Pea Pickin’ Cake – A Family Recipe!

In our family, when it’s someone’s birthday, THEY get to pick what kind of cake they want! And quite often, the cake that is chosen is our Pea Pickin’ Cake.

What? What in the world is a Pea Pickin’ Cake?! I know y’all are wondering…and honestly, I’m not entirely sure the exact history of this cake! Some say it came out of a Methodist Church in Atlanta, some say it came from the country singer Tennessee Ernie Ford, and some say it’s just a traditional southern cake recipe that everyone loves. There’s even a variation of it called a Pig Pickin’ Cake (which is even more confusing than Pea Pickin’, if you ask me, that includes coconuts and pecans!)

So, I’m for sure that there are other Pea Pickin’ Cakes out there, but this is the recipe that our family has used for years…and it’s foolproof, I tell you. Not to mention DELICIOUS. (And it’s the perfect way to say farewell to Summer and look forward to Fall!) Let’s dig in!

Pea Pickin’ Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 11-ounce can Mandarin Oranges (I half-drained my can)

1. Mix all together.

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2. Bake in three separate round pans (greased and floured) in an oven heated to 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

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3. Cool in pans for 15 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.

You can see that the layers aren’t too thick. That just makes them stack well!

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No worries, wait until you see the final result!

4. When the cake is entirely cooled, mix…

1 9-ounce tub of whipped topping, 
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
1 large vanilla instant pudding mix

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Can you see how hard it is to drain CRUSHED pineapple?! It still turned out okay, though!

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5. Frost to taste and enjoy!

I got about halfway-through frosting it and thought that it actually would make a great “naked” cake! The kind that aren’t iced all the way, like this:

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The colors are so golden and pretty! But I prefer to ice mine like this:

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YES, it IS as good as it looks!

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It is SO yummy and light and moist! 

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Hint: if you think the icing might be too thin after you mix it, chill it in the fridge for a while. That pudding mix will thicken it right up!

Pea Pickin' Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 yellow cake mix
  2. 1/2 cup oil
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 11-ounce can Mandarin Oranges (I half-drained my can)
  5. 1 9-ounce tub of whipped topping,
  6. 1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
  7. 1 large vanilla instant pudding mix
Instructions
  1. Mix all together.
  2. Bake in three separate round pans (greased and floured) in an oven heated to 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. Cool in pans for 15 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.
  4. When the cake is entirely cooled, mix whipped topping, crushed pineapple and pudding.
  5. Frost to taste and enjoy!
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I sure hope you get a chance to try this one – I promise, you won’t regret it!

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18 thoughts on “Pea Pickin’ Cake – A Family Recipe!

  1. All good southerners have had more than one slice of Pea Pickin Cake. I wish I had a big slice of yours. It looks so yummy and that frosting – Oh my! Naked may be the trend for cakes, but I like mine with as much frosting as possible – and then a little more. :) Yum!!!

  2. It looks delish and I just really want a big bite of this!! But what in the world is pea or pig or whatever it’s called cake? lol!! Either way, mandarin oranges, pineapples, whipped cream… such a great combo!!

  3. I’ve made this cake numerous times and it never disappoints! I have also tried it with different fruits… strawberries, oranges, raspberries, you name it. Some work better than others, but each time it’s always been delicious!!!

  4. This is a great cake. Taste is good. I always just used cook whip. Where can I find cool whip frosting. Everyone enjoyed this cake.

    • You could try it, Robert! I’m not sure of the consistency change, but it’s worth a shot!

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