Easiest Mandarin Spiced Cake Ever!

It's amazing to me how good recipes always survive the test of time. While I'm sure this recipe has an even richer history than this, it came into my life from a pastor's wife I've never met.  In 1977 this simple yet scrumptious recipe was published in the Ebenezer Reformed Church cookbook, based out of Leighton, Iowa. A pastor's wife got her hands on the cookbook and passed it along to Brian's brother's mother-in-law, Linda, who tried this particular recipe, liked it, and then shared it with MY mother-in-law....who recently shared it with me. And so, from one pastor's wife to another, and the dear ladies in between, thank you for a delightful cake!

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained

Pre-heat your oven to 350 F. Put all ingredients in a large bowl....everybody in the pool! 

In the words of the late Michael Jackson, "Beat it!" Put on your red, shoulder-padded, metal studded leather jacket, and beat the mixture well for about 3-4 minutes on a medium-high speed (go slower if you're making a mess). If you're using a stand mixer, use your whisk attachment.

Spray an 8"by 8" pan with Pam, and pour the batter into the pan. Bake that bad boy at 350 F for 30-35 minutes (until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean).

Remove the gorgeous cake from oven, and start working on your glaze. Don't dilly dally....you want to pour your glaze over a hot cake, so stay focused and get to glazin'.

Ingredients for Glaze
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Add all ingredients to a small saute pan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently, until melted. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for one minute.  

Pour the glaze over the hot cake (aren't you glad you stayed focused?).

Allow the cake to cool on the counter, so that ooey gooey glaze can soak into the cake.

Serve it at room temperature with whipped cream. And prepare to have your face melted off by it's awesomeness! Just kidding about the face-melting. Only your ears will melt.


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  1. This looks delicious! :-) I'm pinning this on my board for future reference. Yum! Thanks for linking up at Fabulous Fridays!

  2. Thanks for linking up last week! You were one of the featured posts! I linked up with your post on Facebook and Pinterest. I would love to see you join us this week again! :-) This weeks linky party is now active.

  3. Featured you!



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