Desserts/ Holidays

Mom’s Best Pineapple Mandarin Cake (Pig Pickin’ Cake)

slice of mandarin orange pineapple cake

Mom’s Pineapple Mandarin Cake with vanilla pudding, cool whip and mandarin oranges has been served at hundreds of family get togethers and church picnics!

Some call this pig pickin’ cake, others call it pineapple sunshine cake. Any way you look at it, you can bet on one thing – this mandarin dessert is delicious!

My Mom is the baker, I’m the cook.

Well, quite honestly she’s a good cook, too. She can whip up desserts, breads, and pastries from scratch like it’s nothing.

And then there’s me.

Give me a cake recipe using a box mix any day of the week. I will add a few things to it and make it extra delicious, and I will proudly turn around and serve that bad boy.

No guilt here. Because has anyone ever turned down one of my desserts?

Nope. That’s what I thought…

So we’re good, friends. Don’t feel one bit a shame making a shortcut recipe. People will eat it, I promise.

How to make a pineapple mandarin cake

The players here are simple.

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Cool Whip
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Mandarin Oranges

And see that cake below? It’s gonna get alllll covered out so I’m not worried about how that looks for a minute. We’re good.

yellow cake

I love that this cake only has a handful ingredients, one of them being yellow cake mix.

Hey, we take the short cuts where we can get them!

The frosting is super light and airy and not heavy at all. And the longer the cake sits, the moister the cake gets. But honestly, it won’t be around that long.

Because it’s goooooood.

You can see all the easy instructions in my recipe below. Basically, it goes like this:

Mix four things. Bake.

Mix 3 things. Frost.


pineapple mandarin cake with an orange segment on top
pineapple mandarin sunshine cake

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Mom’s Best Pineapple Mandarin Cake (Pig Pickin’ Cake)

Mom's Pineapple Mandarin Cake with vanilla pudding, cool whip and mandarin oranges has been served at hundreds of family get togethers and church picnics!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pig pickin’ cake, pineapple mandarin cake
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Deanne Frieders, This Farm Girl Cooks



  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges with juice


  • 8 oz Cool Whip Whipped Topping
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 3 oz package instant vanilla pudding



  • Mix together oil, cake mix and eggs until combined. Stir in mandarin oranges. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool


  • Sprinkle dry pudding into Cool Whip and beat until blended. Add pineapple and fold in. Frost cake and refrigerate. Cut into squares to serve.

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  • Reply
    Alex Ryder
    September 10, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Well I’m rubbish at baking so it’d be box mix for me too! This looks super tasty, and I enjoyed reading it from the UK!

  • Reply
    September 15, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    5 stars
    Such simple ingredients and a delicious looks recipe. I sure will be making this!

  • Reply
    September 16, 2019 at 5:09 am

    5 stars
    This looks yummy but I am not sure what the substitute for the yellow cake mix could be here in the UK? Any idea?

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