I was trying to decide on a dessert to prepare for the Fourth of July and really didn’t feel like chocolate or anything too heavy or sweet. I started looking through my recipes and came upon this one, which I hadn’t made in a year or two and had actually forgotten about, so decided that it was time for it to make a comeback. I made it and served it after a meal of brats, potato salad, deviled eggs and other summertime picnic fare. The cake was light and cool and was the perfect dessert to serve after all of that food on a hot and humid summer day.
Orange Cream Cake
1 package orange cake mix (18.25 ounces) - Duncan Hines is the only orange mix I can find
1 package orange-flavored gelatin (4-serving size)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups water
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup orange juice
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix (4-serving size)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 can crushed pineapple (8 ounces) drained
1 container frozen whipped topping (8 ounces) thawed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9"x13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, gelatin mix, eggs, oil and water until well blended. Pour into the baking dish.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, make frosting by beating the cream cheese and orange juice. Add the pudding mix and sugar; beat well. Stir in the pineapple until well combined, then beat in the whipped topping. Frost the cooled cake, cover loosley and chill for at least one hour before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Makes 12 to 15 servings
**Recipe courtesy of Mr. Food
Orange cake mix
Add orange gelatin
Then oil and water
Pour batter into prepared 9x13 inch baking dish
Bake and cool completely
Mix together cream cheese and orange juice
Add instant vanilla pudding and sugar
Mix in drained pineapple
Mix in whipped topping
Chill at least an hour before serving. Yikes...such a dark picture; I was losing my natural light.
Look at all of that artificial orange loveliness.....
As Mr. Food would say, "Ooooooooo it's so good!"