificial tasting. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing. (I couldn't find the Creamsicle cake mix. After going to three stores, finally found one that was orange flavored. I think that was the problem.) I LOVE coconut and didn't really notice it, so don't be afraid it's too much. It wasn't.

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  12. Made it and it was great. I think next time I will use a white cake mix and replace the liquid with pureed mandarin oranges with the juice and water. LOVED the icing, but wasn't a huge fan of the orange cake mix. Just me...but I found it a little overwhelming and artificial tasting. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing. (I couldn't find the Creamsicle cake mix. After going to three stores, finally found one that was orange flavored. I think that was the problem.) I LOVE coconut and didn't really notice it, so don't be afraid it's too much. It wasn't.

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