5 hours 20 minutes
Pig pickin' cake is a traditional southern dessert made with rich yellow cake laced with whole mandarin oranges and topped with a creamy pineapple frosting.
‣ 1 box yellow cake mix ‣ 1 cup water ‣ 1/2 cup vegetable oil ‣ 3 large eggs ‣ 11 ounces mandarin oranges, drained, divided ‣ 15 ounces crushed pineapple, drained ‣ 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix ‣ 12 ounces Cool Whip, softened ‣ maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)
Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), mix together the following ingredients: yellow cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs.
Turn off the mixer and use a spatula to fold in the mandarin oranges.
Spray two 8-inch cake pans with baking spray, then divide the batter evenly between the two. Once done, send them off to bake!
While the cakes bake and cool, prepare the frosting by mixing together the shredded pineapple, Cool Whip, and instant vanilla pudding mix.
When ready to assemble, place one of the cooled cakes on a serving plate and spread out some of the prepared frosting on top.
Stack the second cake on top, then use the rest of the frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake. Garnish the cake with more mandarin orange slices and maraschino cherries.