Rating: 4.67 stars
49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

Mandarin oranges in the cake and pineapple, pecans and coconut in the filling. From living down south and all the get-togethers for Pig Picking, this cake is a sure winner with people from the Southerners as well as the Northerners. This cake brings us all together.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 3 layer 9 inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour 3 - 9 inch round baking pans.

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  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, margarine, eggs and mandarin oranges with juice. beat for 3 minutes with an electric mixer.

  • Pour into 3 - 9 inch round cake pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

  • To make the filling: In a large bowl, combine pineapple and juice with pudding mix. Stir in pecans and coconut. Finally, fold in the whipped topping. Spread between cooled cake layers. Chill in refrigerator

Nutrition Facts

458 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 55.4g; fat 24.3g; cholesterol 62.9mg; sodium 514.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (39)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2006
Really great cake! This can also be made in a 9x13 pan if you don't want to do layers and it tastes better the longer it sits in the fridge. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2009
I made mine in a 9x13 pan. The consistency of the cake was great - very moist but it lacked enough flavor for me to rate it 5 stars. I recommend making a trial run at this recipe before planning to serve for an event/special occasion. I think it is an acquired taste. Read More
(10)
49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2006
Really great cake! This can also be made in a 9x13 pan if you don't want to do layers and it tastes better the longer it sits in the fridge. Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2008
THEY SERVE THIS AT HY HUSBANDS RESTAURANT AND ITS OUTRAGOUSLY YUMMY I MADE MY FIRST ONE FOR THANKSGIVING AND IT WAS THE FIRST DESSERT THAT WAS GONE IT WAS GREAT I MADE MINE IN 2 NINE IN. PANS BECAUSE I DONT HAVE 8 IN AND IT WAS GREAT ALSO I THOUGHT 2 LAYERS WOULD TRAVEL BETTER THEN 3 THIS IS A WINNER AND TOO GOOD TO MAKE ALL THE TIME IV MADE THIS AGAIN AND IV CHANGED THE PUDDING IN THE ICING TO COCONUT AND LEAVE THE COCONET OUT MIX YOUR PUDDING WITH THE COCONUT AND LET IT GET GOOD AND THICK BEFORE MIXING WITH YOUR WHIPED CREAM IT HELPS ALOT Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2004
I won't be making this very often as it is waaaay too good. Can hardly stop with just one piece. My family all loved it. Will save it for special occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas. It was moist delicious and so easy to make. I agree that it probably wouldn't trvel well but I made it in a 9x13 pan which would travel easier than a layer cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
In South Carolina we definitely call this Pig Pickin' Cake. The pig is cooked outdoors usually on large gas cookers. The cooked meat is chopped & sauce added. Then everyone "picks" their BBQ from the pig. It's a southern thing like boiled peanuts. This cake is delicious and is often served at a pig pickin' but it's great anytime. Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2009
I made mine in a 9x13 pan. The consistency of the cake was great - very moist but it lacked enough flavor for me to rate it 5 stars. I recommend making a trial run at this recipe before planning to serve for an event/special occasion. I think it is an acquired taste. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2007
My mom made this for all sorts of pot-lucks when I was growing up. The only difference was that she didn't stop at adding the cool-whip mixture between the cakes she then "iced" the whole thing with it....yummy! I think it's even better the 2nd day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2002
Although I have always heard it called pea pickin cake. I always assumed it came from Tennessee Ernie Ford's old addage for Martha White cornmeal. "It's pea-picking good!!" Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2008
This cake/dessert is fabulous! It also works well in a 9x13" pan for simplicity. It is also wonderful with a cou of choppe walnuts sprinkled over the top. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2010
My family and I LOVE this cake! The only problem is wanting to finish the whole thing so fast. I followed the recipe and wouldn't change a thing. Read More
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