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Orange Pineapple Layer Cake

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Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

It’s Easter Sunday! I always love this day because it’s the start of Spring, flowers blooming, sun shining, and green grass. It makes me feel so refreshed and rejuvenated. Which is a must needed feeling after this last week of spring break for my kids.

It’s been rough…… our schedule has been thrown off, my kids have been living on candy (all those egg hunts & parties) which makes them super irritable, and when they get bored or are stuck in the house too long there is always lots of arguing and fighting. I love my kids but this mom needs her schedule back and I need my kids to be busy.

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

I don’t mean to make it sound like the whole week was bad. We actually took a short little trip up to New York City. My oldest has been learning about the Statue of Liberty in school and he’s been talking about wanting to go see it. So we packed up and headed off for a short trip. The last time I was in NYC I was 16 years old and it was the summer before my Senior year of high school. It was also just 1 month before 9/11 happened…. it was surreal and so sad seeing that skyline without those towers.

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

This cake really is so easy and simple to make. It starts with a boxed cake mix and then you add in eggs, oil, sour cream, and a can of mandarin oranges. If you’re anything like me then you’ll be tempted to drain the mandarin oranges because there is lot’s of liquid. But don’t do it! Please. This cake is so incredibly moist. It’s unreal.

Just add all those ingredients in a bowl and blend together until combined. It’s that simple. Pour into 3 9″ cake pans and bake it in the oven.

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

Be sure and spray your cake pan generously with cooking spray and dust it with flour. This cake is so moist that it sticks very easily. After cooking, flip the cake upside down onto a cooling rack and let them cool completely.

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

Once the cakes are cooled completely you can go ahead and mix up the frosting. Just 3 ingredients! Well, actually 4 because there is powdered sugar added into the whipped cream for a sweetener.

This frosting is amazing. I am not a huge frosting fan. Like at all. I am one of those people that scrapes off the frosting and just eats the cake plain. Even on cupcakes too. But I am in love with this frosting. It is so light, fresh tasting, and creamy smooth.

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

Frost between the layers and then finish off by frosting the top and the sides. That’s it! You can either eat right away or keep it in the fridge for 2-3 hours before serving. It’s good both ways but I think it’s really good when it’s cold after sitting in the fridge for a couple hours.

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

 Slice it up and serve! This dessert screams Easter dessert to me or it would also be perfect for a summer BBQ or potluck. It is not a heavy dessert. It tastes so light and is crazy moist. You must try it!

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

I hope you enjoy this one! And I hope you enjoy your Easter Sunday.

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

Serves 8-10

Orange Pineapple Layer Cake

Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream.

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Ingredients

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  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, undrained
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • frosting
  • 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 package (3.5 oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 (8 or 9 inch) round cake pans.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, oil, oranges, eggs and sour cream until well blended.
  • Evenly divide the batter among the 3 cake pans.
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the cake pans for 20 minutes and then turn the cake pan upside down onto a cooling rack (to release the cake) and let the cakes cool completely.
  • To make the frosting: Beat the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a handheld blender, unil stiff peaks form.
  • In a separate bowl combine the crushed pineapple and instant vanilla pudding (just the dry powder, do not prepare). Stir together until combined.
  • Add the whipped cream into the pineapple/pudding mixture and stir together to combine completely. If you are having trouble combining it then use a handheld blender to blend it up and mix together.
  • Place your 1st cake layer on your serving plate of choice. Frost in between each layer, and the top and sides of the cake with the pineapple whipped cream mixture.
  • Serve right away or refrigerate cake until ready to serve. It's best refrigerated. Overnight is my preference or refrigerate at least 4-6 hours.

Notes

The cake mix I used was about 15.75 oz. I saw other cake mixes that were closer to 18 oz. Use a regular boxed cake mix between 15-18 oz.

