Back in the midwest where I grew up, (and spent most of my life), “hog roasts” are a really big deal! Roasting a stuffed, rubbed, whole pig all night long and into the next day created the most succulent, juicy and tender pork you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting! But it’s also very rich! So this “Pig Pickin’ Cake” I’m sure was created many years ago by someone who knew that after a wonderful meal of pulled pork, a cool and citrusy cake was needed to end the day and cleanse the palate with a refreshing taste of pineapple and orange!
It’s origin claims to be from North Carolina, where hog and pig roasts are just as common, then this cool and creamy cake dessert quickly generated to the midwest and other regions of the U.S. And there are many variations to this basic, instant recipe, too!
Most simply use a yellow cake mix, but I’ve always preferred a bigger burst of orange flavor and start with an orange cake mix. Either way, you can’t go wrong! (I also like to add a little vanilla to the batter, because, hey, it’s vanilla!)
Mandarin orange slices, along with the juice from the can are also added to the batter, which not only adds more of that delicious orange flavor, but also makes this cake extra moist!
I like to save back about 8 slices to decorate the top, and this is my simple, feeble, attempt at an orange “flower” design. I know. SIMPLE. But for this cake, that’s exactly what you want.
You can do your own design, such as lining them up like ants at a picnic around the rim if you’d like though, too. Just don’t fret about fussing too much. Simple is the key here.
And the “frosting” is just as simple and delicious! Cool Whip, instant vanilla pudding mix, and crushed pineapple with the juice all come together to make a creamy-dreamy, fluffy frosting that’s a welcome treat on a hot, sweltering summer day!
Each bite is like a taste of sunshine! The perfect summer dessert!! Sweet, tangy, loaded with fruit, and finished with creamy cool goodness! It’s actually a very light tasting cake, too, which also is a welcome treat from the heat!
So if you’re headed to a backyard barbecue, be sure to whip up this light and fluffy cake to take along! It’s a crowd-pleaser every time! Enjoy and stay cool!!
*You can use a plain Yellow Cake mix if preferred. *FOR CAKE, DO NOT ADD THE WATER CALLED FOR ON THE BOX DIRECTIONS. THE JUICE FROM THE MANDARIN ORANGES REPLACES THAT AMOUNT.
*FOR CAKE, DO NOT ADD THE WATER CALLED FOR ON THE BOX DIRECTIONS. THE JUICE FROM THE MANDARIN ORANGES REPLACES THAT AMOUNT.