Sunshine Cake: A Keeper from the Recipe Box

A few years ago my friend GS baked this cake for a church potluck. It was a big hit and everyone asked her for the recipe. I made it again last week for a school potluck and the same thing happened. I whipped up The Sunshine Cake yesterday for our Easter Dinner. This is one of those cakes that tastes better after it sits in the refrigerator for awhile. As you can see- we decided not to wait until Easter. I wanted a good picture and before we gave some to our neighbor it needed a taste test. Right?It is very easy to make, tastes wonderful, and lasts in the frig.

Sunshine Cake

1 yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1 stick butter or ½ cup oil
11 oz. can mandarin oranges with juice ( you can cut up the oranges if desired)
Beat 3 minutes.
Bake at 350 in 9x13 pan for 30 min
Bundt pan for 45-50 min

1 8 oz. container of Whip Topping
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
2o oz. can crushed pineapple, drained ( save liquid)
Mix together. Slowly add juice from pineapple until you get right spreading consistency.
Put on cake when cool. Refrigerate.

I had extra mandarin oranges and added them to the icing also.


  1. Sounds wonderful. :) We had strawberries and bananas with ganache--apparently I've gone past Easter and am now on 4th of July? Happy Easter!

  2. What a beautiful cake! It's so orange-yellow and inviting! The mandarin oranges and pineapple are a perfect combination!

    Happy Easter!


    PS: I am envying your cobalt blue Kitchen Aid! I love that color!

  3. Your cake sounds luscious -- can't wait to make one -- and I am also envying your mixer!! Mine is 35 years old and I've been saying for at least 10 years that I need to upgrade it.

  4. The cake looks marvelous! Happy Easter :)

  5. M-m-m-m-m-m-m! I love this cake!! I love when you post my favorite recipes on your site, because then I know right where to find them.

  6. jbelle: yours sounds just as good! Now is the time of year to enjoy strawberries.
    la tea dah: It is a great recipe when you need a quick, yummy dessert!
    marcy: splurging on the KitchenAid was the best thing I did. I love it.
    Try it'll love it!
    SVG:Do you remember a similar cake with angel food cake in Dorothy Dean that we made for Easter? I am going to try it again also.

  7. It looks and sounds so scrummie... but the recipe looks like is wellabit alien to me lmfao.....

    a stick of butter?...
    yellow cake mix?...
    a container of whip topping?...
    small box of instant vanilla pudding?...

    This might as well be in double dutch to me lol......


  8. I've eaten that cake before. I'm copying the recipe right now

  9. Anonymous26.3.08

    Looks good. Thanks for the recipe. I've added it to my files.


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