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slice of pid pickin cake with orange slice on top

Southern Pig Pickin Cake

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


Pig Pickin Cake is a Southern tradition! This fruity, fluffy dessert is a staple at pig roasts and barbecues all summer long.



For the cake:

  • 15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 11 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained with 1/2 cup of juice reserved
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 16 ounce Cool Whip whipped topping
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained thoroughly
  • 4 ounce box Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • extra mandarin oranges for garnish is desired



Cake should be chilled before frosting.

Keep Cool Whip refrigerated before mixing frosting, you want it as cold as possible.

Tastes best if made a day ahead.

Keywords: pig pickin cake

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