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Pig Pickin' Cake

This classic Pig Pickin' Cake is a traditional Southern dessert that starts with a box of yellow cake mix and a can of mandarin oranges, and is topped with a whipped pineapple frosting!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword mandarin orange cake, orange cake, pig pickin cake, pineapple cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 330kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 (15.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges in syrup, NOT drained (plus extra for garnish, if desired)
  • 1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (such as Cool Whip)
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box vanilla instant pudding mix (just the dry mix…do not prepare the pudding)
  • 1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, well drained


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 13 x 9-inch cake pan (or two 8-inch round cake pans) with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together cake mix, eggs, and oil on low speed for about 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add mandarin oranges (with their syrup) and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds, or until completely combined.
  • Bake cake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool completely.
  • In a separate large bowl, gently fold together whipped topping, dry pudding mix, and drained crushed pineapple. Spread “frosting” on cooled cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to slice and serve!


  • Thaw the Cool Whip in the refrigerator overnight before stirring together the frosting. Do not thaw the Cool Whip on the counter at room temperature or it will lose its fluffy texture.
  • Let the cake cool completely before frosting, or the icing will "melt" right off.
  • Garnish the top of the cake with extra mandarin oranges, sprinkles, coconut, or chopped pecans or walnuts.
  • Keep the cake refrigerated until ready to serve.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.3g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 19.6g | Saturated Fat: 12.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.1g | Cholesterol: 46.5mg | Sodium: 284.9mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 21.7g