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4.77 from 17 votes

Mandarin Orange Cake

This cake is also called “Pig Pickin’ Cake or Pig Lickin’ Cake” in the South. An easy summertime dessert to serve family and guests. My family loves this cake and it is one you will make over and over again. This is a great cake to make for Mom for Mother’s Day, too.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: mandarin orange cake, pig lickin cake, pig pickin cake
Servings: 1 cake
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 (15.25 ounce) Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup cooking oil I use Canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, undrained (Save several of the orange sections to decorate the top of your cake)
  • Frosting
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed


  • You DO NOT make the cake according to the directions on the cake mix. You use the directions here.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix all the cake ingredients listed above until well blended. Spray 3 (9 inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Fill each cake pan with about 2 cups of cake mix. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes checking for doneness as ovens vary. Your layers will be thin. Remove from oven and let cool.

Frosting Instructions

  • Combine all the frosting ingredients and mix together with a spoon. I don’t use a mixer for the frosting. Frost cake adding frosting between the layers.


The original recipe for this cake called for an 11 ounce can of mandarin oranges for the cake. I used a 15 ounce can so I would have extra oranges to decorate the cake with and it worked great. I used all the juice from the 15 ounce can, too. It did not seem to make a difference. You could also bake this cake in 2 layers. You will just have thicker layers. My layers were only about an inch thick. You will not have big layers.