We much prefer this cake cold. I think it's best to make it in the morning of the day you need it and then let it sit in the fridge all day. You can also make the 3 cake layers the night before and let them sit out over night (covered) so that way they will be completely cooled and ready to use. Make the frosting in the morning, frost the cake, and then let sit in the fridge all day. This is how make the cake and how we prefer it. Or, just make it all the day you need it and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. Either way it's yummy. It gets better as it sits in the fridge. So leftovers are amazing!

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Orange pineapple layer is so easy to make. Uses a boxed cake mix plus a few other simple ingredients. The cake is so incredibly moist, light, and fresh tasting. The frosting is a simple pudding mix with crushed pineapple plus freshly whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or summertime.

recipe adapted from Let’s Dish Recipes

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Cynthia J Gregory
    April 17, 2017 at 4:54 am This recipe sounds wonderful. Will certainly be trying this one out!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      April 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm Thanks Cynthia. It really is so good. One of our favorites! I hope you enjoy it.
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        Jamar
        October 7, 2017 at 5:56 am Is there any way to make the frosting stiffer? How long should I beat it before it becomes stiff?
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          Together As Family
          October 9, 2017 at 7:49 am Mix it together for a few minutes and then frost the cake. I then like to put the cake in the fridge for a several hours because the frosting will set up a bit more. It's not supposed to be a stiff buttercream frosting.
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    Danny
    April 21, 2017 at 11:10 pm Can you make cupcakes with this recipe?
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      Together As Family
      May 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm I am sure cupcakes would work just fine. I've never tried but I see no reason it would not work. You could also just do a 2 cake layer instead of the 3 layers called for. Sorry my reply is so late. Sometimes comments get lost in all the comments that come in and I lose track of some :)
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    Kathy
    May 27, 2017 at 7:04 am What can u use instead of the sour cream?
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      Together As Family
      May 27, 2017 at 9:03 am You could try using plain yogurt instead. I've never done that so I can't say for sure if it would change the cake, but I think you'll be just fine using plain yogurt. I hope that helps. Let me know how it goes!
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        Kathy
        May 27, 2017 at 10:53 am Dang can't use yogurt either..thanks
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    Sally Fumich
    July 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm What about a 9x13 ????? Or Is it best with frosting between at least one layer? Need it for a BBQ, seems easier to carry a 9x13.
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      Together As Family
      July 8, 2017 at 11:26 pm A 9x13 pan would work just fine! And much easier to transport for sure 😄
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    Rosemary
    August 9, 2017 at 12:29 pm Your recipe calls for a 11oz can of mandarin oranges but the picture shows a 15oz can. Which is roght
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      August 10, 2017 at 10:14 am Thank you for letting me know. The recipe has a typo, you use a 15 oz can of mandarin oranges like the picture. Sorry for the confusion. Fixing that now :)
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    Helen
    August 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm In Georgia we call this a "pig pickin" cake. My Memaw used to make it for BBQS and fish fries! So yummy!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      August 22, 2017 at 11:23 pm I love that name! I've heard this cake called so many different names. I have very fond memories of my mom making this cake when I was little. Not sure what we called it!
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    Cathy
    September 12, 2017 at 11:27 pm I made this today for the first time and it was absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing. Will definitely be making this again!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      September 13, 2017 at 10:32 pm So good to hear! This is easily one of my favorite cakes. I don't make a lot of cakes but when I do, it's usually this one :) Happy to hear you loved it too!
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    Vivien
    November 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm Hi, reading the recipe for the first time, and just wondering if I need to chop the Mandarins before adding to the mix? Thanx Vivien 😊
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      Together As Family
      November 14, 2017 at 9:41 pm Nope. Just add the entire can of mandarin oranges as the recipe states. As you're blending the mixture you will see the mandarin oranges start to blend up with the batter.
