Carrot-Mandarin Orange Cake

Juicy bits of mandarin oranges flavor every bite of classic carrot cake. Cream cheese adds rich flavor to ready-to-spread frosting.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 2 hr 50 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 15

Ingredients

Cake

3/4
cup finely shredded carrots (2 medium)
1
cup flaked coconut
1
box yellow or golden vanilla cake mix
2/3
cup vegetable oil
1/3
cup water
2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon ground allspice
4
eggs
1
can (11 oz) mandarin orange segments, undrained

Topping

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1
container vanilla frosting
1/2
cup finely chopped pecans, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In medium bowl, stir carrots and coconut with 3 tablespoons of the dry cake mix. In large bowl, beat remaining cake mix, the oil, water, cinnamon, allspice, eggs and oranges with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in carrots and coconut. Pour into pan.
  • 3 Bake 41 to 46 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 In large bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Stir in frosting until well mixed. Spread frosting over cake. Sprinkle with pecans (or top with additional mandarin orange segments just before serving). Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    430
    (
    Calories from Fat
    210),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    24g
    24%
    (Saturated Fat
    8g,
    8%
    Trans Fat
    2g
    2%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    75mg
    75%;
    Sodium
    350mg
    350%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    50g
    50%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    34g
    34%
    ),
    Protein
    3g
    3%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    25%;
    Vitamin C
    6%;
    Calcium
    8%;
    Iron
    6%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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