Million Dollar Cake

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“I need a "Million Dollar" recipe because when I asked my DIL what I could bring for dinner, she joked "How about a million dollars?"!!! I found this on All Recipes where it got rave reviews. This suits my family's tastes perfectly. Make the day before.”
1 cake

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 13 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 13 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 12 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. Mix and bake cake mix as per package instruction for two 8 or 9 inch round layers.
  2. Let layers cool, and then split each layer in half so as to have 4 layers.
  3. In a large bowl, whip cream cheese until soft, and then gradually mix in confectioners' sugar.
  4. Stir in the pineapple with juice and the drained mandarin oranges, reserving about 5 mandarin orange slices to decorate the top of cake.
  5. Mix in the dry pudding mix.
  6. Fold in the whipped topping.
  7. Place one cake layer on a cake plate cut side up; spread with frosting.
  8. Place another layer cut side down on the first one, and top with more frosting.
  9. Repeat until all layers are used, spreading last bit of frosting on top and sides of cake.
  10. Decorate with reserved mandarin orange slices.
  11. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

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