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Pig Pickin' Cake Recipe: A Southern Classic for Your Next Get-Together

Since the first time I tasted Pig Pickin' cake I loved it. I have absolutely no idea why it's actually called a pig pickin' cake unless it was the cake some southern woman brought to a pig pickin'. For those that don't know, a pig pickin' is another name for a BBQ. Now, I know it's winter and here in the south, although we really could have a BBQ anytime, summer is the best time for an outdoor get-together. However, when you have a hankerin' for something, you make it and that's why you're reading about this pig pickin' cake today!

On New Year's Day, my family gets together for lunch. Everybody brings a little something, or a lot of something (ahem, me...) and we spend time together. This year was no different. We had the best lunch! My Mama can throw it down in the kitchen. And my sisters are great cooks, too! When it comes to family gatherings, I'd say about 80% of the time they look to me for the dessert. I didn't know what sounded good to make so I went hunting through my recipes and came across this cake. I knew I had a winner. Not only is it delicious, but it's so easy to make and with a few simple ingredients, you can have your very own pig pickin' cake, too!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Total Time: 45 Minutes, plus cool time.


  • 1 box of butter golden cake mix (vanilla will work just fine!)

  • 4 eggs, room temperature

  • 1 15oz can of mandarin oranges, in juice

  • 1/4 cup oil

For the Frosting:

  • 1 8oz. container of whipped topping, thawed

  • 1 3.4oz box of vanilla pudding

  • 1 can of crushed pineapple, drained well

How to Make It:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside. I use Baker's Joy.

Add eggs, oil, cake mix, and mandarin oranges with the juice into a mixing bowl. Don't worry about cutting up the oranges. The mixer will take care of that for you.

Mix on medium speed until well combined.

Pour the cake batter into your baking dish and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the center is set and golden brown.

While the cake bakes, mix your frosting.

Combine the Cool Whip, vanilla pudding, and drained pineapple. Stir well or use a mixer until it is combined. You can pop it into the fridge at this point to keep it cool.

Once the cake is out and cooled completely, frost it with the cool whip frosting and enjoy! This cake is best served chilled, but you enjoy it just how you like it!

If you make this cake, let me know! I always love to hear from you!

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