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Pineapple Orange Cake

This is one of my favorite cakes. It’s moist and light yet so satisfying. I’ve been adapting it for years and now it’s almost guilt-free. —Pam Sjolund, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, undrained
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) reduced-fat whipped topping


  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, oranges, egg whites and applesauce on low speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a bowl, combine the pineapple and pudding mix. Fold in whipped topping just until blended. Spread over cake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 231 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 310mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • leebick
    May 20, 2020

    My husband's Uncle Wally introduced us to Pig Pickin' Cake over 30 years ago. He explained that it's called a Pig Pickin' Cake because it was the traditional dish brought to a pig picking in his neck of North Carolina- a pig picking being a "neighborhood" event that follows a pig roasting: After the pig is roasted, the women get together to pick and shred the meat from the carcass, for the making of traditional Carolina BBQ. Our family's version includes a golden butter cake mix (box), 1/2c oil, the fruit from acan of mandarins and 4T of the juice, and 3 whole eggs. The frosting is 20can of crushed pineapple- not drained- with 1 box instant vanilla pudding mixed in. After about 5 mins, fold the whipped topping (12oz) into the pudding/pineapple. I have made this as a sheet cake, 2 layer cake, cupcakes, or in a springform cut into 3 layers. Always delicious, and one of my very favorite desserts! Thanks Uncle Wally, miss you!

  • Tonya
    Nov 22, 2019

    Here in the South, this little gem is known as a Pig Pickin' Cake. If you're super health conscious, you can certainly make it according to this recipe, but we like it a tiny bit more indulgent in my house. We use the whole eggs (indicated on the cake mix), canola oil instead of applesauce for the cake itself, and regular pudding mix and whipped topping for the frosting. We also add coconut and orange extract to the frosting mixture. It's delicious and a hit every time!

  • slocook805
    Aug 9, 2019

    Have people now days become so lazy that they can't beaten sweetened heavy cream and use it in recipes that call for frozen whipped topping? The quality, flavor and comfort factor is so much better.

  • Patricia
    Feb 14, 2019

    Recipe says add whipping cream, but ingredients doesn't have any! Ant advice

  • sugar911
    Jan 4, 2019

    Delicious recipe. Cooling and light. If you had a dry cake more than likely it was beating the egg whites too long which gives a dry product. Thanks for this keeper!

  • River4
    Dec 27, 2018

    My Polish Granny made this for years from scratch...I would like the try this quicker version. Than compare.

  • Rosemary Swope
    May 29, 2018

    A dear friend made this for us for our anniversary. I had to have the recipe too because it's so delicious. And it is simple to make!

  • Chris
    Mar 31, 2018

    So I want to make this for Easter. I just use the cake mix and follow the directions correct? Not the directions on the cake box.

  • Rubyslipperz
    Sep 6, 2017

    I have made this cake following the recipe many times ... it's perfection. Every time there's a potluck or treats taken to work I am told that I have to bring this cake, it's so light and tasty my workmates call it the sunshine cake.

  • bluebonnetonit
    Aug 3, 2017

    Made this cake yesterday and it's half gone already, just two people eating. Followed recipe and it came out perfect. I am curious as to why the name change from "Pig Picking Cake " to "Pineapple Orange Cake". I sense a bit of PCness going on. As for the review from momof3 re: pudding size, I used the 1oz. box called for so I don't know where the claim of "typo" error comes from. Anyway, follow the recipe and you'll have a wonderful dessert.