This was my first time with this recipe and I wondered, How can a cake this simple to make taste good? I was surprised at just HOW GOOD this was! Even the hubby liked it and he is hard to please when it comes to desserts!
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 11 oz. cans mandarin oranges, drained
Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. It’s going to be dry at first. Keep stirring! As the oranges break up, it will become more doughy. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 cake pan.
Bake at 350* for 1 hour
WARNING: I put this cake in for the hour it called for and it wound up burning. Since I’d been dying to try it, I dumped the whole thing and made a second cake (so glad for it’s simplicity!!). This time only putting it in for 37 minutes. I’d set the timer for 45 minutes but at 37 minutes my daughter told me it looked brown. So I took it out and it was golden perfect! (Test with toothpick or butter knife for doneness)
Frosting for Cake
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons skim milk
Mix brown sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 2 minutes then pour over cake*. Serve warm.
*This makes a ton! I didn’t put it all on the cake to save it from being drown! However, I decided it was TOO GOOD to waste! So, I popped a bag of popcorn in the microwave and poured the remaining (about 1/4 cup or so) frosting over the popcorn, stirred and fell in love with brown sugar all over again!