Fruity Pig Pickin’ Cake


The Country Cook / YouTube


Fruit Cake In The Best Way

Since the warm weather is finally here, now is the best time to incorporate some more delicious fruit into your diet. I try to use it in every way possible.


My favorite way? In a cake, particularly this “Pig Pickin'” cake. Some people call in Pig Pickin’, some call it Pea Pickin’, and frankly, I don’t know if anyone knows what the name actually is or why it’s called that.

Regardless, this cake is a whole new level of delicious. A mandarin orange flavored cake covered in a delicious pineapple-vanilla topping… what could be more delicious than that?

The Country Cook on YouTube has a recipe for this incredible cake, and she says it could be called a “sunshine cake” because it tastes exactly how she’d imagine sunshine would taste.

For the cake:

  • boxed yellow cake mix
  • butter or margarine (softened)
  • mandarin oranges, drained, juice reserved
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
For the topping:
  • box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • crushed pineapple, juice reserved
  • powdered sugar
  • whipped topping or whipped cream
  • extra mandarin orange slices, for garnish

How It’s Made

Want the exact amounts for all of the ingredients? Check out The Country Cook‘s website by clicking here.

Now it’s time to cook this deliciousness. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Grab a large bowl and an electric mixer.

Combine your cake mix, butter or margarine, juice from the mandarin oranges, eggs, and vanilla. Beat this mixture for four minutes on medium-high.

Add your drained mandarin oranges to this batter, then beat again until the pieces are small. Pour this batter into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan or two 8 inch round pans.

Depending on how many cake pans you’re baking, your cooking time might differ. To find out your cooking time, click here to check out The Country Cook‘s recipe.

Let your cake cool completely. Mix the juice from your drained pineapple with the vanilla pudding mix. Mix in the powdered sugar, followed by the whipped topping/cream.

Spread this mixture on your cooled cake, or cakes if making a round cake, then refrigerate several hours until cold and set up.

Now you can slice and serve it up! You’ll be so in love with this… it really is like taking a bite of sunshine!