Mandarin orange cake aka southern pig pickin’ cake #SundaySupper

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When someone who is allergic to the fruit you use to make a cake with and he takes an allergy pill and eats some of the cake anyways it must be good cake right? That’s what happened when I would make a mandarin orange cake aka southern pig pickin’ cake. When my husband lived at home and they had a party at work he would ask me to make a mandarin orange cake for him to contribute to the party food. I usually didn’t mind. It’s an easy cake to make and it’s really good. The only bad thing is there usually weren’t any leftovers for him to bring home for me. Mandarin orange cake is also one of my grandpa’s favorite cakes, right on up the list with his pineapple upside down cake. No matter if you call it mandarin orange cake or pig pickin’ cake or orange pineapple cake it is a nice cake recipe to have on hand for any summer parties like Father’s Day.

mandarin orange cake

I remember coming in to my grandma’s in the afternoon and I always scoped out what she had going on in the kitchen and what she had to eat in her fridge. On the days that I would find the mandarin orange cake in the fridge she could always count on me asking if I could have a slice. Nana never turned me down. She would always say “I don’t care, and bring your Papa a slice too, please?”

mandarin orange cake

This cake is made with a boxed cake mix but still tastes just as good as my made from scratch cakes. None of my guys have ever complained or noticed the difference when I make my cakes.

Ingredients
cake:
1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
1 can (14 oz.) mandarin oranges- do not drain the juice!
4 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
icing:
1 (16 oz.) container of Cool Whip
1 (20 oz.) can of crushed pineapple
1 (5.1 oz.) box of vanilla flavored instant pudding mix
*optional* 1 cup of shredded coconut flakes

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (2) 8 or 9 inch round cake pans. I use Baker’s Joy non stick spray with flour for all of my cake baking. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, oranges with all of the juice, eggs and oil with an electric stand or hand mixer. Pour the batter in to the two cake pans trying to make sure both pans end up with about the same amount of batter in each so you don’t end up with an uneven cake. Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 15 minutes then out of the pans on wire racks until completely cooled.

For the cake icing mix the crushed pineapple and instant pudding mix in a mixing bowl with a mixer. Then with a spatula or large spoon gently mix in the cool whip so that the whip doesn’t go flat and get runny. If you choose to have the coconut in the icing you’ll add that to the icing mix now as well. Icing your bottom layer of cake and stack the second layer on and cover the entire cake with the cool whip icing. Because of the cool whip you’ll want to keep this cake refrigerated.

mandarin orange pig pickin cake

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mandarin orange cake aka pig pickin' cake
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Ingredients
  • cake:
  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (14 oz.) mandarin oranges- do not drain the juice!
  • 4 eggs
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • icing:
  • 1 (16 oz.) container of Cool Whip
  • 1 (20 oz.) can of crushed pineapple
  • 1 (5.1 oz.) box of vanilla flavored instant pudding mix
  • *optional* 1 cup of shredded coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (2) 8 or 9 inch round cake pans or (1) 9x13 pan if you prefer single layer cake squares. I use Baker’s Joy non stick spray with flour for all of my cake baking.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, oranges with all of the juice, eggs and oil with an electric stand or hand mixer.
  3. Pour the batter in to the two cake pans trying to make sure both pans end up with about the same amount of batter in each so you don’t end up with an uneven cake.
  4. Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes.
  5. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 15 minutes then out of the pans on wire racks until completely cooled.
  6. For the cake icing, mix the crushed pineapple and instant pudding mix in a mixing bowl with a mixer.
  7. Then with a spatula or large spoon gently mix in the cool whip so that the whip doesn’t go flat and get runny.
  8. If you choose to have the coconut in the icing you’ll add that to the icing mix now as well.
  9. Icing your bottom layer of cake and stack the second layer on top of the first one and cover the entire cake with the cool whip icing.
  10. Because of the cool whip you’ll want to keep this cake refrigerated.

 

mandarin orange cake

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About Shanaka

Hey y'all! My name is Shanaka (Shonica) and I'm the head baker at Baking & Browning. I'm also known as Mama Bee from Mama Bee Does. My boys and I live in Virginia. My love for baking and cake decorating all started in my Nana's little southern kitchen. You can reach me at bakingandbrowning@gmail.com

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  1. I’ve made a sheet cake version of this…but yours is much more of a show stopper! I’ve always loved the name :)
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  2. I adore orange flavor in dessert and I can not wait o try this beautiful Mandarin Orange Cake – Love having you around the #SundaySupper family table!

  3. I want your cake just for the whimsical name alone!
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  4. Whatever this cakes name is… It looks amazing. I love the flavors, simple whipped cream is the best topping. Mmmmm

    • Thank you! I used to love eating whipped cream right from the can or container as a kid lol! Sshhh! Don’t tell my grandma ;)

  5. Cake mix is totally okay in my book, especially if you’re doctoring it up with all these other yummy ingredients!
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  6. What a fun name for a cake. My husband really enjoys mandarin oranges so I should make this for him one day.
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  7. I love the name of this cake (the pig-pickin one) and love anything with mandarin oranges. If someone is willing to take an allergy pill to be able to eat it, it must be amazing :-)
    susan @ the wimpy vegetarian recently posted…Coconut Prawns with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce – #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. Great use of Mandarin oranges, Shanaka. I imagine the juice of the oranges contributes to a moist cake. Love the legacy of this cake and its associations with your grandmother =)

  9. I bet the mandarin orange would make this light and fluffy. It looks too good to cut into.
    Marlene @Nosh My Way recently posted…Devils on Horseback #SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. This is one of my favorite cakes. I haven’t made one in ages though.
    Micha @ Cookin’ Mimi recently posted…Summer Grilled Fajita DinnerMy Profile

  11. Your cake looks great and sounds even better. I remember having orange cake for the first time. It has always been a favorite flavor of mine.
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  12. What a delicious looking cake and so easy too!! Love it!!

  13. Orange Pineapple and coconut what a great combination! Your man must really love it!
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  14. What a beautiful cake!! That is really saying something to be allergic and eat it anyway!! pinned
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  15. Looks delicious
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  16. Awwww what wonderful memories you have with your grandparents! I adore orange flavoured desserts so I’d be all over this cake. I love easy it is to throw together and it looks wonderful!
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted…Ham and Pineapple Pizza Pockets for a Man Food #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. I can’t blame your husband for taking an allergy pill to enjoy a slice of this cake! It looks incredible!
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  18. Hey – there is no shame in using a cake mix as a base! This is a beautiful presentation. Thanks for the idea!

  19. Mandarin oranges were my Dad’s favorite! He would have loved this cake!!
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