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Mandarins

Mad for Mandarins

Mandarins belong to the citrus family and grew in China a very long time ago. Mandarins were so highly regarded that they were named after the officials of the Imperial Court, the Mandarins - that’s how they got their name. Mandarins are like small oranges which are flattened at the top and bottom. The skin is a deep orange color, soft, glossy, often smooth and it peels away easily from the flesh. Inside, mandarins are divided into distinct, crescent-shaped segments which break away from each other. Each segment is enclosed in a fine membrane which holds the soft, juicy, flesh together.  Mandarins are available from March to November with their best value being from May to August.

Million Dollar Cake
  • Ingredients

    1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
    8 ounces cream cheese
    1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
    1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
    3  mandarin oranges, peeled
    1 (8 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained (set aside for garnish)
    1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
    1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 

  • Additional Information

    PREP 30 mins
    COOK 25 mins
    READY IN 9 hrs 55 mins
    Original recipe makes 1 (8 or 9 inch) layer cake

Additional Information

PREP 30 mins
COOK 25 mins
READY IN 9 hrs 55 mins
Original recipe makes 1 (8 or 9 inch) layer cake

Ingredients

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
8 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
3  mandarin oranges, peeled
1 (8 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained (set aside for garnish)
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 

Directions
  1. Mix and bake cake mix as per package instruction for two 8 or 9 inch round layers. Let layers cool, and then split each layer in half so as to have 4 layers.
  2. In a large bowl, whip cream cheese until soft, and then gradually mix in confectioners' sugar. Stir in the pineapple with juice and the peeled mandarin oranges, save the drained mandarin orange slices to decorate the top of cake. Mix in the dry pudding mix. Fold in the whipped topping.
  3. Place one cake layer on a cake plate cut side up; spread with frosting. Place another layer cut side down on the first one, and top with more frosting. Repeat until all layers are used, spreading last bit of frosting on top and sides of cake. Decorate with drained mandarin orange slices. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
Million Dollar Cake
  • Ingredients

    1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
    8 ounces cream cheese
    1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
    1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
    3  mandarin oranges, peeled
    1 (8 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained (set aside for garnish)
    1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
    1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 

  • Additional Information

    PREP 30 mins
    COOK 25 mins
    READY IN 9 hrs 55 mins
    Original recipe makes 1 (8 or 9 inch) layer cake

Additional Information

PREP 30 mins
COOK 25 mins
READY IN 9 hrs 55 mins
Original recipe makes 1 (8 or 9 inch) layer cake

Ingredients

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
8 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
3  mandarin oranges, peeled
1 (8 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained (set aside for garnish)
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 

Directions
  1. Mix and bake cake mix as per package instruction for two 8 or 9 inch round layers. Let layers cool, and then split each layer in half so as to have 4 layers.
  2. In a large bowl, whip cream cheese until soft, and then gradually mix in confectioners' sugar. Stir in the pineapple with juice and the peeled mandarin oranges, save the drained mandarin orange slices to decorate the top of cake. Mix in the dry pudding mix. Fold in the whipped topping.
  3. Place one cake layer on a cake plate cut side up; spread with frosting. Place another layer cut side down on the first one, and top with more frosting. Repeat until all layers are used, spreading last bit of frosting on top and sides of cake. Decorate with drained mandarin orange slices. Refrigerate overnight before serving.