Don’t know why it’s called ‘Pig Pickin’ Cake’

When Bill and I first started dating, we went grocery shopping together. I called my brother Kyle from the store and said, “You’re not going to believe what kind of candy Bill just put into our shopping cart.”

Kyle immediately guessed Orange Slices and said, “You need to keep him!”

I think Orange Slices are some of the grossest candy ever made. Kyle, and I guess Bill, has always fancied them. But then again Kyle also likes black jelly beans. Yuck!

So Kyle recently sent me this recipe and told me I needed to make this cake for Bill. It’s called Pig Pickin’ Cake and neither one of us have any idea why it’s called that.

Pig Pickin’ Cake 2 cups all-purpose flour 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1-1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cups Canola Oil 4 whole large eggs, at room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 can (11-oz. size) Mandarin oranges with juice

For The Topping 2 cups heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1 box (3-oz. size) instant vanilla pudding 3/4 cups crushed pineapple, drained well. 24 pieces Orange Slice candy

Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder and kosher salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl with the paddle attachment (a handheld mixer works), mix together the sugar, canola oil, eggs, vanilla extract and the juice from the canned Mandarin oranges.

Then add in the Mandarin oranges and mix them in.

Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Take a spatula and fold the ingredients together.

Pour the batter into a lightly greased 9-by-13 inch baking pan and spread the batter out evenly. Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Cool the cake completely before putting on the topping.

For the topping: In a large mixing bowl with the whisk attachment (a handheld mixer works too), pour in the heavy whipping cream and whip on high speed. While it’s mixing, add in the sugar and mix until stiff peaks form.

Add in the pudding mix and fold it into the whipped cream. Then turn the mixer on medium speed and mix until the pudding mix is completely combined. But be careful not to overmix the whipped cream.

Drain the pineapple really well. Make sure there is no liquid in the pineapple. Add it to the whipped cream and fold it in.

Spread the whipped cream topping over the cake. Top each piece of cake with a candy orange slice.


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