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Sunshine Cake — Gluten Free Version Included

Sunshine Cake

This sunshine cake is ridiculously easy to make! It looks so fancy and complicated but it is actually made from a box mix and only takes minutes to get in the oven! 

The cake is super moist and the frosting is decadent! 

This cake is one my husband’s favorite desserts! He can easily eat the whole thing by himself (thankfully, he never gets a chance because everyone else devours it too!). In the past few years, my husband has discovered that he has a gluten intolerance. So I’ve taken our traditional Sunshine Cake recipe and made it gluten free. Turns out it is just as simple and easy as the normal recipe. 

Whether you are following a gluten free diet or not you can enjoy this simple, yet elegant cake!

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I really can’t stress how simple, easy, and fast this cake is to make!

Cake ingredients:

  • 1 yellow cake mix*
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges (plus juice)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil

* If you are gluten free use a gluten free yellow cake mix. A normal cake mix box makes a 9×13 cake. The gluten free cake mix that I used only made an 8×8 cake so I used two boxes, be sure to read your box and see what size it makes first.

Directions:

  • Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Grease and flour four* 9-inch cake pans.
  • Divide batter evenly between the four cake pans. I divided mine by weight. I used a food scale and weighed out 14 ounces per pan. Your batter may differ in weight. You could also easily just eye-ball it or use a measuring cup.
  • Bake at 325° F (162 C) for 25  minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  • Once the cakes are finished cooking, run a butter knife around the outside edge to loosen cake from pan. Immediately flip pan upside down on a cooling rack to remove cake from pan. Repeat for all cakes. Let cool completely.

*For a gluten free version be sure to flour with rice flour or another gluten free flour.

Icing:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-ounce) tub whip topping
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple (plus juice)
  • 1 (3-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding (read the package to make sure it is gluten-free if necessary)

Directions:
Combine all in a mixing bowl and stir until completely mixed.
Place one layer of cake on a cake stand. Add approximately 1/4 of icing and spread evenly over top of the cake. Repeat for remaining layers.

The nice thing about this icing is that it’s chunky so you don’t have to worry about trying to make your icing look smooth! Another reason why this cake is so EASY to make!

Sunshine Cake

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Cake ingredients:
  • 1 yellow cake mix*
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges plus juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • Icing Ingredients:
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub whip topping
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple plus juice
  • 1 (3-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding (read the package to make sure it is gluten free if necessary)

Instructions

  1. For the cake: Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Grease and flour four** 9-inch cake pans.
  3. Divide batter evenly between the four cake pans. I divided mine by weight. I used a food scale and weighed out 14 ounces per pan. Your batter may differ in weight. You could also easily just eye-ball it or use a measuring cup.
  4. Bake at 325° F (162 C) for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  5. Once the cakes are finished cooking, run a butter knife around the outside edge to loosen cake from pan. Immediately flip pan upside down on a cooling rack to remove cake from pan. Repeat for all cakes. Let cool completely.
  6. Icing Directions:Combine all in a mixing bowl and stir until completely mixed.
  7. Place one layer of cake on a cake stand. Add approximately 1/4 of icing and spread evenly over top of the cake. Repeat for remaining layers.

Notes

* If you are gluten free use a gluten free yellow cake mix. A normal cake mix box makes a 9×13 cake. The gluten free cake mix that I used only made an 8×8 cake so I used two boxes, be sure to read your box and see what size it makes first. **For a gluten free version be sure to flour pans with rice flour or another gluten free flour.

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It’s all about the presentation! Whenever you spend time cooking you want your food to look appetizing.
Thankfully, cakes are easy to present! Simply place it on a pretty cake stand and done! 

So simple. So easy. So Pretty! 

This cake is would make a great dessert for any occasion: Easter, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Birthday Party, or any other time where dessert is eaten (A.K.A. every day!!).

Enjoy!
Anna

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  • Kim January 6, 2018, 11:17 pm
    I was interested in making your beautiful cake gluten free. Wish you had included the size of mandarin oranges, pineapple, and pudding mix. What is whipped topping and where do you find it in the grocery store?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy January 7, 2018, 1:57 pm
      Hi Kim, Hey, thanks for stopping by. We would love for you to try this cake. Anna and I think that you will really enjoy the flavor, texture, and simplicity of this recipe. I went back and added the size/amounts of the ingredients you mentioned. Feel free to use 1 cup of heavy cream, (whipped until stiff peaks form) or an 8-ounce carton of Cool Whip. For a non-dairy version, you could use whipped coconut cream. Here is a link to a step-by-step tutorial that will show you exactly how to make it http://ohsheglows.com/2012/08/30/coconut-whipped-cream-a-step-by-step-photo-tutorial/ Please let us know if you try this delicious Sunshine Cake. Enjoy!!!! Linda

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