I came across a recipe for a Coconut Orange Cake from a Southern blog called Sweet Tea And Cornbread. It looks yummy but uses a cake mix, which is not the problem I'll just use a homemade Orange Cake recipe from AllRecipes.com and add shredded coconut. My quandary concerns the frosting. I prefer to cook homemade so I need a little help converting the following into an equivalent homemade recipe:
1 15 oz. can mandarin oranges, do not drain and crushed
1 large instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup flaked, sweetened coconut
1 8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
In a mixing bowl, crush the mandarin oranges with their juices with an electric mixer. Stir in the instant pudding mix and coconut. Fold in the whipped topping. Mix well. Frost the cake layers.
I would think of using a whipped cream frosting if not for the pudding mix, which I am sure is added for flavor and consistency. Do you think I could use homemade vanilla pudding, reducing the milk and adding the Mandarin orange juice instead?