Tuesday, July 25, 2017


 What a name for a cake? Surely it has some special meaning? Anyone out there know and could share it with me? The volunteers at Hillcrest Thrift Shop said they didn't care what it was called - it was just good. There were only three slender pieces left for me to bring home. (I asked Dana if she wanted to take a piece home and she quickly took the last big piece.)

The recipe was contributed by Anna Fern Hochstetler in the Heritage Country Harvest Cookbook. This is a cookbook of over 700 favorite recipes from the Amish in Northern Indiana. I have made a number of recipes from the cookbook.

The cake is great, but the icing is one of those recipes you could use on any cake. If you are just someone who oftens mixes up a cake mix and then adds canned frosting, you could mix up the cake mix and then "kick it up a notch or two" by frosting it with this icing recipe.


1       box yellow cake mix
1/2   cup oil
1       can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges with juice


1        large can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple (do not drain)
1        small (4 servings size) box instant vanilla pudding
1        large (8 ounces) Cool Whip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 - inch pan.

Mix cake mix, oil, and oranges together using a spoon. (I cut the oranges into smaller pieces - thirds)

Pour cake batter into pan.

Bake 30 - 35 minutes. (I tested doneness using a toothpick.)

Cool in pan on wire rack.

Prepare icing:

Mix dry pudding mix with pineapple together in a mixing bowl. 

Then fold in Cool Whip
until completely blended.

Spread on cake and refrigerate.

A moist and good cake!

Refrigerate any leftovers (keyword there being "any").

I should have known if I wanted to know something to just "google it". That's what I did and discovered that a "pig-pickin" is a gathering where they roast or bbq a whole pig. I guess this cake is a popular one for someone to bring to one of these gatherings. Seems like it is a big thing in the south. If anyone can add anything to this especially pertaining to the Amish, I would love to hear from you in the comment section.


  1. It sounds wonderful!!! I can hardly wait to try it. Thanks so much.

    1. Thank you, Jean. It was wonderful and so moist. Enjoy! Patricia

  2. A friend who gave me this recipe years ago called it Pig Licken Cake! I don't know of any ties to the Amish, it's just a great recipe. Yum! We're in Florida, by the way.

    1. Hi Dorothy in Florida. I would think it might have been a typo in the cookbook if I hadn't been able to find pig pickin when I googled it. Trying to see a relationship with a pig. I guess you could make a pig of yourself eating it because it is so good. Anyway thanks so much for the info. Florida is one of the seven states I have lived in. I taught school in Brevard County for three years before I got married. My husband was stationed at Patrick AFB. Patricia

  3. Sounds good, but doe you use the box ingredients when making the cake?

    1. Hi, no you do not. Just the dry cake mix, oil, and mandarin oranges with juice. I did cut up the oranges so they would be spread out in the cake. Patricia