Every woman needs a go-to dessert, and this one is mine. It's fluffy. It's fruity. It contains two of my favorite things on earth: yellow cake mix and pudding. Um. Yes please.
But like everything else in my life, sentimentality plays heavily in my love for this cake. My grandmother, Meme, has been fixing this dessert since I can remember, and it brings back memories of eating in her dining room in Dallas. It was pristine, with shiny dark furniture, and white sheers over the window. When a breeze blew threw the room crystals on the buffet candelabras clinked together like music. It was a magical place.
Meme's Mandarin Orange Cake
1 box of yellow cake mix
3/4 cup oil
1 (11 ounce) can of mandarin oranges (including juice)
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapples (including juice)
8 ounces of instant vanilla pudding mix
1 regular container of whipped topping
*Mix all cake ingredients together and bake in large square glass Pyrex dish at 350 for 30 minutes (or until done). Let it cool. Mix all icing ingredients together, top onto cooled cake. Refrigerate.