Mandarin Orange Cake

Yesterday’s post was pretty heavy. Very heavy. So it seems appropriate to lighten the mood a little and what’s happier than a good dessert? This is a popular family recipe and one that is easy to prepare if you have company coming. My grandma always made it for Easter and other special occasions but I like to pull out the recipe for everyday too.

Mandarin Orange Cake

1 package Golden Butter Cake

4 Eggs

1 small can Mandarin Oranges

1/2 cup Oil

Mix all ingredients together until oranges are mixed well into the batter. Grease and flour three eight inch cake pans. Divide batter evenly among pans and bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from pans and cool before frosting.


1 large package instant Vanilla Pudding

1 can Crushed Pineapple

1 large container Cool Whip.

Drain some juice from the pineapple. Mix all ingredients together. Spread icing between layers, on top and sides of cake. Refrigerate cake before serving.

I like to serve this on a pretty cake plate and sometimes with a little edible glitter sprinkled on top. Enjoy!

Salvaging a shopping mistake

I made a terrible error in my grocery shopping this week, buying 32 ounces of plain yogurt instead of the vanilla I believed I was reaching for. Imagine my surprise, taking a big bite of that nasty stuff at lunch yesterday.

Being my frugal and creative self, there is no way I’m letting this stuff go to waste so I’m looking for ways to incorporate the yogurt into my cooking. I have a terrible sweet tooth so I started out by searching for easy dessert ideas and here’s one I tried last night.

Jello Yogurt

Mix one cup of hot water with your sugar free Jello of choice. Mine was strawberry. When the jello powder is completely dissolved, slowly mix in one cup of yogurt. Whisk really well and refrigerate for two to three hours. It is a kind of strawberry mousse and very tasty. Next time I plan to add some fruit too.

So. One cup of plain vanilla yogurt gone. Three cups to go!

Isn’t it gratifying to salvage a mistake? Especially when it tastes so good?