Pea Pickin Cake Recipe A Southern Favorite
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 kinda Spring-like…so maybe, just maybe, baking it might urge Spring to hurry up in your neck of the woods!) Let’s dig in!
Pea Pickin’ Cake
1 yellow cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1 11-ounce can Mandarin Oranges (I half-drained my can)
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. You can see that the layers aren’t too thick. That just makes them stack well!
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
Can you see how hard it is to drain CRUSHED pineapple?! It still turned out okay, though!
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:
The colors are so golden and pretty! But I prefer to ice mine like this:
YES, it IS as good as it looks!
It is SO yummy and light and moist!
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! I sure hope you get a chance to try this one – I promise, you won’t regret it!