Weekend Baking Project: Pig Pickin' Cake


[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Get out your whites, your grill mitts, and your beer cooler—it's Memorial Day weekend! What better way to end your first big outdoor meal than with this classic Southern picnic cake?

While the traditional recipe for Pig Pickin' Cake calls for boxed yellow cake mix, mandarin oranges, instant vanilla pudding, crushed pineapple, and Cool Whip, we've done it all from scratch so that the moist cake remains but the boxed mix gets the boot.

The mandarin orange cake layers and pineapple whipped cream frosting are an awesome mix of old-school and fancy, and it's light enough to fit in a slice even after many, many hamburgers.

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