Pig Pickin’ Cake is loaded with mandarin oranges and topped with a fluffy pineapple coconut frosting. This cake is also known as a mandarin orange cake. This moist and delicious one-layer sheet cake is the perfect cake for potlucks, picnics, barbecues, and holiday celebrations.
Pig Out Cake
Jan Meeks generously donated this recipe. She says that you will eat so much of this cake, that you’ll make a pig out of yourself. This fruity cake is perfect for summer! It is cool and refreshing, you are going to love the fluffy pineapple frosting.
Whenever I have taken this cake to a potluck, the pan always comes back clean. This wonderful cake is now one of my favorite cakes, and it may turn out to be one of yours.
Southern Pig Pickin’ Cake is really so good you are going to want to pig out when eating it, what could be better than sharing good times with friends when you can enjoy a pig picking cake?
Pig Pickin Cake History
When I first heard about this kind of cake, I did some “googling” and discovered an interesting story about the origin of pig pickin’ cake.
In the southern states, such as Georgia and North Carolina, barbecue pork roasts are called pig pickings. These cakes are served at pig roasts. What happens is an entire a whole pig is roasted over a barbecue and then everyone picks off the meat. While this cake is served at pig roasts, it is great for any southern barbecue, or any time you want a traditional southern dessert.
These barbecues are special events, and everyone brings their favorite potluck dishes and desserts. This particular cake became a favorite dessert at these events and became known as Pig Pickin’ Cake.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Boxed cake mix – yellow cake, my favorite is the Duncan Hines Butter recipe
- Large eggs
- Vegetable oil
- Canned mandarin oranges, drain and save the juice for something else
- All-purpose flour
- Canned crushed pineapple, drain the juice and save for something else
- Instant pudding mix – vanilla
- Powdered sugar
- Cool Whip
- Flaked coconutt
How to Make Pig Pickin Cake
- Combine cake mix, eggs, butter, oil, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Then add in the mandarin orange segments into the cake batter and blend with an electric mixer on low speed.
- Pour batter into a 9 X 13-inch prepared cake pan,
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes to 25 minutes. The cake may not appear done but should be brown on top.
- Cool the cake completely.
- Mix the pineapple (do not drain), pudding mix, and powdered sugar together really well. Let the mixture sit until it starts to thicken.
- Add whipped topping and coconut to the mixture and stir to combine.
- Spread the frosting over the cooled cake.
More Names for this Cake
In Tennessee during the time of hog-killing and sausage and ham making, the cake got the name of Pea Pick’n Cake. Farmers would all pitch in and help each other out with the chore of picking peas at each other’s farms, and the ladies would provide a covered dish meal including dessert.
The cake recipe made its way into newspapers and women’s magazines, so when the 1980′s rolled around, this was already a very popular cake. It has been given many different names, including:
- Pig Lick’n Cake
- Celestial Snow Cake
- Florida Sunshine Cake
- Orange Pineapple Cake
- Mandarin Magic Cake
It seems that Pig Pickin Cake is this same cake and that its roots are in the south.
Baking With Cake Mixes
Cake mixes are so convenient, and if you add top-quality ingredients to them, your cakes will taste 100% homemade. A cake mix is best regarded as a base for making all different kinds of cake.
There’s no need to make a Pig Pickin Cake from scratch. Using a cake mix helps to ensure the cake will have the right texture and moistness.
Like the convenience of cake mixes?
Here are a few more recipes for cakes using cake mix:
- Ambrosia Cake
- Angel Food Cake with Pineapple
- Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake
- Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Golden Pound Cake
- Sock It To Me Cake
Favorite Fruity Desserts
- Banana Split Cake
- Cherry Coffee Cake
- Fruit of the Forest Pie
- Kool Aid Pie
- Millionaire Pie
- Old Fashioned Apple Pie
- Rhubarb Custard Pie
Pig Pickin Cake
- 1 yellow cake mix
- 4 eggs
- 4 ounces butter
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 11 ounces mandarin oranges drained – small can
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 20 ounces canned crushed pineapple do not drain – large can
- 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix 4 serving size (3.4 ounces – 4 ounces)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 16 ounces Cool Whip whipped topping
- 1 cup flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cake mix, eggs, butter, oil, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Then add in the mandarin orange segments into the cake batter and blend with an electric mixer on low speed.
Pour the cake batter into a 9 X 13-inch baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes to 25 minutes. The cake may not appear done but should be brown on top.
Cool the cake completely.
Mix pineapple (do not drain), dry pudding mix, and sugar together really well.
Let the mixture set until it begins to thicken.
Add whipped topping and coconut and stir to combine.
Spread the frosting on top of the cooled cake.
Refrigerate the cake when not serving.
- Be sure to refrigerate this cake, when you are not serving the cake.
- This simple cake can be made in a layered cake if desired. No matter if you serve this delicious cake as a two-layer cake or as a sheet cake, this pig cake is bound to be one of your favorite recipes. I personally prefer this as the pig picking sheet cake, because you can get more servings out of the cake than a two-layer cake.