Orange Pineapple Cake

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Orange Pineapple Cake is a light, fruity cake with an island flair. You will love the delicious whipped creamy topping! This is the perfect dessert to bring to potlucks and parties.

A slice of Orange Pineapple Cake topped with mandarin oranges on a white plate.

Orange Pineapple Cake

This cake is a perfect dessert for summer gatherings with family and friends. Our dear family friend, Mary Alice, brought this cake to us and we loved it so much I had to get the recipe.

We have made it many times since and it always turns out great every time! It is so light and fruity. This is a versatile recipe that can be made up in several ways.

How to Adjust the Cake Size

The recipe listed below is for an Orange Pineapple Sheet Cake. It serves a large piece of cake to 20 people! If you need to serve a smaller crowd, it can easily be made as a 9×13 cake or a two layer cake with a simple adjustment to the baking time.

  • If you prefer to make a 9×13 cake, bake the cake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  • For a two round layer cake, adjust the baking time to about 20 minutes.

Tips for Making the Orange Pineapple Cake

I’ve made this cake a time or two (or twenty…) and I’ve got a few tips to help you make this cake perfectly, every single time.

  • For the cake, you can use either a lemon or a yellow cake mix. I prefer the lemon cake mix because it brings out the citrus flavor of the oranges as well as the lemon in the mix, and I think it is delicious with the pineapple in the frosting.
  • You will know when the cake is done when it is just turning a light brown on top, and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • This recipe makes a ton of frosting! The frosting is not a heavy, rich frosting, but more light and creamy so I generously heap it on the cake.
  • It is a nice touch to add mandarin orange slices, pineapple slices, or strawberry slices to the top of the cake when serving.

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How to Make Orange Pineapple Cake

A slice of Orange Pineapple Cake topped with mandarin oranges on a white plate.

Orange Pineapple Cake

5 from 4 votes
Orange Pineapple cake is a light, fruity cake with an island flair. You will love the delicious whipped creamy topping! Perfect for potlucks and parties!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15

Equipment

  • 12×18 Pan

Ingredients

Instructions

Cake:

  • Mix the first four ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pour cake batter into a 12×18 pan.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Let cake cool before adding frosting.

Frosting:

  • In a mixer, or with a blender, beat pudding mix, crushed pineapple, and whipped topping together and spread generously over the cooled cake.
  • The frosted cake should be kept in the refrigerator until it is served.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 317mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 388IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. I have made this for years and I add a small box of dry orange jello to the cake batter. It adds flavor and color! I also put half of the oranges and half pineapple in both the batter and the topping.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious and yummy! I can’t wait to give this a try! So excited! My family is going to enjoy!

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