Sugar Dish Me

"if you can read, you can cook" -my momma

Demolition Derby & Pig Pickin’ Cake

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Let me start by saying that my haphazard birthday photography is not doing my momma’s cake any justice. This is the result of forgetting my camera, resorting to the auto-flash camera on my phone, and being so excited about birthday cake that it’s a wonder photos were on my mind AT ALL.

Sorry, Momma.

This is a Pig-Pickin’ Cake.

Please do not ask me why it is called a Pig-Pickin’ Cake. I Googled it. No one else really knows either, except that it is a happy addition to a big ‘ol plate of barbeque (and in North Carolina, barbeque is PORK!). Speaking of barbeque, Chad and I went to the Ultimate Destruction Demolition Derby on Saturday night.

Of course they served barbeque. The announcer told us via loudspeaker over and over again that, “Yew cain’t git no better barbeque.” (I decided not to tell him that technically that means than you can indeed get better barbeque… )

Some of you may be confused about what a demolition derby actually is. It starts with a muddy pit. Old busted cars with reinforced frames and obnoxiously loud, powerful motors line up in the pit. Then they crash into each other. On purpose.

Think bumper cars, except with real cars.

And just like I cannot explain the reason behind the name of the Pig-Pickin’ Cake, I really can’t explain why this is so thoroughly entertaining. But it is. You know when you go to watch fireworks, the minute those deafening booms crackle through the air, electrifying everything and everyone, and colors light up the sky? You know the involuntary smile that slowly spreads across your face turning into a full-on grin that makes your cheeks hurt? This is like that.

The following day we went to my mom’s house (a.k.a. Birthday Central) to celebrate with my family. As if the peanut butter pie weren’t enough, my mom stayed true to my, ” I dunno… something fruity,” request and served up awesome birthday cake.

It is moist and full of fruit and served cold — perfect for a June birthday.

Pig-Pickin’ Cake (the recipe my mom used is HERE)


1 box yellow or white cake mix (with “pudding in the mix” is recommended)

4 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil

1 (11 ounce) can of mandarin oranges (including the juice)

1 (4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 (20 ounce) can  of crushed pineapple, drained, juice reserved

1 (9 ounce) carton of whipped topping

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut (optional)

pecans or sliced strawberries or more oranges for garnish

To Make

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. In a large bowl combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, and oranges. Beat on low for about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for 33-38 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean). Let the cakes cool completely.

Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, poke holes in the cooled cake. Using a little more than half of the reserved pineapple juice, pour it into the holes you poked in the cake.

Pour the rest of the pineapple juice into a large bowl. Add the instant pudding and the whipped topping. You can add a splash or two of milk if you feel the “frosting” is too thick. If you are using the coconut, fold it in, and when everything is evenly combined use this mixture to frost the cake, spreading generously in between the layers.

Top with pecans and/or fresh fruit, if desired.

Refrigerate for at least an hour or two before serving.





Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

June 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

15 Responses

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  1. Pig-Pickin cake it is! It looks absolutely gorgeous 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru

    June 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    • It is all kinds of fruity delicious!!!! I’ll have to make one for my mom so I can take some photos that will do hers justice 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      June 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

  2. To my utter chagrin, I have been on a pig pick. It involves a gate being opened and shrill squeals of little piggies running through the woods, while the children of each family runs after them to pick out their families’ pig(s). I will add that those pigs run mighty fast too.


    June 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    • I wonder what any of that has to do with mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple cake?
      So you pick pigs and I frequent demolition derbies… it’s good. 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      June 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

  3. Heck yeah, cake two for the birthday girl! I love that whipped cream frosting with the pudding. Not too sweet and light. Yum!!

    • Yeah the whipped cream frosting is awesome. Whipped topping (technically). But I bet if you wanted to get fancy and make whipped cream from scratch in place of the Cool Whip this cake would go to a whole new level! Except it would take longer. I am a very lucky girl! I got cakes coming from all directions!!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      June 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

  4. What a funny name for such a pretty cake. I love it…the whipped cream is a fabulous idea!

    Love that we are SO different. That’s why reading other’s blogs is so much fun!


    June 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

    • I really need to make this cake just to take some pictures that would do my mom’s cake justice! It is very light, fluffy. moist & fruity. Love it.
      And yes, we ARE different (when was the last time you went to a demolition derby lol), but different is awesome. Where we live right now is very VERY different from where I grew up and how I was raised… the culture shock for me can be sort of mind-bending. But events like this I can totally embrace. Like when you travel: immerse. Haha 🙂 Thanks, Ameena!

  5. Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to you….Happy Happy Happy Birthday to you….Happy Birthday to you…and many more:)

    Love your cake:)

    Hot Rod Cowgirl

    June 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    • Thank you so much! It was definitely a happy happy happy birthday 🙂
      I loved my cake, too 🙂 I really like recipes that dress up box cake mix. They’re fun.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      June 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

  6. Oooh, I like the mandarin orange, coconut, and vanilla cake mix with pudding! Mmmmm! Sounds sweet and fluffy.


    June 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    • It is exactly that: sweet and fluffy. Like if you made ambrosia into a cake and left out the cherries. Soooo delicious!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      June 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  7. Look at you, making me jealous with more cake and fun! I love your spirit!


    June 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  8. […] on this day, as I gear up for a weekend full of extreme amusement and maybe even another demolition derby, it is definitely all about the sprinkles. And pudding made out of cake […]

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