A “pig pickin’” is a tradition in the American South – a big party where a whole pig is roasted and served up for family and friends. It’s quite an event and one that all participants, from guests to cooks, take a great deal of pride in. And what pig pickin’ is complete without a pig pickin’ cake. This cool and sweet treat is the perfect way to end a big savory meal. No, there’s no actual pig on the ingredient list, but sweet pineapple, tart oranges, and cool whipped cream that come together in a refreshing combination of sweet and citrus atop a very humble vanilla cake. But who says you need an official pig pickin’ in order to make one in your own home?! 

You don’t need to be from the South in order to appreciate a cake like this. We love how uncomplicated it is to make, and how easy it is to eat! Cakes don’t always have to be fancy or formal, and even a simple cake like this can add a touch of class to any gathering. A pig pickin’ cake is fun to have at any special occasion – be it formal or informal. A treat that’s this good, and with such a unique name, will surely offer up a slice of something fun for family and friends.


Pig Pickin' Cake

40 minutes to prepare serves 8-10 


  • 1 (15.25oz) box yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 (12 oz) package frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, oil and water until moistened. Reserve 4-5 orange slices for decoration. Add remaining oranges to batter and beat until well blended.
  3. Pour batter into baking pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean. Cool slightly, 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool.
  4. For the frosting: In a bowl, stir pudding mix and pineapple. Fold in thawed whipped topping. Take one cooled cake and add a layer of frosting to top. Place second cake on top of first and spread remaining frosting over cake.
  5. Chill in refrigerator before serving.


Recipe courtesty of https://12tomatoes.com