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Southern Soul Food Pig Pickin Cake

Southern Soul Food Pig Pickin Cake

What is a Southern soul food pig pickin cake? 
It's a homemade, moist yellow cake with whipped pineapple frosting, vanilla pudding & sweet mandarin oranges baked in. Pig pikckin is a one-of-a-kind cake as unique as its name and the official dessert of Southern pig roasts and pig pickins!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Frosting: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: Black folks pig pickin cake, dump cake, easy pig pickin cake recipe, mandarin orange cake, orange pineapple cake, original pig pickin cake recipe, Pea pickin cake, pig pickin cake, pig pickin cake recipe, soul food pig pickin cake, Southern pig pickin cake, Southern soul food pig pickin cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole


  • Flour sifter
  • Handheld or electric stand mixer
  • Bundt cake pan
  • Instant Pot Omni Plus oven (optional)


Ingredients for a Southern soul food original pig pickin cake recipe

  • 2 ½ cups flour sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter cold
  • 4 eggs
  • 14 oz mandarin oranges 1 can
  • ½ cup orange juice from the canned mandarin oranges
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for the soul food pig pickin cake frosting

  • 20 oz crushed pineapple and the canned pineapple juice (1 can)
  • 4 oz instant vanilla pudding
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. whipped cream 1 tub


Instructions for Southern soul food pig pickin cake

  • Sift the flour and add the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix well until blended.
  • Then cut the butter into small pats and use and use an electric mixer to combine it with the flour mixture. Mix until the texture is very fine, like sand, and the butter is completely and evenly distributed.
  • Add the eggs, mandarin orange juice, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix again on medium speed for 3-5 minutes until the cake batter is smooth and silky.
  • Next, add the mandarin oranges to the cake and hand stir them into the cake batter.
  • Pour the mixture into a cake pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes in the conventional oven or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. If using the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven, bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. (I used a Bundt pan when making this pig pickin cake recipe.)
  • Remove the baked pig pickin cake from the oven and set the cake pan on a baking rack to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Then carefully turn the cake out of the pan and onto a baker’s cooling rack.
  • Allow the cake to cool to room temperature for at least 2 hours before frosting.

Instructions for the Southern soul food pig pickin cake frosting

  • Drain the pineapple juice from the crushed pineapples and set the crushed pineapple aside.
  • Add the instant pudding to the pineapple juice, and either by hand or on low speed with an electric mixer, whisk until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and whisk again until smooth.
  • Then stir in the whipped cream until the mixture is combined and smooth.
  • Now gently mix the set aside drained pineapple into the whipped cream frosting.
  • Next, spread the pineapple mixture onto the cooled cake.
  • Cover and refrigerate the frosted cake for about two hours to let the icing set.
  • Slice and serve this Southern soul food pig pickin cake and enjoy!



Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2mg
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