When I married into my husband’s family, I became the beneficiary of many wonderful family recipes. Pea Pickin’ Cake is one of my favorites. I’m not sure where the name came from. It’s such an easy cake recipe, made with simple ingredients I usually have on our pantry shelves. The light citrus flavors of mandarin oranges and pineapple combine with yellow cake mix to make a wondrous explosion of deliciousness. The light, whipped topping adds just the right touch. Just one taste of this delicious cake and you will be a devoted fan for life. Read on to learn how to make this marvelous dessert!
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In Praise of Cake Mixes
Before proceeding to the recipe, I would like to put in a good word for cake mixes. They are versatile, inexpensive, and many amazing things may be made from them. They are not just for making cake. One of my favorite recipe books gives some incredible ideas about baking with cake mixes. If you feel like trying some delicious cake mix experiments, this book is for you!
Ingredients for the Easy Cake Recipe
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup vegetable oil
1 20-ounce can mandarin oranges (or 2 11-ounce cans, if you only have the small size)
Ingredients for the Topping
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, minus 1 cup of juice
1 package (3.4-ounce) instant vanilla pudding
12-ounces whipped topping (I rarely can find a 12-ounce tub, so I often have to use 1 whole 8-ounce tub and half of another 8-ounce tub.)
Directions for the Easy Cake Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13 inch cake pan. Instead of adding the liquid called for on the cake mix box, combine all of the above cake ingredients (save the topping ingredients for later).
It’s important to use an electric hand mixer for this step. I used to try to mix the ingredients by hand, but the mandarin oranges didn’t get broken up enough. When you have mixed the ingredients with the hand mixer for a few minutes, the batter should look like this.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake according to the directions on the box.
Directions for the Frosting
After removing the cake from the oven, allow it to cool completely. In a large mixing bowl, combine the crushed pineapple (minus 1 cup of juice) with the pudding mix. Fold in the whipped topping.
Gently spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Here’s the finished product.
Serving the Pea Pickin Cake
Although the cake may be served immediately after frosting, this easy cake recipe is best served chilled. Store the finished cake in the refrigerator. This easy cake recipe is ideal for warm spring or summer gatherings. The delicious, cool citrus flavors will cause taste buds to celebrate.
Truly an Easy Cake Recipe
There, wasn’t that easy? The problem with sharing these easy recipes is they are very short. I could draw this post out longer by sharing family anecdotes about special occasions when the cake was served, but I won’t. I will just offer a sentimental, fond salute to my dear, sweet, late mother-in-law. This cake always reminds me of her, and I am grateful she shared this recipe with me.
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Perhaps this easy cake recipe will earn a special place at your family gatherings. I appreciate you taking the time to read through to the end of this brief post. Have a fabulous day!