clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon print print icon squares squares icon
Pig Picking Cake recipe, as seen on Taste of

Pig Picking Cake

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 slices 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make this super delicious Pig Picking Cake recipe. One of the Souths favorite desserts is much easier to make than you might expect. Perfect for that next pig picking you’re having, or anytime you want a fantastic dessert. Printable recipe included.



  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 can Mandarin Oranges, drained, save the liquid
  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 containers Cool Whip (8oz each)
  • 1 can Crushed Pineapple (20oz) drained, save the liquid.
  • 2 boxes Instant Vanilla Pudding (3.4oz each)


Preheat oven to 325F degrees

  1. Grease and Flour two 9 inch cake pans.
  2. Drain the can of mandarin oranges, save the juice.
  3. Place cake mix in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add drained orange segments
  5. Add eggs.
  6. Add vegetable oil.
  7. Add vanilla extract
  8. Mix with electric mixer until batter is smooth.
  9. Divide mixture into the two cake pans.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
  11. Remove from oven. Let cool completely. Remove from pans.

Prepare the frosting.

  1. Empty Cool-Whip into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the drained pineapple.
  3. Add instant vanilla pudding.
  4. Mix with wooden spoon until well combined. If it needs it, add a little of the pineapple juice to thin.

Assemble The Cake

  1. Place one cake layer on plate.
  2. Spread simple syrup juice from oranges over layer
  3. Spread layer with frosting.
  4. Add second layer.
  5. Spread frosting on top and then sides.
  6. Enjoy!


Simple Syrup: (optional) I measured the remaining juice from the orange segments, placed it in a sauce pot. Added an equal amount of granulated sugar, warmed it all up until the sugar had dissolved. Placed this in a squeeze type bottle and spread a thin layer of syrup over the top of both cake layers while assembling the cake. Simple syrup is typically one part water and one part sugar, but I used the juice from the orange segments instead in this recipe.

Keywords: Pig Picking Cake Recipe, pig pickin' cake, mandarin orange cake, southern cake recipes