Orange Pineapple Pig Pickin’ Cake

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Jazz up a boxed cake mix to create a moist, fruity layer cake with an easy Cool Whip frosting! This Pig Pickin’ Cake is an old fashioned recipe favorite.


Orange Pineapple Pig Pickin’ Cake

Today I have an unbelievable cake recipe for you.  I found this Orange Pineapple Pig Pickin’ Cake years ago in a Taste of Home cookbook.  I am a pineapple lover, so I knew this cake was for me.  After baking it once, I was in love!  Since that time, we’ve shared it with many people, the biggest group being our church family. They love this cake and I am asked to make it quite often.  Which is fine with me, since it is so easyNext to chocolate and peanut butter? This cake takes home the ribbon.


I know many recipes claim to be easy, but believe me. This pig pickin’ cake is quick, and won’t disappoint.

Easy Pineapple Cake with Cake Mix

You are going to use a boxed yellow cake and mix it according to the box directions.  I know some balk at the idea of a cake mix, but they really do make such delicious muffins, pancakes and even candies. The key to the moistness of this cake is the addition of a can of drained mandarin oranges.  Just add these oranges to the cake batter and mix to blend it well.  Then bake the cakes as the box directs.

The joke around our house about layer cakes is that there are certain family members who love to cut the dome off the top of the cake in order to make it a flat layer.   If you are like our family and love the top part of a cake, this cake is for you.  It is absolutely the best cake to eat…with or without the frosting!


Whipped Pineapple Frosting

The frosting is just as easy as the cake.  Just mix a can of drained crushed pineapple with a box of vanilla pudding.  Then fold in Cool Whip and you are done! This is one of my favorite cakes to make since you can’t mess up frosting it.  It looks great a little messy.

Trust me…with a tastes like this, no one will mind.

Make this cool, refreshing Pineapple Sunset Layer Cake for a picnic this summer!

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Orange Pineapple Pig Pickin' Cake
Orange Pineapple Pig Pickin' Cake

Pig Pickin' Cake

4.72 from 21 votes
Jazz up a boxed cake mix to create a moist, fruity layer cake with an easy Cool Whip frosting! This Pig Pickin’ Cake is an old fashioned recipe favorite.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix (plus ingredients the box mix calls for)
  • 11 ounces mandarin oranges (11 ounces, drained)
  • 20 ounces unsweetened crushed pineapple (20 ounces, drained)
  • 3.4 ounces dry instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip (or stabilized whipped cream)


  • Prepare cake batter according to the directions on the box.
  • Beat in the drained oranges until blended.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and then transfer from the pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a bowl, combine the drained pineapple and dry vanilla pudding mix.
  • Fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spread some of the frosting on the top of one layer.
  • Then put the other layer of cake on top of that. Spread the remaining frosting on the top and sides of the cake. Garnish with mandarin oranges or pineapple chunks, if desired.
  • Store this cake in the refrigerator.



The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 12 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 273

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7 years ago

I have had this cake recipe for years,just by another name.It is a croud pleaser. The only difference in my recipe is it calls for saving the drained Mandarin juice and using in place of the water in cake box directions.

Nancy Ball
7 years ago

I tried this cake using a Gluten Free cake mix I picked up at Walmart and boy did it turn out great, took it to a church picnic and got stopped by one guy who told me it was the best cake he had ever eaten. He was totally suprised when he found out it was Gluten free. I had others that asked me for the recipe My husband even said this one was a keeper. Thank you for a great recipe and cant wait to try some of the others out.

5 years ago

5 stars
Holy Mother of all things Amazing !!! THIS IS AMAZING !!!!!!! Thank you for this recipe! You are a cake ???? Queen ????????

Martha R York
2 years ago

I use Orange Supreme cake mix instead of the yellow cake mix.

3 years ago

5 stars
Pig Pickin’ Cake is the best cake ever made! My son, now 19, asks for this on his birthday every year! It’s light and airy and fluffy and just down right DELICIOUS!

Marie Storch
7 years ago

Ooooooooooo, this looks so GOOD. I can’t wait to make it. I LOVE EASY recipes. Thank you for sharing

1 year ago

I have a question, can I put coconut in the cake batter or in the frosting? If so, how much would you recommend?

Laurie S Wyman
2 years ago

Hi I don’t have yellow cake mix can I substitute with white? Also walmart had lemon and strawberry cake mixes for .25¢ so I bought 4 each I need some ideas and do you have any yummy frosting ideas? Thank you!!

2 years ago

Is the icing suppose to have a grainy texture because of the pudding mix?

3 years ago

Made your blueberry bread and it’s to die for. Can’t wait to try the Pig Pickin Cake. Thanks for great recipes.

3 years ago

What does the powdered pudding mix do?

E A Eaton
3 years ago

What if I opted to make the cake in a 9 x 13, single layer? How long would it have to bake?

3 years ago

Can I use to pineapple or lemon cake mix to increase the citrus flavors?

Tina Munoz
3 years ago

My mom made this cake for years. But she put cherries on top instead of oranges or pineapples, it was wonderful

3 years ago

Can this cake be frozen with the icing on it?