Quick & Easy: Buddy's Mandarin Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Buddy’s Mandarin Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Makes 8 to 10 servings
2 Tbsp butter
9 Buddy’s Mandarins
½ cup water or as needed
1 package (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix
½ cup vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
Chocolate frosting (See Quick & Easy recipe below.)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans. Juice 4 mandarins in a measuring cup. Add water to reach 1 cup liquid. Zest 2 mandarins. In a large mixing bowl, combine mandarin juice, mandarin zest, cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla and salt. Blend with an electric blender for 2 minutes, or until batter is smooth. Divide batter into cake pans. Smooth tops. Bake 24 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes.
Remove from pans. Transfer to wire racks. Let cool 30 minutes. Transfer cakes to a flat surface. If needed, trim the top with a sharp knife. Transfer one layer to a serving platter. Peel and slice 2 mandarins. Spread ½ cup frosting over top. Place mandarin slices over frosting. Top with the other cake layer. Frost the top and sides with the remaining frosting. Decorate top of cake with 1 peeled and section mandarin.
⅔ cup butter
1½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
5 cups powdered sugar
⅔ cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
Cream butter and cocoa. Add powdered sugar and milk, alternating. Add vanilla and beat until creamy.
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