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    Vivien
    November 17, 2017 at 3:26 am Thankyou for such a speedy reply. I wasn't sure if I would get an answer at all, let alone within 24 hrs. I am making the cake tomorrow, and will let you know of the results!! I will definitely be visiting your site in the future 😊
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      Together As Family
      November 18, 2017 at 10:52 am Aww, you're welcome! I love getting comments from readers, so thank you :) I hope you love the cake! Don't be alarmed when you pour the entire can of mandarin oranges in the batter (juice and all). It always makes me nervous but I promise it turns out. Enjoy.
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    Renee
    February 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm This is better known in NC as a Pig Pickin’ Cake. Use Coolwhip instead of whipped cream. Frosting will be stiffer.
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    Linda
    March 7, 2018 at 10:56 am Hi there, Im a little confused, should I pour the cans of orange/pineapple together with the liquid into the mixture? Thank you.
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      Together As Family
      March 7, 2018 at 2:37 pm Yes. Just as the recipe says to. Pour the entire can of mandarin oranges (liquid and all) into the cake mixture, and then the pineapple can (undrained) goes into the frosting mix. Enjoy!
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    Elaine Turner
    March 20, 2018 at 8:05 pm In the South we refer to this cake as either Pea Picking or Pig Picking cake. I stopped using the oil and used a 4oz container of applesauce. That really makes a moist light cake. Please try it. I've never went back using oil.
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      Together As Family
      March 21, 2018 at 9:53 pm I love the idea of using applesauce. I will have to try that sometime as I am sure it would make the cake so moist and a bit healthier too. Thank you :)
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    Elaine Turner
    March 22, 2018 at 7:28 am You are very welcome.
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    Cat
    March 28, 2018 at 11:04 am Should you definitely use the Mandarin oranges in light syrup, as pictured? Or can you use oranges packed in water/juice?
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      Together As Family
      April 5, 2018 at 8:19 pm Sorry for my really late reply. I have actually never noticed that the cans say different things. I am sure either one would work just fine.
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    D. Lewis
    March 28, 2018 at 10:18 pm This cake sounds so awesome to me! I want to make it for an Luncheon next week, but I’m concerned about the frosting holding up all day. I have to have the cake there at 9:39 a.m., and the luncheon doesn’t end until around 2;00 p.m. I plan on making it the day before and refrigerating it, as suggested. Will it hold up sitting out all day? It will be an inside event. Suggestions are appreciated, thank you.
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      Together As Family
      April 5, 2018 at 8:21 pm I hope this reply is not too late. I always make this ahead of time and let it hang out in the fridge until I need it. The longer it sits out at room temperature the softer the frosting will get. It's best eaten cold but can be eaten if it's been out at an event. I would for sure keep it in the fridge until the luncheon when you bring it out. If there is a fridge available of course. I hope it goes great for you!
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        D. Lewis
        April 5, 2018 at 9:08 pm Yes, thank you. I made it the day before and kept it in the refrigerator overnight. To my surprise and delight, it was the first cake to go at the luncheon! But it did still hold up well - I almost didn’t even get a chance to get a piece myself, but I got one just before it sold out! Thank you for such an easy and delicious recipe! Even my husband had a bite of the one piece I managed to bring home, and said he really liked it. And he hates citrus! WOW!
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    Julie
    April 19, 2018 at 9:31 pm What a yummy cake. My family and me loved it. I could have eaten the whole cake. Will definitely make again.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      April 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm haha, me too! It's so light and fresh tasting that I have a hard time stopping too :) So glad you all enjoyed this.
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    Karen
    April 29, 2018 at 6:03 pm I was unable to get my whipping creme to form peak or blend well with the sugar. Am I doing something wrong?
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      Together As Family
      April 29, 2018 at 8:34 pm Not sure why it would not blend or peak. Are you using heavy whipping cream? It takes about 5 minutes so maybe you did not beat it long enough? That is the only thing I can think of. Sorry it did not work out. You could also just use some Cool Whip instead of the heavy whipping cream + powdered sugar. You will need about 4 cups of Cool Whip.

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