Pig pickin cake is one of my go-to cake recipes for potlucks and picnics! A classic among southern fruit cake recipes, this recipe is named for its popularity at BBQs (aka pig pickins!). There are so many ways to transform yellow cake recipes, but the orange-pineapple flavor in this cake makes it one of my all-time favorites!
This isn’t your run of the mill sheet cake. It’s ultra moist, flavorful, and decadent! Fire up the oven, and let’s get baking!
The bright, fruity flavor of this recipe makes it a hit anywhere you serve it. Pina colada cake, pineapple sunshine cake, and strawberry sheet cake are also super moist and fruity cakes that a perfect for any occasion!
Pig Pickin Cake is a tasty yet simple cake that is perfect for any time of the year but shines during the summer. It’s super easy to make, it’s sure to become a new favorite!
- The orange-pineapple flavor
- Ultra moist cake
- Thick creamy frosting
- Lightweight and not too filling
How To Make Pig Pickin Cake Recipe
Begin by mixing the mandarin oranges, eggs, sugar, oil, and cake mix. Using a handheld mixer, beat for 2 minutes. Pour into a prepared pan and bake.
Make the frosting by combining the pineapple and pudding mix. Let stand for 2 minutes before incorporating the whipped topping. Spread on the cooled cake. Garnish as desired and serve.
Pan size – You can make this cake in a 9×13 as indicated, but you can also do two 9 inch round pans to create a layer cake. You can also use a larger sheet cake pan. You might have to make more frosting, depending on how thick you want it!
Mixing – I like to use the double beaters of a handheld mixer to break up the mandarin oranges. If you don’t have this option, give them a rough chop with a knife or a quick blitz in the food processor to get the desired texture.
Cake Mix: Take the pressure off of a box of cake mix by treating it like a regular ingredient in the recipe, instead of the main contender. Resist all urges to follow the instructions on the box. Put your trust in me, and add the mix just as the recipe instructs.
Frosting: Frosting is important in the construction of any cake. For this cake, you’ll want to drain the crushed pineapple really well and wait until the cake is completely cooled before frosting. These two guidelines will help you avoid runny frosting.
Mandarin Oranges: When adding the canned oranges to the batter, do not drain them. The juice is an important component to the flavor of pig pickin cake! However, if garnishing the top with mandarin oranges, be sure to drain very well.
I store this cake in a well-sealed container in the fridge. If you’re serving it at an outdoor venue, be sure to keep it cool!
Can You Freeze This?
Yes, you can freeze this cake, but it’s recommended to do so without the frosting. A major plus here is that when you’re ready to frost, your cake is completely cooled. You risk nothing by omitting the possibility of runny frosting, the cake is already assembled when you need it, and if you don’t mind me saying, this cake tastes incredible when it’s partially frozen.
Use good freezing techniques and allow the cake to cool completely. Wrap it well, and you can freeze it for up to 6 months.
Make Ahead Tips
This recipe is best made a day ahead of time. It lets all the flavors mingle and mellow. You can also freeze the cake as mentioned above as a make-ahead option.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
According to food handling guidelines, this recipe will hold for up to 7 days in the fridge.
Pig Pickin Cake Recipe
- 1 package yellow cake mix
- 2 (11-ounces) can Mandarin oranges juice from 1 can reserve for use in the cake, the second drained and discarded
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 (15-ounce) can crushed pineapple Well Drained
- 1 (3.5-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 (16-ounce) container frozen whipped topping Thawed
- 1 (11-ounces) can mandarin oranges Well, Drained-Optional
- 1 (11-ounces) can pineapple tidbits Well, Drained-Optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix, canned oranges with the juice of ONE can, eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla and mix with a hand-held electric mixer for 2 minutes.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
- Cool, the cake in the pan, set on a wire baking rack, until completely cooled.
- In a medium bowl combine the well-drained pineapple and the pudding mix until the pineapple is evenly coated with the mix. Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes
- Fold in the thawed whip topping until evenly combined. Spread frosting evenly over the top of the cake and garnish, if desired, with well-drained mandarin oranges.
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Yellow cake is a great foundation for so many desserts! Here are some to try!
- Napoleon Cake – layer upon layer of yumminess
- Pineapple Sheet Cake – a taste of the tropics in a simple sheet cake
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Classic and delicious
- Rhubarb Dump Cake – easy as 1-2-3!
- Fruit Cocktail Cake – a retro recipe that’s still packed with deliciousness
BBQ, picnic, Sunday supper, or whenever, this pig pickin cake recipe is always delicious! The tropical flavors taste like a bite of summer. You’re going to love this cake!
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