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

4.89 from 17 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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Sue's Akorn Shop
7 years ago

I LOVE this cake~

Carole Camacho
7 years ago

Lots of love and thanks for sharing this cake. if it wasnt’t 1243pm and I wasn’t in my nightgown, i would run up to Wal-Mart and but the ingredients for this. First thing tomorrow for sure.

7 years ago

I have a question. Do you break up the mandarin oranges for the cake for leave them whole?

6 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.

6 years ago

Thanks for sharing, I have a questions for you? Do you make the pudding first and then add the pineapple? Or the pudding has to be dry?

Marie Storch
6 years ago

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

6 years ago

Can you put a small can of pineapple in cake mix instead of oranges

Julie Retter
6 years ago

I am from Australia and I am not sure what instant pudding mix and cool whip is. Could you help me out?

6 years ago

Yum – thank you.

Nancy Ball
6 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.

Betty Pendergrass
6 years ago


Susie Cichunie c
6 years ago

I made this cake the other day and everyone raved how good it was . My daughter even asked me to make another for the family outing . Thank you so much for this recipe it’s so light and delicious !!!

evelyn oakley
6 years ago

I’m going to make this

Marilyn Potting
6 years ago

Question: How long to bake in a 13″ pan?????

5 years ago

Can’t wait to make this tommorow !!

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