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Orange Crunch Cake from the Bubble Room

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1 cup graham cracker crumbs

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup chopped walnuts

½ cup butter, softened

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

½ cup water

½ cup orange juice

⅓ cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

2 tablespoons grated orange zest

1 (16 ounce) can prepared vanilla frosting

1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

3 tablespoons grated orange zest

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained


Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch pans. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, walnuts and butter. Divide mixture evenly between the prepared pans. Set aside.

Step 2 In a medium bowl, mix together the cake mix, water, orange juice and oil until blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the orange zest. Pour the mixture evenly over the crunch layer in the pans.


Step 3 Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack and cool completely before frosting. Frost (crunch side up) between layers, on top and sides. Arrange orange sections on top, then refrigerate.

Step 4 To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, beat the vanilla frosting until light and fluffy, then mix in the whipped topping. Stir in the orange and lemon zest. Use frosting on completely cooled cake layers.

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